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WHO QUALIFIES FOR FREE LEGAL ASSISTANCE
Any person who would like to receive legal assistance from VLS must apply and meet our eligibility guidelines.*
VLS can help with civil matters only such as consumer, employment, family, housing, landlord-tenant, bankruptcy, expunctions and non-disclosures, probate, real property, and wills cases.
VLS is unable to help with criminal, immigration, contested probate, or fee-generating cases such as personal injury matters.
*Income eligibility guidelines only apply for those seeking to be matched with an attorney volunteer for direct representation.
HOW DO I APPLY FOR LEGAL ASSISTANCE
People can apply for free legal assistance at any VLS Legal Advice and Intake Clinic.
At our Legal Advice Clinics, applicants can receive free legal advice, regardless of income eligibility, as well as apply for additional legal services, such as direct representation. VLS can only provide direct representation to a limited number of people who meet income eligibility guidelines. An applicant’s household income must be at 125% or below of the Federal Poverty Guidelines to be financially eligible.
At our Intake Clinics, applicants can receive information and apply for legal services. Occasionally, attorney volunteers may be available to provide legal advice. The Intake Clinics are generally for people who are unable to attend our Legal Advice Clinics on Wednesday evenings, but would like to determine if they are eligible for our services.
At both the Legal Advice and Intake Clinics, applicants will need to fill out an Intake Form with basic information including, but not limited to: your name, address, phone number, date of birth, and income information. You may complete this form and bring it with you to any legal clinic which will make the process go much more quickly. You may need to fill out additional forms or questionnaires specific to your legal issue at the clinic.
Legal Advice Clinics
PLEASE NOTE: If you have been a VLS client in the past, but your case was finished (or closed due to inactivity), you must reapply for services by attending a legal clinic as explained above.
If you have a case that is currently open with VLS, you must contact either the staff attorney or the case placement coordinator you have been in contact with at VLS. Attending a clinic again while your case is open will not speed up the process.
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