Vermont Legal Aid provides free civil legal services to people throughout Vermont who are poor, elderly, or have disabilities and who would otherwise be denied justice or the necessities of life.

Our Projects

  • Poverty Law Project

    Provides counsel and advice, brief service and full representation to income eligible clients in civil and family cases.

  • Elder Law Project

    Focuses on the legal needs and problems of seniors and provides a full range of legal services.

  • Disability Law Project

    Represents Vermonters with disabilities in a wide range of civil legal problems related to their disability.

  • Health Care Advocate Project

    Provides help to Vermonters that have problems and questions about health care and health insurance through a telephone hotline service.

  • Mental Health Law Project

    Provides specialized representation in mental health proceedings across Vermont.

  • Vermont Long Term Care Ombudsman

    Protects the health, welfare and rights of people who live in long term care facilities.

  • Housing Discrimination Law Project

    Works to stop housing discrimination and to protect Vermonters’ right to choose where they live.

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VLA in the News

Chief Health Care Advocate Trinka Kerr was pictured and quoted in the New York Times on June 4 in the article In Vermont, Frustrations Mount Over Affordable Care Act. The Office of the Health Care Advocate is a project within Vermont Legal Aid.

VLA Staff Attorney Christine Speidel presented The Affordable Care Act: Implementation Issues Impacting Individuals and Families for the American Bar Association Section of Taxation, Individual and Family Taxation Committee.

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“My advocate was very caring and compassionate in handling this troubling situation. It restored my faith in the justice system.” — Vermont Legal Aid client