Vermont Legal Aid provides free civil legal services to Vermont residents who meet at least one of the following criteria:
- are low income
- have a disability
- are over 60
- have experienced illegal discrimination in housing
- have a problem related to health care insurance or services
Our lawyers and paralegal advocates, with support from our staff:
- represent clients
- provide advice, forms and other helpful tools, and information
- testify before the legislature or administrative committees and boards about how laws or rules impact Vermonters everyday
- advocate for new protections or the enforcement of those that already exist and
- identify and work to correct systemic problems that adversely affect vulnerable people
VLA provides information, advice and representation in a wide range of civil legal areas including health care, housing, education, family law, public benefits, and consumer law. We don't take criminal cases or traffic violations.
Due to the high level of need, compared with funding, we aren't able to provide direct help to everyone who is eligible for our services. However, we provide some level of service to as many people as possible; offer practical tools and helpful information on our VTLawHelp.org website; and direct people to other agencies, organizations and legal help.
See the menu to learn more about our seven legal projects.