Southwest Virginia Legal Aid Society secures justice and resolves fundamental problems for those who are low income and vulnerable by providing high quality legal services.

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Monday thru Thursday from 8:30 a.m. to Noon and from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.


Friday from 8:30 am to 12:30 p.m.


About Us
Southwest Virginia Legal Aid Society (SVLAS) is a private, non-profit law firm. We provide free civil legal services to low-income families in 17 counties and four small cities in southwestern Virginia. 
For more than four decades, SVLAS and its predecessor programs have helped families across our region who face serious legal problems and have nowhere else to turn. Their concerns involve basic needs. Safety. Health. Shelter. Food. Education. Employment.
Approximately 20% of Americans are eligible for free civil legal aid, and by age 60 nearly four times that number - four in five people - will experience some kind of economic hardship. 
Those at highest risk include our most vulnerable populations - domestic violence victims and their children, seniors, the disabled, and veterans.
SVLAS and other civil legal aid programs nationwide provide direct legal representation, advice and counseling, community education, self-help and technology tools that can help low-income and middle-class families understand their legal options.
All of these resources can both improve outcomes in the justice system and help problems get resolved without going to court. When litigation is unavoidable, they can help cases move through the courts more effectively and more efficiently - which saves time and money for all.

DISCLAIMER: This website has been prepared for general informational purposes only. The information you see on this website, or by linking to other websites, is not legal advice and cannot replace the advice of an attorney. Viewing this website, completing an online application, or transmitting any e-mail message to SVLAS does not create an attorney-client relationship. In fact, unless you are already a client of SVLAS, your online application or e-mail may NOT be protected by attorney-client privilege. Also please remember that unencrypted e-mail may be intercepted by persons other than the intended recipient. Legal advice is dependent upon the specific circumstances of each situation. If you have a legal problem and want to receive legal advice or representation, you should contact an attorney in your area. If you live in southwestern Virginia, have a low household income, and your problem is one that Legal Aid may be able to assist with, please consider applying for legal assistance from SVLAS.