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.