Your Legal rights

Your Legal Rights during COVID-19

Although our physical offices are closed to the public, Southwest Virginia Legal Aid (SVLAS) continues to serve our clients and the community during this unprecedented time. Our attorneys, paralegals and other staff are working remotely to help with legal problems faced by the communities where we live and work.  We are working hard toward solutions related to shelter, safety and economic security.  We are in communication with the courts, colleagues, partner agencies and most importantly our clients by phone, text, and email. 

Online intake is accessible 24/7 and our hotline/intake phones are open during specific hours each day. 

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Friday 8:30 am to 12:30 pm.
The call is free, both Nationwide or cellular: 1.888.201.2772
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SVLAS understands there is a lot of confusion and misinformation about your legal rights and remedies; and about assistance for those in need.  We will be sharing information here and on our Facebook page to keep you informed.  We may not be the first to share information, but we strive to make sure our information is accurate. Below you will find information about legal rights and remedies with special sections on issues specific to the COVID-19 crisis. This is general information and each situation is different, so it is important to contact your local legal aid program. 

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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.