Virginia State Bar

An agency of the Supreme Court of Virginia

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Pro Bono / Access to Legal Services

A Mission of the Virginia State Bar.

Resources for the Public

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, courts across the Commonwealth may have different opening times and procedures in place. Please contact your local court to determine the operating procedures in your area.

To help those considering bankruptcy due to the COVID-19 pandemic:
Free Online Bankruptcy Evaluation Tool: A new, free statewide resource created by the Central Virginia Legal Aid Society with a grant from Legal Services Corporation is designed for those Virginians whose debts have piled up and become seemingly insurmountable, particularly low-wage workers and people living in poverty during the COVID-19 health crisis
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Virginia.freelegalanswers.org

Provides Virginians of modest means with answers to many legal questions and is staffed by licensed Virginia lawyers. Sponsored by the ABA.
Flyer about Free Legal Answers for display or distribution (pdf) 

Free and Low Cost Legal Resources Pamphlet (pdf)

Free and Low Cost Legal Resources in Virginia. A guide for helping low- and modest-income Virginians obtain legal services. Acceso a la Justicia en español (pdf)
 

Veterans Resources

 

Civil Legal Aid Programs

2013 Legal Aid Office Service Area Map (pdf)
You may also call 1-866-LEGLAID (1-866-534-5243) to reach your local legal aid office.


main office in Harrisonburg, offices in Winchester, Lexington, and Roanoke



main office in Richmond, offices in Petersburg, and Charlottesville

main office in Charlottesville, offices in Richmond, Petersburg, and Falls Church

main office in Norfolk, offices in Hampton, Virginia Beach, Belle Haven, and Williamsburg

Legal Aid Society of Roanoke Valley

main office in Falls Church, offices in Arlington, Alexandria, Fairfax, Leesburg, and Manassas

main offices in Fredericksburg, offices in Culpeper, and Tappahannock

main office in Marion, offices in Castlewood and Christiansburg

main office in Lynchburg, offices in Danville, Farmville, and Suffolk

serves the legal aid system through training, advocacy, and litigation support

offers more information about legal aid and pro bono representation
 

VA Law Help 2 Go

is a mobile-friendly platform that provides legal information in video format to the public. It allows users to select the desired legal content via SMS text messaging and view brief, informational videos (in English or Spanish) optimized for mobile devices. These videos provide information about common topics in the area of family, consumer, and housing law. A link at the end of each video directs the viewer to the Virginia statewide website for more information and to connect them with the appropriate legal aid provider in their area.
 

Virginia Judicial System Court Self-Help website

A project of the Virginia Access to Justice Commission, the Virginia Judicial System Court Self-Help website addresses various case types and organizes information from the Virginia Judicial System Website and other sources into user friendly content areas.
 

Independent Pro Bono Legal Services Providers

  • Virginia Sexual and Domestic Violence Action Alliance, (800) 838-8238, is a toll-free helpline offering legal and other assistance to survivors of sexual assault, intimate partner violence, dating violence, and stalking. On-staff advocates provide safety planning, emotional support, crisis intervention, and other resources to survivors. On-staff attorneys provide free and confidential legal advice and referrals. These services are available to survivors throughout the Commonwealth of Virginia.
  • CAIR Coalition (Capital Area Immigrants’ Rights) provides legal assistance for detained immigrants – adults and children – in the D.C. metropolitan area as well as training and support for immigrant advocacy groups and service providers. 
  • Community Tax Law Project provides free legal help to low wage families and individuals with tax issues.
  • Drive to Work provides assistance to low income or previously incarcerated persons to restore their driving privileges so they can drive to work and keep a job.
  • Fairfax Law Foundation (Northern Virginia Pro Bono Law Center) conducts direct intake for low income residents of Fairfax County only in contested family law matters and non-profit organizations in Northern Virginia needing legal assistance.
  • Good Samaritan Advocates is a faith-based legal aid organization providing no cost legal assistance to low-income individuals in the greater Washington, DC area.
  • Legal Information Network for Cancer (LINC) provides legal, financial and community resources to individuals confronted with issues arising from the diagnosis and treatment of cancer.
  • American Bar Association Home Front Directory is a list of free and low-cost legal service programs available to assist veterans, servicemembers and their families.
  • Whitman-Walker Health provides free legal services to its clients, people living with HIV/AIDS, and members of the LGBT community with public benefits, immigration, wills/powers of attorney/healthcare directives, and debt collection matters.
  • Hogar Immigrant Services offers immigration legal assistance at a reduced rate to those who could not afford it otherwise. Hogar also hosts Naturalization Workshops every month. At each workshop, members of the Hogar Legal team, as well as trained attorney and non-attorney volunteers, are on hand to assist eligible legal permanent residents (LPRs) in completing naturalization applications.
  • Just Neighbors provides immigration legal services to low income immigrants in the northern Virginia area. Clients must make 200% or less of federal poverty guidelines and must live in northern Virginia to qualify for services. Just Neighbors has a special emphasis on humanitarian-based immigration cases and does not take: removal/deportation cases, asylum cases, family-based petitions. 
  • Statewide Senior Legal Helpline, (844) 802-5910, is a toll-free line offering legal assistance and Advice for Virginians aged 60 or over. Topics covered by the Senior Helpline include long term care issues; public benefits such as Medicaid and SSI; guardianship and guardianship alternatives; age discrimination; financial exploitation; abuse and neglect; and some consumer issues. 
     

Virginia Lawyer Referral Service

The Virginia State Bar's lawyer referral service refers you to lawyers in your area for an up-to-half-hour consultation for $35.
 

Virginia Indigent Defense Commission

The Indigent Defense Commission provides criminal defense representation for indigent clients. There are 32 public defender/capital defender offices statewide and the agency also provides certification and training for court appointed attorneys.