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A non-profit organization providing free legal information, advice and representation in civil cases to low-income families and individuals in Central, Southside and Western Tidewater Virginia



  1. For the fastest help, apply online: Click here.
  2. Call our LawLine at 1-866-534-5243 to get screened for assistance and, if eligible, obtain legal advice or representation. (If you are having trouble reaching us from a cell phone acquired outside our service area, try calling 434-455-3080).
  3. Check the legal information on our website: click here

Types of Cases

LawLine provides advice in civil law matters such as:

  • Consumer fraud, predatory lending matters, debt relief, contract disputes, car repossession, credit card lawsuits, and home repair scams
  • Education issues involving student discipline, fees, and special education services
  • Employment problems and unemployment benefits
  • Family law, including divorce, child custody, and child support
  • Landlord/tenant disputes, including eviction and repair issues
  • Mortgage foreclosure
  • Health care access, including Medicare
  • Public benefits, including Social Security/SSI, Medicaid, and food stamps

Criminal and Traffic Cases

VLAS does not provide assistance in criminal or traffic violation cases.  We handle only civil matters.  If you are unsure if you have a civil or a criminal case, call and ask us.

Charges for Services

VLAS does not charge fees for services.  You may be asked to pay for certain expenses, however, such as court filing fees or fees for serving papers.

Referrals for Help Elsewhere

If we cannot help you with your problem, we will do our best to refer you to an agency that may be able to help.  We may be able to direct you to a private attorney in certain cases.

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