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Consumer
Bankruptcy
PDF
 
Buying a Used Car
Some things to keep in mind when buying a used car and what your remedies might be if you have problems, including possible warranties.
PDF
 
Contracts
PDF
 
Payday Loans
PDF
 
Public Utilities
PDF
 
Surviving Debt
PDF
 
Telecommunications
Regulation of telephone services, including wireless, and optional plans for low-income persons.
PDF
 
Virginia Motor Vehicle Lemon Laws brochure
Having trouble with a new car? Learn about Virginia's Lemon Laws.
PDF
 
Warranties
PDF
 

Criminal
Driver's License Restoration
PDF
 
Expungement Process
Steps to take when trying to expunge criminal records from public access.
PDF
 
Expungements and Pardons of Criminal Charges
PDF
 

Debtors Rights
After the Court Has Already Issued a Judgment
PDF
 
Fair Debt Collection Practices Act
Describes what a debt collector is not allowed to do when trying to collect a debt from you, and what defenses you might have. This applies only to debt collectors other than the original creditor.
PDF
 
Garnishment
What to do if your wages or bank account are being garnished. How to claim exemptions from garnishment.
PDF
 
Getting Auto Repairs
PDF
 
Getting Sued
PDF
 
Information on Debt Collectors
HTML

 
Information on GDC - going to court - lose
HTML

 
Information on General District Court
HTML

 
Information on how debts are collected
HTML

 
Information on Levies on Property
HTML

 
Know Your Rights in General District Court
PDF
 
Medical Debt
PDF
 
PAYDAY Lending
Questions and Answers about Payday Lending and why it is a bad idea.
PDF
 
Repossessions and Deficiency Judgments
PDF
 
Taking a Civil Case to General District Court
PDF
 
Unfair Sales Practices and Consumer Fraud
PDF
 

Education
Education Rights for Children
PDF
 
Special Education Rights
PDF
 
Student Loans
PDF
 

Elder Law
Adult Long-Term Care Services
In-home assistance, assisted living, nursing home, and other resources available for those who need help to meet their basic daily living needs.
PDF
 
Advance Medical Directives
Living Wills; Health Care Declarations; Medical Power of Attorney.
PDF
 
Elder and Incapacitated Adult Abuse
PDF
 
Guardianships and Conservatorships
Information on what this is and how to get one. What the guardian and conservator's duties are and whether there are alternatives.
PDF
 
Power of Attorney
PDF
 
Tax Relief for the Elderly and Disabled
Explains how you may be eligible for reduction or deferral of real estate and income taxes.
PDF
 
Wills
PDF
 
Wills brochure
Questions and Answers about Wills in Virginia
PDF
 

Employment
Family and Medical Leave Act
PDF
 
Unemployment Compensation
PDF
 
Unemployment Compensation (shorter tri-fold version)
PDF
 
Wrongful Discharge and Wrongful Treatment at Work
PDF
 

Family and Domestic and Sexual Violence
Adoption
PDF
 
Back Child Support
What can I do if I'm not receiving the child support that was ordered? OR: What can I do if I can't pay the child support I was ordered to pay?
PDF
 
Child Abuse, Foster Care, and Court Termination of Parental Rights
PDF
 
Child Custody and Visitation
PDF
 
Child Support
PDF
 
Divorce and Separation
PDF
 
Divorce, Spousal Support, and Division of Marital Property and Debts
PDF
 
Domestic Violence
PDF
 
Domestic Violence and Protective Orders
PDF
 
Emancipation of Children
Explains how minors between 16 and 18 may become legally emancipated, and the consequences of being emancipated.
PDF
 
Establishing a Birth Record
How to get a new birth certificate, or to change/replace an existing one.
PDF
 
Families in Crisis Booklet
DOC
 
Guardianship and Conservatorship
PDF
 
How to Respond to a Complaint for Divorce
Very general explanation. Having the assistance of an attorney is strongly recommended.
PDF
 
Paternity
PDF
 
Spousal Support
PDF
 
Strengthening Families with Children
Booklet for help with family law issues, housing, public benefits, social services, unemployment, workers compensation, and wills.
DOCX
 
Termination of Parental Rights
PDF
 

Food Stamps
Food Stamps [SNAP] Basics
PDF
 

Health
Advance Medical Directives
Living Wills; Health Care Declarations; Medical Power of Attorney.
PDF
 
Medicaid
Also known as Medical Assistance, which is different from Medicare.
PDF
 
Medicaid Spend-Down
You may be eligible for Medicaid coverage even if you are over their income limits.
PDF
 
MEDICARE AND MEDICAID RIGHTS IN VIRGINIA
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Housing
Can Landlord Bar Guest?
When and how a landlord can order non-tenants to stay away from the rental property, and how a tenant might challenge the order.
PDF
 
Evictions (including Lockouts and Utility Shutoffs)
PDF
 
Fair Housing
PDF
 
Federally Subsidized Housing -- tenant-based
PDF
PDF
 
Federally Subsidized Housing -- unit-based
PDF
 
Foreclosure
PDF
 
Home Ownership
PDF
 
Information on Evictions and Utility Shutoffs
HTML

 
Mobile Home and Lot Rentals
For those who rent a mobile home and the lot it sits on in a mobile home park with 10 or more lots.
PDF
 
Mobile Home Ownership and Lot Rentals
For those who own, or are buying, their mobile home, and are renting the lot it sits on in a mobile home park with 10 or more lots.
PDF
 
Public Housing
PDF
 
Repairs and Maintenance of Rental Property
PDF
 
Security Deposits
PDF
 
Tenants' Rights (short tri-fold version)
PDF
 
When Rental Property is Destroyed
What happens when the place you're renting is destroyed by fire or some other casualty, whether through your negligence, the landlord's negligence, or natural causes? Also, what happens if your personal property is destroyed or damaged?
PDF
 
Your Rights as a Tenant
PDF
 

Social Security
Preparing for Your Disability Hearing
How to get ready for a hearing before an Administrative Law Judge after you've appealed a denial of benefits.
PDF
 
Representative Payee -- SSA
PDF
 
Social Security Benefits -- Overview
PDF
 
Social Security Disability -- Working While Disabled
PDF
 
Supplemental Security Income
Disability benefits from Social Security Administration, based on need, whether or not the claimant has worked and paid into Social Security. Includes information on how to apply and how to appeal if denied.
PDF
 
Supplemental Security Income -- shorter tri-fold version
PDF
 

Tax
Tax Relief for the Elderly and Disabled
Explains how you may be eligible for reduction or deferral of real estate and income taxes.
PDF
 

Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF)
General Relief
Note: General Relief is not the same as TANF. Contact VLAS for materials on TANF.
PDF
 
 
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