Other places to find legal help and information:
Vermont free legal information resources
You can find free civil legal information at Vermont Law Help.
Free legal services programs in Vermont
Vermont Legal Aid and Legal Services Law Line of Vermont provide free civil legal services to eligible clients. To see if you qualify for help, you can contact the Vermont Law Help hotline at 800-889-2047, or submit a web inquiry at the Vermont Law Help web site.
The Vermont Volunteer Lawyers Project (VVLP) can connect qualified clients with a free attorney in certain cases. The Vermont Bar Association coordinates many county-based programs funded by the Vermont Bar Foundation that offer lawyer representation at no cost to qualified clients. If you do not qualify for free legal assistance, you may qualify for the "Modest Means" program, where you pay a reduced fee for legal representation. To see if you qualify for these programs, you can contact the Vermont Law Help hotline at 800-889-2047, or submit a web inquiry at the Vermont Law Help web site, and indicate that you are inquiring about VVLP, the VBA county programs, or the VBA "Modest Means" program.
The South Royalton Legal Clinic, housed at Vermont Law School, provides representation to eligible clients in immigration cases statewide, and in other civil legal areas in counties near the Law School. You can contact the clinic at 802-831-1500.
The Community Legal Information Center (CLIC), Vermont's public law library, offers free walk-in legal reference services, including legal research databases, legal self-help books, and Vermont legal materials. Reference librarians are available to help an individual get started with their legal research; Vermonters are welcome to walk in during regular business hours. Email firstname.lastname@example.org, or call the Ask a Law Librarian Line at 802-831-1313.
Have Justice Will Travel provides legal and support services to low-income victims of domestic violence. Their phone number is 877-496-8100.
If you want to hire an attorney
The Vermont Bar Association offers the VBA Lawyer Referral Service. This service provides the name of a local lawyer experienced in the area of law you need, who will provide a 30-minute consultation for no more than $25 for the 30 minutes. Arrangements for further representation are between the client and the lawyer. You can contact this service at 800-639-7036, or contact the service on-line at the VBA Lawyer Referral Service web site.
Vermont Law Help is the intake and quick advice hotline for Law Line and Vermont Legal Aid. You can call the hotline at 800-889-2047. Hotline hours are MWF 8:30-1:30 and TuTh 11:30-4:00. If all staff are busy, or you are calling during non-hotline hours, please leave a voice mail and we will call you back.
Vermont 211 is a general assistance hotline for many types of asssitance. Just dial 211.
Vermont Domestic Violence Hotline is at 800-228-7395.
Vermont Sexual Violence Hotline is at 800-489-7273.
Vermont Workers' Rights Hotline is at 866-229-0009.
Other helpful agencies
Disability Rights Vermont provides advocacy and legal assistance on certain disability-related issues. Some issues may be referred to the Disability Law Project of Vermont Legal Aid. The phone number is 800-834-7890.
Vermont Network Against Domestic and Sexual Violence, provides information and resources for people dealing with domestic and sexual violence, including contact and referral to local support agencies. Phone 800-228-7395.
The Vermont chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union provides information and, for select cases, representation defending individual rights guaranteed by the Constitution and Bill of Rights. The phone number is 802-223-6304.
The Vermont Center for Crime Victim Services provides support, referral, and information for victims of crime in Vermont. Their phone number is 800-750-1213.
The Vermont Human Rights Commission investigates allegations of unlawful discrimination in housing, public services and state employment. Their phone number is 800-416-2010.
The Vermont Attorney General's Office Civil Rights Unit investigates allegations of unlawful discrimination in private employment, as well as hate crimes. Their phone number is 888-745-9195.
The Vermont Attorney General's Consumer Assistance Program takes complaints and assists Vermonters in consumer fraud, scams, and other disputes with businesses. The phone number is 800-649-2424, or e-mail email@example.com.
The Vermont Workers' Center provides information around worker's rights. The Worker's Rights Hotline is at 866-229-0009.
Active-Duty Military/Veterans Legal Assistance
ABA Home Front
ABA Home Front provides legal information, resources, and a directory of legal programs for veterans, service members, and military families. Programs listed include military legal assistance offices, legal aid and pro bono organizations, lawyer referral and information services, and military-specific programs where available.
ABA Military Pro Bono Project
The ABA Military Pro Bono Project accepts case referrals from military attorneys on behalf of junior-enlisted, active-duty military personnel facing civil legal issues, and it works to place these cases with pro bono attorneys.