About Us

Legal Services Vermont is a nonprofit legal services law firm based in Burlington. We were founded in November 1995 as Legal Services Law Line of Vermont. 

Our Services are Free

We provide free consultation, advice and community education for low-income Vermonters. We are supported by a grant from the Legal Services Corporation in Washington, D.C. We are available to any low-income Vermonter with a civil legal problem. We serve Vermonters from all corners of the state.

Our Mission

Legal Services Vermont works to:

  • empower individuals and families
  • help them earn knowledge and skills that will let them stand up for themselves, and
  • enable them to take power by controlling and managing their civil legal matters.

We try to provide service as soon as the problem arises. In every case we accept we will offer at least information, counsel and advice as the first level of assistance and continue providing help until the case is resolved.

Legal Services Vermont may offer representation in cases where the client is unable to represent him or herself. In addition, Legal Services Vermont may represent when the executive director determines that the issue is of significant importance to the client community.

Access to Justice

Legal Services Vermont believes that the legal system must be open to everyone whether or not they have lawyers. We are concerned about barriers to justice such as high court fees, inaccessibility, lack of good, clear information, “legalese” and any other problems people face when trying to exercise their right to be heard. Legal Services Vermont works with clients to narrow the gap between the promise of justice and the difficult reality of achieving it.

Our Priorities

Each year we set priorities. They help us decide how we will use our resources to help as many Vermonters as possible. We also set strategies and goals that enable us to measure how well we carry out our priorities.