Legal Services Vermont (LSV) recently released annual numbers that show our growing impact around the state. We offer a number of ways for Vermonters to access civil legal help and we offer our services for free.
In the last year:
- our legal help hotline phone rang 23,781 times
- we received about 1,500 online requests for legal help at VTLawHelp.org
- about 15,000 times we provided quick legal advice or referrals to appropriate organizations
- we gave direct legal help to Vermonters in nearly 1,300 cases
- we opened more than 600 cases for seniors with legal needs
- we opened 500 cases for victims of crime who had legal problems
- we helped nearly 300 Vermonters facing eviction at our in-court eviction clinics
- we referred 150 cases to private attorneys for free legal assistance
- more than 100,000 individual users accessed information on our legal help website at VTLawHelp.org
- we did this work with a dedicated staff of 11 people and committed volunteer attorneys.
On any given day, LSV’s lawyers and paralegals might help someone get heat back on in their apartment or find emergency housing, help a senior reclaim their lost Social Security benefits, help a battered woman get protective orders from the court, or help a family navigate the eviction or bankruptcy process.
We provide support to low-income Vermonters who have legal cases that meet priorities that are set each year. The priorities help us decide how we will use our resources to help as many Vermonters as possible. LSV also provides screening and referrals to its sister organization, Vermont Legal Aid, as well as many other organizations. LSV is funded by the Legal Services Corporation.