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Veterans Services at LAWV

Written by Legal Aid WV


This and every Veterans Day, we thank our veterans for their service. What many may not know is Legal Aid of WV provides services directly to veterans with legal problems.

Our veterans services, like our other services, have eligibility requirements, but we are able to provide services to a more diverse group of people under our veterans services umbrella because we have more flexibility with income eligibility.

Our current veteran attorney is Phillip Pham. He is based out of the Clarksburg office in Harrison County but can serve veterans statewide. Phillip can assist qualified veterans on legal issues such as adoption, guardianship, housing, unemployment compensation, expungement, driver license, name changes, bankruptcy, and veterans benefit cases. Phillip can also provide general legal information, legal forms, phone advice, and referral to other resources such as the WVU Law School Legal Clinics. Legal Aid also partners with the WVU College of Law Veterans Clinic to assist veterans who must appear in Court for petty offenses committed on federal property (also known as the petty offense docket).

Although we cannot assist in all cases or issues, we encourage any veterans facing current or potential legal matters to contact us for a no-charge consultation. Any veterans qualified for our services will not be charged for our services. 

Another exciting opportunity for us to assist veterans will be coming in the form of assistance for tax filing. Phillip will be working as an IRS’s Volunteer Income Tax Assistance preparer to assist veterans with tax filing. 

Due to Covid, we are currently unable to provide walk-in clinics at your local VA hospitals, but you can ask the social workers working there to put you in touch with Legal Aid of WV. Phillip can also meet you at any of the Legal Aid offices statewide, at the VA, or at another off-site location through appointment to discuss your case.  

If you would like to apply for services, please call 866-255-4370 to complete intake. If you would like to speak with Phillip before applying, please call 304-623-6649, extension 2311.

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