Legal Information by Phone:
Legal Aid’s Law Line- 1-866-985-2948
Listen to recorded phone messages with information on common legal problems like divorce, custody, domestic violence, housing, DHHR benefits and how to represent yourself in court. Each message is 2-3 minutes. Available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Tuesday Legal Connect- 1-800-642-3617
On Tuesday evenings from 6-8 p.m., volunteer attorneys for the West Virginia State Bar answer phone calls to provide legal information and referrals. This information and the call are free.
Legal Information Websites:
The website for the West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals has a number of forms available for persons to use and file on their own.
Frequently Asked Questions by Seniors- West Virginia Senior Legal Aid
West Virginia Senior Legal Aid has legal Frequently Asked Questions on a number of topics, particularly focusing on issues faced by senior citizens age 60 and over.
West Virginia Free Legal Answers is a website where low-income persons can post legal questions and receive free brief advice from a volunteer attorney. To sign up go to the website, answer the eligibility questions, create an account, and submit the legal question you need answered. West Virginia Free Legal Answers is a program of the West Virginia State Bar and American Bar Association.
Apply for free legal help:
There are organizations in West Virginia that provide free civil legal help if you qualify for their services. To apply for services, you will need to contact each organization.
Mountain State Justice – 1-800-319-7132
If you qualify, provides free legal assistance to low income consumers who are facing home foreclosure, were lied to in the process of obtaining a loan, purchased a defective home or car; or have received unfair charges on loans or credit accounts. You can also contact Mountain State Justice if you would like to apply for free legal assistance if you are a prisoner or know a prisoner that is being unfairly or unsafely treated in a jail or correctional facility.
West Virginia Senior Legal Aid (WVSLA) – 1-800-229-5068
If you qualify, provides free civil legal services for senior West Virginians age 60 and over. The person age 60 or over who needs legal help must be the one who actually calls WVSLA, not someone else calling on his or her behalf.
Clinical Law Program – WVU College of Law – 1-304-293-7249
If you qualify, provides free legal services to low-income persons, generally in north central West Virginia, in a number of areas including family law, social security, and other public benefits, property issues, consumer debt relief, bankruptcy, and immigration. The Clinic does not take new cases during holiday or summer breaks when law students are not in school.
Consumer Protection Division– Office of the Attorney General- 1-800-368-8808
Consumers who believe they are the victim of unlawful consumer practices can file a complaint with the Consumer Protection Division.
Referrals to Lawyers:
The Lawyer Referral Service assists people in finding lawyers that are currently taking referrals in specific practice areas. Lawyers in West Virginia are not certified by the West Virginia State Bar in any specific areas of law, but they may have experience or interest in that specific area of practice. On this website, you can search for an attorney in your area who, by signing up for this service, has agreed to see you as a client for an initial consultation for a fee of no more than $25 for the first 30 minutes of the consultation.
Need help with food, clothing, shelter, medicine or other services?
West Virginia 211 – Dial 211