About Pro Bono Legal Service
Many lawyers in Vermont provide pro bono representation—they represent a client without charge if that person cannot afford to hire an attorney. “Pro bono” is short for pro bono publico, a Latin phrase meaning “for the public good”. Lawyers who provide pro bono legal service perform important work in our democracy when they help citizens obtain justice in our courts and government agencies.
Finding Free Legal Help
VTLawHelp is a statewide legal help service and website hosted by Vermont Legal Aid and Legal Services Vermont. They provide over the phone advice, eligibility screening, client intake and referral for many Vermont legal service providers, including the VBA’s Low Bono Projects. You may be able to talk with an attorney, or have one represent you in court. To find out if you qualify for free legal help, call 1-800-889-2047 or visit VTLawHelp.org.
Small Business Community Navigator Project is designed to assist low income and minority small business owners by providing legal education and direct legal services. This is a partnership project with Vermont Law School and the Vermont Bar Association, and is funded with a grant from the US Small Business Administration. For more information and to see if you qualify click here: https://www.vermontlaw.edu/academics/centers-and-programs/center-for-legal-innovation/community-partnership
Vermont Legal Partnership for Crime Victims provides a variety of free legal and support services for those who have been victims of crime such as domestic violence, assault and harassment, theft, and sexual assault. If you have a legal problem as a result of your victimization, call 1-800-889-2047 or visit VTLawHelp.org to see if you qualify for a referral to a free-to-you attorney.
Vermont Free Legal Answers is an on-line free legal advice service which allows you to post questions to be answered by Vermont lawyers. To see if you qualify, and to get started posting your legal questions, click here https://vt.freelegalanswers.org/
Other Resources: You can view a list of legal services organizations and projects around Vermont by clicking HERE, Scan the chart for help in your area of the state or for your legal issue. You may also call Vermont 2-1-1, a statewide help directory which will put you in touch with legal services near you.