Due to COVID-19, courts may require face coverings for all meetings or hearings. We recommend taking one with you so you are not turned away.


November 02, 2017

Getting Unemployment Benefits If You Quit Your Job Because Of A Medical Condition


Can I get unemployment benefits if I quit my job because of a medical condition? Yes, BUT ... there are two very strict requirements you must meet.

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October 26, 2017

Criminal Offense Reduction of a Felony


Under a new law, West Virginians can ask a court to change a felony to a “reduced misdemeanor” on your criminal record. This process is called Criminal Offense Reduction.

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September 29, 2017

Hackers Infiltrated Equifax – Now what?


The credit reporting company Equifax was breached by hackers. The breach lasted from May 2017 to July 2017. The breach exposed the information of over 140 million Americans. The hackers gained access to names, Social Security numbers, birth certificates, addresses, driver’s licenses numbers and credit card numbers. Find out what to do about it here.

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September 07, 2017

Resources For Starting Your Own Business


Are you considering starting your own business? Are you unsure where to begin? Here are some resources.

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August 31, 2017

LAWV Board of Directors Elections


Annual Board elections were held March-May this year with congratulations going to Andy Nason, Rick Gallagher, Matt DeVore, and Patience DeWeese.

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August 17, 2017

Are you a caring for a child who is not your birth child?


Legal Aid can assist relatives and other third party caretakers with questions and concerns such as: What legal steps do I need to take to enroll the child who is living with me in school, or to get medical care for that child? What is the difference between infant guardianship and adoption? What if I want to adopt a child who is in currently in foster care? How would adopting a child affect my taxes?

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August 03, 2017

SNAP Benefits


Reduction or discontinuation of SNAP benefits can mean going hungry. SNAP benefits are subject to many rules, and recipients can find themselves in trouble for seemingly innocent actions.

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July 20, 2017

Outpatient Observation May Not Be Covered By Medicare


More frequent use of an Outpatient Observation Status is a result of changes in the Medicare program dating to Oct. 2012. With this change, hospitals started being penalized when too many patients in traditional Medicare are re-hospitalized within a month of discharge. The "outpatient" classification is often a surprise to patients; many do not realize their status until the patient is getting ready to leave the hospital and sometimes they are not told at all and only learn about the situation once they start receiving bills that are normally covered under traditional Medicare.

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July 13, 2017

Pro Bono Portal For Volunteer Attorneys

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At Legal Aid of West Virginia (LAWV), we are always asking “how can we make it easier for pro bono attorneys to volunteer.” We believe we may have found the answer with our newly launched Pro Bono Portal.

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July 06, 2017

Custody Modification - When and How


Sometimes, after an initial custody decision is made by a court a party feels that things are not working and a change to the court order is needed. A formal custody modification is a court-approved change in a child’s living arrangements.

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