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Coronavirus (COVID-19) and Legal Aid of WV Services

Last Updated On: 5/17/2020 9:08:57 AM

LEGAL AID OF WV CORONAVIRUS POLICY

Due to the ongoing health crisis of COVID-19/Coronavirus, all Legal Aid of West Virginia (LAWV) office locations ARE CLOSED TO THE PUBLIC until further notice.

Legal Aid of WV is committed to continuing to provide the highest level of client services as possible during this uncertain and unprecedented time.

Is Legal Aid of WV completely closed?

No. Our offices are closed, but we are still helping people with legal needs when and where we can through our online intake system and our telephone system. You can apply for help online 24/7 by clicking on the "Apply" button on the upper right hand corner of this screen. To apply by phone, call (866) 255-4370 during hours of operation during this time: Monday – Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Can I call with any case right now?

Yes, Legal Aid is still assisting with cases that meet our case guidelines.  

Are free clinics still open?

No. To limit public gatherings, all Legal Aid clinics are cancelled through May 2020. We will re-evaluate at that time whether June clinics will be held. You can check back here or follow us on social media for updates on clinics. (Find our Facebook and Twitter pages.)

I already have a case with Legal Aid of WV. Does that mean I can’t call?

Existing clients will not lose their attorney. Please be sure to contact them directly by phone or email if you have questions about the status of your case or information about upcoming hearings that may be changed or cancelled. If you do not know how to contact them, please call us at 866-255-4370.

What if I have a case I was working on myself and not with an attorney?

The West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals has issued several emergency orders telling courts how to best serve the public during the COVID-19 emergency.  From March 22 through May 18, 2020, many types of hearings were cancelled, continued or held remotely.

The most recent order says that starting May 18, 2020, courts in many West Virginia counties can start to have in person hearings again.  And that all types of cases can move forward in the court system, not just emergencies.

BUT there are lots of rules in place to keep everyone safe.  Read this article to learn more. 

 

This is general legal information. For guidance about your situation, talk to a lawyer.