Types of Cases RLS Handles
Administrative Matters Consumer Problems
- Health Law Issues - Bankruptcies
- Immigration Issues - Debt Collection
- Social Security - Garnishments
- SSI Benefits
- Unemployment Claims
Family Law Housing Problems
- Child Support - Foreclosures
- Spousal Support - Housing Discrimination
- Custody - Landlord-Tenant/Evictions
- Protective Orders - Public Housing
- Domestic Violence
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Do I Qualify For Services?
We handle civil legal matters only. We do not handle any criminal cases. Unfortunately, we are unable to accept everyone who applies for our services. We are restricted from doing so by a combination of limited resources and by regulation. The number of and type of cases RLS can take are based on our available resources. From time to time, the number of applicants and their needs may exceed what we can handle. If this happens, we will give referrals to other resources if possible.
Our program only serves low-income clients. Applicants must meet our income requirements and asset eligibility. Income is based on household income and can be affected by medical expenses, work expenses, and other factors. Also, the program has several different levels of case priorities which will determine the type of case and the level of service we will provide.
How to Get Help From RLS
If you need legal advice, please contact the local hotline program, Legal Services of Northern Virginia (LSNV) at (703) 778-6800 (choose Option #1) or (866) 534-5243 (toll free) or you can apply online at www.lsnv.org (click on “Intake Application”). Fredericksburg service area residents can also visit the LSNV office located at 500 Lafayette Boulevard, Suite 140, Fredericksburg, VA 22401 (access building from rear parking lot entrance). The LSNV hotline staff screen all calls to determine if you are income-eligible (low income); if your legal problem is something we can handle (See Types of Cases RLS Handles, above); and if there is a conflict of interest that might prevent us from taking your case (e.g., the opposing party is already a client of ours).
LSNV handles most initial client contact and eligibility screening, except when there are conflicts with LSNV, in some emergencies, in cases of undocumented applicants, and for some community-based matters.
An eligible applicant may be given advice by LSNV or referred to RLS for more extensive services. If a client is referred by LSNV to RLS, we will see if you qualify for more extensive services.
HOTLINE HOURS: 9:30 AM to 3:30 PM, Monday through Thursday
CLOSED 12:30 PM to 1:30 PM for lunch