Free Legal Aid in Virginia Beach

Last updated: November 8, 2013

Do you have a legal issue in the Virginia Beach or Norfolk area, but can’t afford to hire an attorney? There are many free or low-cost legal service options for residents of the area. The main provider is the Legal Aid Society of Eastern Virginia, a nonprofit legal aid organization providing free legal aid to low-income residents and seniors. There may be income limits that apply for you to qualify for free/low-cost help. Contact the specific agency to learn more. Below is a list of several organizations available to help you.

General Law

  • American Civil Liberties Union of Virginia

    701 East Franklin Street
    Suite 1412

    Richmond
    , VA 23219

    Tel: (804) 644-8022

    Areas of Law: Discrimination, Election and Voting, Freedom Speech, Freedom of Religion, Immigration Rights, LGBT Rights, Privacy, Police Practices, Jail and Prison Conditions, and other issues of fair treatment by government.

    Good to Know: The ACLU does not usually assist in the following types of cases: criminal defense or post-conviction appeals, divorce or child custody disputes, property disputes, tax problems, workers compensation issues, consumer complaints, landlord-tenant disputes, building code issues and complaints about lawyers or judges. Requests for legal assistance must be submitted online.  

  • Legal Aid Society of East Virginia

    125 St. Paul's Boulevard
    Suite 400

    Norfolk
    , VA 23510

    Tel: (757) 627-5423

    Areas of Law: Family, Housing, Health, Elderly, Children/Youth Issues, Public Benefits, Employment, Education, Individual Rights, Probate, Consumer

    Good to Know: This office offers advice/legal counsel, brief services, self-help clinics, community legal education, and referrals, as well as full representation in administrative hearings and county, state, and federal courts. They do not assist with criminal cases. Applicants must qualify for services under financial guidelines. These guidelines are based on household size, income and assets. Most families who receive government benefits or who have minimum wage jobs are eligible for services.

  • Legal Aid Society of East Virginia-Virginia Beach Office

    Pembroke Four
    Suite 532

    Virginia Beach
    , VA 23462

    Tel: (757) 552-0369

    Areas of Law: Family, Housing, Health, Elderly, Children/Youth Issues, Public Benefits, Employment, Education, Individual Rights, Probate, Consumer

    Good to Know: This office offers advice/legal counsel, brief services, self-help clinics, community legal education, and referrals, as well as full representation in administrative hearings and county, state, and federal courts. They do not assist with criminal cases. Applicants must qualify for services under financial guidelines. These guidelines are based on household size, income and assets. Most families who receive government benefits or who have minimum wage jobs are eligible for services.

Veterans/Military

  • Legal Service Command

    United States Coast Guard, Legal Service Command (LSC-41E)
    c/o Base Portsmouth, 4000 Coast Guard Blvd

    Portsmouth
    , VA 23703

    Tel: (757) 295-2308

    Areas of Law: Adoption, Civil Suits, Consumer Law, Domestic Relations & Divorce, Service Member's Civil Relief Act (SCRA), Debt, Landlord Tenant Law, Power of Attorney, Taxes, Wills & Living Wills, Traffic

    Good to Know: This organization assists active duty military including reservists,, veterans and spouses of deceased veterans who cannot afford or do not have access to the legal services they need by offering legal clinics and maintaining a pro bono volunteer attorney network.

Law School Clinics

  • Regent University School of Law Clinic

    1000 Regent University Drive
    Virginia Beach
    , VA 23464

    Tel: (757) 352-4584

    Areas of Law: Landlord-Tenant, Civil, Family Law

    Good to Know: The law school offers limited legal assistance through the legal clinic, which focuses on family law, children's issues, and social security and SSI disability.