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Criminal Offense Reduction

Under a new West Virginia law, certain felonies may be changed to a “reduced misdemeanor” on a criminal record through a civil court process called Criminal Offense Reduction. The intent of the law is to improve employment opportunities for people who may qualify. Read our new article to learn more.

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Friday, Feb. 9, 2018 from noon to 3:00 pm
Legal Aid Charleston office - 922 Quarrier St., 5th Fl.

Friday, April 27, 2018 from noon to 3:00 pm
Lewisburg, WV (location TBD)

Friday, September 14, 2018 from noon to 3:00 pm
Morgantown, WV (location TBD)

Friday, December 14, 2018 from noon to 3:00 pm
Legal Aid Charleston office - 922 Quarrier St., 5th Fl.


















Seeking Justice, Changing Lives

With over 100 full-time staff in 12 offices, Legal Aid of West Virginia is the state's primary provider of civil legal aid and advocacy services.  Our mission is to ensure that the most vulnerable among us -  low-income families, seniors, victims of domestic violence, the disabled - have an equal shot at justice, in the courtroom and in their communities. 


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Were you affected by the January 2014 water crisis? 

You have until February 21, 2018, to file your claim for compensation.

You can file your claim online at the West Virginia Water Contamination Settlement website , or print out a claim form there, complete it by hand, and return it by mail (must by postmarked no later than February 21, 2018.)  The Kanawha County Public Library system has computers available for submitting online claims, and for printing forms from the settlement website.

If you cannot access a computer or printer, or if you have questions about the process, the forms, or your eligibility, Legal Aid can help.  Call Cindy Withrow at 304-343-3013, ext. 2115.  Legal Aid is also offering free help filling out paperwork, at the locations and times below.  
Sissonville Health Center Kanawha County Public Library, Main Branch
6135 Sissonville Rd., Sissonville 123 Capitol St., Charleston
February 15, 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm February 19, 9:00 am to 12:00 pm
  February 20, 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm

Just need to print out a claim form?
You can access a simple residential claim form here.

(Do not forget: mailed claims must be postmarked
NO LATER THAN February 21, 2018.)


Legal Aid of West Virginia has also compiled a
list of FAQs about the claims process.




Don’t pay to file your tax returns! is completely free for households earning less than $66,000 in 2017. is only available for filing your 2017 tax return.  If you have questions, IRS-certified specialists are ready to assist you at the helpline (855) 698-9435. The helpline hours are M-F 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. EST and Sat. 12 p.m. to 9 p.m. EST.  Assistance is available in English and Spanish. 


Legal Aid Scam Alert 

We have been made aware of several incidents where individuals have been cheated by scammers claiming to be Legal Aid organizations.  Legal Aid of West Virginia DOES NOT charge for the legal services it provides to clients.  In some cases, clients may be asked to contribute to court filing or service fees, but these amounts are modest, and Legal Aid will never request payment by phone or money order.  
If you have been victimized by this scam, you are encouraged to contact the West Virginia Attorney General- Consumer Protection Division.  You may also want to contact your local police.

Free Self-Help Legal Clinics 



For veterans: 

Every 3rd Weds. of the month 9 am - noon.
Greenbrier VA Center, 250 Shamrock Ln., Ronceverte.  
Questions? Call Legal Aid attorney Art Wolf, 304-255-0561, ext. 2228

Walk-ins welcome.


For family law (custody and parenting modification):

In 2018:  1/12/18, 2/9/18, 3/9/18, 4/13/18, 5/11/18, 6/8/18, 7/13/18, 8/10/18, 9/14/18, 12/12/18, 11/2/18, 12/7/18.

All sessions begin at 1:30 p.m. in the Parkersburg Legal Aid office.  
You must register in advance by calling 304-485-7522 or 800-675-7970.



For family law (divorce):

In 2018:  1/26/18, 2/23/18, 3/23/18, 4/27/18, 5/25/18, 6/22/18, 7/27/18, 8/24/18, 9/28/18, 10/26/18, 11/16/18, 12/14/18 .  

All sessions begin at 1:30 p.m. in the Parkersburg Legal Aid office.  
You must register in advance by calling 304-485-7522 or 800-675-7970.