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Staff Award Winners

Congratulations to Josh Fraenkel in our Wheeling office, Diane Calandros in our Logan office, Kate White and Cathy Jo Townsend-Estep in our Charleston office and Ed Hopple in our Morgantown office for being honored at LAWV's biannual staff awards dinner in November!  Find out more here

Tax Refunds Later in 2017

The Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes of 2015 (PATH Act) was enacted on December 18, 2015. The law is effective January 2017. Its goal is to prevent revenue lost due to identity theft and refund fraud. PATH mandates that no credit or refund for an overpayment for a taxable year shall be made before February 15, 2017. This means that the IRS will not issue a refund until after February 15, 2017, if a taxpayer claims the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) or the Additional Child Tax Credit (CTC).  This law applies to the entire refund, not just the portion associated with the EITC or the Additional CTC. 

Beware of Scam

Legal Aid of West Virginia (LAWV) has been notified that other websites and phone numbers are claiming to be LAWV and offering legal services if you pay them a fee. LAWV provides FREE legal services.  We will never ask for your credit card information. If you have given your credit/debit card number to one of these website or phone numbers, please contact your credit card company or bank to dispute the charges. You could also file a complaint with the West Virginia Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Division at 1-800-368-8808. 

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Adrienne Worthy
Executive Director

Standing For Justice

Every day, people wake up and find themselves with nowhere to turn. Sometimes it’s a mother and child. Sometimes a senior, a veteran, or a woman trying to escape abuse. What they need is an advocate to guide them through the civil legal justice system.

That’s what we do at Legal Aid of West Virginia: we stand with vulnerable people and assist them as they seek justice for themselves on critical matters affecting their families, their health, their safety, and their economic security.

Think of the last words of our Pledge of Allegiance: “...and justice for all.” That principle drives our work. Together, with the support of generous donors, volunteers, and community supporters, we fight to keep that promise.