March 30, 2020
Do you have questions about how emergency laws in response to the Covid-19 crisis affect your housing, public benefits, ability to get a DVPO, your job loss, or your employment?
In response to the Covid-19 crisis, lawyers and advocates at Legal Aid have created a special Self-Help Library web page. On that page, we are posting articles to help you with common legal problems people are having during this time. We already have articles that explain how to get help if:
- You are a domestic violence or sexual assault victim and need a safety order
- Your landlord is trying to evict you
- You are still employed and have questions about what benefits you may be eligible for as a worker
- You are now unemployed as a result of the COVID-19 crisis
- You lost your health insurance when you lost your job
- You have questions about what the Social Security Office is open to help with at this time
What if I have questions that the Self-Help Library doesn’t talk about?
LAWV staff are adding new articles every day to try to answer your legal questions about how COVID-19 will affect your life. We are working on getting materials ready for kinship caregivers, parents, and people who have questions about the government stimulus payment checks. Keep checking back to see what is new!
What if I still need a lawyer or an advocate to go to court or a hearing with me?
Right now the West Virginia Courts are only hearing “emergency” cases for victims of domestic violence and sexual assault, child abuse cases, guardianship cases if there is abuse or neglect. Eviction cases are not supposed to be heard, unless a landlord acts illegally to lock you out during this time. Legal Aid is still taking calls and on-line applications for these emergency cases for eligible clients and our lawyers and paralegals are still helping with them. Our staff are also still providing telephone advice about things like how COVID affects your custody order, and how to deal with problems you are having with your unemployment, benefits, or your child’s special education needs while they are at home. Our intake hours for phone intake are now from 9-12 and 1-3.
How can I ask for help?
Call Legal Aid’s application line at 1-866-255-4370 from 9-12 and 1-3 or click on “Apply for Help” in the upper right-hand corner of this website.