Frequently Asked Questions
No, if a client is eligible for services and we are able to locate a volunteer attorney to take on the client’s case, there is no fee for the legal services provided. Most of our services are provided by volunteer attorneys, and VLSP screens potential clients and serves as a referral agency to match the clients with the volunteers. Clients who qualify for services may also be given an appointment at one of our legal clinics. There is no fee for this service either. All clients must qualify for services. We do not provide low cost, reduced fee, or sliding scale legal services.
When a client calls seeking services, we will ask several questions to determine whether or not the client is eligible for VLSP assistance. All information is kept confidential.
VLSP is only permitted to help people who are either citizens of the United States or have documented proof that they are in the country legally.
Clients must reside in Sacramento or the surrounding counties.
Clients must meet certain income and asset requirements, as VLSP’s mission is to serve low income people only. A client can own his or her own home and still be eligible for services.
Our intake is done almost exclusively by telephone and we do not have the staff to accommodate walk-ins. Our Client Intake Line is (916) 551-2102.
For detailed information about the types of cases VLSP is currently handling, please see the Services We Offer section of the website.
For detailed information on the types of cases VLSP does not handle or other restrictions on our services, please see the Cases We Don’t Do section of the website.
VLSP has many volunteer opportunities for attorneys and interpreters. Please see the Volunteer section of the website for more information and to complete an application. Law students interested in volunteering at our Employment Law Clinic should contact us at [email protected] to inquire about any current volunteer opportunities.