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Maine Volunteer Lawyers Project

Address:  PO Box 547
Portland, ME 04112
Phone:  (207) 774-4348 (Portland)
Toll Free Phone: 1-800-442-4293
Website: Website
Clients:  Low-income Maine residents with civil legal problems.
Services:  VLP operates a statewide toll-free Legal Hotline staffed by trained volunteers. Callers to the Legal Hotline go through an intake interview which includes eligibility determination. Eligible callers are provided with information about their legal problem over the phone, referrals to other organizations that might help them and are sent client education materials.

Clients with family law matters may get additional help via the Family Law Helpline. Clients who are representing themselves can schedule evening telephone appointments with volunteer lawyers to get legal advice and assistance throughout the course of their case.

Approximately 10% of VLP clients are referred to a volunteer lawyer for pro bono representation. VLP selects cases for pro bono referral based on the facts of the case and the availability of volunteer lawyers in particular geographic areas or with the necessary legal expertise. Volunteer lawyers may provide legal consultations, limited representation or full representation, depending on the case.

Fees: Free or reduced fee.
Hours:  CALL: 1-800-442-4293 or if in Portland 774-4348
This Statewide Hotline is open for new client interviews at the following times:

Monday, 9-12: Family Law Matters Only
Tuesday, 1-4: Other Areas of Law Only
Wednesday, 9-12: Family Law Matters Only
Thursday, 1-4: Other Areas of Law Only
Friday, 9-12: Family Law Matters Only

Please note that the above schedule is for new client telephone interviews only. Please have all materials such as court notices or documents with you when you call.

Healthy Community Coalition

Founded in 1989, Healthy Community Coalition (HCC) is an affiliate of the Franklin Community Health Network with a mission of promoting health and well-being in Franklin County and neighboring towns, including Livermore Falls.