New Website provides legal, health care resources for Vermonters

first_imgVermont Legal Aid and Law Line of Vermont have just launched a redesigned, easy-to-use website, Vermont Law Help, that provides up-to-date guidance on health care access, health insurance issues, and other civil legal issues. One of the goals of Vermont Law Help is to inform and empower Vermonters to help themselves, find resources they can use, and know where legal services are available. Guided interviews show visitors how to complete common court documents, and form letters help them address specific problems. Vermont Law Help has resources for Vermonters with family problems involving separation, divorce and abuse; housing issues, including landlord and tenant problems, foreclosure, and discrimination; health care questions and issues related to health care reform, insurance, access to services, denials and appeals, billing, and complaints; money and debt problems including bankruptcy, credit and credit reports, public benefits, repossession, and taxes; and more, including information specifically for seniors and people with disabilities.Vermont Law Help has a powerful search function and simple navigation to help users find relevant information fast. Google Translate buttons quickly translate the website into seven languages that are prevalent in Vermont, and the text size can be easily adjusted by Vermonters with vision challenges. The new design offers a vastly improved reading and navigation experience for smart phone users.‘We are always seeking more efficient and effective ways to serve Vermonters,’ said Eric Avildsen, executive director of Vermont Legal Aid. ‘We have invested in improving our website because we know that the web is an important tool for individuals who are looking for information and resources to help them resolve problems.’There were approximately 115,000 visits to Vermont Law Help in 2012 and more than 102,000 visits so far in 2013. Vermont Legal Aid and Law Line of Vermont are nonprofit law firms that provide civil legal services primarily to low-income Vermonters.Visit the Vermont Law Help website at vtlawhelp.org.last_img

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