Your First Stop for Free Legal Advice.
The purpose of the VakilHelp Neighborhood Legal Clinics program (VNLC) is to offer free, limited legal advice and referrals to residents with legal issues. It is a goal of the program to make the clinics accessible regardless of barriers such as income, education, language or disability.
WHAT WE DO
Provide FREE 10 minute consultations with an advocate at various locations across major cities in India. Participating Advocates determine whether the client has a legal problem, suggest possible options, and provide appropriate referrals. These advocates will not represent you in court. VNLC participating advocates may not have expertise in all areas of the law, but they will make every attempt to answer questions accurately.
- Provide legal advice for legal issues related to your personal, family, commercial and business issues
- Help answering papers, summons and requests
- Provide referral and resource information
- Clients who need further legal assistance may be referred to Volunteer Legal Services, the Lawyer Referral Service and other legal or law-related agencies or the bar.
- VNLC is a limited legal service and should not be considered a substitute for representation.
What is a Community Legal Clinic?
The first place for you to seek free basic legal advice and information. You will be able to consult a qualified lawyer on a one-to-one basis in a 10-minute session.
Who is it for?
The Community Legal Clinic is to assist anyone on matters where they are not represented by a lawyer. Advice would be provided to the applicant in person.
What Must I Bring?
Your identity card and all documents relevant to your matter or case.
Do I Have to Pay?
No, the legal clinic is free. However, you will have to sign an Indemnity Form stating that you will not seek any damages or claim for the advice given at the legal clinic.
Can I Change My Appointment Time?
Yes, but you must inform the service officer 3 working days before the date of the appointment to make the change. If you miss the appointment, re-registration for another appointment is at the discretion of the VakilHelp Services Office.
How to Get the Best out of this Service
Each session with the lawyer is limited to 10 minutes. To ensure that you are not late for your appointment, try to arrive at least 15 minutes before hand.
The Clinic only provides preliminary basic legal advice and information. If necessary, our service officer will help refer you to where you can get further help.
How to Register for the Community Legal Clinic?
Registration is required before an appointment is made for consultation at the Community Legal Clinic in your area. Some basic information and documentation will be collected at the registration, for the lawyers to familiarize themselves with your issues before the day of the Clinic. The more details you provide, the better prepared the lawyers can be.
Please be prepared to provide the following information:
- Personal details: Name, Age, Marital Status, Gender, Residential Address, Contact Information.
- Any relevant court dates and deadlines – e.g. hearing dates
- The name of any adverse party / parties (e.g. employer, spouse, landlord, tenant, etc) / ; lender / creditor, bank, financial institution, insurance company
- Dates of any agreements, contracts and durations of events (e.g. length of marriage, dates of employment, number of months in default)
- Factual background of issue (e.g. Amount of debt/loan, damages/injuries suffered, type of property & ownership (e.g. HDB, jointly owned);
- Detailed description of issue
- For Divorce matters, please also include: Number of Children, Custody arrangements, Maintenance agreements, Division of matrimonial assets, details of how each party has contributed to the household, whether it is a Muslim marriage. If either of both spouse is foreign or has spent time overseas, please also include citizenship and visa status, where they got married, where they have lived since then and whether they have been living together continuously, how long each of them has lived in India etc.
Please also send in:
- Copies of any contracts, agreements, correspondence, written evidence
- Copies of Writs served, court orders made, police reports
To register, visit your RWA office or call us at +8505999819 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Alternatively, you may register at our website and we will inform you about the legal clinics to be held in or around your locality. After registration, an appointment will be arranged for you to meet the lawyer at one of the Community Legal Clinics in your residential locality welfare associations office.
Where the Community Legal Clinics and what are are Their Operating Hours?
Your appointment will be at one of the following locations:
We will announce the legal clinic details shortly.
Disclaimer: The advice given at these sessions shall be as a matter of guidance and comfort only and is not intended to replace, substitute or supplement legal advice and legal action that may be needed in each case. The volunteer lawyers are bound by law not to act any further for the attendees of these free legal clinics.
The advice given at these sessions shall be as a matter of guidance and comfort only and is not intended to replace, substitute or supplement legal
advice and legal action that may be needed in each case. The volunteer lawyers are bound by law not to act any further for the attendees of these free legal clinics.
HOW TO PREPARE
Decide on the desired outcome or goal.
Schedule an appointment at a Neighborhood Legal Clinic.
Write a list of specific questions for the Advocate.
Bring to the clinic appointment:
- Agreements or contracts (signed or proposed)
- Written rules or policies
- Court orders
- Court papers served on you or that you filed with the court
- All letters or emails to and from person or business with whom you have the disagreement
- Specific paperwork related to the case. For example, employee handbook, parenting plan, child support order, protection order, lease, rental agreement
- Organize any paperwork from most recent on the top to oldest at the bottom.
- Identify all deadlines.
- Tell the legal clinic volunteer about these deadlines.
Remember you only have 20 minutes. Be prepared to tell the history of the legal issue to the legal clinic volunteer .
WHERE, WHEN, and HOW TO REACH SERVICES
To make an appointment call 0 8505 999 820 from 9:00am- 5:00 pm. Please note, appointments are scheduled no more than 7 days in advance. The scheduling line receives a high volume of calls so you may experience wait times between 5 to 10 minutes.
UPCOMING VNLC CLINIC LOCATIONS AND HOURS:
To make an appointment at a general legal clinic call 0 8505 999 819 Tuesday – Thursday from 9:00am- 5:00 pm.
To make an appointment at one of our upcoming speciality clinic call 0 8505 999 819 Tuesday – Thursday from 9:00am- 5:00 pm.
List of Specialty Clinics:
- Real Estate
- Small Business
- Debt Recovery
- Domestic Violence
- Public Services
- Legal Rights