|Debt/Debt Collection||This section has information about personal debt and debt collection, how to stop collectors from contacting you, and how you can protect your property and income during debt collection.|
|Social Security Benefits||
This page contains information about Social Security benefits. This includes retirement, Supplemental Security Income (SSI), Social Security Disability Benefits (SSDI), and SSDI and family Benefits.
|Making Counterclaims Against Your Landlord||
A counterclaim is a lawsuit brought by the defendant against a plaintiff in an existing lawsuit. These instructions and forms will help you decide whether you can or should file counterclaims against your landlord, and how to do that.
|Lockouts / Other Illegal Actions||Vermont has laws that protect tenants (renters) from illegal actions by landlords. Your landlord cannot shut off (disconnect) your utilities - water, heat, electricity. Your landlord cannot lock you out. Your landlord cannot remove your belongings, in most cases.|
|Money/Cash Benefits: Reach Up||
Reach Up is a program run by the State of Vermont's Department for Children and Families (DCF). You have to have a child or children to get Reach Up. You can be single parent or a couple. You can get money, child care help, health insurance, and help finding a job. This section of our website explains Vermont's Reach Up program.
|Emergency Guardianship||This page provides information about emergency guardianship for adults. Emergency guardianship is when there is a need for a guardian right away, so the Judge appoints a temporary guardian.|
|Relief From Abuse Order||
This page explains the process to apply for a court order for Relief from Abuse.
|How We Can Help||
Vermont Law Help is a partnership of Vermont Legal Aid and Legal Services Law Line of Vermont. Please contact us to find out if we can help you. We provide free civil (not criminal) legal help to low-income people who live in Vermont. There is no charge for our services.
|Rights Against Debt Collectors||
Are you behind on your credit card payments, your home mortgage, a personal loan or other debt? The creditor or a debt collector may contact you. The law can't stop reasonable attempts to collect debts. But creditors and debt collectors aren't allowed to be abusive.
This web page tells you where you may find affordable housing, how to appeal if you were denied rental assistance, and how to apply for fuel assistance.
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