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Free and Low-Cost Legal Resources in Utah

VA Salt Lake City Healthcare System

  • George E. Wahlen Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center, 500 Foothill Drive, Salt Lake City, Utah 84148
  • Erica Thoen, LCSW Supervisor, Veterans Justice Outreach Program, erica.thoen@va.gov
  • Types of Cases: Civil and Criminal
  • The VA is unable to provide legal assistance, so they have partnered with volunteer attorneys who provide a free monthly legal clinic for Veterans. The clinic is held the second Thursday of each month (except December) from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. in building 8 multi-purpose center on VA campus. This would give veterans an opportunity to speak to an attorney, free of charge, to get some direction on their legal matter. No appointment needed. 

Utah@EASE

  • U@E is a referral program. The veteran must be referred by either a VSO or a judge advocate. U@E does not provide legal advice or services. Instead, U@E finds volunteer attorneys who are willing to help qualified veterans and servicemembers with Utah legal matters regarding SCRA, USERRA, Landlord, Debt, Consumer Fraud, Predatory Lending, Immigration, Wills, and Power of Attorney. Therefore, criminal, family law, personal injury, and legal matters against a State or USA, among others, are not covered.
  • SEND AN EMAIL to lschmidt@agutah.gov in order to receive a Veteran Intake form and Veteran Acknowledgement form. Then the veteran must contact their VSO (or JA if still in uniform) who will ask the veteran to complete the Veteran Intake form, Veteran Acknowledgement form, and provide a digital copy of the DD214 before that VSO or JA contacts U@E.
  • Contact information of those who can refer:
    • American Legion 801-326-2471
    • DAV 801-326-2375
    • University Veteran Centers
    • Utah Veterans’ Affairs 801-326-2372
    • VA Vet Center SLC 801-266-1499
    • VA Vet Center Provo 801-377-1117
    • VA Vet Center Ogden 801-737-9737
    • VA Vet Center St George 435-673-4494
    • VFW 801-326-2385
  • Referrals, screening, and placement take time. U@E is not appropriate for “emergency” legal services. After the veteran is 1) referred, 2) the Vet Intake form, Veteran Acknowledgement form, and DD214 are submitted, and 3) the veteran is determined to be eligible, many weeks pass, typically, before a veteran is represented, if at all.

  • Once a veteran has been on the “Ready List” for 90 days without being accepted by a U@E Attorney, the veteran is removed from U@E and is advised to hire counsel. Some cases are never accepted because the legal issue is not practiced by any of the volunteer attorneys. Sometimes the legal issue will take more hours than the volunteer is willing to give.

  • If the veteran’s legal issue is an emergency, consider hiring counsel directly or by visiting www.licensedlawyer.org

  • Visit attorneygeneral.utah.gov/utah-at-ease/ for details.

St. George VA Clinic

  • St. George CBOC, 230 North 1680 East, Building N, St. George, Utah 84790
  • Brad Evans, VJO Specialist, bradley.evans.va.gov
  • Types of Cases: Civil and Criminal
  • Walk-ins accepted 1st Wednesday of the month from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
  • 435-634-7608 

Employer Support of The Guard and Reserve (ESGR)

  • ESGR is a Department of Defense unit that promotes employer support for Guard and Reserve service by advocating for relevant initiatives, recognizing outstanding support, increasing awareness of applicable laws, and resolving conflicts between employers and service members. ESGR educates the service members and their civilian employers in regard to their rights and responsibilities governed by USERRA (the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act.
  • 12953 South Minuteman Drive Draper, UT 84020
  • Phone: (801) 432-4492 / (801) 432-4536

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