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Medical-Legal Partnership


We believe in treating the whole child and family, which can mean providing more than medical care. We have a special team devoted to addressing legal issues that can impact health and well-being. MLP-Richmond offers free legal advice and representation for eligible patients and families in Richmond and surrounding counties. 

MLP-Richmond assists families with:

Health and public benefits

  • Medicaid
  • Access to the Afforable Care Act
  • Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (food stamps)
  • Temporary Assistance for Needy Families

Housing law

  • Eviction defense
  • Foreclosure prevention
  • Housing voucher problems
  • Lockouts
  • Utility cutoffs
  • Repairs
  • Security deposits

Employment law

  • Unemployment compensation
  • Wrongful discharge
  • Family law
  • Child abuse and neglect
  • Protection from domestic violence and family abuse
  • No-fault divorce
  • Custody
  • Visitation
  • Child support
  • Guardianship

Consumer law

  • Bankruptcy (no-asset Chapter 7)
  • Debt collection defenses
  • Garnishment protection
  • Automobile reposessions
  • Predatory lending

*MLP-Richmond does not provide services in the areas of medical malpractice or criminal law.

Success story

A CHoR patient is cared for by a wheelchair-bound family member. Their rented home has one bathroom and the sink and tub were clogged for months. Maintenance said they would fix the clogs but the problem persisted. The caregiver purchased gallons of a liquid drain cleaner, but it strained her budget and didn't solve the problem.

An MLP attorney called the landlord after meeting with the caregiver and asked them to make the repairs. The landlord dispatched maintenance while the attorney was on the phone and the drain was fixed before the family returned home!

The MLP attorney is now helping the family stretch its budget by assisting with food stamps and a ramp for their home, and is also setting up a standby guardian so there is a clear plan of care for the child in case the caregiver has recurrent health problems.

Location and contact

For more information or to meet with a lawyer, ask a member of your care team to refer you to MLP-Richmond.

Children's Pavilion - Level 4, Room 4-332

(804) 517-9110
MLP@vcuhealth.org

 


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