Volunteer lawyers offer free legal advice

Created: 06/05/2014 9:17 AM
By: Elizabeth Reed,

More than 55 volunteer lawyers will provide free legal advice to the public at the "Law-La-Palooza" event on Thursday, June 5. 

The Volunteer Attorney Program and the Second Judicial District Pro Bono Committee will host the event at the Lew Wallace Elementary School, located at 513 6th St. NW, from 3 to 6 pm.  The free legal fair is designed to help low income people and families facing difficult legal issues.

"This time, we will have about 20 lawyers with experience in family law," said Pro Bono Committee Chair Judge Shannon Bacon.  "This means we will be able to advise more people with problems such as divorce, child custody, separation and other difficult domestic issues."

Each member of the public attending can expect to be able to talk with an attorney for about 30 minutes, the judge explained. The lawyer can refer him or her to other legal resources or assistance to get the problem solved if it can't be handled immediately. 

"People should bring all their documents or background paperwork so the attorneys get full details," said Judge Bacon.

Interpreters and bilingual attorneys will also be on site and ready to help.

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