Scene from the legal fair on Saturday. Valley Daily Post photo
Free Legal Clinic Helps Valley Residents
Saturday, April 8, a free legal fair was held at the Beatrice Martinez Senior Center in Espanola for people seeking legal advice or help with basic legal services. The event, sponsored by Legal Access New Mexico and the New Mexico Bar Association recruited over a dozen attorneys and staff from around the state to spend the day meeting with area residents for free. More than sixty individuals and families took advantage of the free legal help on a variety of issues, ranging from preparing a will, to child support and property disputes.
Somos Un Pueblo Unido, an immigrants rights non-profit organization was also on hand to offer assistance to undocumented immigrants and their families.
Legal Access New Mexico, the non-profit organization which organized the event, hosts similar events around the state and expects to hold another one in Espanola this year in the fall or late summer. Their website explains that their mission is to provide respectful, efficient, high quality legal advice, brief service and referrals to eligible low-income New Mexicans in person at these free events, or over the telephone and help remove barriers to the justice system.
The attorneys at the legal fair are able to help people with the following topics:
- family law
- landlord/tenant rights
- social security/SSI issues
- wills/estate planning
- healthcare directives
- grandparent visitation
- child support/custody
- consumer rights
- powers of attorney
- dividing assets & debts in divorce
- kinship guardianships
- public benefits
If you missed the legal fair on Saturday, you can wait till they hold another one in town, or contact them directly to inquire in legal services. Check out their website at www.lawaccess.org or call1-800-340-9771 to learn more.