Free Legal Advice Clinic
Monthly legal advice clinics will provide free services to Bastrop-area residents beginning in January. Members of the Bastrop County Bar Association, Volunteer Legal Services of Central Texas (VLS), and Texas RioGrande Legal Aid (TRLA) are collaborating to sponsor clinics on the first Tuesday of each month.
The public will be able to seek advice on a variety of non-criminal topics such as divorce, foreclosure, veterans’ benefits, wills and estates, bankruptcy, employment, and landlord/tenant matters. The advice clinics will be staffed by volunteer lawyers from the Bastrop County Bar Association and staff of VLS and TRLA. The clinics will have Spanish translators available.
“Many low and moderate income citizens have questions about issues like wills, student loans, or other legal concerns and don’t know who to ask,” says Caroline McClimon, incoming President of the Bastrop County Bar Association. “And because we have been hit with so many natural disasters, a variety of other questions have arisen. We are grateful to the Bastrop Independent School District for giving us a location and look forward to assisting our neighbors with their questions. “
Lawyers will meet with participants for about 15 minutes to answer legal questions. Participants should bring any papers related to their legal concerns.
Participants must sign in by 6:30 pm. Attorneys will not meet with anyone arriving after 6:30 pm. Participants will be asked to fill out information about themselves, including income information, and to explain their legal problem.
“For many in our community, the cost of hiring an attorney is prohibitive,” notes District Court Judge Christopher Duggan. “The value of these free legal clinics is that a person has the opportunity to ask a lawyer a legal question one-to-one and get valuable direction on the merits of a case and possible next steps. With such advice, a person may be able to handle the matter on their own. The clinics will be a great service to our community.”
If people cannot attend the event, bi-weekly legal clinics are held in Austin. For more information, call TRLA at (512)374-2700 or visit www.trla.org.
Clinic Time & Location
5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Bastrop Public Library
1100 Church Street, Bastrop Texas
2017 Clinic Dates
April 4, 2017
May 2, 2017
June 6, 2017
*July 4 - no clinic
August 1, 2017
September 5, 2017
October 3, 2017
November 7, 2017
December 5, 2017
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