The News Courier in Athens, Alabama

May 18, 2011

Free legal assistance offered at bar clinic


— Members of the Limestone County Bar Association are sponsoring a legal clinic for people affected by the recent storms who can’t otherwise afford legal help.

The clinic is being held at the First United Methodist Church’s Beasley Center on May 24, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Local bar members wish to donate their specialized skills to assist their friends and neighbors during recovery.

The clinic is part of a larger effort sponsored by the Alabama State Bar to assist those affected by the tornadoes.

In addition to the local clinics sponsored by local bar associations, the State Bar has set up a toll-free helpline: 1-800-354-6154.

The purpose of the clinic is to provide free legal information and answer disaster-related questions, not to provide legal representation.

Limestone County Bar President Mitch Shelly said individuals affected by the disaster can obtain the bar’s assistance in clarifying a variety of confusing legal questions including: help with insurance claims, counseling on landlord-tenant and other housing problems, reviewing home repair contracts, resolving consumer protection matters, dealing with mortgage foreclosure problems, replacing or writing wills and drafting powers of attorney.