Lawyers in Libraries – WABI-TV

Tuesday Mar. 19th workshop – Cancelled due to snow storm! Rescheduled for Tuesday April 2 – Renter’s Rights and Responsibilities

WABI-TV Monday, March 18th

Russ Van Arsdale from Northeast Contact was on our show Monday, March 18th. He talked about lawyers in libraries and why more and more of us are turning to public libraries for legal advice.

“Lawyers in Libraries” is an outreach effort coordinated by the Volunteer Lawyers Project (VLP) through a grant. On Tuesday, March 19th, Frank D’Alessandro will participate in a video conference. He’ll be talking about landlord/tenant law, focusing on tenant’s rights when facing eviction, how to get a security deposit back, and other basic tenants rights. Viewers can see this presentation starting at 6 p.m. at public libraries in Bangor, Houlton, Cherryfield, Skowhegan, and York as well as the Maine State Library in Augusta.

If a person meets income qualifications and needs additional help, that individual can contact VLP and arrange for a personal conference with an attorney. The initial no-cost conference can take up to a half hour, and the attorney will cover applicable law and offer options.

Some attorneys are offering to un-bundle their services, so as to help lower income clients who have limited or specific needs.

On May 1st, libraries across Maine with partner with local lawyers for Law Day. Attorneys will talk about library patrons about the challenges that arise when an individual is faced with a legal problem. Video conferences will take place at more than 30 libraries across the state.

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