ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — One of the annual Law-La-Paloozas — a fair offering free legal advice — is set for Thursday from 3-6 p.m. at he Barelas Community Center, 801 Barelas SW.
The fair is designed to improve access to justice to individuals, regardless of their means, organizers said in a news release.
Volunteer lawyers will offer free legal assistance over wide range of issues, including divorce, custody, bankruptcy, contracts, landlord/tenant, creditor/debtor, child support, kinship/guardianship, wills, probates, personal injury, powers of attorney, public benefits, unemployment, immigration, SSI (Supplemental Security Income), SSDI (Social Security Disability Income), problems with the IRS, foreclosure, and name changes.
In addition, the Southwest Women’s Law Center will give a free presentation on accessing child care and health care benefits ahead of the legal fair, from 2 to 2:45 p.m., organizers said.
“New Mexico lawyers have shown both responsibility and compassion for those less fortunate by providing free consultations to thousands of residents through Law-La-Palooza legal fairs in Bernalillo County and across the state,” said 2nd Judicial District Judge Alan Malott of the Pro Bono Committee.
“New Mexicans continue to struggle in a difficult economy which has left one in five of us at or near the poverty level,” he said. “Legal problems exacerbate the effects of poverty and can foster a cycle of failure that derails lives.”
This event is presented by the 2nd Judicial District Court Pro Bono Committee and the Volunteer Attorney Program.
For more information, contact Aja Brooks at 505-814-5033 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Interpreters and bilingual attorneys will be on site. Help will be offered on a first-come, first-served basis.