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Free legal advice for low-income families

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JACKSON, MS (WLBT) - In the professional world time is money, but 11 Jackson area attorneys gave their time and advice to clients who did not have to pay a dime.

"Without this help I think a whole lot of people would be left out of the doors of the court and we don't want that to happen," said Mississippi Volunteer Lawyers Project Executive Director Shirley Williams.

The Mississippi Volunteer Lawyers Project teamed up with Hinds Community College in Jackson to offer the "Know Your Rights Legal Clinic."

More than 40 people showed up for help they otherwise could not afford.  "I chose to come out because I've been needing legal advice for quite some while now.  It is so expensive.  I heard about this opportunity and I thought I'll just check it out," said Sandra Lester of Clinton. 

She came to the legal clinic to finalize a divorce.  Lester began the process years ago.  "I had no luck with anything that I would be able to afford," said Lester.

First, Lester sat down with Hinds Community College students who took her information.  For them it was valuable hands on experience for their future careers.

"The students are helping the clients with the intake process and they are going to be assisting the attorneys," said Dean of Students for Hinds Community College Rankin County campus Michael Heindel.

The next step was face time with an attorney.  Lester got one on one attention that will lead to a new future for her family.

"I think everything will turn out fine.  I think its everything I was looking for," said Lester.

The Mississippi Volunteer Lawyers Project plans to hold other events similar to this.  You can also call the legal hotline, Monday through Friday noon until 2 pm  (601) 960-9572 or (800) 682-6423

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