“I’m calling my attorney!” proclaims any tv or movie character going through authorized difficulties. As if everybody has an legal professional on pace dial. Or has an legal professional. Or can manage one.
For lots of folks, acquiring a lawful dilemma signifies experiencing that challenge by itself. And it can be difficult to know in which to start off.
On January 17, 2022, attorneys throughout the condition will be giving Alaskans that start off by supplying free legal consultations in locations these as family regulation (baby assistance, custody, divorce, guardianship), housing (eviction, foreclosure), community positive aspects (Medicaid, Medicare, Social Safety), employment, own personal injury, probate, estate setting up, and Indigenous allotments. Attorneys are presenting these no cost lawful consultations as section of the thirteenth annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day Authorized Clinic, sponsored by the Alaska Bar Affiliation, the Alaska Court Technique, and Alaska Lawful Expert services Corporation.
Alaskans with lawful challenges have two means to entry free of charge authorized tips this January 17. To timetable a live, private session with an lawyer that day, register at bit.ly/akmlkday. Consultations will be provided in excess of Zoom and are obtainable from anyplace in the state concerning noon and 4:00 p.m. Also, Alaskans with lower or average incomes can post authorized inquiries at alaska.freelegalanswers.org, a free digital authorized clinic out there throughout the yr.
The Martin Luther King Jr. Working day Legal Clinic honors Dr. King’s spirit of services and advocacy for equality and social justice. By treating MLK Working day as “A Working day On, Not a Day Off,” more than 1,500 Alaska attorneys and volunteers have delivered 6,600 hours of cost-free lawful support to a lot more than 3,920 Alaskans.
Becky Kruse is an Administrative Regulation Judge with the Alaska Place of work of Administrative Hearings and chair of the Bar’s Pro Bono Service Committee.