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Free family law clinic offered July 30 in Jackson

July 13, 2021

A free Family Law Clinic is scheduled for July 30, 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on the Third Floor of the Hinds County Chancery Court, 316 South President Street in Jackson.

The Hinds County Chancery Court for many years has scheduled a free family law clinic shortly before the start of the fall school term to help grandparents and other family members obtain guardianships so that they can enroll children in school.

This year’s clinic also will offer assistance with family law matters including uncontested irreconcilable differences divorce, custody, visitation, name changes and emancipation.

Volunteer lawyers will provide legal assistance to people who can’t afford to hire an attorney. Participants must be screened for eligibility based on income. Participant must register and make an appointment by calling the Mississippi Volunteer Lawyers Project at 601-882-5001 or by visiting the MVLP website at https://www.mvlp.net/clinics. Look for the intake form for family law.

The clinic was organized by the Hinds County Chancery Court and the Mississippi Volunteer Lawyers Project in partnership with the Capital Area Bar Association and the law firm of Forman Watkins & Krutz LLP.

The Mississippi Volunteer Lawyers Project and the Access to Justice Commission have scheduled free civil legal assistance clinics for residents of other counties. A family law clinic for residents of Madison, Holmes, Leake and Yazoo counties is scheduled for Aug. 27, 10 a.m. to noon at the Madison County Chancery Courthouse, 146 Center Street in Canton. Register via the MVLP website at https://www.mvlp.net/clinics.

A list of free civil legal clinics across the state is at this link:
https://courts.ms.gov/Legal/CivilLegal.php. Some of the clinics are virtual presentations, while a few will be in-person events.

The free family law clinics are designed to give people enough basic legal advice and directions so that they can handle civil legal matters on their own in Chancery Court. Attorneys at the legal clinics will help clients prepare documents, give limited legal advice and help them get ready to go to court on their own.

Clinic topics and limitations are posted on the clinic schedule on the Mississippi Judiciary website at https://courts.ms.gov/Legal/CivilLegal.php, or on the Mississippi Volunteer Lawyers Project website at https://www.mvlp.net/clinics.

Additional legal resources for self-represented litigants may be found on the website of the Access to Justice Commission at http://www.msatjc.org/.

 

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