Lane Ewing of the Cazayoux Ewing Law Firm recently volunteered at Louisiana State Bar Association’s “Lawyers in Libraries,” an event in which lawyers seek to help the public become aware of options available to them when they cannot afford an attorney. As a part of Louisiana’s “National Celebrate Pro Bono Week,” the program is designed to deliver information about pro bono attorneys through the city’s public libraries.
People are given the opportunity to ask a legal question and get a brief response and advice on where to seek more information to solve their problem.
Typical questions include:
- How do I get the title for my deceased parents’ home transferred to their heirs?
- How do I protect my elderly parent from identity theft or telephone scams?
- Is it necessary for me to draft a will to ensure my children are cared for in case something happens to me?
While fifteen minutes is usually not enough time to solve a complex legal issue, most who participate in the program are surprised to hear that there are clinics that offer free or reduced rate services. Volunteers and the Legal Education & Assistance Program work to provide online and print resources that are available to the public year-round. Click here to read more about this important event.