Qualifying residents of Alcorn County can get some free legal assistance through the Free Family Law Legal Clinic, and now is the time for those who wish to participate to call for pre-screening. The next clinic is set for July 25 from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Alcorn Chancery Building at 501 East Waldron.
“We have added some services,” said attorney Phil Hinton, coordinator with the local bar association. “We are now doing some simple wills, limited power of attorney and health care power of attorney in addition to the things we have always done.”
Those include child custody, child support, divorce, emancipation, guardianship for school attendance and medical insurance purposes, and name change.
“A lot of it is directed toward children and people who are taking care of young children,” said Hinton.
Individuals receiving assistance must have income at or below 200 percent of the federal poverty guideline.
The advice given helps the clients represent themselves in the legal matters. About 50 eligible clients received assistance in Alcorn County through clinics held in the last couple of years.
The law clinics, which are held in counties throughout the region, are held by the local bar associations under the direction of the Mississippi Access to Justice Commission.
Call the office of the chancery clerk at 286-7700 for pre-screening.