On Legal Services Day members of the public will be able to talk with volunteers about civil legal matters including consumer law, wills/trusts/estates, debt collection, bankruptcy, employment law, tax issues, foreclosure, property, social security and unemployment.
The Maine Volunteer Lawyers Project (VLP) and the Bangor Public Library are partnering to host the inaugural Legal Services Day event. Legal Services Day will take place at the Bangor Public Library on November 16, 2017 from 2pm to 6pm. Members of the public with low incomes will be able to meet with VLP volunteers and complete confidential initial interviews to start a case with VLP. Following the event VLP staff will review case information, follow up with attendees about their case, and in many cases find a local attorney to take the case.
Typically, VLP clients must have a household income below 200% of federal poverty guidelines, however, determining income eligibility is quite complex – please don’t assume you are not eligible without talking to VLP. Members of the public who wish to check their incomes prior to the event may go to http://www.safetyweb.org/fpl.php . Members of the public should bring documents relevant to their case, including court notices, letters, and other documents necessary to understand their individual case.
Throughout the year, all across Maine, the Volunteer Lawyers Project provides help with a variety of civil legal problems that are handled in Maine courts. Family law clinics are operating weekly at various Maine courthouses. Check out http://vlp.org/access-justice-today for clinic scheduling information and to find out about our ongoing case intake hotline services.