Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Free Legal Clinics by Volunteer Legal Services of Central Texas

Attorney Jake Posey leads and practices law with the Posey Law Firm, PC, in Austin, Texas. Alongside his daily work as an attorney offering government relations solutions to clients, Jake Posey gives back to his community through support of the Volunteer Legal Services of Central Texas and similar pro-bono service organizations. 

The Volunteer Legal Services of Central Texas (VLS) works to ensure that low-income status is not a barrier to participation in the legal system. It was initially established in 1981 to meet the needs of the local legal aid office, which was unable to keep up with demand for legal assistance. In 2016, VLS provided more than 17,250 hours of free legal service to almost 5,000 clients. 

In addition to providing direct legal representation to some clients, VLS is able to provide legal assistance to many more through free legal advice clinics. These clinics are held several times monthly at community locations in Central Texas, and offer free parking, childcare, and Spanish language translation services. 

During these clinics, most participants will be able to speak with an attorney for 10-15 minutes. These attorneys cannot assist with criminal or immigration matters, only civil issues. Individuals who qualify for additional help may apply for legal representation at these clinics, though the VLS does not guarantee that an attorney will take every case.

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