Fair makes legal services accessible

October 25, 2013 • Local News

Roswell’s Legal Fair on Friday was applauded by those who attended. Between 10 and 15 attorneys donated their time from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. to help members of the public who cannot normally afford legal services. By 2 p.m, more than 50 people had arrived to take advantage of their legal advice.

Areas of concern and expertise included: family law, custody and divorce, employment law, contract law, tenant-landlord relations and [auth] debt, personal injury, foreclosure and probate and real estate.

In a previous interview, Judge Steven Bell said the goal of the fair was to make law accessible to those who normally can’t afford an attorney.

Resident Christian Valvela complimented the new venue at the Roswell Adult Center. “Last year at the courthouse was too crowded and fast-paced.”

He spent nearly 30 minutes with an attorney. After his consultation, Valvela said: “This is a big weight off my shoulders. We need more of these things.”

Terry Martinez said that her 30-minute session was helpful. “When you try to get help from a lawyer. No one will talk to you and it costs too much.”

“They tell you what to do. I feel a lot better now that I’ve talked to a lawyer. I’ve been very worried,” said Maxine Segura.

Another individual, who wished to remain anonymous, went to the Legal Fair to get an English translation of a court document: “This was very helpful. Usually, I’m pretty good with these things, but this one I didn’t know what they wanted. I talked to an attorney who explained it to me.”

The 5th Judicial District Chaves County Pro Bono Committee and the Chaves County Bar Association sponsored the event.

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