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May 18, 2012

Free legal clinic for veterans today

HUNTSVILLE —  

Veterans who need legal advice or legal assistance can visit a free legal clinic scheduled in Huntsville/Walker County today in conjunction with the Veterans Legal Initiative, a coalition of local bar associations providing pro bono legal services to U.S. veterans in 14 counties in Southeast Texas.
The clinic will be held at the HEARTS Veterans Museum, 463 State Highway 75 North, from 9 a.m. until noon. No appointment is necessary. The clinic is co-sponsored with the Walker County Bar Association, in conjunction with the Houston Bar Foundation’s Veterans Legal Initiative.
Any veteran, or spouse of a deceased veteran, can receive advice and counsel from a volunteer attorney in any area of law, including family, wills and probate, consumer, real estate and tax law, as well as disability and veterans benefits. Veterans who need ongoing legal representation and who qualify for legal aid will be assigned a pro bono attorney to handle their case.
The Houston Bar Foundation, the Jefferson County Bar Foundation and Fort Bend Lawyers Care have been awarded grants from the Texas Access to Justice Foundation to recruit and train attorney volunteers and to set up Saturday legal clinics where veterans can get legal advice and, if eligible, pro bono representation. The Veterans Legal Initiative serves a veteran population of approximately 350,000 in Brazoria, Chambers, Fort Bend, Galveston, Grimes, Hardin, Harris, Jefferson, Liberty, Montgomery, Orange, San Jacinto, Walker and Waller counties. Other bar associations and legal groups in the 14 counties are partnering with the grantees to provide volunteers and facilities for the legal clinics.
The Veterans Legal Initiative expands services already provided by the three grantees, including the weekly Friday afternoon clinics at the Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center and Saturday clinics in Jefferson and Fort Bend counties. A schedule of upcoming Saturday clinics throughout the 14-county area is posted at www.hba.org.
For more information on the Veterans Legal Initiative, contact the Houston Bar Foundation at (713) 759-1133, the Jefferson County Bar Association at (409) 835-8647 or Fort Bend Lawyers Care at (281) 239-0015.

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