Legal Aid clinic targets jobless workers

Jul. 15, 2013 @ 06:50 PM

Free legal help will be offered to low-income residents at two clinics to be held this summer in Henderson.

Both clinics will be conducted by Legal Aid of North Carolina at Perry Memorial Library.

The first clinic, to be held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on July 24, will deal with problems people may encounter in seeking employment, including difficulties faced by individuals with criminal records and opportunities to overcome such barriers.

Willette Crews, coordinator for community education with Legal Aid of N.C., said the first portion of the clinic will deal with general issues. In the second portion, assistance will be provided on an individual basis.

Where needed, a trip to the courthouse will be made to explore an individual’s situation.

“We’ve done these clinics all over the state, and proximity to the courthouse is a plus,” Crews said.

A second clinic will be held from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. on Aug. 14 to provide information on the rights and responsibilities of renters. Specific topics will include renters’ responsibilities for repairs, security deposits and late fees as well as their rights in eviction proceedings.

Tips will be offered for renting a house or an apartment.

The clinics are part of Legal Aid’s third annual Nellie G. Kearney Summer Family Series. Kearney, a Vance County native, is a former Legal Aid board member.

The clinics are free and open to the public. No registration is required.

Legal Aid of North Carolina is a nonprofit organization that provides free legal services in civil matters to low income people in order to ensure equal access to justice and to remove legal barriers to economic opportunity.

 

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