July 25, 2023

Free family law clinic offered August 4 in Jackson

Darkhorse Press

A free family law clinic is scheduled for Aug. 4, 9 a.m. to noon on the Third Floor of the Hinds County Chancery Court, 316 South President Street in Jackson.

Low-income residents of Hinds County who qualify for free legal assistance can receive help with uncontested no-fault divorce, visitation, child custody, guardianships and name changes.

The Hinds County Chancery Court for many years has scheduled the free clinic shortly before the start of the fall school term to help grandparents and other family members obtain guardianships so that they can enroll children in school. People seeking a guardianship to enroll children in school must bring documentation such as a birth certificate, driver’s license, child support court orders and notices or letters from agencies such as the Department of Human Services.

Volunteer lawyers will provide legal assistance to people who can’t afford to hire an attorney. Attorneys will help clients prepare documents, give limited legal advice and help them get ready to go to court.

Participants must be residents of Hinds County and must be screened for eligibility based on income. Participant must register and make an appointment by calling the Mississippi Volunteer Lawyers Project at 601-882-5001 or by visiting the MVLP website at http://www.mvlp.net https://www.mvlp.org/clinics.

The clinic is sponsored by the Hinds County Chancery Court, Jackson Public Schools, the Mississippi Volunteer Lawyers Project, the Magnolia Bar Association, the Capital Area Bar Association and Mission First.

The Mississippi Volunteer Lawyers Project and the Access to Justice Commission have scheduled free civil legal assistance clinics in other areas of the state. A list of free civil legal clinics is at this link: https://courts.ms.gov/Legal/CivilLegal.php.

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