A free clinic in Greensburg next month aims to help with legal troubles and child custody issues, which executive director Aahna O’Brien says are among the top reasons people call the Westmoreland Bar Association.
Often these callers cannot afford a lawyer or pay a fee to consult a union lawyer, she said.
“We want to make sure the community sees that we’re out here trying to help,” she said.
For the clinic on February 9th at the association’s headquarters at 100 N. Maple Ave. appointments are required. O’Brien said a contingent of volunteer lawyers will be on site to listen to concerns and offer advice during the 20-minute consultations.
Westmoreland County filed an average of 440 new custody cases annually between 2019 and 2022, according to figures from Prothonotary Gina O’Barto. At the end of 2021, 525 cases were pending, according to the Administrative Bureau of Pennsylvania Courts.
Anyone involved in a custody complaint can represent themselves, but they can also hire an attorney. Many of the forms are available online.
O’Brien said the association had a similar clinic in November, dealing with legal issues for landlords and tenants, which was well received.
“We’ve had a lot of positive feedback from the community,” she said.
Anyone, regardless of income, can get free advice from a lawyer during the next month’s clinic. The association hopes to host clinics on specific topics a few times a year.
“We see the need in the community,” O’Brien said.
Anyone wishing to make an appointment should call the association at 724-834-6730.
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