April 29, 2016

Suzanne Potter
Public News Service

If you've got a legal question but can't afford an attorney, you're in luck. The Legal Aid Center of Southern Nevada is sponsoring its fifth annual free "Ask a Lawyer" day on Monday, in honor of National Law Day. 

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LAS VEGAS - If you've got a legal question but can't afford an attorney, you're in luck. The Legal Aid Center of Southern Nevada is sponsoring its fifth annual free "Ask a Lawyer" day on Monday, in honor of National Law Day. Additional attorneys from Nevada Legal Services and other groups will be available from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday at the East Las Vegas Commmunity Center, at Bonanza Road and Eastern Avenue. Barbara Buckley, executive director of the Legal Aid Center of Southern Nevada, said low- and middle-income Nevadans are welcome to bring their questions. "We have volunteer attorneys available for 15- to 30-minute free consultations," she said, "so that people can get access to justice and understand what to do with their own legal problem." Buckley said many private attorneys charge from $250 to $500 an hour. People don't have to preregister but can make an appointment online if they so choose at LACSN.org/aalevent. Annamarie Johnson, executive director of Nevada Legal Services, said the attorneys who are donating their time can handle a wide range of issues. "We'll have just about every topic covered," she said, "from family law to consumer law, to housing, to small claims court and record-sealing, and whatever other issue that somebody may have." Last year, she said, the "Ask a Lawyer" event attracted several hundred people. Legal consultations will be offered in both English and Spanish. More information is available at 702-386-1070 extension 1421 or online at lacsn.org.