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Free Legal Clinic for Veterans to be Held Dec. 10

Veterans who need legal advice or legal assistance can visit a free legal clinic scheduled in Katy/Waller County on Saturday, December 10, 2011, in conjunction with the new Veterans Legal Initiative, a coalition of local bar associations to provide pro bono legal services to U.S. veterans in 14 counties in Southeast Texas.

The clinic will be held December 10 at VFW Post 9182, 6206 George Bush Drive, Katy, TX 77493, from 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. No appointment is necessary. The Houston Bar Foundation is co-sponsoring the clinic with the Katy Bar Association.

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. Jefferson County will assist veterans in Chambers, Hardin, Jefferson, Liberty and Orange counties; Fort Bend Lawyers Care will assist veterans in Fort Bend County; and the Houston Bar Foundation (HBF) will assist those in the remaining counties. Other bar associations and legal groups in the 14 counties will partner in providing volunteers and facilities for the legal clinics.

The Veterans Legal Initiative will expand services already provided by the three grantees, including the HBF’s weekly Friday afternoon clinics at the Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center and Saturday clinics in Jefferson and Fort Bend counties.  A schedule of Saturday clinics throughout the 14-county area will be posted on websites soon and information will be distributed to veterans’ organizations, social service agencies and other groups that serve veterans.

For more information on the Veterans Legal Initiative, contact the Houston Bar Association 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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