Legal clinics fill local need

Even though Southeastern Ohio Legal Services has had to close its doors in Marietta, local people in need can still get free legal advice.

That’s because monthly legal clinics are continuing. They are held from 6 to 8 p.m. on the third Wednesday of each month (except in December) at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, 320 Second St.

The Washington County Bar Association sponsors the clinics, providing guidance, advice, and help with forms, but not full legal representation.

With Southeastern Legal Services closed, the legal clinics fill an even larger void for many who can’t afford legal services. Attorneys volunteer their time for the clinics, offering advice on a variety of issues. It’s a service that’s filling a need as witnessed by the 19 people who showed up at last week’s clinic.

It’s all about opportunities: Often, people just need to find out if they have a case to take to a lawyer for legal representation. Or, a person denied benefits might find out they really might have a case to get assistance. The clinic is all about informing people and providing free legal advice.

We’re glad the legal clinics are held locally. To see if you qualify or to learn more about the clinics, we urge you to call (740) 594-3558.