New Legal Clinic to Offer Free Divorces to Hays County Residents

SAN MARCOS, TEXAS – January 11, 2011 – Texas RioGrande Legal Aid (TRLA) and the Hays County Bar Association have come together to establish a new free legal clinic that will help low-income residents in need of a divorce.  The clinic – known as the Hays County Community Justice Program (CJP) – is currently accepting applications for assistance.

The Community Justice Program aims to provide free legal services to low-income clients by pairing residents in need with private attorneys and legal aid employees who volunteer their time to help those in desperate situations. At the CJP’s first clinic, volunteers will focus on helping Hays County residents in need of a divorce but unable to afford the costs associated with the process.

According to Lori Lynelle Gosnell, private attorney and volunteer with the CJP, “This is an amazing opportunity for the community to come together and help people in need of a divorce move on with their lives. People in need of legal help should take advantage of this opportunity.”

The inaugural CJP clinic will take place on Wednesday, January 26 at 9:30 am at the Hays County Courthouse (110 E Martin Luther King Drive).  To be eligible for free legal services, residents need to be at or below 125% of the federal poverty level. For a family of four, income cannot exceed $27,563. Hays County residents interested in applying for legal help obtaining a divorce should contact Lori Lynelle Gosnell at 512.392.5865.

“We are excited to be working with the Hays County Bar Association on this project,” added TRLA attorney and pro bono coordinator Pablo Almaguer, “Making the Hays County CJP a permanent part of the community will go a long way in helping people in desperate situations.”

Established in 1970, Texas RioGrande Legal Aid, Inc. (TRLA) is a nonprofit organization that provides free civil legal services to low-income and disadvantaged clients in a 68-county service area. TRLA’s mission is to promote the dignity, self-sufficiency, safety and stability of low-income Texas residents by providing high-quality civil legal assistance and related educational services.

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