New Legal Clinic to Help Rio Grande Valley Residents Considering Bankruptcy

WESLACO, TEXAS – January 25, 2011 – Texas RioGrande Legal Aid (TRLA) will be hosting two free legal clinics to help Rio Grande Valley residents considering filing for bankruptcy.  The clinics are scheduled for early February and March and currently are accepting applications for assistance.

The free clinics are aimed at individuals facing serious debt who have considered filing for bankruptcy. At the clinics, Rio Grande Valley residents will be paired with attorneys who can advise them of their legal options, educate them on their rights when dealing with debt collectors, and begin the process to declare bankruptcy, if advisable.

According to Pablo Almaguer, TRLA’s Private Attorney Involvement Coordinator, “Filing for bankruptcy is one option for people who are facing a growing amount of debt and don’t know what to do. Our hope is that these clinics will give answers to people in desperate situations.”

The new bankruptcy clinics are a part of TRLA’s Community Justice Program (CJP) in both Hidalgo and Cameron counties.  The Community Justice Program works with local bar associations 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.

The clinics will take place on February 3, 2011 in Brownsville and March 3, 2011 in McAllen. Both clinics will begin at 10am at the local federal courthouse. Individuals interested in applying for assistance should contact TRLA for more information. Cameron County residents can apply by calling 956-364-3804 and Hidalgo County residents should apply 956-393-6240.

“These new clinics represent a growing need for free legal services in the Rio Grande Valley,” added Almaguer, “It’s wonderful that we have been able to work with local bar associations to meet that need.”

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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