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Mission First Legal Aid Office to Hold Free Legal Clinic at Mount Helm Baptist Church

Mission First Legal Aid Office will hold a free legal clinic on November 11, 2017 from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm at Mount Helm Baptist Church located at 300 East Church Street in Jackson. This free legal clinic is designed to assist low income people with family law matters, including child support, visitation, name change and other simple civil legal matters. Individuals interested in attending should call Mission First to register and schedule an appointment. The deadline to register is Monday, November 6, 2017.

Volunteer lawyers will be available to assist self-represented litigants in drafting and correcting paperwork associated with the legal proceedings. Attorneys will explain the proceedings, provide general information and answer questions. The attorneys are not obligated to accompany clinic participants to court and file documents for them. The expectation is that individuals will be able to represent themselves in court.

Self-represented litigants often struggle to meet all of the requirements for properly drafted legal documents. If they come to the court for a hearing and their documents do not meet court requirements, their hearing has to be rescheduled. This clinic is designed to prevent such delays.

CJ Rhodes, Pastor of Mount Helm Baptist Church, is grateful for the joint effort between his church and Mission First: “I'm thankful for this partnership between Mount Helm Baptist Church and Mission First Legal Aid Office,” he says. “Because together we are able to, by God's grace, help those who need legal counsel but who cannot afford it. This program helps families and communities in ways that matter.” For Rhodes, Psalm 82:3-4 (MSG), which states, “You’re here to defend the defenseless, to make sure that underdogs get a fair break,” speaks directly to the purpose and hopeful outcome of the partnership.

Those who wish to participate in the Legal Clinic cannot have annual incomes that exceed 200% of federal poverty guidelines. Individuals are encouraged to call to see if they qualify.

Clinic appointments are required and must be made by Monday, November 6th by calling Mission First Legal Aid Office at 601.608.0056.