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Mission First Legal Aid Office to Hold Free Legal Clinic at St. Mark's Episcopal Church

Mission First Legal Aid Office will hold a free legal clinic on March 31, 2018 from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church located at 903 West Pearl 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 601.608.0056 to register and schedule an appointment. The deadline to register is Thursday, March 29, 2018.

Volunteer lawyers will be available to assist self-represented litigants in reviewing, 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 that.

“I agree that it is important for a church to have a positive impact on the community around it. Through sponsoring the legal clinic, St. Mark's can help local residents get assistance they need,” said Minister Elliott Gates of St. Mark’s Episcopal Church.

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 Thursday, March 29, 2018. To register, contact Mission First Legal Aid Office at 601.608.0056.