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Community Law Day Helps Nevadans Avoid Financial Pinch

 PHOTO: Free legal advice from Law students has helped over 45,000 Nevadans.  2010 Microsoft Corporation
PHOTO: Free legal advice from Law students has helped over 45,000 Nevadans. 2010 Microsoft Corporation
August 16, 2012

LAS VEGAS, Nev. - Nevadans can get free legal advice this weekend that is geared to pressing pocketbook issues, such as bankruptcy and foreclosure. Lynn Etkins, associate executive director of the Legal Aid Center of Southern Nevada, says Community Law Day gives Nevadans the basics on everything from filing a divorce to answering questions about what you get to keep if you file for bankruptcy. She says current events tend to dictate which classes will have the highest attendance. This weekend, she suspects it will be those for folks wanting to protect their property and bank accounts.

"Because of the economic downturn, bankruptcy and foreclosure are high on people's lists right now; also, there's a lot of wage garnishment going on, because everybody's sort of feeling the pinch."

Etkins says students from UNLV's Boyd School of Law teach the classes in partnership with the Legal Aid Center of Southern Nevada and Nevada Legal Services. Over more than 14 years, these sessions have provided free legal advice to more than 45,000 Nevadans, she says.

Community Law Day reaches out to the Hispanic community by offering a law course that will be taught in Spanish, she says, with additional help offered on the web.

"On this Saturday we're going to have Spanish Family Law. Two other classes we have - not on Community Law Day, but for people who can check out our website - are Spanish Bankruptcy and Spanish Small Claims."

At the end of each class, forms are made available to those who want to represent themselves in court, but that is not the only option that is presented, she adds.

"Also at the end of these classes, if people do think they need an attorney to help them, they can get a packet so they can apply for free legal services through Legal Aid Center of Southern Nevada."

The classes are free and open to the public. They start at 9 a.m. on Saturday at UNLV.

Course details are available at the Legal Action Center of Southern Nevada website,

Mike Clifford, Public News Service - NV