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Free Legal Clinic for Active-Duty Military and Veterans

Active-duty military and veterans can get free legal help at a clinic from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday at Texas Station in North Las Vegas. (southernfried/morguefile)
Active-duty military and veterans can get free legal help at a clinic from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday at Texas Station in North Las Vegas. (southernfried/morguefile)
May 20, 2016

NORTH LAS VEGAS, Nev. - May is Military Appreciation Month, and in Nevada, active-duty military and veterans will be able to get free legal services at a series of clinics across the state.

The clinics are cosponsored by Nevada Legal Services and the state Attorney General's Office of Military Legal Assistance. The next workshop will take place Monday at Texas Station Hotel and Casino in North Las Vegas.

Air Force veteran Michael Thrailkill said he's grateful for the legal aid he received at a recent clinic in Reno.

"Oh, they helped me a lot," he said. "I had a will that had to be done. I just got out of two years of probate court over my mother's stuff, so I spent a lot of money and I needed another lawyer. So, I was very happy with them."

People can just show up; no appointment is needed. About 170 were helped at an event last week in Elko.

Krissta Kirschenheiter, directing attorney of pro bono services at Nevada Legal Services, said attorneys from her organization can handle a wide range of legal problems.

"We have seen public benefit issues, bankruptcy, consumer issues, veteran benefits," she said. "We have two staff members that help exclusively with veteran benefit issues, and then we have a tax attorney that can help with issues with the IRS."

Not all military attorneys on base are licensed to practice in the state of Nevada, Kirschenheiter said, so they can't handle things such as landlord-tenant disputes. Lawyers from the state Attorney General's Office of Military Legal Assistance also will be there to help with wills and powers of attorney, she said.

"A lot of times, that's important if you have active-duty military about to head overseas," she said. "They want to get their affairs in order before they go. So, that's a big thing that we can take care of right there."

The clinics will continue once or twice a month for the rest of the year across the state, with stops in Carson City, Fallon, Hawthorne, Henderson, Las Vegas, Laughlin, Pahrump and more. For a complete schedule, contact Nevada Legal Services.

More information is online at nvagomla.nv.gov.

Suzanne Potter, Public News Service - NV