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October 22, 2013 > Free virtual legal assistance at local libraries

Free virtual legal assistance at local libraries

Submitted By Santa Clara County Public Affairs

Legal assistance is expensive and if money is an issue, Santa Clara County might be able to help. To assist individuals who may not be able to afford the expenses associated with seeking professional legal advice, the Santa Clara County Library District, in partnership with the Pro Bono Project, are offering eight free virtual legal advice clinics at select Santa Clara County locations through Oct. 25.

ÒFinding reliable legal advice can be a daunting task,Ó said Santa Clara County Supervisor Mike Wasserman. ÒThese legal clinics may be able to assist residents in making better informed legal decisions.Ó The Pro Bono Project is coordinating these free twenty-minute consultations with the assistance of volunteer attorneys from local corporations and commercial law firms.

For their virtual meetings, individuals will use laptops, a printer/scanner, and video conferencing software provided by the Pro Bono Project to meet with a volunteer attorney over the Internet. Individuals will have the capability to scan and send documents to the volunteer attorney, who will give legal advice and further referrals in return. Library personnel will be available to help navigate the computer system should assistance be needed.

The virtual consultations will be conducted via a video conferencing program, and individuals must register in advance for their sessions. Individuals can register online sign up at participating locations. Short waiting lists will be maintained at each location after available sessions have been booked.

Virtual legal advice clinic in Milpitas
Wednesday, Oct. 23
6 p.m. - 8 p.m.
Milpitas Library
160 N. Main St., Milpitas
Register online at:

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