Free Legal Clinic for Veterans

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE–FREE Legal Clinic for Veterans

Idaho Falls, Idaho – Attorneys from the Seventh District Bar Association will offer a free legal clinic for veterans. The clinic will focus on providing simple wills, but veterans are welcome to seek guidance on any legal matter.

The clinic will be held on September 20, 2018 from 6:30-7:30 pm at the American Legion Hall, 485 Constitution Way, Idaho Falls, ID 83402.

“One of my favorite aspects of being a lawyer is helping people figure out how to solve or prevent problems,” said attorney Leland Faux, one of the event organizers. “The veterans’ clinic is a great opportunity to helped those who have served our country.”

A simple will may take between 30 minutes to an hour to complete. Veterans seeking legal consultations on other matters should plan on 30 minutes. Services will be provided on a first-come, first-served basis. If you are a veteran and want to attend the clinic please RSVP to Jonathan Harris; however, veterans who have not RSVP’d are nonetheless welcome to attend.

For additional information, please contact:

Jonathan Harris, Pro Bono Chair
Seventh District Bar Association
208-785-2310 | jwharris@bakerharrislaw.com

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