The Third Judicial District is offering a selection of free legal services for Huerfano and Las Animas County residents as part of Colorado’s Legal Resource Days on October 27. From 1 to 6 p.m. residents representing themselves in civil cases will have an opportunity to speak with an attorney over a 25-minute phone consultation.
Additionally there will be two virtual presentations; the first, Legal Options for Relatives Raising Children, will begin at 10 a.m. and Consumer Bankruptcy Law will begin at noon.
Facilitated by Roy Mountain Children’s Law Center Staff Attorney Kacie Mulhern, “Legal Options for Relatives Raising Children” will cover allocation of parental responsibilities (APR) for nonparents, guardianship of minors, and kinship/custodial adoptions. The class will take place via WebEx.
“Consumer Bankruptcy Law” will be facilitated by Pueblo-based Attorney at Law Thomas Mathiowetz and will cover topics such as Chapter 7 and Chapter 13 bankruptcy eligibility requirements, pre-bankruptcy planning, and information on dischargeable and non-dischargeable debts.
The Colorado Judicial Branch said that while some additional information and services are being made available for free in different regions across the state, pertinent information is accessible to residents from Self-Help Centers for free throughout the year and have been experiencing a higher volume of contacts.
“An increasing number of people each year choose to represent themselves in legal matters,” said a press release from the Colorado Judicial Branch regarding the event. “The Colorado Judicial Department always has staff ready to help people at no cost through self-help centers in courthouses around the state.”
The purpose of the special events scattered across the state toward the end of October are geared to providing self-represented litigants with the information and education they need to be prepared to appear before a judge. Legal Resource Days events provide an important way to deliver that assistance The Colorado Judicial Branch explained.
To join in on Ask-A-Lawyer or either of the special presentations or to find out more, you will need to register in advance, no later than October 22 by calling the Self-Help Center at 719-695-6555 or visit the Third Judicial District website.