People living in Onondaga County with low incomes can now take advantage of free legal advice on custody and child support matters. As YNN's Brad Vivacqua reports, professional lawyers will be on hand to provide assistance on Wednesday.
SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- On Wednesday, anyone who qualifies can receive assistance from a professional lawyer at the Onondaga County Courthouse.
This is the first time the Volunteer Lawyers Project has been offered. About 40 professional lawyers are giving up their time to help people prepare petitions, motions in custody, and child support matters.
The participating lawyers do not represent the clients in court, but they will help provide free help to get them ready.
"We're trying to make the court more accessible and make it more possible for make the correct argument the first time, get their point across. And really have the best possible chance they can in court," said Sally Curran, Volunteer Lawyers Project Executive Director.
It is a pro bono program of the Onondaga County Bar Association. According to officials, they hope to expand the project even more by the start of next year.
The program runs every Wednesday from noon until 3 p.m. at the courthouse on Montgomery Street in room 116. For more information, contact (315) 471-3409.