Philly Bar Association offers residents free legal advice

The Philadelphia Bar Association is offering free confidential legal advice to the public for its annual Law Week from Monday, April 25 through Friday, April 29.

The Young Lawyers Division volunteer lawyers will host an in-person legal advice program on Wednesday, April 27 at the Parkway Central Library. People can also call their LegalLine from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. on the same day.

Philadelphia residents can get advice on family law, landlord and tenant disputes, employment law, and other topics they need help with.

Melissa Ruth is the president-elect of the Bar Association’s Young Lawyers Division, which organizes Law Week activities.

Ruth said Law Week is just one opportunity for the Young Lawyers Division to give back to the community.

“We know the legal system can be confusing for people, and we just want to help people find the answers they need, and even if that just points them in the right direction sometimes,” Ruth said.

People can come forward with any legal question, Ruth said, and often volunteers will direct them to someone through the Bar Association’s lawyer referral program, or to an assistance program. Pennsylvania Law, or other pro bono services.

“It can be difficult for people to know where to go or who to talk to,” Ruth said.

“If they have a problem, they don’t know what type of lawyer to talk to or even if it’s a legal problem. But I think if they’re just willing to provide as much information as they can, then our lawyers can help them.

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