Union Library hosts mobile law firm for underserved rural community | Spartanburg News

UNION — The University of South Carolina Law School and the Bar of South Carolina have partnered to provide free legal services to low-income Union County residents.

Residents who qualify will receive free simple will preparation and healthcare power of attorney documentation from Palmetto Leader, a mobile law firm where the USC School of Law provides free legal services to underserved communities. from South Carolina.

The Palmetto Leader program is made up of law students and volunteer lawyers. In the custom-built bus there are two private offices and a waiting room.

The event is scheduled to take place Nov. 4 at the Union County Carnegie Library from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

People are asked to bring ID and a property deed if they are owners. Participants must be below 200% of the poverty line and cannot own a business.

In addition to providing legal documents, lawyers will be available for free legal advice.

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“Union is a very rural population with limited resources and we don’t have public transit, so it’s a really good example of people meeting you where you are,” said Taylor Atkinson, executive director of Union. County Library System.

A health care power of attorney is a legal document that gives someone you choose the power to make health care decisions for you in case you can’t make them yourself. A simple will indicates who will inherit your property and possessions when you die.

The Palmetto LEADER also came to the library in April. Annie Jones, social worker and special initiatives manager for the Union County Library System, said that because of the response from the community, those leading the effort decided to bring it back.

In order to receive legal services, an appointment must be made by calling 980-292-2334.

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