SCLawAnswers.org provides legal help to South Carolinians

October 28, 2013

COLUMBIA, S.C. (Oct. 28, 2013)—In November 2012, the S.C. Bar Pro Bono Program launched SCLawAnswers.org, an interactive resource available to the public for around-the-clock access to legal help.

The website allows individuals who meet the qualifications to post legal questions and have them answered by a volunteer attorney. It is accessible 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, allowing both the attorney and client to use the resource at their convenience.

Since its launch nearly a year ago, SCLawAnswers.org has received more than 500 questions from people throughout the state, and more than 75 attorneys have volunteered to provide answers. Common questions include family law issues such as divorce, custody, visitation and child support issues; landlord/tenant law; consumer law issues; probate; juvenile law; immigration; bankruptcy; and health care.

SCLawAnswers.org provides a much-needed means of legal assistance to the citizens of South Carolina,” said Cindy Coker, public services director for the S.C. Bar. “The website is convenient and allows the public another avenue to the legal system in a simplified and non-intimidating manner. We’ve received a great response—from both the public and volunteer attorneys—and are pleased to be able to help the public with its legal needs.”

SCLawAnswers.org also provides an opportunity for law students to work with practicing attorneys to answer questions during the First Friday Blitz, an all-day program during which USC School of Law students conduct research and draft answers to posted questions. Attorneys then review, edit and post answers to the site. The process gives students the opportunity to address real world questions and learn from the experience of practicing lawyers.

The S.C. Bar Pro Bono Program will hold a SCLawAnswers.org First Friday Blitz on Nov. 1, during which volunteer lawyers will spend the day responding to questions posted to the website.

The site is designed only for civil questions; clients who have criminal questions are referred to a local public defender. The website can be accessed by going to www.sclawanswers.org. For those who require assistance not offered through SCLawAnswers.org, helpful links can also be found on the website.

For more information, contact Cindy Coker at 1-877-797-2227, ext. 142 or ccoker@scbar.org.

The South Carolina Bar, which has a membership of more than 14,500 lawyers, is dedicated to advancing justice, professionalism and understanding of the law.

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