Consult a lawyer at no cost April 28

Anyone in Illinois with a question about a legal matter can call and talk to a lawyer—at no cost—on Ask A Lawyer Day, Saturday, April 28.

Lawyer volunteers will answer phones at seven locations around the state from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Any Illinois resident can call 1-800-252-8908, toll free, or a local number in some areas, for a free phone consultation with a lawyer.

The 26th annual Ask A Lawyer Day, part of Law Day activities in Illinois, is a public service sponsored by the Illinois State Bar Association (ISBA) in cooperation with bar associations in Chicago and DuPage, Kane, Lane and Will counties.

Lawyer volunteers will be able to answer questions about consumer problems, family law, estate planning, personal injury or any other legal situations affecting individuals.

Callers will be advised of steps they can take to resolve their legal problems and, if they need additional legal services, they will be advised to see their lawyer. If they don’t have a lawyer, they will receive a referral through a referral service in their area.

“We find that many people are hesitant to see a lawyer, even when they know they have a legal problem,” said Irene Bahr of Wheaton, Ill., president of the Illinois State Bar Association. “Ask A Lawyer Day is a chance to obtain important information about a legal situation or learn how best to address a legal problem.”

Phone numbers to talk to a lawyer April 28 are:

The Chicago Bar Association—312) 554-2001; DuPage County Bar Association—(630) 653-7779; Kane County Bar Association—(630) 762-1900; Lake County Bar Association—(847) 244-3140; Will County Bar Association—(815) 723-0640; From anywhere in Illinois—ISBA—(800) 252-8908 (toll free) or (217) 525-1760.

Each of the bar associations operates a lawyer referral service for people who need legal services but do not have a lawyer. Participating lawyers provide an initial consultation at a nominal cost to determine the client’s legal needs. Also, lawyers can be found online at one of these bar association Web sites:

The 30,000-member Illinois State Bar Association, with offices in Springfield and Chicago, provides professional services to Illinois lawyers, and education and services to the public.

from the April 25-May 1, 2007, issue

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