Event to offer free legal advice to residents in need

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LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — The Indiana Bar Foundation is making it easier for people to get free legal advice.

As a part of Pro Bono Week, lawyers in Tippecanoe and Montgomery counties are holding Talk to a Lawyer Day.

People will be able to take their legal questions and have them answered at no cost.

Lafayette attorney Timothy Peterson believes money should not be a barrier for people in need of help. He says answering simple questions relieves heavy burdens.

“I’ve always been interested in the public good and making sure that the public has access to justice,” Peterson said. “It’s always been one of my commitments.”

He said it also saves people from making a mistake later down the line.

“There are very simple questions out there that need to get answered for people,” Peterson said. “If they don’t get them answered and they go by their common-sense understanding what they think the law is, they’re going to cause themselves very serious consequences.”

The first session will be held Monday, Oct. 24, at the Crawfordsville Public Library from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m.

On Tuesday, Oct. 25, lawyers will be available at Ivy Tech Community College in Lafayette from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m.