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By Ryan Houston - bio | email

ALBANY,  GA (WALB) –  In these tough economic times, fewer people can afford to hire lawyers. That's at a time when the need for legal help is rising. Across the nation Thursday, lawyers donated their time to give free legal advice.

 The State Bar of Georgia sponsored the event. Lawyers who specialize in personal injury, consumer and probate law were all there to simply listen.  Having little or no legal knowledge can hurt you in the courtroom.  "With the economy the way it is people can't get fair trials or fair attorneys. They take the plea bargain," said client Lonzo Davis.

That's where Ask a Lawyer Day comes in. Bankruptcy Lawyer Bill Mitchell said, "What I hope to accomplish is to help somebody."

 To spend some time with them. Listen to their problems give them some facts." No subject was off limits today. Every question got an answer. Bill Mitchell thinks "The most frequent question is do I have to lose my home or my car if I file bankruptcy and the answer is no" 

Cheryl Griffin from Georgia legal services says this event will really help people in bad economic times.

 "It makes me proud that so many attorneys in our community that are willing to volunteer to speak to people," Griffin said.

 "This is the type of thing that let's the community know that lawyers are more than somebody trying to make money off you. Lawyers are trying to make a better society and better family life,"  said Rudolph Patterson, ex-president of the Georgia State Bar Association. 

Something else we learned is that some attorneys take cases on a contingency basis, which means If they don't win your case you don't owe them anything. 

If you need a lawyer but can't afford one, you should contact Georgia Legal Services at 1-800-735-4271.

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