New free legal service offers help to Wake County residents with family law issues

By Sharryse Piggott

On April 1, 2024

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Wake County Public Libraries and the county’s Legal Support Center are offering a new program providing free family law legal support for residents. It’s called “Lawyers in Your Library” and it’s an expansion of the Legal Support Center’s “Attorney of the Day” program, which was created last year.

In 2023, that program helped nearly 150 families, and it was held at the courthouse in downtown Raleigh. Anh Lyjordan, the Director of the Legal Support Center, said they wanted to expand it outside of the courthouse to make it more accessible for people.

“It’s hard for people to make it into the courthouse in the hours that we’re open that are normal working hours for people,” Lyjordan said. “They have to get childcare, they have to get to downtown Raleigh, (and) they have to take time off of work.”

The “Lawyer in Your Library” program has lawyers that assist with several things people need for court.

This piece was republished from WUNC News.

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