Shelbyville Daily Union

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December 28, 2009

Land of Lincoln Legal Assistance Offers Help for Eligible Clients

Valorie Eversole

Daily Union Staff Writer

Do you need some legal advice but can’t afford a lawyer. A legal assistance foundation may be able to help you.

Land of Lincoln Legal Assistance offers civil legal services by attorneys for those who are eligible.

Lauren Pashayan of Land of Lincoln Legal Assistance in Springfield was guest speaker at last week’s Shelby County Interagency meeting.

“We offer civil legal services,” said Pashayan. “We don’t do personal injury or malpractice suits. We do counsel in matters regarding rental housing and home ownership, including foreclosure counseling, family law, consumer issues, and public benefits.”

Levels of service can range from advice only to court representation depending on assessments and available staff and resources.

“Not all eligible clients will receive the same level of service,” Pashayan said

LLLA will represent petitioners in domestic violence situations to obtain orders of protection or help with divorce petitions where domestic violence and children are involved.

Consumer issues includes debt garnishments and bank freezes.

“With the economy the way it is right now, this is a growing area,” Pashayan said.

LLLA also assists with public appeals in Social Security benefits, Medicaid, Department of Human Services, and food stamps program.

Seniors ages 60 and older can also seek advice through regularly scheduled LLLA visits at the Senior Center. An attorney is at the Shelby County Senior Center from 1-3 p.m. the first Wednesday of the month.

“The Senior Project is for anyone over age 60 . There is no income requirement,” Pashayan said.

The Senior Project covers information and assistance in such areas as Medicaid for nursing home care, powers of attorney, guardianships, and planning for the future.

Additionally, Land of Lincoln Legal Assistance offers divorce self-help clinics for simple divorce cases not involving custody or property issues.

The agency offers community legal education programs for such topics as credit and debtor’s rights, landlord/tenate laws, special education issues, and general assistance. These programs are held at the Springfield office or can be held elsewhere if hosted by a local agency.

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