The Madison County legal community provided 181 appointments to give free legal advice at the Law Library at the Madison County Courthouse last year. The number of low-income residents who seek to represent themselves in court and have legal questions answered continues to grow. During the fourth quarter of last year, 34 volunteer attorneys provided 51 appointments.
Legal Advice Clinics are held the second and fourth Tuesdays of every month. Joan Spiegel, with Land of Lincoln Legal Assistance in Alton, says they are seeing more people in this economy.
The clinics operate by appointment only. Family law issues are dealt with in the mornings, with general issues addressed during the afternoons. No criminal law appointments are handled at the clinic. For more information, call 296-5921.
Serving the areas of Alton, Godfrey, East Alton, Wood River, Roxana, Edwardsville, Jerseyville, Brighton, Bethalto, Grafton, Granite City, Hartford, Highland, Troy, Fairview Heights, Belleville and the surrounding cities.