How you can get a free legal consultation on Elizabeth Avenue on Saturday


Have a question about landlord or tenant issues, workers compensation claims, living wills or healthcare power of attorney? Have any other legal questions?

Good news: Charlotte is one of seven N.C. cities hosting Ask-A-Lawyer Day April 22. All you have to do to get a quick consultation is pop into Legal Services of Southern Piedmont at 1431 Elizabeth Ave. between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Saturday.

“The idea is we can sit down and, as a consult, just hear out what their legal problem is,” said Ryan McIntyre of Lindley Law (photographed above).

McIntyre is coordinating the Charlotte event with Sidney Minter of Fisher & Phillips, LLP. They have another lawyer signed up as a volunteer for Saturday as well, and are in the process of reaching out to more.

“All the attorneys are giving this advice for free and on their free time,” McIntyre said.

While the lawyers won’t be permitted to advise drop-ins on their direct cases, they will be able to hear their grievances and connect them to the right legal resources, whether more in-depth online information or an attorney referral service. This is to avoid any conflict of interest.

Still, McIntyre said, “You can bring in any type of legal questions.”

McIntyre is in his first year of practicing law and participated in last month’s North Carolina Bar Association’s 4ALL Statewide Service Day, involving consultations conducted by phone.

“Just to kind of further connect with the community and offer some pro bono legal services to help people out who can’t afford an attorney,” he said.

He also wants to be a resource for anyone who is hesitant about legal proceedings and wants to learn more about the process.

On Saturday, he and his fellow lawyers will be extending that same courtesy, but in person. Find them inside Legal Services of Southern Piedmont’s conference room, pick a table to sit down at, present your questions.

“And see where it goes from there,” he said.

Photo: Courtesy of Lindley Law


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