Tuesday, April 1, 2003

Lawyers offer free services



Free legal services are being offered to Ohioans called into military service.

Lawyers include members of the Attorney General's Office, state legislators who are lawyers, and members of the Ohio Bar Association.

Rep. Timothy J. Grendell, Attorney General Jim Petro and Stephen Chappelear, president of the Ohio State Bar Association, have announced the expansion of the Patriot program, a pro bono program to help active duty military personnel and those in the reserves and National Guard.

"This program will benefit the men and women from Ohio who are protecting our constitutional freedoms by providing them with legal assistance while they focus on keeping America safe from terrorists and other threats," said Rep. Grendell, R-Chesterland.

Lawyers can help military families exercise their rights under the Soldiers' and Sailors' Civil Relief Act. Legal assistance will also be available for wills, trusts, living wills, powers of attorney and durable powers of attorney for health care.

More than 140 members of the Attorney General's Office staff provide their services to the program.

To get help: 866-444-3577.

- William A. Weathers




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