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Posted by: Stacey Shrader Joslin on Jan 14, 2013

A coalition of Tennessee legal groups, including the Tennessee Bar Association, have announced a new toll-free phone line offering free legal information and referrals to low income Tenneseans. The service, known as aLEGALz, will help callers find resources to deal with civil legal issues. Those who cannot afford a lawyer may call the line at 888-aLEGALz (1-888-253-4259) and leave a message. Calls will be returned by a licensed Tennessee lawyer who will provide referrals to appropriate legal service providers, pro bono assistance programs, free legal clinics and social service providers.

aLEGALz is made possible through a grant from International Paper and funding from the Tennessee Commission on Continuing Legal Education and Specialization. The phone line, which was donated by AT&T, will be managed by the Tennessee Alliance for Legal Services (TALS) in coordination with the Tennessee Supreme Court Access to Justice Commission. The new service is the next step in an ongoing effort to improve access to the legal system for all Tennesseans. It will complement the existing web-based resource – a joint project of TALS and the Tennessee Bar Association – which allows users to post legal questions and receive answers from volunteer attorneys through a secure online messaging service. Read more from the Supreme Court or download a description of aLEGALz.