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Posted by: Tba Administrator on Jan 14, 2012 is based on the walk-in clinic or dial-a-lawyer model where clients request brief advice and counsel about a specific civil legal issue from a volunteer lawyer. Lawyers provide information and basic legal advice without any expectation of long-term representation. The website was created in order to eliminate barriers to lawyer pro bono (such as geographic location, work schedule or family obligations), expand pro bono to the most rural areas of Tennessee and provide assistance to eligible Legal Aid clients who are turned away due to lack of resources (there are only 79 Legal Aid attorneys in the state). The online system screens potential clients for eligibility and, if qualified, allows them to post a legal question to a private messaging system. Clients have the ability to check the system for answers at any time. Only the name of the client is shared with the volunteer attorney. All other information is anonymous to ensure privacy. Lawyers have the ability to log into the site 24 hours a day and answer questions at a time that best suits their schedule. Lawyers receive CLE credit for the time they spend researching and answering questions and are covered by professional liability insurance maintained by the Tennessee Alliance for Legal Services. Currently, over 285 lawyers have signed up to help over 712 clients. New questions are posted every day, so check back often to see which ones you can answer.


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