Participants will receive legal court documents prepared by licensed Mississippi attorneys and/or legal advice on the following legal matters: guardianships; irreconcilable differences divorce; name changes; visitation; custody; and emancipation. This is great opportunity for grandparents, relatives or family friends taking care of children who are not their own to obtain the necessary documents to enroll the child in school.
This legal clinic is open to the public by Appointment Only. Participants will need to visit www.mvlp.org/clinics to pre-register and to view a list of documents needed to attend the clinic. Appointments will be scheduled after the intake form is received.
The clinics are pro se clinics, meaning the individuals who attend and receive services from the attorneys are empowered to handle their legal matters in court on their own. The clinics are designed to assist self-represented litigants in preparing to go to court. The pro bono attorney will not go to court with the participant. Eligibility to attend a clinic is limited to people whose income is at or below 200 percent of the federal poverty level. For example, that would be an annual income of $25,760 or less for an individual, or an annual income of $51,500 or less for a family of four, based on the 2021 Federal Poverty Guidelines. Persons seeking assistance must register in advance and be screened for eligibility by MVLP.
The clinic is co-sponsored by the Fifth Chancery District (Hinds County Chancery Court), Capital Area Bar Association, and Forman Watkins & Krutz LLP.
For more information on MVLP or the legal clinics, please contact 601-882-5001 or visit www.mvlp.org.
The Mississippi Volunteer Lawyers Project (MVLP) is a 501(c) (3) legal nonprofit entity that was formed as a collaboration between the Mississippi Bar Association and the Legal Services Corporation to provide free legal services to low-income residents of Mississippi, for more than thirty-six years. Founded on the belief that everyone should have access to courts, MVLP’s early efforts of reaching those in need were accomplished exclusively through directly representing clients. MVLP currently assists clients with civil legal matters, primarily in the following areas: uncontested divorces, emancipations, simple wills, power of attorney, advance healthcare directives, adoptions, guardianships, name changes, birth certificate corrections, conservatorships, and expungement matters. In 2018, MVLP served approximately 1,700 Mississippi residents through referrals, direct representation, advice and legal clinics.