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Posted: Wednesday, April 10, 2013 4:30 am

Free legal advice will be available for veterans and their spouses Friday afternoon in Temple.

The program is in its third year and pairs veterans with local attorneys who will provide counsel on legal issues from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Olin E. Teague Veterans’ Medical Center.

Lawyers will be available to provide advice for pretty much all areas of law. Issues include family law, wills, property, taxes, disability, veterans benefits and even traffic tickets, said Cindi Parker, a paralegal and an executive director of the Bell County Bar Association, which has organized the event for the past three years.

“We have sent out invitations to lawyers in Bell, Williamson, Milam, Coryell counties to join us in providing free legal assistance this coming Friday,” said Bell County Bar President Ken Valka, a Temple attorney. “We hope to have a large turnout of veterans.”

The event served 43 veterans last year when it was held at the Bell County Courthouse. Valka said the bar association moved it to the VA hospital in Temple this year to improve turnout.

“This year we decided to bring the clinic closer to the vets,” he said.

Any who attend will be given a questionnaire. Everyone will be given some free legal advice. However, certain candidates may be matched with attorneys that will take on their entire case for free, Parker said.

Those who qualify for pro bono services will have to meet certain income levels. Others may be paired up with attorney’s who specialize in their specific legal issues.

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