Retired Col. S. Joe Blanco wants to make sure his estates are in order.

Blanco, 81, was among more than 50 veterans and spouses of deceased veterans who received advice and counsel in all areas of law, including family, wills and probate, consumer, real estate and tax law, as well as disability and veterans benefits.

More than 15 attorneys with the Bell County Bar Association volunteered Friday at a free legal clinic at Texas A&M University-Central Texas’ Founders Hall.

“We have our documents but they’re old and we’d like to have them updated to make sure they’re current with estate laws and federal laws. We’re getting up there in age,” Blanco said. “We’re very grateful and thankful for the bar association.”

After the clinic, veterans who need ongoing legal representation and who financially qualify for legal aid may be assigned a pro bono or low-cost attorney to handle their cases.

“We have a lot of attorneys who can’t attend the clinic, but they still volunteer to take referrals,” said Cynthia Helmandollar, co-executive director of the county’s association. “I’ll send a (mass) email out to the bar as a whole and say, ‘I have this person who has this issue’ and almost without fail, I’ll get four or five emails from attorneys who say, ‘Send me their information. I’ll help them.’”

Steve Walden, president of the Bell County Bar Association, said he enjoys assisting veterans and their families.

“There are a lot of legal issues that are unique to veterans and because they spent many years serving us, we want to make sure we’re providing back to them,” Walden said.

“Especially in our community where there are a lot of (retired and combat) veterans here. It’s just so important for us to provide back to them.”

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Amazing how the BAR attorneys (foreign agents) who have created a monopoly in the once sovereign American court system are doing something to clear the consciences. Not only have the taken over the banks and the courts, but Social Security even belongs to the Queen of England herself.

Read on:Queen Elizabeth controls and has amended U.S. Social Security, as follows:

S.I. 1997 NO.1778 The Social Security ( United States of America)
Order 1997 Made 22nd of July 1997 coming into force 1st September 1997. At
the Court at Buckingham Palace the 22nd day of July 1997. Now, therefore Her
Majesty an pursuance of section 179 (1) (a) and (2) of the Social Security
Administration Act of 1992 and all other powers enabling Her in that behalf,
is please, by and with advise of Her privy Council, to order, and it is hereby
ordered as follows:

"This Order may be cited as the Social Security (United States of America)
Order 1997 and shall come into force on 1st September 1997."

"During the trial of James and Sharon Patterson, (Case 6:97-CR-51) William Wayne Justice, Judge of the United States District Court Texas-Eastern Division when presented with law stated: "I take my orders from
England. This is not a law this court goes by."

For all of those who did not believe that the United States was under Great Britain here it is straight from the mouth of a Federal Judge. How much more evidence 'do you need?' America has never been Free. The Revolutionary war was a fraud perpetrated on the American people. The war's purpose was to centralize power and make the people easier to control. All Federal Judges, Congressmen, U.S. Attorneys, State Judges, Legislators and most Attorneys know this and are in fact British Agents. Their job is to keep the people in line and to be productive slaves which they (The British Agents) are greatly compensated for. The police do not know that they work for Great Britain they too have been deceived so don't attack them.

Imagine going into a court room and not realizing you are going into a foreign territory ruled by the Temple Crown.

Google: Queen Elizabeth controls and has amended U.S. Social Security -

This sad reality will blow your mind. It is time for everyone in America to know the Truth. Let us all work together in exposing the British Empire. Please re-fax and e-mail this release to every Attorney, Judge, and Legislator in your area to let them know they have been unmasked. Please get out your Yellow Pages and start faxing everyone in your area and also read this release over every radio show possible. We have printed thousands of evidence packages and mailed them across America that prove that the United States is a British Colony. It is time to send the British back to England. We must work together because if, we do not. we are all doomed.

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