Legal Resources Available
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The New Mexico Legal Resources for the Elderly program helps New Mexicans age 55 and older. Call 1-800-876-6657.
The Silver City New Mexico Legal Aid office is referring people to monthly telephone legal clinics. Teleclinics are on the first Thursday of every month. There is no charge to consult with an attorney. Here are the steps:
- First, preregister with Legal Aid by emailing email@example.com for a registration form, or by calling 505-521-6129 if you don’t have internet access.
- Second, fill out a registration form and return it to Legal Aid, which you must do before you can be registered and assigned a volunteer attorney.
- Once you’re registered you will be given a time frame to receive a call from your attorney. You may be told, for example, to make sure you’re free between 8 and 10 a.m. on the date of the clinic, and the volunteer attorney will call you during that time to discuss your legal problem.
The New Mexico Courts website has a self-help section here: https://self-help.nmcourts.gov/self-help-guide/
Military and Veterans: ABA Home Front provides legal information, resources, and a directory of legal programs for veterans, service members, and military families. Programs listed include military legal assistance offices, legal aid and pro bono organizations, lawyer referral and information services, and military-specific programs where available. Visit www.abahomefront.org.
Military: The ABA Military Pro Bono Project accepts case referrals from military attorneys on behalf of junior-enlisted, active-duty military personnel facing civil legal issues, and it works to place these cases with pro bono attorneys. Visit www.militaryprobono.org.
The State Bar General Referral Program connects you to an attorney for a 30-minute consultation for a $35 fee. After that, you decide if you need further services from the attorney and come to an agreement with them about costs. Details about the program are at https://www.sbnm.org/For-Public/I-Need-a-Lawyer/State-Bar-General-Referral, or by phone: 505-797-6066 or 1-800-876-6227 (select option 2). You can also search the State Bar directory here: https://www.sbnm.org/For-Public/I-Need-a-Lawyer/Online-Bar-Directory
For more information, check out the Silver City Public Library blog – https://silvercitypubliclibrary.org/2021/04/01/civil-legal-assistance-updated-info/