Attorneys across Oklahoma will provide free legal advice on Thursday during the 67th annual statewide celebration of Law Day.
The Carter County Bar Association will participate in the Ask A Lawyer program in conjunction with the statewide effort to provide free legal advice. The number to call in Carter County is 580-223-5253, and the phone number will be staffed from 7-8 p.m. Justin Landgraf and Steve Oliver serve as the county’s Law Day co-chairs. They work in conjunction with the state bar’s Law Day Committee to coordinate the Ask A Lawyer call-in event.
Landgraf said both callers and the volunteer attorneys will be anonymous during the calls.
“The gamut of what is often asked includes collecting debts, landlord/tenant issues, bankruptcy and other finance and consumer credit issues and family law concerns such as child custody and divorce,” Landgraf said, adding that the attorneys will not be discussing names or specifics like contracts.
“Generally, we don’t have a lot of questions about criminal law,” Landgraf said.
He said there will be 5-10 local attorneys present Thursday from a variety of fields.
“The purpose is to allow people to ask questions that have been nagging at them,” Landgraf said.
Residents are encouraged to call and utilize this free service as it may give them the information needed to resolve their issue.
“We have recruited hundreds of volunteer attorneys to answer legal questions at no cost to callers,” said OBA President Kimberly Hays of Tulsa. “It’s part of our annual effort to educate the public about their rights under the law, but even more importantly, to create better awareness of the role of the American legal system. We hope all Oklahomans take advantage of this free community service.”
Though Law Day is celebrated across the country, it was Wewoka attorney and 1953 OBA President Hicks Epton who originally had the idea in 1951 of celebrating the law and how it effects our lives. President Dwight D. Eisenhower established Law Day nationally by proclamation in 1958; in 1961, Congress set aside May 1 as a day for all Americans to celebrate their freedom and the ideals of equality and justice under the law.
Lawyers in other counties will also be giving free legal advice. About 300 lawyers will be volunteering statewide.
The accompanying Ask A Lawyer television program will air across the state on May 3 at 7 p.m. on OETA. The show is designed to share information about legal issues in easy-to-understand language. This year’s topics are mental health court, estate planning and expungement of criminal records.
To find an attorney in your area, check out the Oklahoma Bar Association’s Find A Lawyer site at http://www.oklahomafindalawyer.com.