Legal fair planned in Santa Rosa

QCS staff

QCS staff

A free legal fair is scheduled from 10 a.m., to 2 p.m., on Sept. 10 at the Santa Rosa High School Gymnasium, 717 South 3rd Street.

Low-income residents from Santa Rosa and the surrounding communities will be offered legal information, along with some guidance about their legal rights from free or low-cost public-interest legal services providers.

The Santa Rosa Legal Fair, organized by the New Mexico Bar Association Legal Programs and Services Committee, will have licensed lawyers as well as civil legal service providers available to provide information.

Legal services will be provided on a first-come, first-served basis. Appointments are not necessary.

“As a district court judge and previously as a district attorney, I have always recognized the importance and value of obtaining legal advice. I also understand that because of current economic conditions, many of our citizens may not be able to afford legal representation,” said District Court Chief Judge Matthew Sandoval. “At this fair, any person in need with a legal question, will have an opportunity to see attorneys and other legal professionals who have volunteered their time, energy and expertise to help — free of charge.”

Volunteers will advise attendees on questions involving civil law, including but not limited to, family law, immigration, guardianship, debtors’ rights and bankruptcy, tenants’ rights, foreclosure, and public benefits.

Legal service providers present at the legal fair will include Law Access New Mexico, New Mexico Legal Aid, Pegasus Legal Services for Children, and several others. In addition, students from the University of New Mexico School of Law and paralegals and paralegal students will provide guidance to the right resources for attendees with questions.