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Fairbanks attorney says there is free legal help available

 Legal documents seen at a free legal clinic held on Martin Luther King Jr. Day. (John Dougherty/KTVF)
Legal documents seen at a free legal clinic held on Martin Luther King Jr. Day. (John Dougherty/KTVF) (KTVF)
Published: Jan. 20, 2020 at 4:19 PM AKST
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Fairbanks attorneys and legal experts hosted an event Monday to offer free legal help to the community. The free legal clinic is held across Alaskan communities every Martin Luther King Jr. Day as a way to honor Dr. King's legacy. The event aims to help residents with free legal advice about civil law matters.

While this year's clinic may be over, Savannah Fletcher, an attorney for Alaska Legal Services, says there are still ways to get free legal help. She said Alaska Legal Services offers free legal assistance based on income level, but also makes it available to native Alaskans, the elderly and veterans with special grants.

"Often people have needs and are suffering. Life is chaotic and stressful, and you don't take that hour to come in a fill out a packet. But by coming in and asking for help, you can really get long term betterment in your life -- and we are here to guide you through the whole process. So I just encourage you to come ask. If you are not sure you would be eligible, at least find out."

Fletcher said that you can also get some free legal help from the Alaska Court System.

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