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#MOLawyers’ giving spirit shines through virtual legal clinic

‘Tis the season of giving, and Missouri lawyers have been donating their time this year by helping more than 2,000 clients through The Missouri Bar’s free virtual legal advice clinic. And you can do the same!

In partnership with the American Bar Association, Missouri.FreeLegalAnswers.org allows low- to moderate-income Missourians to ask up to three non-criminal legal questions each year. Missouri lawyers can then voluntarily log into the virtual clinic using a laptop, tablet, or phone whenever and wherever to help answer questions.

As of Dec. 19, 2,382 of the 2,680 questions submitted in 2022 have been answered – about 89%. In 2022, lawyers served 2,240 clients through this online service. The three most popular types of questions this past year involved family law, landlord/tenant issues, and debt.

Since launching in 2017, 9,403 clients have been helped and lawyers have answered 10,124 total questions.

Lawyers are not required to devote specific amounts of time to the clinic. You have the flexibility to answer questions whenever and wherever is most convenient for you. In just 15 minutes, you can log into Missouri.FreeLegalAnswers.org and answer a question, helping a Missourian in need of legal advice. This program improves the public’s access to justice by providing legal answers to individuals who otherwise might not have the ability to get help.

Get into the giving spirit by joining the 280 Missouri lawyers who volunteer for Missouri.FreeLegalAnswers.org. Click here to sign up to volunteer.