Local Lawyers to Offer Free Legal Advice

The Natchitoches Parish Library (NPL), in partnership with the Louisiana State Bar Association (LSBA) and the Louisiana Library Association (LLA), is presenting its sixth annual “Lawyers in Libraries statewide program on Monday, October 21st, 9-11 AM and Friday, October 25th, 3-5 PM at the NPL. Free individual consultation will be provided by local attorneys, Lewis Gladney and NiKayla Smith, on civil issues (no criminal) in 15-minute intervals in the NPL Meeting Room.

There will also be a seminar Friday evening, October 25th, from 5 PM to 6:30 PM giving a brief overview of the divorce and custody process in Louisiana. Topics will include: marriages in Louisiana, termination of marriage, child custody, spousal support, child support, property division after a divorce and general questions. If you are wondering how long the divorce process takes, how much the divorce process costs, etc, this seminar will cover those questions. Attendance is open to the public and will include a Q&A session.

It is recommended that those interested in a consultation sign up for a time slot beforehand to guarantee they are seen; while walk-ins are allowed registered participants are given priority. To schedule a free consultation on your non-criminal legal matter, call the NPL at 318.357.3280 ext. 1, or message via the NPL’s Facebook page; you may also sign up in person at the Second Floor Circulation Desk.

“Public libraries are natural starting points for people in search of information and services,” says Alan Niette, NPL Community Outreach Coordinator, “and our staff is happy to provide direction to available resources, including for legal matters, but we cannot offer legal advice. We are extremely excited each year to work with our local lawyers to host this annual volunteer attorney project.”

The program has grown consistently since being launched in 2014 and has assisted over 3,000 Louisianans and reached patrons in ever parish in the state. “Lawyers in Libraries” is a partnership between the LSBA, LLA, Law Library of Louisiana, LSU Law Library, legal aid partners, local bar associations, and other community partners.