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Bangor Public Library to host Legal Services Day

February 27, 2018
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BPL to partner with Maine Volunteer Lawyers Project for March 6 event

BANGOR – The Maine Volunteer Lawyers Project and the Bangor Public Library are partnering to host an event aimed at helping members of the public answer questions about civil legal matters, including consumer law, wills/trusts/estates, debt collection, bankruptcy, employment law, tax issues, foreclosure, property, social security and unemployment.

The Maine Volunteer Lawyers Project (VLP) and the Bangor Public Library are partnering to host the inaugural Legal Services Day event. Legal Services Day will take place at the Bangor Public Library on March 6 from 2-6 p.m.

Members of the public with low incomes will be able to meet with VLP volunteers and complete confidential initial interviews to start a case with VLP. Following the event, VLP staff will review case information, follow up with attendees about their case, and in many cases find a local attorney to take the case.

According to VLP Bangor staff member Greg Pierce, “the legal community in Bangor has been especially generous with their time over the years. There is a tradition of involvement for local attorneys, and here at VLP we are very pleased to be working with our partners at Bangor Public Library to help raise awareness of our programs throughout the community.”

“Most people are familiar with the right to legal counsel in criminal matters. There is, however, no similar right for legal counsel in civic matters. But civil law is very much a part of everyday life and having sound counsel for these matters can make a big difference in someone’s life. I am very pleased that the Bangor Public Library can partner with VLP to help citizens find viable options to legal issues concerning housing, family, finances and other pressing issues,” said Barbara McDade, Director of the Bangor Public Library.

In 1983, Pine Tree Legal Assistance (PTLA) partnered with the Maine Justice Foundation to create a project dedicated to engaging volunteers in providing civil legal aid. Housed within PTLA for 35 years, the Volunteer Lawyers Project became a separate non-profit organization with its own board in 2017. The VLP has a small staff that recruits, trains, manages, and supports volunteers. In most VLP cases, the legal assistance is provided by pro bono attorney volunteers. Student and community volunteers conduct intake interviews, provide legal information, organize events, and help develop new service projects.

Typically, VLP clients must have a household income below 200 percent of federal poverty guidelines. However, determining income eligibility is quite complex - don't assume ineligibility without talking to VLP. Members of the public who wish to check their incomes prior to the event may go to

Members of the public should bring documents relevant to their case, including court notices, letters and other documents necessary to understand their individual case.

Throughout the year, all across Maine, the Volunteer Lawyers Project provides help with a variety of civil legal problems that are handled in Maine courts. Family law clinics are operating weekly at various Maine courthouses. Check out for clinic scheduling information and to find out about our ongoing case intake hotline services.

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