New center aims to provide legal information, help to everyone
A new center in Dougherty County is working to ensure everyone has access to legal help when they need it.
The Southwest Georgia Legal Self-Help Center just opened in June at the Dougherty County Law Library.
It offers referrals to pro bono attorneys, assistance with legal forms, guidance and more.
The center is funded by a $75,000 grant from the National Center for State Courts. Georgia was one of just seven states to receive this grant, and this was the only project chosen to be funded in Georgia.
Since it opened, the center has helped more than 800 people from 32 counties and 11 states.
"We can hear their situation, figure out what type of legal topic they're dealing with and connect them with the best information that's going to help them solve their problem," Law Library Manager Laureen Kelly said.
The center is located on the second floor of the Judicial Building on Pine Avenue in Albany, but Kelly said they plan to move into a larger space on the first floor in the future.
Kelly said their services are free, but you have to pay if you want to print a copy of anything.