Local lawyers offer free legal advice to community


LANSING, Mich. (WLNS) – In a perfect world you would hope that all legal issues be handled honestly and fairly based on facts but that’s not the case all the time.

In some situations, Americans are forced to choose between breaking the bank for legal advice or doing their own homework on law.

But tonight, lawyers in Ingham County lent a generous hand and provided free consultation to those in need of help in dire situations.

“We’ve been doing this event for a number of years now and we feel it’s a great way that we can give back to the community,” said Raymond Harris, Co-chair of the Ingham County Bar Association’s “Ask a Lawyer” event.

Legal issues can be daunting and scary to handle, but thanks to Lansing’s annual “Ask a Lawyer” event, attorney’s including Mark Kellogg used their expertise to give people peace of mind.

“People want to be heard and so you listen and then try to probably direct them or guide them in the best manner that would be most helpful to them,” said Mark Kellogg, Attorney at Fraser Trebilcock.

Former Ingham County Circuit Court Judge Paula Manderfield believes those tackling legal issues are confused and unsure of the path they need to take.

“I think people don’t really know where to go and they don’t really know where to begin, like ok they need a lawyer maybe or some legal advice but there’s so many lawyers and they all seem to work in different areas of the law that it’s hard to know like who’s the best person to talk to just get some advice,” Manderfield stated.

From criminal law, to unemployment lawyers from all areas of law gathered around the room to provide their services.

And the biggest legal issue people face…

“Landlord tenant issues, family law issues and then some personal injury type questions or issues in the criminal law,” Kellogg said.

But ultimately, for people like Sharlena Phelps, being able to have a one-on-one with an attorney not only lifted her spirits, but helped shed light on her unfortunate situation.

“It was nice to be able to come and have a consultation with somebody who can give you information that you might not necessarily be able to get on your own,” said Phelps.

Depending on the needs of each client, once the consultation ended with the legal experts attorneys would refer people to private law-firms or legal service agencies.

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