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Ohio Justice Bus offers free legal services to low-income residents

CLEVELAND, Ohio (WOIO) — Having access to legal advice is extremely important to Joyce Martin.

“Hopefully I could get some help from the county or someone,” Martin said.

She’s here regarding a legal matter that she couldn’t have gotten help with without this Ohio Justice bus.

“Love it, you know they should do it more often,” she said.

Inside this bus is a mobile legal aid office and a technology hotspot where volunteer lawyers and legal aid can guide you.

The services here are absolutely free.

People have the opportunity to talk to a lawyer about family law issues related to adoption and kinship care.

“There are a lot of issues that people try to deal with on their own and it doesn’t always have the best outcome,” Sophia Chang said.

Sophia Chang is the volunteer director of the Ohio Access Justice Foundation.

She told 19 News it was a partnership with the Cleveland Adoption Network, Fairhill Partners and the Ohio Kan Program.

“Being able to come to a clinic like this and speak to a lawyer for expert advice on how to move forward is really important,” she added.

If you missed today’s session, there will be another on Saturday at 9:45 a.m. at the Langston Hughes branch of the Cleveland Public Library.

“Get out, get out, support this you and everyone else,” Martin added.

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