The Alabama State Bar is offering help at a reduced price to military personnel. This is due to the work of a former judge advocate general working along with the State Bar. The Bar Association’s Lawyer Referral Service helps connect military members with legal services in Alabama – at a discounted rate – and that’s a good thing. Currently, the service only applies to members of the Alabama National Guard and the Alabama State Defense Force. But in October, the service will expand to all military members.
Retired Air Force Col. George Schrader proposed the service last year, and the Sate Bar took up the issue. Col. Schrader, a Montgomery resident, got the idea from the Military Officers Association of America. The national organization has a program in which lawyers volunteer to provide discounted services to the military. When a military member calls the State Bar’s Lawyer Referral Service, he or she will be directed to a lawyer who is willing to offer a 25% discount to service members. If a participating lawyer isn’t in the service member’s area, they will be referred to the nearest lawyer who offers the discounted rate.
The military discount is an additional option within the Bar’s referral service. Lawyers pay a $100 fee to participate in the program. In about a year, the number of participating lawyers has nearly doubled with 235 across the state currently participating. Renee Avery, director of the program, expects that number to double again during the recruitment process in September when lawyers join or renew memberships to the state bar and can opt into the program.
Thus far most lawyers have elected to get in the program and that will provide more support to the military. Col. Schrader spends a lot of time at meetings, visiting various military installations and attending conferences. He is a tremendous promoter of the program. After each of Col. Schrader’s visits, the Bar Association gets at least five calls from new people wanting to use the service, according to Ms. Avery. She says that the Bar Association gets lots of calls from military members looking for help with will and estate planning and also child-custody cases. For more information or to reach the Lawyer Referral Service, you can call (334) 269-1515 or visit http://www.alabar.org/lrs/.
Source: Montgomery Advertiser
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