Lawyers e-Journal

Thursday, Apr. 10, 2008
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Leon Graubard of Graubard Associates offers a fellow veteran legal advice.

Left to right: John Hogan, Mansfield Veterans service officer, Lawrence Feeney, Esq., general counsel for the Department of Veterans Services, Gail Cavanaugh-McAuliffe, paralegal for the Department of Veterans Services, Tony Materna, Rockland Veterans service officer and Edward Flynn, communications director for the Massachusetts Department of Veterans Services, help attorneys answer veterans' questions.

Left to right: Volunteer attorneys J. Daniel Silverman, attorney at law, Jerald A. Parisella, Alexander, Femino & Lauranzano, Richard Sugarman, Wolf Block Schorr & Solis-Cohen and attorney Sharon Jones, answered veterans' questions on bankruptcy and benefits issues.

Veterans Dial-A-Lawyer program offers free legal advice

The MBA’s second Dial-A-Lawyer program held April 9 at the MBA’s Boston office, offered veterans an opportunity to receive free legal advice from volunteer lawyers. A supplement to the monthly Dial-A-Lawyer program, the Veterans program is a public service of the MBA and U.S. Trust, Bank of America Private Wealth Management, in conjunction with the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Department of Veterans Services.

Attorneys received over 100 phone calls from veterans, many of whom had pressing legal questions concerning landlord/tenant disputes, veteran benefits and family issues.

“This Veterans Dial-A-Lawyer program gives veterans quick and easy access to answers to their legal questions,” said Elizabeth O’Neil, director of the MBA’s Public and Community Services Department. “The specific Dial-A-Lawyer program gives people the opportunity to have their one question answered and to find out what their next steps should be.”

Many of the lawyers who volunteered their time to this veterans program have been personally affected by the issues plaguing the Massachusetts veteran community and want to help because they are veterans themselves or have close family members or friends that have served.

“It seems shocking to me that we send troops to war, but when they come back we don’t provide them with adequate resources,” said volunteer attorney and solo practitioner Kate McIntyre. “They are fighting for our country and our freedom and it seems that the least [we] can do is provide them with legal services.”

“By partnering with the MBA in making legal services available, this has had a positive impact on the veteran community,” said Lawrence Feeney, general counsel for the Department of Veterans Services. “There has been receptivity and responsiveness to this program and it allows for interactive communication that expands everyone’s borders.”

The date of the next Veterans Dial-A-Lawyer program has not yet been determined. If you would like to participate in future Dial-A-Lawyer programming, look for notification from the MBA's Public Services Department requesting volunteers, or click here.

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