Wake Libraries and the Legal Support Center will offer free family law support to Garner on Saturday


Wake County Public Libraries and the Wake County Legal Support Center are bringing their Lawyers in Your Library program to the Southeast Regional Library in Garner on Saturday, June 8. This is the second installment of this series, which provides free legal support and family law advice to residents who need it at locations across the province.

Lawyers in Your Library is an extension of the Legal Support Center’s Lawyer of the Day program, which helped nearly 150 families with family law issues, such as custody, child support and divorce, in 2023 at the Wake County Courthouse. The partnership with Wake County Public Libraries is an effort to make the program more accessible to people who might not be able to get to downtown Raleigh during the week.

The first Lawyers in Your Library program took place in March at the East Regional Library in Knightdale. Volunteer lawyers provided ten families with free legal advice in three hours. They could also refer people who needed help outside the scope of the event.

“We are excited to build on the initial success of Lawyers in Your Library and help even more families in Wake County,” said Commissioner Matt Calabria. “By bringing expert legal advice directly to our communities, we are giving individuals and families the tools they need to navigate complex family law issues.”

The sessions take place from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Appointments are available (but not required) at wake.gov/LIL, with additional spots available for walk-ins.

How it works
At each session of Lawyers in Your Library, three attorneys are available to provide free, 30-minute consultations to clients on family law issues – from child custody and support to alimony and adoption.

The pro bono attorneys will help advise, advise, provide form documents and prepare suggestions, and much more for many families who might not otherwise have access to legal advice as they navigate the complicated system. By helping them better understand the legal process, the service enables residents to reach a resolution in their case more efficiently.

“Often individuals can do many things on their own, but meeting with an attorney gives them the confidence or final pieces they need to confidently represent themselves in court,” said Anh LyJordan, director of the Wake County Legal Support Center . . “Our volunteer attorneys can help people review court checklists, prepare documents and review materials.”

In 2023, more than 30 volunteers from local family law firms donated more than 80 attorney hours to the Lawyer of the Day program. Their continued commitment has made it possible for the Legal Support Center to staff the bimonthly program at the courthouse through the end of 2024 and explore additional partnerships such as “Lawyers in Your Library.”

“The Lawyers in your Library event at East Regional in March had a great turnout,” said Assistant Library Director Ann Burlingame Diab. “It was great to see how many families were helped through often complex legal issues in such an efficient manner.”