FARMINGTON — Nearly 20 attorneys will offer free consultations on legal matters during a San Juan County Legal Fair on Friday afternoon.
The legal fair is at the district courthouse on Andrea Drive in Farmington. It starts at 1 p.m.
"We're going to go until everyone has been seen," said District Judge Daylene Marsh, the chair of the San Juan County Pro Bono Committee. "We're expecting a big turnout."
Marsh said the attorneys at the fair are well-versed in a variety of legal issues. There will be attorneys who specialize in family law, bankruptcy, tribal court, consumer protection, wills and trusts, social security and criminal law, among other topics.
There will be an intake process, and people will be directed to an attorney depending on their questions, she said. There is no cost to the public, and the attorneys are offering their services for free.
Felix Briones, and his son, Paul, of the Briones Law Firm in Farmington, are volunteering at the legal fair.
Felix Briones said New Mexico attorneys are required to complete 50 pro bono hours of legal work per year or make a donation to a group that coordinates pro bono work. Pro bono work is uncompensated.
He said legal fairs are a great way to complete pro bono work because there is often a steady stream of people who need legal advice but may not be able to afford an attorney.
"Not many issues are totally resolved, but the objective is to get them instructions on how they can go about getting all the answers to their questions," Felix Briones said. "The lawyers who are going to be there are very interested in providing the help that we can."Ryan Boetel covers crime for The Daily Times. He can be reached at 505-564-4644 and firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him on Twitter @rboetel on Twitter.