The legal fair will be held at the Aztec district courthouse Friday

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FARMINGTON — Area lawyers are volunteering their time Friday to answer questions regarding legal issues from San Juan County residents.

The San Juan County Legal Fair is scheduled from noon to 5 p.m. Friday at the San Juan County District Courthouse in Aztec at 103 S. Oliver Ave.

About 17 attorneys will be set up across the courthouse to confidentially answer legal questions as the courthouse shuts down operations in the afternoon, according to District Judge Daylene Marsh.

The event is organized by the New Mexico Volunteer Attorney Program and the 11th Judicial District's Pro Bono Committee. Judge Marsh is the chair of the Pro Bono Committee.

For Marsh, the legal fair is an opportunity to give back to the community, and she said she finds the event rewarding.

The attorneys volunteering will be able to provide legal advice in a number of fields including wills, probate, name change, tribal law, child support, bankruptcy, repossession and divorce.

An immigration attorney will be available to provide legal advice at the event for the first time, Marsh said.

A room will be prepared for people to teleconference with an immigration attorney to seek legal advice.

The pro bono committee has tried in previous years to have an immigration attorney present, according to Marsh.

Those who plan on attending the event are asked to write down their questions ahead of time and bring with them any paperwork associated with a case.

Marsh stated those attending the event should bring information about the other party involved in the case or dispute should an attorney determine they have a case and need help filling out paperwork.

The court clerk's office will be open during the event, providing attendees an opportunity to obtain and file paperwork with the office.  

Marsh advised people to show up about an hour before the doors open for the event.

On-site interpreters will be on hand for people who speak the Spanish or Navajo languages.

Joshua Kellogg covers crime, courts and social issues for The Daily Times. He can be reached at 505-564-4627 or via email at jkellogg@daily-times.com.

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