Survivor’s Assistance Project Launched

Justice Unlocked is pleased to announce that we have received a grant from the Smithville Charitable Foundation which will allow us to provide over $20,000 in free and discounted legal services to victim’s of domestic/family violence and sexual assault. Thanks to the generosity and help of this local community partner, Justice Unlocked will be able to more than double our capacity for providing free services in the coming year!

 

Survivors of domestic violence or sexual assault often have complex legal needs involving protective orders, family law cases, the Department of Child Services, and a variety of other issues. Our stated minimum goals for this grant are to extend legal assistance to at least 40 additional victims in the next 12 months. In an effort to expand the reach and efficiency of the grant, we’re seeking out partnerships with other aid organizations in the area so that we can connect with the men and women they serve to offer on-site legal consultations at no-cost. In fact, we’re ready to announce our first such community partner, the Monroe County Protective Order Assistance Project! Our first on-site visitation with POAP will take place on Wednesday, November 22nd, from 12pm to 4pm in the Monroe County Justice Building.

 

Keep your eye on our website and social media over the course of the next few weeks as we announce additional local partners and share more information about how you might qualify for free legal services provided by this grant. Justice Unlocked looks forward to being able to help even more people in 2018, and expanding access to justice for everyone.

 

 

DIscounted Legal Services from Justice Unlocked

Discounted Legal Services From Justice Unlocked

DIscounted Legal Services from Justice Unlocked

How does the law even work?

How will discounted legal services work? How will we decide who gets to use our services? Just how much of a discount is "discounted"? Basically, people want to know, exactly what are we going to be doing with our new organization? And in today's blog post, I'm going to break that down for you.

The whole idea behind Justice Unlocked is getting people who want an attorney help, even when they normally can't afford one. If your matter is civil (like most protective orders, divorces, or business disputes are) then you don't get a free lawyer from the courts. Legal Aid societies might not be able to help you either. There's a lot of people who make "too much" money to get help from these programs, but who don't make enough to afford a quality attorney.

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Justice Unlocked – New Launch

Welcome to Justice Unlocked! This post is celebrating the launch of our website and fundraising efforts, and we hope that you'll take a look around and make us a regular part of your news feed. Justice Unlocked is a new non-profit charity organization that hopes to provide legal representation to under-served communities. You'll find out a lot more about us by looking around and subscribing to our blog. In the meantime, let me run down some of the basics.

Justice Unlocked logo in color

Who is Justice Unlocked?

 

A modern kind of organization, we're not your dad's law firm. Justice Unlocked is organized as a non-profit corporation and are registering for 501(c)(3) status with the IRS. During our experiences in graduate and law school, each of the board members have become concerned with the way the legal system is stacked against minorities and the poor. The law is becoming more complex. And as the gap widens between the haves and have-nots there is a gap of coverage where people who need an attorney, can't afford one. If you're like me, you have wanted help from a lawyer for custody, a divorce, figuring out how to start a business, or a small-claims court issue. You probably could have benefited from some legal help but you don't get free attorneys unless you're in extreme poverty or have committed a crime, and you couldn't afford an attorney.

That's where we're going to come in.

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