Pro-bono legal services available for low-income veterans in November

In this Jan. 23, 2014 file photo, Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring speaks at a news conference at his office in Richmond, Va.  (AP Photo/Richmond Times-Dispatch, Bob Brown, File)
In this Jan. 23, 2014 file photo, Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring speaks at a news conference at his office in Richmond, Va. (AP Photo/Richmond Times-Dispatch, Bob Brown, File)

RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — Attorney General Mark R. Herring announced Thursday that another pro-bono Veterans Legal Services Clinic will take place in November.

It will take place on November 17th at the  Petersburg Freedom Support Center, located at 32 West Washington Street, Petersburg, Virginia 23803.

During the daylong event, volunteer attorneys from Attorney General Herring’s office and the VSB will serve low-income veterans by drafting important estate planning documents like wills, powers of attorney and advance medical directives.

Representatives from DVS will also be present to answer questions regarding state and federal benefits that may be available to Virginia veterans including health benefits, disability benefits, financial services, education benefits, burial in a Virginia or United States’ veterans cemetery, and more.

Qualified veterans can sign up on Attorney General Herring’s website, at their local DVS Benefits Services Field Office, or by completing and mailing an application to the Attorney General’s office.

“The legal services these clinics provide are very important, but they can often be too expensive for a veteran who may be retired or on a fixed income,” said Attorney General Herring.

“I have had the tremendous opportunity to visit all five of our clinics across the Commonwealth where we have been able to serve more than 150 veterans and their spouses,” Herring said. “It has been so rewarding to witness the peace of mind we have provided these men and women who have given so much to Virginia and our country. This has been a tremendously fruitful partnership with the Department of Veterans Services and the State Bar, and I look forward to growing the program even more in the months and years ahead.”

Since March, Attorney General Herring, DVS, and VSB have held five pro bono Veterans Legal Services Clinics.

Additional details including qualifications and sign up links can be found at ag.virginia.gov/index.php/veteranslegalservices.

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