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New Scotts Bluff County Self-Help Desk Opens
The Scotts Bluff County Bar Association, in partnership with the Nebraska State Bar Association’s Volunteer Lawyer Project, recently announced the opening of the Scotts Bluff County Self-Help Desk.  The self-help desk will officially open on Thursday October 16, 2014 from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the Scotts Bluff County Court House.
This is the sixth self-help desk of its kind in the state. Currently, the Nebraska State Bar Association operates self-help desks in Buffalo, Douglas, Hall, Lancaster and Madison Counties. In 2013, the self-help desks served more than 3,500 Nebraskans.  
At the Scotts Bluff County Self-Help Desk, volunteer attorneys will meet with individuals who have chosen to represent themselves in court. Volunteers can provide information about court processes and procedures and direct members of the public to online forms, made available by the Nebraska Supreme Court’s Online Legal Resource Center.  Volunteers will provide assistance with the following legal issues: protection orders, divorces that are uncontested and with no children and small-claim matters.  The attorneys will give limited advice, information and referrals.
Jean McNeil, director of the Volunteer Lawyers Project, is happy that the self-help desk will now be available in the panhandle. “We commend the Scotts Bluff County Bar Association for their commitment to their community and to expanding access to the justice system through pro bono service.”  
For more information regarding self-help desks in the state of Nebraska, please go to the Nebraska State Bar Association Volunteer Lawyer Project’s webpage at www.nebar.com/?VLP.
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