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May 1, 2013

Here’s your chance for free legal advice

Woodward, Okla. — Needing some specific legal advice? You can get legal help for free this Thursday as part of Oklahoma Law Day.

Lawyers across the state will be volunteering their time to help answer legal questions of all sorts as part of the "Ask A Lawyer" call-in event sponsored by the Oklahoma Bar Association.

A statewide toll-free number, 1-800-456-8525, will be staffed by lawyers in Oklahoma City and Tulsa all day, from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Thursday.

In addition, the Woodward County Bar Association will have a local number, (580) 254-9211, staffed by local attorneys for the hour between 7 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Attorney Aric Alley, chair of the Woodward County Law Day, said the event is something that's conducted every year as a service to local residents.

Alley said the attorneys on hand will try to answer "really anything they have questions about, (including) family law, criminal law, estate planning, and civil law."

"There's no area of law we won't try to answer their questions," he said.

However, Alley did have a couple of recommendations for those wanting to call in for advice.

The Woodward attorney explained that the goal of "Ask A Lawyer" is to try to help as many people as possible, so the lawyers will only have time for brief interactions with each caller.

"Please call with a specific question in mind, not a general question," Alley said.  "Or have your question written out before you call so you know exactly what information you're looking for."

Also, he said callers should be aware that the lawyers answering their questions will not be identifying themselves, "so as not to create any attorney-client privilege."

In addition, the attorneys don't give out names because the purpose of "Ask A Lawyer" isn't intended to promote or endorse any individual attorney.

Alley said that if callers ask for an attorney referral on Thursday night, they will be directed to OklahomaFindALawyer.com.  The website is an online directory of attorneys in the state, which the public can use to help them find the right lawyer for their legal needs.

According to a press release from the Oklahoma Bar Association (OBA), this marks the 35th year that Oklahoma has held the "Ask A Lawyer" event to celebrate Law Day.

"It is our hope that the free legal advice provided by these attorneys helps individuals and families, but also serves as a reminder to Oklahomans of the rights and privilege they enjoy as citizens of this country.  It's as important now as it ever has been to recognize and appreciate the value of our American legal system," said OBA President Jim Stuart of Shawnee in the press release.

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