When families experience a crisis event such as job loss, it can be hard to know how to get help. The Tennessee Justice Center and the Tennessee Supreme Court have taken steps to make it easier for individuals impacted by crisis to obtain the answers they need to obtain help.
The Tennessee Justice Center, a non-profit law firm based in Nashville that helps families access the basic necessities of life like healthcare and nutrition, has recently compiled COVID-19 related information on their website including links and topics regarding:
Visitors to their website will also find general information about the pandemic on their COVID updates page including the spread of the virus in TN, actions to take, and other helpful links.
Another organization, Justiceforalltn.org, an initiative of the Tennessee Supreme Court’s Access to Justice Commission, is also implementing innovative ways to help people find the answers they need, specifically with civil legal issues. “We are amazed at the resiliency and dedication our access to justice partners have shown in finding creative ways to deliver services to disadvantaged Tennesseans during these unprecedented times,” said J. William “Bill” Coley, chair of the ATJ Commission. “The Tennessee Supreme Court’s leadership in encouraging courts to be innovative to continue court operations is inspiring. We are using Help4TNDay to encourage the same level of innovation among our partners.”
There is already a statewide resource that allows attorneys to volunteer and help clients remotely. TN Free Legal Answers is an online platform that allows people who qualify to email their legal questions to a lawyer, who will respond with free legal advice. The ATJ Commission has partnered with the TN Alliance for Legal Services, the agency that administers the resource, in a coordinated public awareness campaign to promote TN Free Legal Answers to Tennesseans with civil legal problems.
Those with limited income who have a legal question may go to https://tn.freelegalanswers.org/ to see if they qualify and to post their question. In addition to TN Free Legal Answers, there are other statewide online resources for Tennesseans to use to connect with legal information and legal help.
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