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2/8/2016
Estate & Trust Planning With the New 3.8% TAX on NET INVESTMENT Income (Telephone)

2/9/2016
Sue Unto Others As You Would Have Them Sue Unto You (Webcast)

2/9/2016
Guarantees in Real Estate Transactions (Telephone)

2/10/2016
The Art of Advocacy - What Can Lawyers Learn from Actors? (Webcast)

2/10/2016
BYOD (Bring Your Own Device to Work) & Social Media - Employment Law Issues (Telephone)

Volunteer Lawyers Project Public Information

Volunteer Lawyers Project

The Volunteer Lawyers Project (VLP) is a legal assistance program of the Nebraska State Bar Association.  It was created to provide free legal assistance in select civil matters to eligible low-income Nebraska residents.  VLP is funded primarily from a grant by the Nebraska Commission on Public Advocacy and donations from the Nebraska Lawyers Foundation and other attorneys.

 

VLP recruits volunteer attorneys to assist persons who cannot get help through other legal aid programs.  Eligibility for assistance is based on income.  VLP attorneys do not provide assistance with criminal matters.

 

Representation by a Volunteer Attorney

If your total household income places you below the federal poverty guidelines and you have a non-criminal legal problem, you may be eligible for legal assistance with a volunteer attorney.   First, you must apply to Legal Aid of Nebraska for assistance by calling 1-877-250-2016 or by applying online at www.legalaidofNebraska.com.  If you are eligible for legal aid services but Legal Aid of Nebraska is unable to assist you, it may refer your application to VLP.  Not all applications for legal assistance qualify for placement with a volunteer attorney.  

 

Self-Help Center

The purpose of the Self-Help Center is to educate and inform eligible low-income persons about the civil legal process in Nebraska courts.  If your household income is below the federal poverty guidelines, you may meet with a volunteer attorney for general information about the law and legal process that applies to your situation. Attorneys are volunteers, not employees of the court or the self-help center.

 

Attorneys will:

  • provide court forms, if available, including any written instructions for completing the forms
  • review completed court forms (attorneys will not complete the forms for you)
  • provide general information about the civil court process
  • answer general questions about family law, tenant law, guardianship, debtor and small claims
  • provide general information about legal service providers that serve eligible low-income persons

 

Attorneys will not:

  • appear with you in court
  • provide information or forms for criminal matters
  • provide legal advice or legal strategies specific to your legal situation
  • discuss, research, or investigate the facts of your case
  • provide ongoing assistance with your legal situation

There are Self-Help Centers located in six county courthouses in Nebraska:

 

            Buffalo County:  First Friday of the month; 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

The Self-Help Desk is located in the Buffalo County Courthouse, 1512 Central Avenue in Kearney. Individuals needing assistance should check-in with the Clerk of the District Court’s Office, window #4. No appointments are needed and individuals are offered assistance on a first-come, first-served basis.

 

            Douglas County:  Monday, Wednesday, Friday, 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

The Self-Help Desk is located directly across from the Douglas County Law Library. Follow the connector-hallway between the Douglas County Courthouse and the First Floor Hall of Justice, 17th and Farnam in Omaha.  

 

            Hall County:  Fridays, 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

The Self-Help Desk is located on the lower level of the Hall County Courthouse (across from Courtroom #3) at 111 West First Street in Grand Island. No appointments are needed and individuals are offered assistance on a first-come, first-served basis. 

 

            Lancaster County:  Monday, 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.; Thursday 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

The Self-Help Desk is located off the Jury Lounge on the third floor at the Lancaster County Courthouse at 575 South 10th Street in Lincoln. No appointments are needed.  Individuals are offered assistance on a first-come, first-served basis.

 

            Madison County:  Third Friday of each month; 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

The Self-Help Desk is located on the north side of the Courthouse, 1313 North Main Street, in Madison. Individuals needing assistance should check-in with the Clerk of the District Court’s Office (first office at the courthouse entrance). No appointments are needed and individuals are offered assistance on a first-come, first-served basis.

 

            Scotts Bluff County:  First and third Thursday of each month; 11:00 a.m.  - 1:00 p.m.*

The Self-Help desk is located in the Scotts Bluff County courthouse at 1725 10th Street, basement level. *Alternate calendar dates are posted on the door.

 

Dates and times of each center are subject to change without notice based on the availability of volunteer attorneys to meet with individuals.  Notices will be posted on the door, where applicable.  Self-Help Centers are closed when the court is closed.

 

Nebraska Online Legal Self-Help Center

The Nebraska Judicial Branch provides an Online Self-Help Center https://supremecourt.nebraska.gov/self-help/welcome.  The Website contains helpful information and links to legal resources to help you represent yourself in Nebraska Courts.  The forms and information found on the Website are provided by the Nebraska Supreme Court Committee on Self-Represented Litigation as part of the Nebraska Supreme Court’s commitment to ensuring that all Nebraskans have meaningful and full access to the judicial system, including those Nebraskans who represent themselves.   The information on the Website is not a substitute for legal advice.  You should contact a lawyer licensed to practice law in Nebraska for legal advice on your legal situation.

Nebraska State Bar Association, 635 S. 14th St., Suite 200, Lincoln, NE 68508
(402) 475-7091; Toll Free (800) 927-0117; FAX (402) 475-7098