Forty-two people in Grande Prairie received free legal advice last Saturday. Those people were helped by 17 local lawyers who volunteered their time to participate in the third annual legal blitz.
The event first began in 2016 when a local lawyer came to Grande Prairie Legal Guidance asking if it would be willing to help host a free legal clinic. Coordinator Tanya Ruigrok says the goal of the event has always been to offer a service to people who may not be able to afford it.
“For a whole day, they offer their services. There’s no expectation of payment. The goal is just to help as many people who have legal problems, questions or need some guidance on what to do.”
The 42 people who attended each got to spend 45 minutes with a lawyer and were able to ask about a number of topics ranging from landlord and tenant issues to criminal and civil law.