On a typical Tuesday, the Allen County Bar Association’s legal help line gets 40 to 60 calls, but the organization is bracing for an increase as the coronavirus crisis worsens.
The call-in service transitioned to a remote operation late last year, according to Gina Zimmerman, executive director of the ACBA. This enabled the attorneys to take calls either at their offices or their homes instead of having to go to the bar association’s downtown location to answer the phone. Some volunteer lawyers were still going to the bar association each week, but with the pandemic, all are now working remotely.
Currently, the program has three phone lines on which to receive calls and a fourth line can be added if needed, Zimmerman said. Also, the number of attorneys volunteering to help has been increasing since the pandemic started.
The legal help line is open every Tuesday between 5 and 7 p.m. Attorneys are available to answer questions on criminal law matters as well as a range of civil law issues including family law, wills and estates, employment law and landlord-tenant law.
The number is 260-423-2358, ext. 2.