Teton County Access to Justice Center was featured in the following article from the Jackson Hole News & Guide. Read full article here.
People who can’t afford to hire a lawyer to handle their divorce or custody dispute can at least get help from one while filling out court forms.
The Teton County Access to Justice Center is beginning a series of workshops to help residents representing themselves in family law cases navigate the paperwork smoothly.
Workshops began July 30 and will run every Wednesday from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m.
“Filling out those forms correctly should hopefully speed up the process for everyone involved in these cases,” said Lauren Browne, the center’s executive director.
Thanks to a grant from the Community Foundation of Jackson Hole, the income guidelines that usually apply for those seeking the center’s services are not in effect for this program, Browne said.
The center’s workshops are free for all comers and are first-come, first-served.
An Access to Justice lawyer will be there to provide guidance in filling out forms for everything from divorce actions to custody, visitation and child support cases.
Assistance also will be available for Spanish-speaking clients, Browne said.
People who hope to attend the workshops should bring with them copies of the forms they need to fill out.
Forms are available at the Teton County Courthouse and online on the Wyoming Supreme Court website, at Courts.state.wy.us.
Anyone seeking legal advice should be aware that the lawyers at these workshops will provide guidance on the forms alone.
“We’re offering assistance and guidance, not legal advice,” Browne said. “We can help you make sure the forms are correct, but we can’t answer questions about what you should do or whether you’re likely to prevail or anything that would qualify as legal advice.”
The workshops will be held at the Access to Justice Center, located on the lower level of 185 S. Willow St., which is next to the Teton County Jail on the corner of Willow and Simpson Avenue.