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Dec 6, 2011

Legal Advice for couples

Cynthia Williams

Sixteen Days of Activism, celebrated countrywide by the Women’s Department, is winding down.  It’s started at the end of November and a number of activities including an awareness parade and a men’s forum on gender based violence have been held. This Wednesday, another key activity is planned which involves a daylong session during which interested persons can receive free legal advice on a range of relationship issues.  A team of lawyers will be present at the ITVET to offer individual counsel on the drafting of prenuptial agreements and wills, as well as the process of filing for divorce.  The clinic is being organized and facilitated by the Women’s Department and, according to Cynthia Williams; it is open to both men and women seeking professional guidance.

Cynthia Williams, Human Development Coordinator, Women’s Department

“The legal clinic is being held as part of Sixteen Days of Activism providing an opportunity for the general public to utilize free legal services from attorneys.  We have partnered with ten attorneys who will be present throughout the day at different points to provide free legal advice to those who come, advice including custody, maintenance, divorce, even wills.  How to prepare a will, anything that has to do with divorce or legal separation.  We do these activities to really provide the public with an opportunity to access these services because we’re aware that many people might have questions or might not understand certain legal terms and legal processes.  So the attorneys are able to that for them.  It’s free consultation throughout the day.  Like I said we have ten attorneys who have willing offered their time, two of them will be [there] during the whole day, Mrs. Samira Musa Pott and Melissa Balderamos will be there all day and we have others, who, due to their time constraints and other responsibilities, will be there for half a day or sometime during the day. We will begin from nine and will be there up to four o’clock in the afternoon.  It will be held at the ITVET dining room on Freetown Road.  So really we’re inviting all the general public, anybody who might have a question or who might be going through some type of legal process who may be a bit confused or who might need the services of a lawyer.  We are offering free consultation for them to be able to do that and so we are really encouraging all the general public to be a part of it.”

The theme for the sixteen days of activism is “Act Now: End Gender Based Violence”. It all concludes on December tenth, which is also observed as International Human Rights Day.

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