I was able to review LITC cases that were successfully closed. Then, I drafted short success stories about the cases for LITC to use in their interim report.
This pro bono experience helped me understand how unique each situation someone faces can be, especially when it comes to family law, and how being indigent can make finding the right legal answer that much more difficult.
I enjoyed working with all of the people. The event was well organized and run smoothly. I now have the documents and understand the process for helping others create their basic estate documents.
I had some interesting jurisdiction issues with a name change for a child in India that is a resident of Benton County.
I also figured out how and wrote a Declaration of Renunciation for a trustee regarding a trust.
Then there was an issue about how to communicate and collect expenses for a child when there is a permanent protection order against the co-parent. Apparently there is no established way to do this.
Those were 3/6 issues I took care of in the 2 hours I was there. I always learn so much.
Meeting with sheriffs at the Washington County Detention Center and took a tour to see where we will be conducting interviews for our project.
Today I helped several people. One of them did not speak any English and I had to do all of the interviewing in Spanish. Then I had to create an Answer to the Complaint for him in English while asking him questions in Spanish. This was a challenge, but an excellent experience. Prof. Prettyman said I did pretty well and made his Spanish look good:). He helped me explain how to Serve it on the opposing counsel. I definitely need to take some time to learn vocabulary with legal topics in Spanish.