LegalAid-GA.org Relaunches with Upgraded Design, New Features
Friday, August 31, 2012
- Organization: State Bar of Georgia Pro Bono Project
- Source: Georgia
Legal Information Site Offers Easier Access to Referrals, Information and Self-help
Atlanta, GA – GeorgiaLegalAid.org is now the improved and relaunched statewide resource for those facing civil legal issues. Its more user-friendly design and upgraded features will make it easier than ever to find information and assistance on legal issues.
Formerly LegalAid-GA.org, the new website is part of the national LawHelp.org network of nonprofit legal information sites that enable individuals to find legal information, locate a lawyer and when necessary, help themselves.
The site also boasts a Spanish-language counterpart, AyudaLegalGeorgia.org, to serve Georgians whose native language is Spanish.
GeorgiaLegalAid.org and AyudaLegalGeorgia.org are now Georgia’s online sources of free legal aid referrals, know-your-rights information and a variety of self-help tools. GeorgiaLegalAid.org is maintained by the Atlanta Legal Aid Society, Georgia Legal Services Program and the Pro Bono Project, in conjunction with Pro Bono Net, a nonprofit leader in increasing access to justice for the disadvantaged.
In addition to the updated design, GeorgiaLegalAid.org and AyudaLegalGeorgia.org, now feature a more powerful search function, easier-to-find resources and more accessible referral information. The sites offer more efficient and effective assistance to those seeking help with problems in an array of areas such as housing, family law, consumer debt and immigration.
Many of the website’s resources are also available in languages other than English and Spanish, which can be accessed through new language-specific portal pages.
GeorgiaLegalAid.org and AyudaLegalGeorgia.org offer more video and audio content as well as organized information on court-based self-help centers and free legal forms packets. The sites also incorporate links to legal aid programs, pro bono programs, and state and local bar associations so that users can find a lawyer to help them with their legal problem.
"I use this site every chance I have-- and refer people in the community to the site-- because of its really useful and easy to use content. It’s especially helpful in bringing legal information to low-income and marginalized communities where people have a hard time finding a lawyer who works on issues unique to people like senior citizens, the poor, and people who are in the process of learning English,” says Terence Dicks, Executive Director of the Georgia Center for Children and Education and former chair of the Georgia Clients Council.
LegalAid-GA.org (now GeorgiaLegalAid.org) was launched in 2001 and now serves up more than 1 million page views each year. LawHelp.org was redesigned with support from the Legal Services Corporation Technology Initiative Grant program
About Atlanta Legal Aid Society
The Atlanta Legal Aid Society has represented Atlanta's poor in civil legal cases since 1924. Our work helps our clients deal with some of life's most basic needs -- a safe home, enough food to eat, a decent education, protection against fraud, and personal safety. Our clients come from Clayton, Cobb, DeKalb, Fulton, and Gwinnett Counties in Georgia.
About Georgia Legal Services Program
Georgia Legal Services Program, Inc is a nonprofit provider of free civil legal services in 154 of Georgia’s 159 counties. The mission of Georgia Legal Services Program, Inc. is to provide access to justice and opportunities out of poverty for low-income Georgians. Our lawyers, paralegals and volunteers provide the help that reflects your community's values of fairness, equality, and responsibility to assist others in need.
About Pro Bono Net
Pro Bono Net is a national nonprofit organization dedicated to increasing access to justice through innovative uses of technology and increased volunteer lawyer participation. Pro Bono Net uses innovative web-based platforms—www.probono.net, www.lawhelp.org and www.lawhelpinteractive.org —to recruit and support volunteer lawyers and provide direct information and tools for self representation to low-income communities. Pro Bono Net has also developed Pro Bono Manager, pro bono practice management software that helps AmLaw 200 law firms increase pro bono participation, manage pro bono caseloads more efficiently and raise internal and external awareness of pro bono efforts. For more information, please visit www.probono.net.