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Need legal advice? Look for free monthly sessions on Facebook

The sessions begin at 5 p.m. on the third Wednesday of each month.
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YOUNGSTOWN — Community Legal Aid is hosting a new, free monthly session on Facebook on Wednesday (March 17) where anyone can ask a lawyer questions.

This general Q&A session is an expansion of Legal Aid’s “Ask a Lawyer” live series, which the nonprofit law firm launched on Facebook last spring in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

When Legal Aid started its Facebook Live sessions, the goal was to bring timely information to people on real issues they were facing during the pandemic, Steven McGarrity, Legal Aid’s executive director, said in a news release.

The nonprofit law firm focused on issues such as evictions, unemployment, stimulus payments and domestic violence.

“Things were changing quickly, and people were looking for information they could trust,” McGarrity said. “This gave us a platform to share information in real-time so people could take advantage of programs that could help them survive the public health crisis.”

The new general Q&A session, offered the third Wednesday of each month at 5 p.m. — including this week — will be different in that it won’t focus on a specific topic. Instead, people can ask questions about any area of civil law. 

A panel of Legal Aid lawyers will be online to answer audience questions live. To join in, go to Legal Aid's Facebook page.

“The pandemic has made everyone’s lives more difficult,” McGarrity said. “This is one thing we can do to try to make things easier for people — just be there to answer whatever questions they have.”