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New Mexico Courts Announce Interactive Forms Project
The New Mexico Administrative Office of the Courts has signed an agreement with Pro Bono Net to use LawHelp Interactive™ to manage and host interactive forms that will allow people to more easily address civil legal issues on their own.
Every year, millions of Americans unable to afford an attorney face potentially devastating legal problems such as domestic violence, foreclosure, eviction, and child custody disputes. The volume of unmet legal needs in New Mexico by far exceeds available legal services. A 2010 Legal Services Corporation report, Documenting the Justice Gap in America, states that for every client accepted by a legal service provider, another eligible client is turned away for lack of resources to provide services.
The number of people without lawyers is spiking even further in these difficult economic times as job loss leads to foreclosures, evictions, bankruptcies, and the inability to pay child support. The people who are turned away cannot afford an attorney, and therefore turn to the courts with their legal issues, desperately requesting court staff to help them. Online document assembly allows those without a lawyer to quickly and accurately prepare critical legal forms via an easy-to-use online interface.
Utilizing a grant from the State Justice Institute, New Mexico will use LawHelp Interactive™
New Mexico is among an increasing number of court systems around the country using LawHelp Interactive to increase and improve access to the courts. LawHelp Interactive™
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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 http://www.probono.net.