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BLOOMINGTON — A twice-yearly fair that has helped 303 people in need with their legal problems since fall 2015 returns on Saturday.

The Free Legal Advice Fair will be 9 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday at Mid Central Community Action, 1301 W. Washington St., Bloomington.

The fair is for people with legal questions who can't afford an attorney. Specifically, the fair is for people who meet Prairie State Legal Services' financial guidelines, meaning their annual household income is less than 200 percent of the federal poverty level, said Prairie State Managing Attorney Adrian Barr.

Volunteer attorneys and paralegals from the McLean County Bar Association, the Central Illinois Paralegal Association and the State Farm law department will assist people with family issues such as child support, housing issues such as evictions, and other matters, including immigration questions and expungement of criminal records.

During 2018, Prairie State, at its Bloomington office, closed 944 cases involving 1,070 adults and 803 children, Barr said. Prairie State referred 161 pro bono cases to volunteer lawyers last year.

To set an appointment with a lawyer at the fair, call 309-827-5021, ext. 6801, or visit www.legaladvicefair.acuityscheduling.com.

Sponsors of the legal advice fair include Prairie State, the bar association, the paralegal association, Community Action, State Farm Bank, 11th Judicial Circuit Pro Bono Committee, The Immigration Project and the Millan/Petro Organization.

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Contact Paul Swiech at 309-820-3275. Follow him on Twitter: @pg_swiech.

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