In the event of sickness, a period of incapacity, or death in any family, the personal information of the stricken family member becomes very important. After a death, sickness or incapacity of a family member, loved ones often are uncertain as to how to handle the affairs of the ill. Failure to prepare for death or incapacity can be devastating for those who are left to care for the stricken family member. In 1995, The Young Lawyers' Division of the Cumberland County Bar Association recognized that many members of the Cumberland County community did not have their Very Important Papers in order. Very Important Papers were defined as Wills, Trusts, Powers of Attorneys and Advanced Directives for Healthcare.
In adopting a program utilized by the Allegheny County Bar Association, the members of The Young Lawyers' Committee established the Very Important Papers (V.I.P.) program in Cumberland County. Members of the YLD volunteer their time to attend meetings at local churches, senior and community centers, and assisted living homes to discuss the importance of being prepared in the event of sickness, incapacity, or death. The YLD members stress the importance of having a Last Will and Testament, a Power of Attorney and an Advance Directive for Healthcare. The VIP Program, though not regularly administered today, is available for interested seniors.
The Cumberland County Bar Association's Fee Dispute Committee serves both Bar and Community through facilitating effective voluntary resolution of fee disputes between attorney and client. The process assists clients who have questions, concerns or disagreements about attorney fees and charges. Call (717) 249-3166 to be directed to the Fee Dispute Coordinator.
The Speakers' Bureau provides free programs on law-related topics. Speakers are available for classroom presentations or meetings held within Cumberland County. For more information call the Cumberland County Bar Association at (717) 249-3166.
The Cumberland County Bar Association participates in the annual Naturalization Court for the swearing in of candidates for U. S. Citizenship. The President of the Cumberland County Bar Association delivers the welcome address during the ceremony. This event is well attended by county officials, civic organizations and the public to celebrate and welcome new citizens into our community.
History of the Pro Bono Program
In 1997, the Direct Service Pro Bono Plan was adopted by the Cumberland County Bar Association’s Board of Directors and its membership.
The purpose of the plan was to provide free legal services directly to persons of limited means. For many years the program was administered by MidPenn Legal Services in cooperation with the members of the Cumberland County Bar Association.
In 2009, the Cumberland County Bar Association recommitted their support of the Pro Bono Program through a financial contribution to establish the Pro Bono Coordinator Position. The Board of Director’s hired a part-time Pro Bono Coordinator to administer the program in April 2010.
The program is now in its 10th year!!
The goal of the Pro Bono Referral Program is to provide representation at the beginning of a court case, in an effort to lessen the burden on the courts by resolving the issues from the start. Over one third of the Cumberland County Bar Association membership provides pro bono services throughout the year.
The Cumberland County Bar Association’s Pro Bono Referral Program, in conjunction with MidPenn Legal Services and Dickinson Community Law Clinic, provides equal access to justice for low-income persons.
To qualify for FREE legal services, you need to:
To find out if you are eligible for the Cumberland County Bar Association’s Pro Bono Program, please contact MidPenn Legal Services at 1-800-326-9177 or 717-243-9400.
If MidPenn Legal Services determines that you qualify for free legal assistance, you will be given the contact information on the legal service provider assisting you.
IF YOU DO NOT QUALIFY FOR FREE ASSISTANCE
Visit the Cumberland County Bar Association’s website and click on Find A Lawyer to receive a 30-minute consultation for $35.00 with a local attorney. During the initial consultation, the attorney will provide you with legal advice and discuss the costs of representation.
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Cumberland County Bar Association
32 S. Bedford St.
Carlisle, PA 17013
Phone: (717) 249-3166
Fax: (717) 249-2663