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Legal Aid numbers on the rise

Demand for legal help is up at the Legal Aid office in Winchester.

The Winchester Star reports that, due to the financial crisis, lawyers at the Blue Ridge Legal Services’ Winchester branch are having trouble keeping up with the demand for free legal services from low-income residents. The office is on “emergency intake,” taking on only the most urgent cases.

Those seeking aid for complex civil disputes, such as child custody, are likely to be turned away due to the overwhelming number of applicants.