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Virginia AG, bar announce legal help for veterans

NORFOLK (AP) Low-income veterans who need a hand with estate planning services soon can find help.

Virginia Attorney General Mark R. Herring announced on Monday that a series of Veterans Legal Services Clinics will be held in March. Volunteer attorneys from Herring’s office and the Virginia State Bar will draft wills, powers of attorney and advance medical services pro bono, or free of charge.

The first clinic will be held March 1 in Hampton Roads. Clinics also will be held March 2 in Richmond, March 3 in Roanoke and March 4 in Northern Virginia.

Herring says in a news release that officials anticipate holding additional clinics in the future.

The Virginia Department of Veterans Services also is a partner in the program.

A second program offering legal help for veterans is getting a boost from the Virginia Bar Association Foundation.

The foundation will provide a $10,000 grant to help expand a University of Richmond law school project to assist veterans in making benefits claims.

The UR course kicked off in Spring 2015 equipping students to create an interactive software program that helps veterans through a step-by-step process to determine if they are eligible for particular benefits.

Additional reporting by VLW staff

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