ELAP, Microsoft offer free legal help

Bellevue Wills Clinic offers free legal help to low-income King County residents on Saturday, Sept. 29.

Eastside Legal Assistance Program (ELAP) and volunteer attorneys from Microsoft are teaming up to help qualifying low-income residents of King County. They will be drafting documents such as wills, power of attorney, or advanced directives from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 29, during a free clinic in Bellevue.

Microsoft and ELAP have teamed up in the past but this is the first time they have come together to offer free legal help at Bellevue Wills Clinic.

“Microsoft is in the neighborhood. They’re looking for ways to have their attorneys be part of the community and to provide service to the community,” ELAP’s program director Esperanza Borboa said. “Partnering with Microsoft has really helped. I think this is the creativity and commitment of being together and knowing we have a responsibility to serve the community.”

Together, ELAP and Microsoft have a total of 12 attorneys and 12 paralegals. Each applicant will be paired with an attorney and paralegal. Appointments can last anywhere from 45 minutes to an hour. Borboa said individuals will walk away with finished documents, as well as relief.

Borboa mentioned that being prepared is extremely important.

“I hear [stories of] people who don’t think ahead about a will,” Borboa said. “People don’t like to talk about it but it’s a part of life.”

Those interested should call 425-747-7274 to determine their eligibility and make an appointment. For more information on ELAP go online to www.elap.org.

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