Belly Up to Dallas Bar

Dallas Bar Association offers free legal advice

By Bruce Felps
|  Thursday, Oct 21, 2010  |  Updated 2:39 PM CDT
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Belly Up to Dallas Bar

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Word, people: E-mailing a television news station or its associated website seeking legal advice will probably land you in jail if you were to receive an answer and follow that advice.

Those who can’t do — as in practice law — teach. Those who can’t teach get into the news business.

It’s far better to ask a lawyer about legal issues even if that advice comes with a price. Then again, it doesn’t always have to come with a price tag attached.

The Dallas Bar Association runs what it calls the LegalLine, (214) 220-7476, from 5:30-8 p.m., the second and third Wednesdays of every month, including tonight. The service is free to callers from anywhere in Texas, and the advice is, well, legal.

According to a missive from the bar — not the good kind — “On these designated nights, anonymous lawyers are available to answer questions in many law-related areas ranging from divorce and child support matters, to wills, insurance, employment, and criminal law matters.”

That same missive says they do it as a community service. Hmmm ...

Bruce Felps owns and operates East Dallas Times, an online community news outlet serving the White Rock Lake area. He gets advice from the bar a lot, usually, “Hey, man, you should just pay your tab and get outta here.”

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