February 2021
March Madness CLEs
This year, Atlanta Legal Aid will be leading three CLEs through the Atlanta Bar for March Madness. Descriptions of the trainings are below.

Mark your calendars and check back for registration links soon at: www.atlantabar.org/events/
March 15, 2021, 1:00-4:30 PM

This CLE program will provide volunteer attorneys with the skills, knowledge, and tools needed to prepare simple Georgia Wills and Advance Directives for low-income persons who qualify for free legal services from civil legal aid service providers.   
March 18, 2021, 1:00-5:00 PM  
In September 2018, the adoption code changed impacting relative adoptions in Georgia. This course focuses on relative adoptions under the new code, both acquiring parental surrenders and terminating rights, and prepares you to handle cases from start to finish through Atlanta Legal Aid’s Kinship Care Project or in private practice. 
March 8, 2021, 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM

Please join Atlanta Legal Aid Society’s Pro Bono Unit to learn about assisting pro bono clients with legal name changes in Georgia. These matters are discrete and typically take no more than 20 hours to complete. Attendees learn how to file a legal change the name for an adult. The presentation will also cover special provisions for minors, special provisions for survivors of domestic violence, and the legal requirements for changing a gender marker on different kinds of identity documents. This is a great way to help clients navigate a legal process where the result is very meaningful and enables the client to obtain stable housing and employment. Attendees will also receive a cultural humility primer to promote respectful and empathetic interactions with clients.
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Good Story Report: Drive-Through Estate Planning
Look at that dedication! 
When the pro bono team trekked out to Legal Aid’s downtown office to complete estate planning for clients, they didn’t anticipate a drive-through situation. But when the first client, who was 95, sat shivering under a quilt, the team quickly adapted to make the experience a bit more comfortable for our clients. They decided to offer curbside service, reviewing and signing documents, so that the clients could stay warm in their cars. 

(Thanks team: Cari King, Lori Anderson, and Kimberly McColley. They were joined remotely by Nuru Emmanuel and volunteer Erika Morales who acted as a Spanish interpreter.)
New Estate Planning Forms
In August 2020, the Georgia Heirs Property Law Center (GHPLC) released the 2020 Georgia Estate Planning Handbook for Nonprofit Law Firms and their Pro Bono Attorneys, the culmination of a partnership among GHPLC, the Fiduciary Law Section of the State Bar of Georgia, and Legal Aid. These new forms are available for our estate planning volunteers on legalaidprobono.org.
Fulton County Property Tax Appeal & Homestead Exemption Project
Legal Aid's Home Defense Project, Senior Citizen Law Project, and Pro Bono Unit are collaborating again this year in this project. The first phase is the homestead exemption portion, including educating the public on applying for exemptions and holding remote workshops helping people to apply. Volunteers can assist with compiling information for mailings to the community and working with community members at remote workshops.

To volunteer with this project, please reach out to Cari King at chking@atlantalegalaid.org
Volunteer Spotlight
Volunteer attorney Susan Foxworth is a partner at Tatum Hillman & Powell, LLP, where she primarily focuses on commercial real estate matters. Susan began volunteering with Atlanta Legal Aid in August of 2020, and although she describes herself as a "newbie," she has already handled six pro bono cases and was recognized as one of our 2020 Pro Bono Stars! Susan has helped one client with estate planning, and represented several others in gender-affirming name change cases. Her compassion for our clients, enthusiasm for the work, and attention to detail are second to none. We are so grateful to have her as a part of our team!

One of Susan’s clients in a name change case had this to say to Susan about her work: 
“I just wanted to write this to say thank you for all you two have done for me to help get me to this point where my name change has been granted. I really appreciate the work you both put in to make this happen and this is something I've wanted to get finalized for a long time now but couldn't manage without help from amazing people such as yourselves.” 

Volunteers make a meaningful difference in the lives of our clients. Interested in volunteering? Check out open cases at www.legalaidprobono.org 
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