For more than 50 years, Legal Aid of Nebraska has provided dignity, hope, self-sufficiency and justice through quality civil legal aid for those who have nowhere else to turn. The fundamental goal of Legal Aid’s services is simple—to provide free legal representation to underprivileged citizens and rural communities to cultivate self-sufficiency among clients.
To help provide greater coverage to the state, Legal Aid has been working to develop an automated, self-guided kiosk that will assist those seeking legal advice. As part of this initiative, Chadron State was chosen as a pilot institution. We received the kiosk at the beginning on the academic year and have been working with Legal Aid to get it up and working. You can find the Legal Aid kiosk upstairs in the law library.
Currently the kiosk is configured to provide legal advice for patrons concerning landlord/tenant issues and creditor/debtor issues. This is accomplished by asking patrons a series of yes/no and multiple choice questions. Along the way patrons are provided with explanations of their legal rights in their particular situation, advice for handling the situation, and the legal forms necessary to pursue formal action. Upon completion, patrons are provided with a detailed report explaining their situation and the suggested actions to take, as well as a printable statement that can be supplied to relevant parties. For example, if a landlord is having difficulty collecting rent from a tenant, they can use the kiosk to print out a legally accurate and documentable communication of the tenant’s failure to pay rent.
Being part of a pilot program, functionality of the kiosk is a bit clunky and may take a bit of trial and error to locate the legal advice one is seeking. Detailed instructions are posted by the kiosk, as well as online: http://academic.csc.edu/llc/blog/wp-content/uploads/2016/11/LegalAidInstructions.pdf
Although located in the library, under Nebraska statute §7-101, library staff is prohibited from providing legal advice. If you have any legal questions, please fill out the Legal Aid on-line intake form or seek the advice of an attorney.