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For questions or further information, you may also contact Tiffany Graves, General Counsel at 601-960-9577
MVLP accepts cases as follows:
Divorce: Accepts uncontested divorces with or without children; contested divorces, only in cases where a spouse has been sentenced to the penitentiary or where a spouse has been abandoned.
Removal of Minority/Emancipation: Accepts if the party lives independently, work full-time or is married.
Wills: Accepts simple wills only where the client does not own significant property or expect to owe estate taxes at his/her death and where the client does not anticipate that anyone will contest his/her will.
Adoption: Accepts uncontested adoptions.
Guardianship: Accepts uncontested guardianships where no trusts are involved. Accounting must be waived.
Name Change: Accepts for the purposes of (1) public benefits, (2) retirement, (3) identification, and (4) work-related purposes only.
Birth Certificate Correction: Accepts for purposes of (1) public benefits, (2) retirement, (3) identification, and (4) work-related purposes only.
Child Support Contempt: Accepts only if party in contempt has not paid child support for a minimum of three months or is in arrears of $1,000 or more.
Child Support Modification: Accepts only if responsible party is deemed disabled by the Social Security Administration and/or has suffered a significant loss of income since the last child support order was entered and is in arrears more than $1,000.
Conservatorship: Accepts if ward consents to the conservatorship and has the support of two treating physicians.
Visitation: Accepts when (a) the child support exists but is silent as to visitation; (b) paternity has been established and the non-custodial parent wants to pay child support and obtain visitation; or (c) in some cases, when a grandparent is seeking visitation. In all instances, MVLP will only accept to the extent it is determined to be in the best interest of the child(ren) for visitation to be granted.
MVLP provides services throughout the State of Mississippi.
No, in addition to direct representation cases, MVLP offers a variety of clinics to offer clients brief service and advice.
Through MVLP, you can donate a few hours at a clinic or represent a client from beginning to end. You choose the time commitment that best meets your preferences and schedule.
Yes. Any case handled through MVLP is covered under MVLP’s malpractice insurance, which is a policy through the National Legal Aid and Defender’s Association (NLADA). The policy provides $1 million in coverage per case with an aggregate of $2 million. Please contact MVLP’s Executive Director, Shirley Williams, with further questions at 601-960-9577.
Clients pay court fees directly to volunteer attorneys. MVLP will advise the client of the amount of his/her filing if/when s/he is accepted as an MVLP client.
Many legal professionals such as court reporters, translators, accountants and process servers donate their time to assist MVLP clients. If you discover that you require such services in a MVLP case that you are working on, you should contact the MVLP office immediately. MVLP may be able to obtain the services you need on a pro bono basis.
Yes, MVLP offers Continuing Legal Education (CLE) seminars. Seminars are generally offered at no or low cost to volunteer attorneys or those attorneys willing to sign up to participate in MVLP prior to the seminar. Seminars are held several times a year throughout the State of Mississippi. See the CLE page for more information on upcoming CLEs.
MVLP is headquartered in Jackson, MS. However, MVLP coordinates clinics, attends local bar meetings, and organizes recognition functions and Continuing Legal Education seminars throughout the State of Mississippi.
MVLP regularly recognizes the work of its volunteers. The staff nominates volunteers for local, state and national awards. In addition, MVLP recognizes one or more attorneys each year for their extraordinary efforts in providing pro bono legal services. The program sponsors an annual awards ceremony to recognize and thank all of the volunteers that participate in the program. MVLP recognizes that its volunteers are among the most talented and generous people in our community. We make every effort to ensure that the legal community and the general public know about their good works. See the awards page for descriptions of MVLP’s awards and lists of previous award recipients.
Funding for the program is provided by a variety of sources, including grants and private donations.