Residents are being offered free legal advice from local lawyers, and three primary schools have a chance to win a share of $20,000 through a letter-writing contest being put on by the BVI Bar Association (BVIBA).
The Bar Association is hosting the competition and offering pro bono advice to mark 42 years of existence.
Pro bono clinics
The Association is offering pro bono clinics on May 12 and 19.
Both sessions will be hosted at Aromas at the Tortola Pier Park from 2pm to 5pm.
Each individual will be given up to 30 minutes of free legal advice from an attorney. The BVIBA lawyers are offering advice on matters relating to landlord and tenant rights, family law, employment law, and insurance law.
“We recognize that people are struggling with unanswered questions about the rent they are expected to pay while living in a badly damaged house or what salary if any, they should be entitled to while their employer has closed its doors,” said President of the BVIBA, Jacqueline Daley.
“Sometimes a short chat with a lawyer is all they need to decide what to do next and whether they have any rights at all. We really want to help to answer those questions,” she added.
Members of the public are being urged to capitalize on the sessions.
Meanwhile, the student who wins first place in the letter-writing competition will receive $10,000 to help his/her school’s rebuilding efforts, while the second-place winner will be awarded $7,000.
The third-place winner will get $3,000.
The contest requires students to write a one-page letter answering the question: How may we help your school?
The contest is open to primary school students who are under 12 years old.
The letter can be either handwritten or typed and should highlight the school’s needs while detailing the reasons their respective schools deserve assistance.
Entries or questions may be submitted throughout this month to firstname.lastname@example.org.
In the spirit of charity, the Association has also made donations towards hurricane recovery, particularly through sponsoring sporting events and the adopt-a-school programme.
The BVIBA has also made donations towards the reconstruction of the Commercial Court in Road Town.
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