‘Telelawyer’ legal aid service expanded to Saturdays
By The Star Staff
Legal Services of Puerto Rico (SLPR by its Spanish initials) announced the expansion of its telephone legal advice service known as “Teleabogado” to every Saturday from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. so that a greater number of clients have the opportunity to obtain legal advice and guidance through a call.
Citizens can access the service by calling 1-800-981-5342 or 787-728-5070.
SLPR Executive Director Hadassa Santini Colberg said “expanding the Teleabogado service on Saturday responds to our interest in making legal services more accessible to eligible citizens, and that they receive free and appropriate legal advice according to their case.”
To receive the service, the interested person is evaluated for eligibility on the same call and depending on the nature of their case, is transferred to the Teleabogado service, where they will have the opportunity to consult with an attorney.
“The Teleabogado service is characterized by offering faster response to the client, as well as for the accessibility and convenience of making the consultation from home, work area or any other place, without the need for the person to have to travel to an office,” Santini Colberg said. “This service also stands out for being one of quality since each call is answered directly by a lawyer, who offers each legal consultation by phone with the same attention as if he did it in person.”
Teleabogado offers guidance and legal advice in family, consumer, housing, probate, employment and criminal record expungement matters. In the event that the eligible applicant needs additional services, the request for service may be transferred from Teleabogado to the Direct Service Center closest to their residence.
Teleabogado is also available Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.