A newly formed, local non-profit legal aid organization — Pagosa Area Legal Services — will hold a benefit concert and auction from 6-8 p.m. Sunday, in the North Conference Room at the Ross Aragon Community Center.
The event will feature a jazz concert by renowned jazz pianist Tony Saladino and equally renowned drummer, D.C. Duncan.
Refreshments will be served and proceeds from admission and a silent auction will go to support the organization’s activities.
Local attorney Lynda Carter is in the process of finalizing non-profit status for Pagosa Area legal Services (PALS) with the aim of providing legal help to residents of Archuleta County who could not otherwise afford the services. The organization has received its tax license.
PALS services are provided on a sliding scale, costs determined according to clients’ income. Charges can range from expenses only (court filings, etc.) to an hourly rate. PALS uses state and federal poverty guidelines to set the scale.
All types of cases are handled by PALS and, in the event of specialty cases, PALS contacts the Colorado Bar Association in order to find attorneys with special skills who can work the case pro bono.
“No one is turned away for an inability to pay,” said Carter. “We schedule a free, 30-minute session to determine what a person’s options might be.”
Carter said efforts are underway to involve another attorney new to town in PALS, as well as to contact other local attorneys concerning pro bono work as per their Bar Association requirements.
The Sunday concert will provide funds for basic operating costs. “If we get enough,” said Carter, “perhaps we can help clients with expenses.”
PALS can be reached at (970) 507-7099.