Multiple Forrest Firm attorneys throughout North Carolina provided the public with free legal information and referral resources during the North Carolina Bar Association’s annual 4ALL Service Day on March 1.
The 4ALL Service Day is a program of the North Carolina Bar Foundation (NCBF), produced in conjunction with the North Carolina Bar Association (NCBA) and local television stations across the state. On March 1, North Carolina lawyers came together across multiple cities, including Raleigh, Greensboro, Wilmington, and Charlotte, to take calls from the public.
During this annual event, lawyer volunteers, working in shifts at call centers around the state, provide legal information and referral resources to callers seeking information regarding North Carolina-related legal matters. This year, nearly 500 lawyer volunteers from virtually every practice area within the law, answered close to 10,000 calls from around the state.
“This was my first year answering calls at 4ALL Service Day, and I answered legal questions ranging from child custody to non-compete agreements,” Forrest Firm estate planning attorney Jen Hoverstad explained. “I was surprised how grateful the callers were – people just wanted to be able to ask a simple question and understand the resources available. It was incredibly rewarding to be a connector between the public and the legal community.”
At the Raleigh call center, hosted at WRAL-TV, Hoverstad, along with Forrest Firm attorneys Cory Howes and Keith Richardson answered questions in three-hour shifts. Attorneys Andrew Bowman and Rachel Blunk fielded calls in Greensboro, while attorneys Andy Jones and Beth Stanfield answered calls in Wilmington for coastal residents.
One of the Forrest Firm’s values is supporting its local communities. Last year, attorneys and staff donated nearly 1000 collective hours of community work ranging from legal opportunities like 4ALL to serving on advisory boards to volunteering in schools.
“We are proud of our Forrest Firm attorneys who served North Carolina citizens during this wonderful annual tradition at 4ALL,” said Monica Webb-Shackleford, attorney at the Raleigh office of the Forrest Firm and coordinator of the firm’s pro bono and community service efforts. “Events like 4ALL are missional for us—literally—as part of our commitment as a certified B Corporation, we are dedicated to serving the communities where we live and work. 4ALL is a fantastic opportunity for our attorneys to offer a broad array of strategies to North Carolina citizens to help them solve legal problems.”