Attorney offers aid for needy
By KIMBERLY YAKOWSKI
As Washington County's family law attorney, Michael Wilson serves as legal expert, counselor and interpreter.
Working out of the Washington County Circuit Courthouse, Wilson dispenses free legal advice to people with limited incomes who are involved in divorce, custody, visitation, child support and domestic violence cases. Wilson does this through the Family Law Assistance program.
"Some people are familiar with the system. With others, we have to start at the beginning," Wilson said.
Many of the cases deal with custody battles or bitter divorces which can heighten emotions, he said.
Wilson, 42, said he has learned to defuse tense situations by letting clients vent and by being patient. Eventually, his clients learn to trust him and know that he has their best interests at heart, he said.
On Thursdays, from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., people can stop in at the Courthouse Master's hearing room and talk with Wilson.