People's Law School To Be Held March 3

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Feb. 26, 2007

The People's Law School will return for a second year from 8:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. Saturday, March 3. Hosted by Baylor Law School, the one-day, free event is designed to make the law "user friendly" and to educate consumers about their legal rights.

"I'd encourage everyone to come out for the People's Law School," said Baylor Law Professor Patricia Wilson. "We wanted to take some of the mystery out of the law, and the courses we've put together will indeed be interesting and informative. Last year's program was very well-received, and our goal this year was to make this free event for the community even better."

The People's Law School will offer 14 courses on a variety of legal topics. One class on immigration law will be taught in both English and Spanish. Each People's Law course will be taught by a Baylor law professor or a local attorney. Participants can register for three courses, which will last approximately 60 minutes each.

The People's Law School will be held at the Sheila and Walter Umphrey Law Center on the north side of University Parks Drive on the Baylor campus. For more information, contact Wilson at (254) 710-6591 or visit and select the People's Law School link.

The courses for this year include:

Access to the Law

• Small Claims Court

• How to find and work with an attorney

• Arbitration and mediation

Consumer Law I

• Deceptive car sales

• Shoddy home and car repairs

Consumer Law II

• Dealing with debt collectors

• Fair Credit Reporting Act

Employment Law

• Hiring and firing employees

• Discrimination at work

• How to get paid for your work

Elder Law

• Guardianship

• Scams against the elderly

• Social Security and Medicare

Family Law I

• Divorce

• Protective orders

Family Law II

• Child Custody

• Grandparent's rights

Finding the Law

• Where to find the law

• How to use the library and Internet

Landlord/Tenant Rights

• Rights and responsibilities

• Fair Housing Act

• Deposits and Repairs

Immigration Law (taught in English and Spanish)

• Work visas, immigrant rights

• What employers and employees need to know

Insurance Law

• Dealing with insurance companies

• What to do when you have a claim

• Maximizing insurance claim recovery

• Homeowner and health insurance claims

Small Business

• Choice of business entity

• Tips to avoid legal pitfalls

Wills and Estate Planning

• Requirements of a valid will

• Basic estate planning techniques

• Powers of Attorney

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