Money given to help children afford lawyers

SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) - Members of the Savannah Young Lawyers Association presented a $3,800 check to superior court Judge Penny Haas Freeseman.

The money will help cover the attorney fees for the Chatham County Guardian Ad Litem Program, which provides lawyers to children in domestic legal disputes involving their custody or welfare.

"We do charge some fees but in some cases the people can absolutely not afford it," said Maria Hunt, court services specialist. "That's where this money really comes in handy, to help the needy people who cannot afford to pay it."

"This is obviously a major community service effort on our part," said Ben Perkins, president of Savannah Young Lawyers Association. "We're really pleased to present this check to the Guardian Ad Litem program."

The Savannah Young Lawyers Association raised the $3,800 through a golf tournament held in June.

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