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A free service has expanded its offerings to help Missourians with legal questions about COVID-19 and its impact on their lives and livelihoods.

Missouri.FreeLegalAnswers.org is a virtual legal clinic platform produced by the Missouri Bar and American Bar Association.

"If your income has been impacted by the current global crisis or if you qualify as a low-income household, you can have your legal questions answered for free. Missouri lawyers are volunteering their time and legal expertise to help you," 2019-20 Missouri Bar President-elect John Gunn said in a news release.

Changes have been made to the virtual clinic to expand income and asset guidelines, and the number of questions individuals may ask annually has increased from three to five, Gunn said. Provisions have also been made for people who have been laid off as a result of the pandemic.

There are four steps to access this service:

1. Log in at Missouri.FreeLegalAnswers.org and answer a few questions to be sure you qualify for the service.

2. Ask your noncriminal legal question via the website.

3. A volunteer lawyer will answer your question.

4. You will get an email letting you know the answer has been provided. Log in to your account to view the answer.

Gunn said they will work to get answers on issues related to employment, landlord/tenant problems, contracts and more.

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