The Be Connected Ecosystem of Support includes ten different Areas of Focus for service members, veterans and their families. The ten areas of focus include Basic Needs, Employment, Family & Social Supports, Finances & Benefits, Higher Education, Housing & Homelessness, Legal, Mental Health & Substance Abuse, Physical Health and Spirituality.
Supporting the needs of justice-involved veterans, service members, and their families to provide counsel and resolution.
Sometimes, everyday issues can become legal problems. Car accidents, contract disputes, workplace injuries or criminal complaints are examples of an issue that could become a legal problem. If you have an issue that is a legal problem, you probably need some help to learn about your legal rights. You may need a lawyer, and you may need to learn more about the law.
- Don’t ignore the issue that you are facing. They won’t go away, so it’s best to face it now. Reflect. Is this issue really important? Is it something that needs to be done ASAP? Or can it wait for a couple of months until you are ready?
- Be knowledgeable about your situation and what you are facing. For example, if this is a criminal matter, research lawyers, programs for first offenders and city/state/federal laws.
- If you are thinking of pursuing a family law matter like child custody or divorce, review the best lawyer for your budget. If you can’t afford a seasoned lawyer, settle for one who may be equally as good for less. Many cities also have law libraries that can help with your research on basic filling and legal briefs for a nominal fee via paralegals.
- Be mindful of discussing your legal issues with others. Stick to trusted and confidential sources and consider if someone could be called as a potential witness against you.
- Be on Your Best Behavior. A person going through legal issues should remain on their best behavior. It’s not a good idea to use substances or engage in any behavior which could cast you in poor light or bring more trouble. Instead, seek out good influences and work to stay mentally well.
- Don’t Compare. It’s tempting to compare a person’s case with something or someone similar. The fact is that every single case is unique, and the comparisons probably don’t apply.
- Listen More Than Talk. Someone fighting a legal case may have a lot on the line. This means they’re experiencing a lot of stress. So, be an ear for them to talk or suggest they seek professional, spiritual, or legal help.
- Don’t Give Them Legal Advice. Everyone thinks they are a lawyer. The fact is that your loved one probably already has a lawyer to go over the facts of the case.
Many resources in the state of Arizona offer help, including community, government and military benefits. However, these systems can be complex and overwhelming to work through, especially when seeking a resolution to an immediate need. Be Connected uses a resource matching tool to help find the right information and resources that best fit your situation. Please call 866-429-8387 for additional assistance.
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