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25% in need of legal help can't afford it

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Tennessee Supreme Court Justice William Koch Tennessee Supreme Court Justice William Koch

Lawyers across Tennessee gave free legal advice to those in need on Saturday.

In Nashville, more than 100 lawyers offered free legal clinics alone.

William Koch is a Tennessee Supreme Court Justice.

He said one out of every four people who needs legal help can't afford it and given the complex legal system, lawyers are essential for most.

"We are seeing now, with the downturn in the economy, the unemployment, there's just a larger gap between people who need help and people who can afford it," Koch told News 2.  "What we hope is that many people will get the help they need and get them moving in the right direction to fix some of the problems they're having, and without this sort of help...they wouldn't get in and they would have to fend for themselves."

Free legal clinics are offered throughout the year.

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