Educational Family Apps utilizes web based technology to provide important legal information and education affordably to the public which has suffered pervasive poor access. In fact, regardless as to whether the population lives urban or rural, access to justice is still inadequate in the U.S.[i] and is a problem experienced across the globe. In fact, low access to quality legal representation can have a profound negative impact on human rights and the protection there of, eroding further the rights of everyone. Clearly, having access to legal education and representation are important bridges to assuring peace and prosperity.
Educational Family Apps is present in the United States and desires to seek tax exempt status through the U.S. Internal Revenue Service. While it is a novel concept, the website (www.educationalfamilyestateapps.com) is also relatively new. It was complete on August 01, 2015. I am the sole authority of the two legal Guides currently available. In addition to the Guides, a Guest Writer Series is part of the website, having a separate tab and show cases the legal knowledge of other attorneys and professionals.
More often than not, a legal professional will not impart knowledge generally to the public out of concern for legal liability or pure lack of interest. Generally, the role of an attorney interested in selling services is not to educate the public unless services are purchased. Many people can’t afford attorney’s fees and therefore go without the education, too. Online legal Guides provide additional benefits, since they are convenient and private.
Educational Family Estate Apps is the first set of two legal Guides, one for the at-large adult population and the other for American Indians. It thoroughly discusses the topics related to Estate Planning and Child Guardianship. While there is overlap, the American Indian Probate Reform Act Legal Guide is particularly important as it provides a legal resource to American tribes and impoverished tribal communities. It contains a downloadable model Last Will and Testament compliant with the federal national probate system, except as it doesn’t apply to tribal members with restricted or federal trust lands of the Five Civilized Tribes (Chickasaw, Choctaw, Creek, Cherokee and Seminole), Osage and native communities in the State of Alaska).
The American Bar Association has recognized that a “well-functioning civil justice system….” provides individuals who have disputes the options they need and provides reasonable means to resolve those disputes rather than resorting to violence or intimidation to settle the conflict.[ii] Protection of fundamental rights assumes people have basic information and opportunities to learn about what comprises those rights! Sometimes having the information first can avoid undue confiscation of those rights and can conceivably make a more peaceful world! I believe it starts with legal education.
[i] Howard Lintz, Yallana McGee et. al., A Basic Human Right: Meaningful Access to Legal Representation (June, 2015) <http://www.law.unc.edu/documents/academics/humanrights/malr.pdf>.
[ii] Id. at 5, citing WORLD JUSTICE PROJECT, THE WJP RULE OF LAW INDEX 2015, 4 (2015) available at http://worldjusticeproject.org/sites/default/files/roli_2015_0.pdf.