Charleston County Bar Association announces pro bono services for Emanuel AME, families

AP A man kneels next to a makeshift memorial down the street from Emanuel AME Church last month.

The Charleston County Bar Association plans to offer pro bono services to Emanuel AME Church and families affected by last month’s massacre.

A committee of attorneys chaired by Laura Evans, of Smith Moore Leatherwood law firm, will provide the services, according to a news release.

The attorneys won’t handle death or survival litigation, the release said, but will instead focus on probate, estate, tax, insurance claims, business, family court and other areas of law.

The committee also will help allocate dollars donated to several funds that have been established to benefit the families and the church.

Committee members plans to collaborate with the 9th Circuit Solicitor’s Office and the state U.S. Attorney’s Office to meet the needs of the families, the release said.

Family members who need to contact the committee for assistance can email

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