Low-income families have many consumer related problems for which they need legal assistance to maintain their fragile financial situation. Attorneys are needed to assist in Chapter 7 and 13 Bankruptcies, car repossessions, deficiency judgments, used car sales, repair disputes, debt and contract disputes. About 100 consumer cases were referred last year to pro bono attorneys in these areas.
Families most requested need for services is in family law cases. We concentrate our efforts on protecting domestic violence survivors. We provide legal services primarily in initiating and defending dissolution of marriage with custody, child support, and domestic violence issues. We handle a limited number of other paternity/custody disputes, enforcement of support and post judgment custody disputes. There are an increasing number of relatives who are seeking guardianship cases for adults and Chapter 751/Temporary Custody for minor children. Last year we helped over 200 families in this area with pro bono attorneys.
Low-income families have a number of legal problems related to their housing. We need pro bono attorneys to help in eviction defense of a private landlord/tenant rentals. We also have clients who need help in disputes over conditions of their rental unit, in mortgage foreclosures, in boundary disputes, and in fraudulent transfers, all of which relate to the homestead of the client. Pro bono attorneys helped over 100 families in this area last year.
Guardian ad Litem:
Additional areas of law such as immigration, unemployment compensation, non-profit incorporation, appellate, health, and social security, are also referred.
We have manuals and forms for many of these cases, and offer trainings and staff attorney assistance. We can reimburse certain litigation costs such as witness fees, postage and long distance calls. Our office provides malpractice insurance primary coverage for pro bono cases.
Meet the Referral Department Staff.