Pro Bono Cases of the Month
 
Pro Bono Cases of the Month reflect one or more of the many requests for help from clients in desperate need through the Rhode Island Bar Association’s Volunteer Lawyer Program (VLP), Elderly Program or U.S. Armed Forces Legal Services Project. VLP, funded through a grant from Rhode Island Legal Services, Inc. and the Rhode Island Bar Foundation, provides pro bono legal services to qualified low-income Rhode Islanders. Participating attorneys provide legal assistance, at no charge. The client’s income must qualify under federally regulated guidelines to receive pro bono assistance, and the case must fall under one of the areas of law handled by the VLP. Clients may be responsible for filing fees, court costs and other out-of-pocket expenses.
 

Foreclosure Prevention

Client is a resident of Warren. She is 5 months behind on her mortgage held by a private lender. The lender is pursuing foreclosure and has stopped communicating with the client. RI Housing is going to oversee mediation on October 28th. The client has been told to seek legal advice regarding the terms of her loan which is an interest-only loan at 15%. Client was approved for the loan without income verification.
If you would like to assist with this case, please contact Volunteer Lawyer Program Coordinator, John Ellis at 401 421 7758 or jellis@ribar.com. Thank you very much.

Divorce/DV, November 18th, Providence

Client is wife and mother of 2 children (18 and 14 years old). Husband was arrested on 9-15 for domestic assault. There is an NCO against him. He has been extremely belligerent and uncooperative. Out of spite, he has not paid the mortgage or bills (couple owns and lives in a multi-family home in Woonsocket). Ultimately, client would like to remain in the house and wants placement of the children. Client would also like husband to give her a bill of sale for a car which needs to be repaired. The repair shop where the car has been sitting won’t repair the van or release it unless client has a bill of sale. This is because the husband has threatened the shop’s employees with bodily harm.

If you would like to assist with this case, please contact Volunteer Lawyer Program Coordinator, John Ellis at 401 421 7758 or jellis@ribar.com. Thank you very much.

Foreclosure Relief, Elderly Pro Bono Program

Seventy-six year old resident of Chepachet would like help filing bankruptcy to stop an auction scheduled for November 14th. She and her husband have exhausted options to save their house. They have accepted that the house will be foreclosed on, but they would like some time to find a place to live. If you are interested in learning more about and/or taking this case through the Elderly Pro Bono Program, please contact Elisa King, Program Coordinator at (401) 521-5040 or via email at eking@ribar.com.

Foreclosure Prevention/Relief, Elderly Pro Bono Program

Seventy-nine year old resident of Warren has a reverse mortgage. She could not pay the taxes, so RI Housing stepped in and paid them for her. The mortgage company paid RIH back for the taxes and is now foreclosing. Client would like assistance to get time to find a new place to live.
If you are interested in learning more about and/or taking this case through the Elderly Pro Bono Program, please contact Elisa King, Program Coordinator at (401) 521-5040 or via email at eking@ribar.com.