March 31, 2017

BBVLP Attorneys help clients at first Domestic Relations Pro Se Docket

BBVLP Attorneys helped pro se clients appearing in Judge Patricia Stephens courtroom last week during the first ever self-represented docket in Domestic Relations.
At Judge Stephens' request, the BBVLP was present at the docket to provide help to low-income clients who filed on their own but might need a helping hand from a pro bono attorney to get their case concluded.
Attorneys Jessica Drennan, Kirk Drennan Law, Heather Fann, Fann Law, Courtney Brown Dubberly, Sandi Eubank Gregory Firm,  John Milledge, and April Bauder, The Merrell Law Firm, helped clients with everything from how to establish paternity to completing a final judgment of divorce.
The new docket allows attorneys to immediately help low-income clients who otherwise would have their cases dismissed because they could not afford an attorney and did not know all the ins and outs of filing a divorce or other family law issue.
The next Pro Se Docket is April 27th from 9:00-12:00, in Judge Nakita Blocton's court room. Volunteer to help by clicking here. Or please consider volunteering at any other BBVLP Help Desk by clicking here
1. Please help this woman with her divorce whose spouse is in prison

Her spouse is currently in prison due to two Breaking and Entering charges and two Burglary charges. Please help this client receive a divorce. (16-0006836)

2 . This Army Airborne Veteran needs your help

This Vietnam veteran is being billed $250 a month for a timeshare property that he says he did not agree to pay. The veteran came to the BBVLP Veterans Help Desk. He is on social security and this monthly charge is a burden on his ability to make ends meet.

3.  Veteran seeks help in obtaining a divorce from his abusive wife

This 64-year-old c lient came to the BBVLP Veterans Help Desk to seek help with a divorce.  He is confined to a wheelchair because of a spinal cord injury and was being cared for by his wife. In October 2016, she decided that she no longer wanted to be married to him nor provide him with care. The Veteran was essentially homeless until his VA social workers secured placement for him at a boarding home where he currently resides. He is hopeful that ending this harmful relationship will bring much needed closure to a painful part of his life.  (17-0008162)

4.  Please help this grandmother file for Chapter 7 Bankruptcy 

Client states that due to health issues she has been unable to make payments on her debt. She informed the BBVLP that the majority of her money is spent on food and medication. (17-0007801)

*This is the second time in eBrief
Click  here to volunteer at a Help Desk! We are seeking volunteers for all of 2017 and for the following dates in the next weeks:

Kathryn Gentle, Lloyd & Hogan, talks to a client at the Domestic Relations Help Desk.

Domestic Relations Help Desk:
Wednesday 04/05/2017
8:30 am - 10:00 am
10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Wednesday 04/19/2017
8:30 am - 10:00 am
10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Homeless Help Desk:
Tuesday 04/04/2017
8:30 am - 10:00 am
10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Civil Help Desk:
8:30 am - 10:00 am
10:00 am - 12:00 pm

8:30 am - 10:00 am
10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Bankruptcy Help Desk:
Friday 04/07/2017 
9:00 am - 11:00 am
Courtney Brown Dubberly, Sandi Eubank Gregory Firm
Patricia Doblar
Honora Gathings, Gathings Law
Julie Goyer
Melinda Guillaume
Kendra Johnson
Loring Jones, III, 
Jones and Associates
Priscilla Kelley
David Webster, 
Legal Services of Alabama
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