April 21, 2017

BBVLP PRO BONO SPOTLIGHT: Ted Stuckenschneider

Birmingham bankruptcy attorney Ted Stuckenschneider is a longtime volunteer of the BBVLP, a new BBVLP board member, and a member of the steering committee that helped the BBVLP launch its Bankruptcy Help Desk.

Ted personally has taken more than 10 bankruptcy cases for low-income clients, helping them manage their financial debts and regain control of their lives. In one case, an 85-year-old client was seeking legal assistance with filing for Chapter 7 bankruptcy due to outstanding debts accrued through loans and credit cards. The client was partnered with Ted for pro bono aid. Within a week, Ted was able to meet with the client and his family and they decided not to file for bankruptcy but rather to remain judgment proof. Ted resolved the issue by preparing a general durable power of attorney for the client so that the family could handle his affairs and respond to the creditors at no cost.

In another instance, Ted assisted a client who recently lost both of her jobs, had garnishments from her wages, and was evicted from her apartment. The client was able to relocate but was unable to maintain steady rental payments. The client's extenuating circumstances and financial situation forced her to live in a hotel room with her daughter and grandchildren. Even though the client was able to find employment, the pay wasn't substantial enough to sustain her bills, debts, garnishments, and personal needs, not to mention the other lives in her household. The client was able to obtain legal assistance from Ted and was granted the "fresh start" she so desired.

After seeing the impact he could make by helping low-income clients unable to afford representation discharge their debts, Ted worked with the BBVLP to start the Bankruptcy Help Desk.

The Bankruptcy Help Desk, held on the first Friday of every month, allows bankruptcy attorneys to screen eligible clients so that they can begin the process of filing for bankruptcy. To volunteer for the upcoming Bankruptcy Help Desk, please click here.

1.  Please help a disabled domestic violence victim through her custody case

This client's ex-boyfriend is currently in jail and charged with strangulation and assault of the client. The parties have three children that were taken by DHR due to the boyfriend's violent behavior. Please help this client regain custody of her children. 
( 17-0008531)

*Client's face is blurred due to domestic violence
*This is the second time in eBrief 

2.  Please help a disabled domestic violence victim through her divorce

This client has two charges of assault pending against her spouse. Her husband physically assaulted her last week and set her car on fire. She is in desperate need of a divorce and cannot afford an attorney. Please help this woman end this abusive relationship. 
( 17-0008554)

*Client's face is blurred due to domestic violence
*This is the second time in eBrief         

3. Please help this client get guardianship over her grandmother

This client is seeking a guardianship/conservatorship over her grandmother who has been in the hospital since January 23rd, 2017. The client's grandmother coded during surgery and may have possible brain damage. The client has a letter of support from her grandmother's doctor stating that she is not capable of handling her own affairs. ( 17-0008571)

4. Please help this mother file an emergency petition for custody

The children involved in this situation are afraid of their father.  He was found guilty of malice when he brought an axe into his daughter's room and smashed her phone. Client has been evicted from her home and is living in a two-bedroom apartment with the three children, while working two jobs. ( 17-0008597)

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:

Civil Help Desk:
Thursday 04/27/2017
8:30 am - 10:00 am
10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Veterans Help Desk
Wednesday 4/26/2017 
2 p.m. - 4 p.m.
Domestic Relations Help Desk:
Wednesday 4/26/2017
8:30 am - 10:00 am

Domestic Relations Self-Represented Docket with Judge Nakita Blocton:
Thursday 04/27/2017 
9:00 am - 12:00 pm

 HELP DESK ATTORNEYS:  Thank you to the following attorneys
Civil Help Desk: 40 clients served
Tarackia Barge
Barge Law Firm
Leon Johnson
Preston Martin
Bressler Amery & Ross
Louis Montgomery
Bhate Environmental
Lance Parmer
Cabaniss Johnston
Honza Prchal
Heninger Garrison Davis
Karen Puccio
Hare Wynn Newell & Newton
David Webster
Legal Services of Alabama 
Donnie Winningham
Bressler Amery & Ross
Domestic Relations Help Desk: 32 clients served
April Bauder
Merrell Law Firm
Christen Butler
Dominick Feld Hyde
Courtney Brown Dubberly
 Sandi Eubank Gregory 
Honora Gathings
Gathings Law
Melinda Guillaume
Leon Johnson
Kathryn Gentle
Lloyd & Hogan
Pamela Weed

Domestic Relations Self-Represented Docket with Judge Agnes Chapell
(The BBVLP provides volunteer attorneys to help low-income clients on the spot who have court dates on these special dockets.)  : 4 clients served
Yashiba Blanchard 
The Blanchard Property Law Firm
Christie Dowling
Lyman Dowling Law

April Bauder
Merrell Law Firm
Jason Bonar

John Carroll
Cumberland School of Law
Perryn Carroll
Carroll & Carroll
Laura Collins
Cabaniss Johnston
Patrick Darby
HealthSouth Corporation
Tom DeLawrence

Maura Goodwyn

Scott Harwell
Harwell Law Firm
Christi Lunsford
HealthSouth Corporation
Lance Parmer
Cabaniss Johnston
Bill Prosch

Cline Thompson
Kimberly Vines 

K athleen Bowers
Bressler Amery & Ross

Kathleen advised client on the non-profit formation process including state and federal filing requirements and tax liability.

Price Evans
Mississippi Valley Title Services Company

Price volunteered to help a client transfer her deed.

D ebra Krotzer
Carr Allison

Debra agreed to help a client file for a guardianship over her sister.
Kenneth Haynes
Haynes & Haynes

Kenneth volunteered to help a client create a simple will and a health directive.

D e Martenson
Huie Fernambucq Stewart

De agreed to help a client fight an unlawful eviction.
W alter McArdle
Spain Gillon 

Walter volunteered to help a client file a Chapter 7 Bankruptcy.

L ouis Mendez
Bressler Amery & Ross

Louis volunteered to help a client on a post-judgment discovery motion.
Jade Sipes
Baker Donelson

Jade agreed to help a party through their divorce process.

T ed Stuckenschneider
The Law Office of Ted Stuckenschneider

Ted volunteered to help a client file a Chapter 7 Bankruptcy.
Donnie Winningham
Bressler Amery & Ross

Donnie agreed to help a client with a landlord /tenant issue.

Donations from the community are the number one funding source for the Volunteer Lawyer Program.  Click here to donate.

There are two ways attorneys can choose to help with the Volunteer Lawyer Program. Click here for what you can do.

Only clients who cannot afford representative are served by the BBVLP. Click  here to see eligibility guidelines.