March 1, 2019
Please help these clients resolve their legal issues
ADOPTION

This client needs assistance adopting his nine-year-old stepdaughter, who he has cared for since he married her mother seven years ago. The biological father is not listed on the birth certificate and has given verbal consent.   I can help!

Case Eligibility
  • The biological father is willing to give his consent

VLB Added Value
  • Connection to attorney mentor experienced in adoption cases
  • Advice on how to proceed
MORTGAGE

Please help this elderly disabled client remain in her home. Her mortgage company will not accept her payments and her home is at risk of foreclosure.  I can help!

Case Eligibility
  • Client has attempted to pay the mortgage company in full and the company is refusing to accept

VLB Added Value
  • Connection to attorney mentor experienced in handling these types of cases
  • Advice on how to proceed
UNINHABITABLE HOME

This client needs legal assistance with her housing. The apartment she is renting has been condemned because of unlivable water and sewage issues.  I can help!

Case Eligibility
  • She will need to move from the condemned building and sue for damages

VLB Added Value
  • Connection to attorney mentor experienced in handling these types of cases
  • Advice on how to proceed
  • Necessary forms and pleadings
WILL

Please help this terminally ill client create a will. He wants to ensure that his significant other and children are properly cared for after his death.  I can help!

Case Eligibility
  • He needs help creating a basic will to leave his possessions to his loved ones

VLB Added Value
  • Connection to attorney mentor experienced in creating wills
  • Advice on how to proceed
WILL

Please help this client create a will and power of attorney. Her husband recently passed away without a will and she wants to ensure that her children do not have as much trouble while dealing with her estate.  I can help!

Case Eligibility
  • She needs help creating a basic will and power of attorney to help her children with her estate

VLB Added Value
  • Connection to attorney mentor experienced in creating wills
  • Advice on how to proceed
GARNISHMENT

Please help this client fight an unlawful garnishment. Client is currently being garnished for a student loan debt that he never signed for. The debt is more than 30 years old. The client lost his housing and is now homeless because of the garnishment. I can help!

Case Eligibility
  • Client is very organized and has all of his documents to support his claim

VLB Added Value
  • Connection to attorney mentor experienced in handling these types of cases
  • Advice on how to proceed
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Help Desks
Thanks so much to our wonderful student and attorney volunteers who helped us with Help Desks last week.
Vincent Nelan and his client at the Civil Help Desk.
CIVIL HELP DESK

Steven Corhern (Balch)
Preston Martin (Bressler)
Greg McCormick (Bressler)
Vincent Nelan (Baker Donelson)

Students
Kirby Johnson (Cumberland School of Law)
Mary Kate Johnson (Cumberland School of Law)
Katie Wilson (left) and Laura Pizzitola (right) help clients at the Domestic Relations Help Desk.
DOMESTIC RELATIONS HELP DESK

Melinda Guillaume
Lorena Ibarra   
Preston Martin (Bressler)  
John Milledge
Susan McAlister
Laura Pizzitola (Bressler)  
Michael Russ
Katie Wilson (Bressler)
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