Law firm provides more than legal services to family at Christmas
In Wake County a single working mother supported her 4 young children on her annual income of $13,536 and food stamps. The 3-bedroom mobile home she rented for their home became infested with insects in the summer of 2008, with insects in the beds biting the children. In August and September, the unit was without hot water, and only one of the burners on the stove worked. The local electric company removed the meter from the mobile home in late September, and the family spent 2 weeks without electricity. The client was forced to seek shelter in motels several times when the landlord did not attend to these problems. During one such foray, the landlord put all the family's belongings outside, saying (in writing) that since a window had been left open, he had no option but to put her out. The client could not afford to remove her belongings from the yard or put them in storage because of the money she had to spend on motel rooms. The client and her children were left homeless and lost all their household property. Fortunately, Matt Little and Sharon Scudder of Teague, Campbell, Dennis & Gorham LLP agreed to take the case, analyzed the facts and agreed to represent the client-a generous contribution, to be sure. But they didn't stop there. After contacting the State Bar for assurance that no violation of the Rules of Professional Conduct was involved with providing practical assistance to the client, they and their colleagues spread the word of this devastated family among their friends and relatives. Before Christmas, the family was provided with furniture, clothing, mattresses, plates, pots, pans, a TV and DVD player, bicycles and other gifts. The firm also got the family's electricity reconnected and gave them some retail gift certificates. Then the firm thanked Legal Aid for the opportunity to do all this. That's the spirit that makes North Carolina attorneys great.