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Cases Available for Pro Bono

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Sign-Up for Pro Bono Service (Click here to view Sign-Up FORM)The list below provides some (not all) of the cases for which pro bono attorneys are needed. Assuming cases on a pro bono basis also provides attorneys with valuable litigation experience. Legal aid programs actively recruit, train, mentor, and co-counsel with volunteer (pro bono) attorneys to help them handle the many complex and changing legal issues unique to the practice of civil poverty law.

Counties where pro bono cases are currently available and posted:
.....Cumberland County
.....Vance County
.....Wilson County

To volunteer pro bono service for any of the cases, simply telephone the "Contact" person. Click on office listed at the top of each case/project to view the local PAI ("Private Attorney Involvement") coordinator's name/contact information; or simpy complete a "Sign-Up Form" and send to your local PAI Coordinator.

[If you don't see a case from your county listed below, click here to connect with the pro bono coordinator in your area.]

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Case Available for Pro Bono

CUMBERLAND COUNTY. Real Estate--Unfair/Deceptive Trade Practice.
(2011-0033036-N028)
DESCRIPTION: Over a 3-year period, this 50 year old learning disabled gentleman got behind $1513 with the property taxes on the house he inherited from his mother. When the county instituted a foreclosure lien, he entered into what he thought was a loan agreement with 2 individuals to pay the tax due. In February 2010 he fell behind with his payments and gave the lenders the title to his truck, worth $1500 at the time, for collateral. The client later learned that the deed to his house and the title to his truck were transferred to another party with his signature forged on both documents. This third party then evicted him from his house in May 2010, converting all his personal property it contained at the time. He has been living in his car ever since. Exhaustive research by the Fayetteville Legal Aid office has produced evidence that all the lenders involved in this case have been investigated for various types of fraud literally from NC to California.
DESIRED OUTCOME: Pursue a claim for fraudulent business practices and recover the client's house, if possible.
CONTACT: Tina Dicke, LANC Fayetteville Office, 910-483-0400

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Case Available for Pro Bono

VANCE COUNTY. Termination of Parental Rights.
(2011-0037266-N028)
DESCRIPTION: The client's 16-year-old daughter was raped by the girl's biological father in 2010, which resulted in the birth of a baby who is now 6 months old. While the assailant is serving a 6-year prison term, the client seeks to terminate his parental rights regarding the baby. (Their daughter will be over 18 when he is released.)
DESIRED OUTCOME: Termination of parental rights.
CONTACT: Vilma Suarez, LANC Helpline/CALL4ALL Project, 919-861-1873.

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Case Available for Pro Bono

WILSON COUNTY. Landlord/Tenant
(2011-0063411-N015)
[Note: All names in the following narrative have been changed.]
DESCRIPTION: The "Millers" entered into a one-year lease agreement with landlord "Judy Foster", in April, 2010. The rental payments were $600.00 a month. The house needed many repairs, which Ms. Foster promised to make by December 2010. She never did. On 6/07/2011 the Wilson County City Housing Inspector's office sent a demand letter to Ms. Foster with a list of repairs that had to be made within 30 days, including a leaking roof; water damage inside the living room, kitchen area, and the upstairs bedroom; and rodents in the attic and sidewalls of the house. (The Millers have pictures of the damage.) The water heater pipes burst the weekend of 6/11/2011. The fire department shut off the water to the house. The Millers tried to notify Ms. Foster, who did not return their calls. On 6/22/2011 the Housing Inspector's office re-contacted Ms. Foster about the necessity of repairing the water problem. The repairs were not done. At a hearing the Housing Inspector's office set for 7/05/2011, Ms. Foster's daughter "Angela" appeared in her mother's stead. Housing Inspector "Shawn Lucas" told her that Ms. Foster could either fix the violations of the housing code or close the house as a rental.. Angela said that she would get up with her mother, who would then call Mr. Lucas. Ms. Foster never called him. The Millers vacated the premises without the water supply ever having been restored. They have receipts for all the rent they paid through May 2011. They paid no rent after that.
DESIRED OUTCOME: Pursue a rent rebate on the clients' behalf.
CONTACT: Jeanette Lantz, LANC Wilson Office, 252-291-6851 EXT. 102.

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Case Available for Pro Bono

WILSON COUNTY. Wage Claim.
(2010-0061824-N015)
DEADLINE: Court action may need to be filed by 8/28/2011. It appears that the earliest improper withholding occurred 8/29/2009. However, based on further investigation, a later date may be determined for the first improper withholding of wages. Client worked at a Rocky Mount restaurant for approximately 2 years. His payments to the Maryland Child Support Enforcement Program (MCSEP) were deducted from his paycheck. The MCSEP and the client's ex-wife repeatedly notified him that payments hadn't been received; the client repeatedly passed this information on to his employer, who repeatedly assured him that the problem would be or had been taken care of. It never was. The client has documentation showing the child support payments that were deducted from his paychecks. When compared with records from MCSEP, the deductions total $1000 more than the MCSEP received.
DESIRED OUTCOME: Recover client's misappropriated wages.
CONTACT: Jeanette Lantz, LANC Wilson Office, 1-800-682-7902.

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To volunteer pro bono service for any of the cases, simply telephone the "Contact" person. Click on office listed at the top of each case/project to view the local PAI ("Private Attorney Involvement") coordinator's name/contact information; or simply complete a "Sign-Up Form" and send to your local PAI Coordinator.

[If you don't see a case from your county listed above, click here to connect with the pro bono coordinator in your area.]

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