Legal Aid’s immigration team began working with Abella in 2016. She wanted to apply for citizenship but couldn’t afford to pay the $680 application filing fee.
When Irene’s husband passed away, she did not have enough resources to pay for his funeral. As a last resort, she and her disabled son went to a “payday loan” company to borrow $150 each.
The help Joanna received positively impacted her neighborhood as well.
Thanks to Legal Aid, Allen had the transplant surgery he needed.
Fred now receives SSI & his home clear of any debt to the Housing Authority.
Monica and her children are free from their abuser.
LEGAL AID HELPED CHERYL COMBAT A FRAUDULENT PAYDAY LENDER Cheryl is a sixty-four year old woman and for the first time in her life, she was being sued and it was by a payday loan company. Cheryl was worried about how this would impact her ability to maintain her household. As a great-grandmother, she maintained […]
LOW INCOME TAXPAYER CLINIC SAVES THE DAY Marylee paid $50 per month toward her 2002 tax balance for years, even though her only sources of income were SSI, food stamps, and housing assistance. She thought she had finally made the last payment when the IRS sent her a new bill including penalties and interest which […]
JACK’S MEMORY ISSUES CREATED FINANCIAL HAVOC Jack, an elderly man with severe memory problems, first contacted our Joplin Legal Aid office for help with a housing issue. Jack had allowed an individual to live with him rent-free on the condition the tenant would manage Jack’s money and pay his bills. What Jack did not know […]
GREEDY RELATIVES CHARGED UP CARMEN’S CREDIT CARDS Carmen contacted Legal Aid after she was served with a summons in a credit card collection case. Carmen, an elderly widow with significant health problems, was scheduled for cancer surgery the following week. She was afraid that she would return from the hospital and her mobile home would […]