Client Success Stories

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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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THANKS TO MENTAL HEALTH COURT, NATHAN IS MANAGING HIS SCHIZOPHRENIA

Nathan, 33, was referred to the Kansas City Municipal Court’s Mental Health Court in January 2014. He was charged with possession of marijuana, destruction of property and simple assault. Nathan obtained a Legal Aid attorney.

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THANKS TO LEGAL AID & MENTAL HEALTH COURT, JOE NO LONGER SLEEPS IN A CARDBOARD BOX

Joe had a diagnosis of schizophrenia, but wasn’t medication compliant.

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WITH LEGAL AID’S HELP, SARA COMPLETED HER PROGRAM IN 10 MONTHS

Sara, a 24 year old woman, had been struggling with mental illness since her teens. Her struggle with mental illness had caused her to be brought in to police custody on criminal charges.

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VETERANS’ COURT GAVE CARL A SECOND CHANCE AT LIFE – HIS LEGAL AID ATTORNEY WAS WITH HIM EVERY STEP OF THE WAY

Like many young veterans, Carl came back from war with mental scars. Carl, 45, suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). His condition affects every aspect of his daily life.

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Beth came to Legal Aid because she was struggling to have her Housing Choice Voucher processed by the Housing Authority of Kansas City

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Alice and her grandson Kenny faced eviction from their Section 8, subsidized housing in Kansas City.

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LEGAL AID DEFENDS BILL AND JOHN AGAINST THEIR UNFAIR LANDLORD

Bill and John rented a mobile home and lot from their landlord. Bill also worked for the landlord in the mobile home park. Bill’s landlord systematically underpaid him for his work and discounted his hours unfairly.

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