- She is a widow living on Social Security with a mentally retarded son who will become 18 soon. She needs guardianship to be able to continue to care for his needs.
are a black couple living in a house not fit for human habitation and
their landlord has used eviction and lies to get a default judgment and
manipulate them into signing a new lease at a higher rent.
is an American citizen of Hispanic descent. Her brother lost his business and
came to live with her. He was “getting life back together," riding a bicycle to
work each day. Even though her lease contained no restriction, the landlord
threatened to evict her if she did not kick her brother out.
are victims of “zombie collectors” who buy up debts from creditors where the
statute of limitations has run then file suits on the odds that the victims
will not know their rights and default.
was only 24 but facing a terminal brain tumor. Unable to work he needed legal services – a durable power of attorney
for health care so that someone could make decisions for him in his final days.
mother owned a Habitat for Humanities’ house and died without a will. The daughters needed legal help to transfer
title to their home.
is a terminally ill mother of a mentally retarded daughter. She was served legal papers threatening her
daughter’s disability payments.
valued freedom so much that he tried to swim from Cuba to the U.S. with only the
help of an inner tube. Cuban authorities imprisoned him for a year. Eventually
he made it to the U.S. through Mexico and works as
a carpenter, but legal problems threatened his ability to get support back to
the child he left behind with his mother in Cuba.
were a young married couple in a new town. After a friend’s business went under they were left jobless. He was
recovering from throat cancer and seeking Social Security disability.
got behind on a credit card. Interest and fees multiplied and the creditor
garnished his wages. Unfortunately his employer misread the law and over time
$500 was improperly withheld from his minimum-wage job. He needed help to get
his money back.
was only 19 and caring for two younger brothers, keeping them in school and
safeguarding them from an abusive father. She needed legal custody to protect them.
his young wife was dying he promised her that he would care for her preschool
age daughter of another father. He
wanted to adopt her.
to work after a construction job injury left him with reoccurring dizziness,
his debts became overwhelming. Bankruptcy gave him a fresh start.
19-year-old daughter was suicidal; without guardianship she was without
legal power to provide for her protective institutionalization.