Las Vegas residents that can’t afford an attorney on their own can get free aid from various non-profit and pro-bono law firms. Most of the services are coordinated by the Legal Aid Center of Southern Nevada, however in some cases the organization may provide referrals to other local programs or agencies. All cases handled are civil, and some examples of the services are below.
Consumer issues will be focused on homeowners facing foreclosure or those residents from the region with outstanding debts. Staff from the firms, whether paralegals or some other representative, will represent the Las Vegas homeowner who is facing a foreclosure. Or they will help address other creidtors. Together you will explore potential legal defenses or they will work with your lender on some type of loan modification.
A local Foreclosure Class is also an option. Participants will get information on resources such as the State of Nevada Foreclosure Mediation Program, mediation, and other resources.
Additional support is for individuals receiving excessive, or illegal calls from creditors or debt collectors. Consumers can get advice and access to brief service, along with referrals to non-profit credit counseling or HUD approved agencies in Clark County.
There is also community outreach and education activities available across Clark County in an effort to assist low-income residents in identifying predatory lending practices. All individuals can explore refinancing programs available to them and understand what types of obligations they have on their unpaid debts or home mortgage.
The Legal Aid Center of Southern Nevada housing programs can help with eviction prevention in Las Vegas and the region. Other support is coordinated too in an effort to find a solution with the landlord. Lawyers from the non-profit firm can also provide guidance on public and subsidized housing units in Clark County.
While resources are limited, those tenants facing threats of domestic violence, with disabilities, the elderly, and/or whose access to justice may be affected by limited English proficiency receive the highest priority in obtaining assistance. Also, homeless prevention is always an objective, so clients can get help in obtaining permanent, affordable housing.
Government benefits is another resource. Many people, including the disabled, need guidance and support in gaining access to an entitlement or preserving their existing housing. Or maybe they need help for obtaining SSI from social security, SNAP from social services, or some other benefit. Legal support can help with a denial of applications and otherwise assist a low income individual so they can get the public aid they need.
The intent of this legal representation is for low-income families and individuals to gain and keep access to subsistence benefits, including cash assistance program for families with children, SSDI for disabled individuals, child care and more.
Attorneys from the non-profit can represent individuals who have been wrongfully denied. They also strive to improve access for people that need help navigating the welfare agency or bureacucy in order to get benefits they need.
Some immigration services may be offered in Las Vegas. This can include representation before the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, help in dealing with customs, and information on an immigrants legal rights. Some free or low cost advice, counsel, guidance, and other services may be offered by Legal Aid Center in Clark County.
Enforcing the rights of immigrants is another resource available. Many are often erroneously denied benefits due to complex non-citizen eligibility rules, and paralegals can ensure that eligible individuals and families receive the benefits to which they are entitled. There is free aid for those that may have been erroneously turned down for financial assistance and are isolated due to language or misunderstanding.
Elder programs are available. This can include things such as preservation of housing, assistance in obtaining government benefits such as Medicare, defending against evictions, and assisting with any potential physical and emotional decline for the elder.
The Legal Aid Center of Southern Nevada works to strengthen economic security for the elderly and seniors as well as other adults. They do this through the provision of Social Security/SSI benefits which can help seniors in Clark County get out of poverty. Lawyers work with clients to ensure that these clients are provided with the fundamentals of due process, including timely receipt of benefits, adequate notices, and fair hearings.
Health care is also a focus for people across Las Vegas, in particular senior citizens. They have the right to quality yet affordable medical or dental care. Representatives strive to ensure that people with disabilities and really everyone, regardless of age, has access to the coverage and services they need to maintain good health.
For more information and services, the office is at 725 E Charleston Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89104. Call Legal Aid Center of Southern Nevada at (702) 386-1070 for intake.
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