Available Cases


The Pro Bono Project offers the unique opportunity to positively impact the lives of low-income individuals in Southern Nevada. The clients listed below have been accepted by our program and are currently on our waiting list for pro bono representation. Clients have been prescreened for financial income eligibility and their cases have been selected based on a number of factors, including the merits of their case, the availability of volunteers and the reasonableness of the client.

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Bankruptcy (Chapter 7)

Case Number: Multiple Cases

Clients wishing to file a Chapter 7 bankruptcy are accepted for pro bono representation on a weekly basis. If you are interested in representing one of these clients, please submit the case interest form and indicate your interest in the Comments section.

Children's Attorneys Project (Abuse/Neglect Cases)

Case Number: 2018-002573

Six siblings, ages 10 years to 3 years, came into DFS care in July, 2016, due to their mother leaving them in the care of a neighbor and then not returning to pick them up. The neighbor was arrested and the natural mother could not be located. Natural mother has extensive history with DFS as her children were previously removed from her care due to concerns related to substance abuse. Despite several referrals and attempts to assist mother for substance abuse treatment, she has not been responsive or successful in treatment. The natural father to the four youngest siblings has also been referred for substance abuse treatment; however, he has failed to submit to drug tests. The natural father to the two oldest siblings has been unresponsive to the Departments location efforts. The children are currently placed in three separate foster homes, and visitation with the natural parents are set up at Child Haven; although the parents have missed several visitations. One of the siblings has been diagnosed with ADHD and is on medication for same. Parental and sibling visitation may need to be addressed, as well as possible medical issues with one of the siblings. An attorney is needed to represent the children’s wishes and legal rights regarding permanency, placement, visitation, and to ensure the appropriate services are in place. There is a Permanency Planning Hearing on January 23, 2019 at 2:30 p.m. in Courtroom 23.

Case Number: 2018-002352

Two sisters, ages 11  years and 6 years, came into DFS care in April, 2018 on allegations that they were exposed to marijuana and methamphetamine by maternal relatives. Girls allege that maternal aunt blows smoke in their faces and older girl claimed she did a line of methamphetamine. Maternal grandmother, aunt and uncle all tested positive for methamphetamines. The younger child also tested positive for methamphetamine in her hair.  Both parents are deceased and maternal grandmother is legal guardian for the girls. Maternal grandmother has prior CPS history of neglect and inadequate supervision. Children are now placed with paternal grandparents. The older child is diagnosed with depression and is prescribed medications. She currently attends therapy. An attorney is needed to represent the children’s wishes regarding permanency, placement, visitation, and to ensure the appropriate services are in place.  There is a Permanency Planning Hearing set for March 19, 2019 at 2:30 p.m. in Courtroom 14.

Case Number: 2018-003247

Five children, aged 1 to 15 years, came into DFS care in August of 2017 after allegations of inadequate supervision, physical risk and inadequate food. Both parents reportedly use methamphetamine on a regular basis and consume alcohol daily to the point of intoxication. There is also domestic violence within the home. The three older siblings have a different father and are currently placed together in a separate foster home.  The three oldest children are represented by CAP. Mother is also represented by counsel.  The two youngest children also have a different father; one of whom is represented by counsel and actively involved in the case and the other is not. An attorney is needed to represent these children’s wishes and legal rights regarding permanency, placement, visitation, and to ensure the appropriate services are in place. There is a Review Hearing on January 23, 2019 at 3:30 p.m. in Courtroom 23.

Case Number: 2018-003703

Three children, aged 6 to 9 years old, came into DFS care after being evicted from their home and not having an alternate place to live. When Metro and DFS entered the family home it was in a state of filth as there was dog feces in every room of the home, even on top of the beds where the children slept. There are 5 dogs that roam the house freely without being cleaned up after. A neighbor stated that she sees the children on a daily basis wearing the same clothing for up to a week at a time. Additionally, she stated that the children come and ask for food on a regular basis. The children have reported that their step-dad regularly hits their mom. Each parent has been arrested on 3 counts of Child Neglect and 4 counts of animal cruelty. There is a Review Hearing set for December 4, 2018 at 2:15 p.m. in Courtroom 11.

Case Number: 2018-002309

Two children, aged 3 and 5, came into DFS care on April 2, 2018 after being left unsupervised by their mother for multiple hours. Mother is reported to struggle with alcohol and substance abuse. Father is believed to be in custody in Pahrump. No prior CPS history is reported. The oldest child is reported to be autistic with an IEP already in place. There are no other outstanding medical conditions reported. Currently, the children are placed together with their paternal aunt. At this time the children are in need of an attorney to represent their wishes and legal rights as to permanency, placement, visitation, and to ensure appropriate services are in place.  There is a Review Hearing on September 25, 2018 at 2:30 p.m. in Courtroom 14.

Case Number: 2018-002618

Four children, aged 11 months to 8 years old, came into DFS care on April 9, 2018 after the mother was arrested on a warrant following a minor she was with overdosing on heroin. Natural mother has a history of substance abuse and prostitution. Mother also has been accused of striking one child with a pair of scissors. Father was in a sober living facility, for heroin, during these incidents. The family has an extensive record with CPS. Father was seeking treatment before these incidents and Mother is currently engaged with the department. None of the children have any outstanding medical conditions reported. Currently, the children are all placed together with their paternal great grandmother. At this time the children are in need of an attorney to represent their wishes and legal rights as to permanency, placement, visitation, and to ensure appropriate services are in place.  There is a Permanency Planning Hearing set for March 5, 2019 at 2:30 p.m. in Courtroom 14.

Case Number: 2018-002899

A 3 year old girl came into DFS care on April 26, 2018 due to dangerous and unsanitary living conditions. Investigators found knives, cut open cans, loose tobacco, blackened mattress and more within reach of the child. Subsequently, both parents tested positive for amphetamines. Parents have CPS history including domestic violence and inadequate supervision. Father appears to be engaged in a Drug court program. Child has no outstanding medical conditions. Currently, Child is placed with her paternal grandmother. At this time the child is in need of an attorney to represent her wishes and legal rights as to permanency, placement, visitation, and to ensure appropriate services are in place.  There is a Review Hearing on October 16, 2018 at 2:30 p.m. in Courtroom 14.

Case Number: 2018-002963

Five children, aged 1 to 6 years old came into DFS care on April 27, 2018 after their mother was arrested. Mother is reportedly set to be released in June. Natural Mother has a CPS history which includes failure to protect, inadequate supervision and physical risk. None of the putative fathers have been located or engaged yet. There have been no reports of outstanding medical conditions for any of the children. Currently, the children are placed together with their maternal aunt. At this time the children are in need of an attorney to represent their wishes and legal rights as to permanency, placement, visitation, and to ensure appropriate services are in place.  There is a Review Hearing on October 16 ,2018 at 2:30 p.m. in Courtroom 14.

Case Number: 2018-003259

An 8 month old baby girl came into DFS care on May 15, 2018 after concerns of lack of resources and a physical risk due to her parent’s domestic violence history. Currently, the baby is in care of her paternal grandmother. There is a concern that the natural mother intends to flee with the baby as she has made threats against the family. Mother denies these allegations. Mother reports she has housing, employment, and child care through the Urban League. The Department requested that the parents have supervised visits at Child Haven. Mother has filed for custody through the Domestic Courts. The Court has ordered paternity testing as natural father is not on minor’s birth certificate. There is a Review Hearing on November 13, 2018 at 2:30 p.m. in Courtroom 20.

 

Case Number: 2018-003917

Six children, ages 2 to 12 years old, came into care in April of 2018 due to their mother’s participation in acts of domestic violence. The natural mother’s participation in domestic violence has prevented her from providing the children with the proper care, custody supervision, shelter and other care necessary for their wellbeing. The mother has been both the victim and the perpetrator of domestic violence acts with the children’s father. The acts of domestic violence have occurred with the children present causing the children to intervene. Many of the incidents have involved one or both parents using a weapon. The mother applied for a Temporary Protective Order against the father but subsequently allowed him to return to their home. There is a Review Hearing on October 9 2018 at 2:30 p.m. in Courtroom 20.

Case Number: 2018-002422

Child, age 4, came into care on April 7, 2018 for failure to protect by his adopted mother (his maternal grandmother). The child’s adopted mother left him in the care of the mother and her boyfriend. The child’s sibling was brought into care on April 6, 2018 following confinement, inadequate supervision and plausible risk of harm to child by his mother. While in the care of his mother and her boyfriend, the child’s sibling was found with numerous injuries as he was left undressed and unattended with hands tied behind his back in a parked vehicle. DFS is currently unable to place the child with his adopted mother as she is in a medical facility so the child is now placed with his maternal great grandmother. An attorney is needed to represent the child’s wishes regarding permanency, placement, visitation, and to ensure the appropriate services are in place.  There is a Review Hearing set for October 10, 2018 at 2:00 p.m. in Courtroom 21.

Case Number: 2018-004487

A sibling group of six came into DFS care in June, 2018 due to drug use and neglect.  Family has a history with DFS.  One child, aged 5 months, has a different father with different legal interests than the other five siblings, who are represented by a CAP Staff Attorney, and therefore needs a separate attorney to represent his legal rights regarding permanency, placement, sibling visitation, and to ensure the appropriate services are in place.  There is a Review Hearing on December 4, 2018 in Courtroom 23.

Case Number: 2018-002236

Six siblings came into DFS care in March due to domestic violence and an unsafe environment.  Father has substance abuse issues.  Both parents have domestic violence history.  The three older children are represented by a CAP attorney.  The three younger children, aged 5years and 4 years (twins), were living with a relative however due to behaviors the children have been returned to Child Haven and they are in need of an attorney to represent their wishes regarding placement, permanency, and sibling visitation to ensure the appropriate services are in place and provided.  There is a Status Check set for November 15, 2018 at 10:00 am and a Permanency Planning Hearing scheduled for March 20, 2019 at 1:30 pm, both are in Courtroom 23. 

Case Number: 2018-004553

Two siblings, aged 4 years and 3 years, came into DFS care in July of 2018 due to domestic violence in the home between mother and father.  There is a history of domestic violence in the family.  The children have no medical or special needs and are currently placed at Child Haven pending placement in a foster home.  An attorney is needed to represent the children’s wishes and legal rights regarding permanency, placement, sibling visitations, and to ensure the appropriate services are in place.  There is a Review Hearing set for January 9, 2019 at 2:3o p.m. in Courtroom 22.

Case Number: 2018-004760

Four siblings, ages 10, 9, 6, and 4 years of age came into DFS custody due to allegations of substance abuse, lack of supervision, mental health, domestic violence, and lack of resources as to the parents.  There has been a previous removal. The children now have different positions on whether they want reunification and or contact with the mother and or the father. An attorney is needed to represent the child’s legal rights regarding permanency, placement, sibling visitation, and to ensure the appropriate services are in place.  There is an Initial TPR set for September 25, 2018 at 10:00 a.m. in Courtroom 23.  There is a Review Hearing set for December 19, 2018 at 3:30 p.m. in Courtroom 23.

Case Number: 2018-004758

Four siblings, ages 10, 9, 6, and 4 years of age came into DFS custody due to allegations of substance abuse, lack of supervision, mental health, domestic violence, and lack of resources as to the parents.  There has been a previous removal. The children now have different positions on whether they want reunification and or contact with the mother and or the father. An attorney is needed to represent the child’s legal rights regarding permanency, placement, sibling visitation, and to ensure the appropriate services are in place.   There is  an Initial Termination of Parental Rights Hearing set for September 25, 2018 at 10:00 a.m. in Courtroom 23 and a Review Hearing set for December 19, 2018 at 3:30 p.m. in Courtroom 23.

Case Number: 2018-004369

On or about May 30, 2018 CPS received a report that Father had sexually assaulted a 14 year old female while child was staying with the family for a long weekend.  This act was witnessed by another minor.  Father has history of illegal drug use.  Father is member of a biker club that routinely engages in illegal activity.  Mother has substance abuse issues and does not have custody rights to the children.  Father has full custody of 2 minor children and has visitation with a 3rd minor child.  The children have different needs and therefore need separate legal representation.  At this time, a minor child who is aged 10, is in need of an attorney to represent her wishes and legal rights as to permanency, placement, visitation and to ensure appropriate services are in place.  There is a Calendar Call set for October 24, 2018 at 10:15 a.m. in Courtroom 11 and an Adjudicatory Trial set for November 1, 2018 at 9:30 a.m. in Courtroom 11.

Case Number: 2018-004482

Two girls, ages 8 yrs and 11 yrs, came into DFS care in July 2018, due to abandonment by their mother.  The mother has a history of being unstable, has admitted to drug use and may have mental health issues.  The children have no medical or mental health issues and were placed with maternal relatives.  A Present Danger Plan was created with the placement.  During the course of the Present Danger Plan the mother could no longer be located.  One of the fathers was located out of state and whereabouts of the other are unknown.  An attorney is needed to represent the children’s wishes and legal rights regarding permanency, placement, visitation, and to ensure the appropriate services are in place.  There is an Adjudicatory Hearing set for September 28, 2018 at 10:00 a.m. in Courtroom 14.

Case Number: 2018-004969

A sibling group of four children were adopted in December of 2017.  On or about July 23, 2018 the family (four children aged 16 to 13) came to the attention of Child Protective Services by a combination of a call to the hotline and in person contact with Child Haven with allegation that the adoptive parent had been sexually inappropriate with one of the children.  There is reasonable cause to believe that it would be contrary to the welfare of the children to remain at their home. Specifically, the Court finds that there are concerns of sexual abuse. One of the children reported that for the past 16 months there have been multiple sexually inappropriate encounters with the adoptive parent. Some of the incidents were witnessed by siblings.   There is a Calendar Call on October 24, 2018 at 10:15 a.m. in Courtroom 11.  There is an Adjudicatory Trial on November 9, 2018 at 9:30 a.m. in Courtroom 11.

 

Case Number: 2018-004923

Two siblings, ages 4 yrs and 3 yrs, came into DFS care in July 2018, when they were found with their mother in a parking lot.  Natural Mother stated she has been homeless for the past 3-4 weeks.  Natural Mother was found to be under the influence and was arrested due to warrants.  Natural Father is reportedly living in California, but has not been located yet.  The children have been placed in foster care.  An attorney is needed to represent the children’s wishes and legal rights regarding permanency, placement, visitation, and to ensure the appropriate services are in place.  There is a Case Plan Hearing set for September 26, 2018 at 11:00 am and a Review Hearing set for January 16, 2019 at 2:30 pm, both in Courtroom 23.

Case Number: 2018-002071

A 15 year old boy and 7 year old girl were removed 3/24/18 and placed into protective custody due to allegations of physical abuse against the mother as to both children.  Mother was arrested. Mother has a history of using meth. The father of the 7 year old only recently met the child, and there is no relationship. The father of the 15 year old has prior history with the department which included a substantiation for substance misuse as he forced the children to drink alcohol, additionally, there was extreme domestic violence between this father and mother. Father of the 15 year old is facing domestic battery charges and is not a placement option.  The children were placed with the maternal grandmother. An attorney is needed to represent the children’s wishes regarding placement, permanency, and visitation and to ensure the appropriate services needed are in place.  There is a Review Hearing set for September 26, 2018 at 3:30 p.m. in Courtroom 23.

Case Number: 2018-005255

Five siblings, ages 11 years to 1 month, came into DFS care in May 2018 due to inadequate supervision.  The oldest child was found to be panhandling downtown.  Contact was made with his mother, who was subsequently arrested for Abuse/Neglect.   She has been released and is cooperating with the Department. Mother has a long history with CPS.  The children are in foster care and visitation has been arranged.   The children do not have any medical or mental health issues.  The whereabouts of the children’s fathers are currently unknown.  An attorney is needed to represent the children’s wishes and legal rights regarding permanency, placement, visitation, and to ensure the appropriate services are in place. There is a Case Plan set for October 8, 2018 at 11:00 a.m. and a Review Hearing set for November 14, 2018 at 2:30 p.m., Both in Courtroom 23.

Case Number: 2018-005329

A 17 year old girl came into DFS care when her mother made her leave the home after an argument.  There is a lot of history with the Department and this family.  The natural father’s rights were terminated years ago.  The child has been placed in foster care. An attorney is needed to represent the child’s wishes regarding permanency, placement, visitation, and to ensure the appropriate services are in place.  There is an Adjudicatory Hearing set for September 26, 2018 at 10:00 a.m. in Courtroom 22.

Case Number: 2018-005266

Two siblings who were living with a guardian and her boyfriend were brought into DFS care as there is ongoing domestic violence in the home. The guardian has not taken efforts to protect the children from exposure to the domestic violence and initially indicated that she would allow the boyfriend to return to the home.  One of the children is an autistic child and has stated that he has seen them hit each other and was afraid. The children were placed in protective custody on August 5, 2018. At this time the children are in need of an attorney to represent their wishes and legal rights as to permanency, placement, visitation and to ensure appropriate services are in place.  There is an Adjudicatory Hearing on October 15, 2018 at 1:30 p.m. in Courtroom 11.

Case Number: 2018-005396

Three siblings, ages 14, 4, and 3 years old came into care in October of 2016 due to drug abuse, mental health issues and lack of resources by the mother. The fathers were not involved in the children’s lives. A CAP attorney represents the older child. Mother is making minimal progress on her case plan and the two youngest have recently been reunified with the mother for a trial home visit. Currently the permanency goal is TPR and Adoption with a concurrent goal of reunification. An attorney is needed to represent the two youngest children’s legal rights regarding permanency, placement, and visitation and to ensure the appropriate services are in place. There is a Review Hearing on October 31, 2018 at 1:30 p.m. in Courtroom 23.

Case Number: 2018-004875

Three siblings came into care, ages 17, 15 and 13 due to abandonment by the mother. Mother has substance abuse issues which may be related to mental health issues. The children were consistently left home alone to care for a younger sibling who has since been placed with his non-offending father. At the time of removal the mother made suicidal threats and was transported to the hospital.  During the transition to Child Haven the oldest, age 17, ran away and is not officially in protective custody. The 15 and 13 year old children are in protective custody and are now in relative placement. The mother and father have not been in contact with the department. An attorney is needed to represent the children’s wishes and legal rights regarding permanency, placement, and visitation and to ensure that appropriate services are in place. There is a Case Plan Review Hearing set for September 26, 2018 at 11:00 a.m. and a Review Hearing set for January 23, 2019 at 1:30 p.m.  Both in Courtroom 23.

Case Number: 2018-005305

Two siblings, ages 7 years and 1 week came into care due in inadequate supervision and substance exposed infant. The eldest child was removed in 2015 and placed with the maternal aunt as the mother was arrested for domestic violence and attempted suicide. The seven year old remains in placement with the aunt. The newborn child was born substance exposed and is placed in a foster home.  The children are currently separated as the aunt was unable to take care of the newborn. The mother has not been honest regarding her drug use, has not provide truthful information as to a father and there has been no recent contact with the department. An attorney is needed to represent the children’s legal rights regarding permanency, placement, and visitation and to ensure the appropriate services are in place. There is Disposition Hearing set for September 24, 2018 at 11:00 a.m. in Courtroom 23.

Case Number: 2018-003990

Siblings, 13 years and 11 years, came into DFS care on June 8, 2018 after mother was arrested for drunk driving and domestic battery against the children’s adult sister. Mother’s alcohol abuse appears to be the main issue of the case. Father is incarcerated in CA. Mother has private counsel. The kids are currently placed together with their adult sister. At this time the children are in need of an attorney to represent their wishes and legal rights as to permanency, placement, visitation and to ensure appropriate services are in place. A Review Hearing has been scheduled for December 11, 2018 at 1:30 p.m. in Courtroom 14.

Case Number: 2018-004034

Four (4) children came into DFS care after reports of ongoing domestic violence between mother and father, as well as concerns relating to mother’s mental health. Father was arrested for domestic violence at the time of removal. Attempts to contact him since have been unsuccessful. Father is said to live in Michigan, attempts to reach him have been unsuccessful. Mother’s dependency on an abusive spouse and mental health concerns appear to be the largest issues in this case. The children are currently placed together with their maternal Grandmother. At this time the children are in need of an attorney to represent their wishes and legal rights as to permanency, placement, visitation and to ensure appropriate services are in place. The next Review hearing is scheduled for December 11, 2018 at 1:30 p.m.in Courtroom 14.

Case Number: 2018-004067

Child, Age 10, came into DFS care after mother was admitted into the hospital due to suicidal ideology. Putative father’s whereabouts are unknown. Mother also admits to methamphetamine use. The child is currently placed in Las Vegas post-acute as she is non-verbal with autism and down syndrome. At this time the child is in need of an attorney to represent her wishes and legal rights as to permanency, placement, visitation and to ensure appropriate services are in place. There is a Review Hearing set for December 12, 2018 at 2:00 p.m. in Courtroom 22.

Case Number: 2018-005402

Two siblings age 12 yrs. old and 3 yrs. old came into care when their other sibling was born drug exposed on June 22, 2018.  Both natural mother and infant tested positive for amphetamines, at the time of birth.  Natural Mother was working with an adoption agency to find an adoptive home for the infant child once it was born.  The agency was providing for her pregnancy needs and was unaware of the natural mother’s drug use.  The adoption agency is still looking for adoptive placement for the infant sibling and Natural Mother signed her parental rights over to the agency.  Natural mother had a current open case during this time due to having a previous drug exposed baby on June 18, 2017; in which she had terminated her parental rights to on July 10, 2018.  The two remaining siblings were brought into care due to Natural Mother failing to provide them with proper care, custody, supervision, shelter, or other care necessary for their well-being, resulting in circumstances that indicated that their health and/or welfare was harmed or threatened with harm.  It was discovered Natural Mother would leave the 12yr. old and 3 yr. old home with no phone during the hours of 2:30 p.m. and 11:00 p.m. while Maternal Grandmother was at work.  The putative father of the 3 yr. old boy is incarcerated and the location of the 12 yr. old’s putative father’s whereabouts are unknown.  The children are currently placed in a foster home.  An attorney is needed to represent the children’s legal rights regarding permanency, placement, visitation, and to ensure the appropriate services are in place.  There is a Review Hearing set for December 18, 2018 at 2:30 p.m. in Courtroom 20.

Case Number: 2018-004989

Five year old child was placed into protective custody following an incident between his mother and her boyfriend after which both were arrested.  Mother denies there is domestic violence in the home: she reported that her boyfriend and his friend got into a fight, and she was hit accidentally when she tried to break it up.  CPS attempted to put a present danger plan into place, where Damien and his nine year old brother, were placed with their respective fathers. His brother’s  father  has filed for custody of his nine year old son only. CPS has since removed this child, the five year old child, from his father’s care, after sources reported that his father was leaving him home alone to run errands.  Damien is now placed with his paternal aunt.  An attorney is needed to represent the child’s legal rights regarding permanency, placement and visitation and to ensure that any services needed are in place. There is an Adjudicatory Hearing as to the mother set for October 5, 2019 at 10:00 a.m. in Courtroom 22.

Case Number: 2018-005032

A 9 year old boy came into DFS care in July 2018, due to his mother being homeless and lacking resources to provide for his needs.  She is unwilling to go to a shelter, has failed to follow through on maintaining and/or obtaining services, and remains in a state of unaddressed grief due to the passing of a relative.  The child has Asthma, but no other medical or mental health issues.  He has been placed with an adult sibling.  An attorney is needed to represent the child’s wishes regarding permanency, placement, visitation, and to ensure the appropriate services are in place.  There is a Case Plan set for September 27, 2018 at 11:00 am and a Review Hearing set for January 15, 2019 at 2:30 pm, both are in Courtroom 14.

Case Number: 2018-004456

 

Three siblings, ages 6, 11, and 13 years came into DFS care on July 5, 2018 after a report was received that Mother was depressed and wanted to kill herself and her children. Mother also admits to drug abuse. Fathers appear to be largely out of the picture, and it does not appear that the Department has been able to make contact with them as of yet. The Kids are currently placed together with Maternal Grandmother. At this time the children are in need of an attorney to represent their wishes and legal rights as to permanency, placement, visitation and to ensure appropriate services are in place. There is a Status Check set for 9:45 a.m on September 25, 2018 in Courtroom 14.  There is an Adjudicatory Hearing set for 1:30 p.m. on October 15, 2018 in Courtroom 14.  There is a Review Hearing set for 1:30 p.m. on December 18, 2018 in Courtroom 14.

Case Number: 2018-004332

Two siblings, ages 8 and 2, came into DFS care on June 27, 2018 due to ongoing domestic violence between Father and Mother.  Father has a no contact order to stay away from Mother.  Father is not in contact with the department.  Mother has appointed counsel and the children are with her on a supervised trial basis.  At this time the children are in need of an attorney to represent their wishes and legal rights as to permanency, placement, visitation, and to ensure appropriate services are in place.  An Adjudicatory Trial has been scheduled for September 24, 2018 at 1:30 p.m. in Courtroom 14. 

Case Number: 2018-004840

Two siblings, aged 12 and 8, came into DFS care on July 18, 2018 after they were found with their mother sleeping in a storage unit.  Mother was offered shelter and help, but refuses to engage or provide any information.  Father is incarcerated in military jail and is awaiting a military court marshal.  Mother has not engaged with the department.  The children are currently placed with maternal grandparents.  At this time the children are in need of an attorney to represent their wishes and legal rights as to permanency, placement, visitation, and to ensure appropriate services are in place.  There is a Review Hearing set for December 18, 2018 at 1:30 p.m. at 1:30 p.m. in Courtroom 14.

Case Number: 2018-004877

Child, age 8, came into DFS care on July 13, 2018 due to Mother’s methamphetamine use and domestic violence between herself and boyfriend.  A no contact order is in place between Mother and boyfriend.  Father is not in contact with the department.  The child is currently placed with an adult sibling.  No medical concerns or prior CPS history with the family is reported.  At this time the child is in need of an attorney to represent her wishes and legal rights as to permanency, placement, visitation, and to ensure appropriate services are in place.  There is an Adjudicatory Hearing set for September 24, 2018 at 1:30 p.m. in Courtroom 14 and a Review Hearing set for December 11, 2018 at 2:30 p.m. in Courtroom 14.

Case Number: 2018-005026

Three siblings, ages 9,7, and 5, came into DFS care in July of 2018 due to their mother leaving them with a caregiver and not returning to pick them back up.  The caregiver contacted police as she was no longer able to care for the children.  Their mother has a prior history with the department and her whereabouts are unknown.  Two of the children’s fathers are unknown and one is incarcerated.  The children have been placed with a maternal cousin and have no medical or special needs at this time.  An attorney is needed to represent the children’s wishes and legal rights regarding permanency, placement, visitation, and to ensure the appropriate services are in place. There is a Disposition Hearing set for October 11, 2018 at 11:00 a.m. in Courtroom 14.

Case Number: 2018-005198

A 1 month old girl came into DFS care in July, 2018 at birth, due to being born substance exposed.  At birth, the child presented with respiratory complications, however, she was later discharged.  The mother has an extensive history of drug use and does not have her other child in her care because of her drug abuse concerns.  The natural father also has a history of drug use and his whereabouts are unknown.  The child has been placed with relatives.  An attorney is needed to represent the child’s legal rights regarding permanency, placement, visitation, and to ensure the appropriate services are in place.   There is a Disposition Hearing set for October 11, 2018 at 11:00 a.m. and a Review Hearing set for January 29, 2019 at 1:30 p.m., Both in Courtroom 14.

Case Number: 2018-005407

This baby girl was brought into custody because her natural mother is in protective custody and was on runaway status at the time of the child’s birth.  Natural mother is continuously running away to be with the child’s natural father who is also in protective custody and a ward of the state.  The child is in a foster home as her natural parents are currently unable to provide for her.  An attorney is needed to represent the child regarding permanency, placement, visitation, and to ensure the appropriate services are in place. There is an Adjudicatory Hearing set for October 3, 2018 at 1:30 p.m. in Courtroom 20.

Case Number: 2018-003711

Three siblings, ages 16 years to 14 years, came into DFS care, on June 4, 2018, due to allegations of sexual abuse-molestation by mother’s boyfriend, and physical injury/abuse by natural mother.  The natural father of the three girls was reportedly deported to Mexico. The girls are currently placed with maternal grandmother.  A younger male child is currently back in the care of natural mother and in home visits are occurring with DFS.  The younger child has a separate case from his sisters as they have different wishes for placement.  An attorney is needed to represent the children’s wishes and legal rights regarding permanency, placement, visitation, and to ensure the appropriate services are in place. There is a Calendar Call on 10/03/2018 at 10:15 a.m. in Courtroom 11. There is also an Adjudicatory Trial on 11/26/2018 at 9:45 a.m. in Courtroom 11.

Case Number: 2018-005839

5 year old male child along with his three older siblings, came into DFS care on June 4, 2018, due to allegations of sexual abuse/molestation to the three older siblings by mother’s boyfriend, who is the youngest male child’s natural father.  The siblings have different wishes as to placement and have two separate cases.  An attorney is needed to represent the childs wishes and legal rights regarding permanency, placement, visitation, and to ensure the appropriate services are in place. There is a Calendar Call on 10/03/2018 at 10:15 a.m. in Courtroom 11. There is also an Adjudicatory Trial on 11/26/2018 at 9:45 a.m. in Courtroom 11.

Case Number: 2018-005605

A seven year old boy came into DFS care in August 2018, due to the mother’s arrest and incarceration. The natural father is believed to be out of the country and has never been involved in the child’s life. The child is currently placed with the maternal aunt. An attorney is needed to represent the child’s legal rights regarding permanency, placement, and visitation and to ensure the appropriate services are in place. There is a Plea hearing on October 3, 2018 at 10:00 a.m. in Courtroom 22.

Case Number: 2018-005431

Two siblings, ages 11 years and 8 years, came into DFS care in August, 2018 due to unsafe living arrangements, and subsequent eviction.  The home was littered with food, garbage, and broken glass on the floor.  There are concerns that mother’s drug use is impacting her ability to care for the children, because she is unable to secure a stable source of income and sufficient housing.  There is prior substantiated history with the children’s father, wherein he was arrested for Child Endangerment and battery with a deadly weapon.  There are concerns that the verbal fighting between the parents is escalating to the point of violence.  The children are currently in foster care as relatives were denied placement due to warrants.  Mother will have supervised visitations at Child Haven with the children.  An attorney is needed to represent the children’s wishes and legal rights regarding permanency, placement, visitation, and to ensure the appropriate services are in place.  There is an Adjudicatory Hearing set for November 30, 2018 at 10:00 a.m. in Courtroom 22.

Case Number: 2018-005607

Four siblings, ages 5 to 2 years old, came into DFS care in August of 2018 due to a domestic violence incident between their mother and father.  Their mother was under the influence and father’s whereabouts are unknown.  The family has a history with the department.  The children were placed in the care of their maternal grandmother.  An attorney is needed to represent the children’s wishes and legal rights regarding permanency, placement, visitation, and to ensure the appropriate services are in place.  There is an Adjudicatory Hearing on September 26, 2018 at 10:00 a.m. in Courtroom 22.

Case Number: 2018-005619

Three siblings, ages 9 years to 5 years, came into DFS care in August 2018 due to the natural parents being homeless and the mother is in treatment for her mental health.  The children have been left in the care of their maternal grandparents off and on over the years due to the natural parents having ongoing issues with homelessness, substance abuse, mental health, and domestic violence.  The family has history with the Department.  The natural father’s whereabouts are unknown.  The children have been placed with their maternal grandparents.  An attorney is needed to represent the children’s wishes and legal rights regarding permanency, placement, visitation, and to ensure the appropriate services are in place.  There is an Adjudicatory Plea Hearing on September 26, 2018, at 10:00 am in Courtroom 22.

Case Number: 2018-005977

In July, 2018, three children, a boy, age 14 and two girls, ages 11 and 1 year, came into care due to allegations of physical abuse. Due to a conflict between the siblings an attorney is needed to represent the two girls and a recently newborn baby girl who is only days old.  The mother and father have a history of domestic violence as both parents have been arrested and filed temporary protective orders against each other. The parents do not have reasonable explanations regarding the injuries to the children. All children are currently in placement with the paternal grandparents. An attorney is needed to represent these three siblings’ legal rights regarding permanency, placement, and visitation and to ensure the appropriate services are in place. There is a Calendar Call set for September 25, 2018 at 10:00 am and an Adjudicatory Trial set for October 18, 2018 at 10:00 am, both are in Courtroom 22.

Case Number: 2018-005891

Two siblings, Ages 1 and an infant days old, came into care on September 06, 2018 when their 1 yr. old cousin was admitted to the hospital with what appeared to be non-accidental trauma, consistent with Shaken Baby Syndrome.  At the time of the injuries their cousin was in the care of the siblings natural mother and natural father.  Since the natural parents cannot be ruled out as the ones whom caused the trauma to their 1 yr. old cousin they were taken into custody as well.  .  An attorney is needed to represent the children’s wishes and legal rights regarding permanency, placement, visitation, and to ensure the appropriate services are in place.  There is an Adjudicatory Plea Hearing on September 26, 2018, at 9:00 a.m., in Courtroom 21.

Case Number: 2018-006059

A newborn little girl came into care on 8/1/2018.  Wherein the natural mother, left the hospital against medical advice, abandoned the newborn in the hospital, and her whereabouts are unknown.  The mother’s substance abuse is ongoing and interferes with her ability to parent.  This mother has 6 other children and all have been removed from her care by the Department of Family Services.  As to the natural father he is unknown due to the mother refusing to release this information.  The child is in need of an attorney to represent her wishes as to visitation, placement, permanency, and to ensure appropriate services are in place.   There is a Review Hearing set for February 19, 2019 at 2:30 p.m. in Courtroom 20.

Case Number: 2018-00564

2 children, ages 4 and 3, came into DFS care on August 20, 2018 after ongoing domestic violence incidents between the parents and abuse by father towards the children, culminating with father allegedly pointing a gun at his own head and threatening suicide in front of the children. Mother appears to be engaged with the department and the children have been placed with her at this time. Father’s ongoing violent tendencies and mother’s past willingness to expose the children to same appear to be the main issues being addressed by the department. At this time the children are in need of an attorney to represent their wishes and legal rights as to permanency, placement, visitation and to ensure appropriate services are in place. The next hearings set are a calendar call on September 27, 2018 at 9:45 a.m. and an Adjudicatory Hearing as to father only scheduled for October 15, 2018 at 1:30 p.m. in Courtroom 14.

Case Number: 2018-005650

2 month old child came into DFS care on August 18, 2018 due to a domestic dispute resulting in father being detained for domestic violence. The child was subsequently placed with Parental Grandparents. Mother and father both appear to be engaged in the proceedings. No prior CPS history reported. The child is in need of an attorney to represent his wishes and legal rights as to permanency, placement, visitation, and to ensure appropriate services are in place. There is a Calendar call scheduled for October 9, 2018 at 10:30 a.m. in Courtroom 14.

Case Number: 20018-005422

Two siblings, ages 1 year and 1 month, came into DFS care in August, 2018 due to the youngest sibling being born substance exposed (methamphetamines).  Their mother was uncooperative with the department as she would not provide a location as to the oldest sibling.  The named father reportedly resides out of state.  Relatives are being checked into for possible placement of the children.  An attorney is needed to represent the children’s legal rights regarding permanency, placement, visitation, and to ensure the appropriate services are in place.  There is a Disposition Hearing on October 9, 2018, at 11:00 a.m. in Courtroom 22.

Case Number: 2018-005547

Four siblings, ages 8, 5, 4, and 1 years of age, came into DFS care on August 19, 2018 because caregivers are unable to perform essential parental responsibilities, due to the parents being incarcerated at CCDC. The children were taken to Child Haven and placed into Protective Custody. The children are in need of an attorney to represent their wishes and legal rights as to permanency, placement, visitation, and to ensure appropriate services are in place. There is a Drug Court Scheduled for September 26, 2018 @ 10:00 a.m.  in Courtroom 21.

Case Number: 2018-005293

2 year old child came into the attention of DFS care on 8/9/18 due to the father being pulled over while being high on methamphetamines, with the child in the car. The child was subsequently placed with maternal grandmother who previously had the child in placement during a previous case. Father appears to be engaged in proceedings and natural mother’s whereabouts are unknown. Father is attempting to get Paternal Grandmother to take guardianship of the child.  The child is in need of an attorney to represent his wishes and legal rights as to permanency, placement, visitation, and to ensure appropriate services are in place. There is a Disposition Hearing scheduled for September 27, 2018 @ 11:00 a.m. in Courtroom 14.

Case Number: 2018-005773

8 month old child came into DFS care on August 28, 2018 after reports of methamphetamine abuse by both parents.  Parents appear to be an intact couple, and their meth use is the main issue in this case.  Both parents were present at the initial PC hearing.  The child is currently placed with mother’s family.  At this time the child is in need of an attorney to represent their wishes and legal rights to permanency, placement, visitation and to ensure appropriate services are in place.  There is a Confirmation of Counsel as to Mother set for September 27, 2018 at 9:45 a.m. and an Adjudicatory Hearing set for October 8, 2018 at 11:00 a.m., Both in Courtroom 14.

Case Number: 2018-006029

3 children, ages 6, 4, and 1, came into DFS care on September 11, 2018 after investigations into allegations of neglect and lack of resources. The children have been observed to jump into dumpsters for food and ask for food from neighbors. Mother appears to be oblivious to children’s vulnerability. None of the fathers appear to be engaged at this time. At this time the children are in need of an attorney to represent their wishes and legal rights as to permanency, placement, visitation and to ensure appropriate services are in place. The next hearing set is an Adjudicatory Plea Hearing set for October 11, 2018 at 9:45 a.m. in Courtroom 14.

Case Number: 2018-005462

Four children, 15, 12, 10, and 8 years of age came into DFS care on 8/16/18 due to inadequate supervision and concerns for physical risk. It is alleged that the oldest child engages in criminal activity and that mother is overwhelmed and does very little to monitor the behavior of the children now that father is incarcerated. The children were subsequently placed with maternal grandmother. Mother appears engaged with the department and father is currently incarcerated. Parents have a significant history with the department dating back to 2000. The children are in need of an attorney to represent their wishes and legal rights as to permanency, placement, visitation and to ensure appropriate services are in place. There is an Adjudicatory Trial scheduled for October 22, 2018 at 1:30 p.m. in Courtroom 14.

Case Number: 2018-05518

A 2 year old child came into DFS care on August 14, 2018 due to a report that the child had been left with maternal grandmother and mother’s whereabouts were unknown. When the mother reappeared she was arrested due to active warrants in her background. Mother also presents with a gambling problem, as well as issues with meth and heroin use. Family has no prior history with the department. Mother appeared at the initial hearing, but has had no contact with her appointed attorney, who has not confirmed at this time due to same. Father’s whereabouts remain unknown. The child was placed with fictive kin and remains there. The child is in need of an attorney to represent his wishes and legal rights as to permanency, placement, visitation, and to ensure appropriate services are in place. There is a Disposition Hearing scheduled for September 27, 2018 at 11:00 a.m. in Courtroom 14.

Case Number: 2018-005991

Two siblings, ages 10 years and 1 year, came into DFS care in August 2018, when their mother was arrested for battery, and was threatening family members with a gun.  The oldest child’s father is in a transition home out of state and unable to take custody of his child.  The youngest child’s father is incarcerated.  The mother has unsubstantiated history with the department and has a history of drug use.  The children have been placed separately with their respective relatives.  An attorney is needed to represent the children’s wishes and legal rights regarding permanency, placement, parental visitation, sibling visitation, and to ensure the appropriate services are in place. There is an Adjudicatory Plea Hearing/Disposition Hearing set for October 3, 2018 at 11:00 a.m. in Courtroom 22.

Consumer Fraud

Case Number: 2018-001473

Client has 4 minor children. Client needs help to sue adverse party after she purchased a vehicle from him. Client stated that vehicle was found on Offerup.com. Client entered into an agreement to purchase a vehicle from adverse party. The total amount agreed on was $7,000. Client paid seller a sizable cash down payment with no receipt. Client has a hand written purchase agreement contract signed by both parties. A remanding balance was still owed to seller. Seller told client his own purchase of the vehicle had been financed, and informed client that he would be making a lump-sum payment using the down payment, to the financing bank for the full pay off amount. The agreement was that when he received the title of the vehicle he would contact client to pay balance and sign the title over. Client stated after 30 days seller had stop answering the phone. Client went to DMV, but was denied for lack of proof of ownership to register vehicle. DMV also informed client that the vehicle was still registered to seller.

Case Number: 2018-001849

Spanish speaking client is age 86 and is disabled. Client is seeking Pro Bono attorney to help regain possession of his property. Client stated he is a victim of real estate fraud by adverse parties.

According to client,  the adverse party was a friend whom he had known for about 15 years. Client made arrangements with adverse party to provide care of his property while client made a trip overseas for medical treatment. Before leaving client signed a power of attorney. Client does not recall which type of power of attorney was signed. When client returned, he was placed in a senior living home. Client asked adverse party about the status of his home, and was informed that the property was no longer his and was removed from title, and all of client personal items inside the property were sold or thrown out. Client was also informed that adverse party is renting out property. Client also stated that the signatures on the Quitclaim Deed relating to his home are not his, which could have been done by adverse party using a power of attorney.

Case Number: 2018-000847

Client is seeking help to get back her down payment from adverse party auto dealer, or unwind the auto purchase contract she entered into. According to client, 2 weeks after purchasing the vehicle she was smelling fumes within the cabin of the vehicle. Client stated she and daughter started to feel sick. Client visited Children Hospital and Spring Valley Hospital Medical Center. Client produced a letter explaining the diagnosis of carbon monoxide poisoning. Client believes it was caused by the vehicle.

Thereafter, client went back to the dealership to run a diagnostic. The dealership informed client that they had found only a small radiator leak but no exhaust leak. Client left the vehicle at the dealership, because she does not want a vehicle that is health hazard for herself and daughter. Client did not make payments. Client filed a DMV Complaint, still under investigation. Client did mention that the DMV investigator said they did not find a 75k vehicle inspection form. But, there has been no current outcome. Our staff counsel wrote dealer seeking preservation of the car as evidence and warned them about spoliation.

Case Number: 2018-001634

Client stated someone vandalized the electrics of her car and it stopped running.  Client asked a mechanic to fix the car.  Client was told that they would inspect it and tell her how much it would cost to repair.  1 week later client was quoted $2,500.00 for replacement wiring and fuses.  Client then told the mechanic that she had to try and gather that amount of money. Client was able to come up with $500.00 for a deposit which she was initially quoted, to get the work started.  When client showed up at the repair shop she was then told it would be $750 to start repairs on the car.   Two days later client was able to come up with the remainder $250.00.  Mechanic then told client she would have to pay $2,500.00 to start work.  Client stated she begged and pleaded with mechanic but they declined to do the work, and charged her thousands of dollars for “storage” on the car which they will require to allow her to collect her car, even though no work was done.  Client contacted the BBB and DMV and filed a complaint against the car shop.  The mechanic put a lien on the car without telling client or sending her any notices.

Case Number: 2018-003176

Spanish speaking client is seeking assistance for breach of contract by opposing party event hall she contracted for, and against related principals. According to client, she had initially set up a meeting with event hall and the agents created the estimate cost for an event. Parties signed the contract and client paid in cash a sizable deposit, proof of receipt was provided which client possesses. Then upon further request, client paid another very sizable sum in preparation for the event. Then, client received a phone call from the event hall principal who told client the city has closed down the business. Client asked for refund, but was denied. Client has been unable to make further contact or to recover her deposit, and seeks pro bono assistance to recover her money.

Case Number: 2018-002748

A Spanish speaking single mother of 4 minor children is seeking help to sue adverse parties relating to breach of contract with an event hall she had booked for a birthday party. Client is seeking damages for breach of contract/services not performed. Client stated she made the initial deal with adverse parties to hold a birthday party at the event hall. Client stated that she paid a sizable deposit and a contract was signed. Thereafter, client stated that adverse party introduced a new principal, his daughter, as the new owner of the event hall, and told client all additional payments will be made directly to new principal for services of the party. Client then paid the new principal another sizable payment for the party requirements. Client mentioned nothing seemed abnormal until she read a post on a social media network called “La Pulga” and showed a picture of the event hall being closed down. Upon inspection, client discovered the event hall is all blacked out and had a “writ of possession” on the door. Client attempted several times to recover the deposits but there was no response from any party. Client possesses the Event Agreement, Payment Schedule/Receipt, and evidence of payments. Contract lists the first principal and his adult children as the counterparties.  Client seeks pro bono help to recover her deposits and damages.

Case Number: 2018-003516

Client, a Spanish-speaking 68 year old disabled female, used her life savings to purchase a lot with a mobile home on it. Client has been hospitalized several times due to a series of strokes. In May of 2018, client received a copy of a quitclaim deed stating she sold her lot for $10 to the adverse party. Client states it is not her signature on the deed. The mobile home is not livable so client believes it was her past tenant who signed the deed as they only sold the lot and not the mobile home as well. The stress of this deed is worsening her health condition. Client would like help getting the title of her lot back in her name.

Case Number: 2018-004505

Client needs assistance with an ongoing civil matter. Client’s home was broken into and adverse party has denied his claim due to fraud and concealment. Client sent the wrong bank statement in to the adverse party; but once he learned of his mistake he sent in the correct bank statement and contacted the adverse party. Client states that the investigator told him not to worry about the mistake then the claim’s manager stated she was clear to issue a full payment. One week later, client received a denial letter.

Case Number: 2018-002292

Client needs assistance with a civil matter. Client entered into an agreement with her friend to purchase a franchise for approximately $30,000 each. After giving her friend the money, he stopped returning calls, texts and emails. Client then hired an attorney in order to sue her friend. Client’s attorney failed to follow through on the case so client contacted the State Bar for help. Client’s case in the District Court is now closed and client wishes to reopen the case in order to get a money judgment.

Case Number: 2018-003923

Client needs assistance with an ongoing civil matter. Client approached the adverse party, owner of a house for sale, and the adverse party agreed to sell her the home but insisted she use adverse party’s realtor. The realtor represented both the client and adverse party in the sale. The home was inspected by a friend of the adverse party. Client bought the house in May 2018. One month later, client hires a painter but he informs her that she has a severe mold problem. Client then had a water restoration company come out and they stated the wall was positive for mold. Client states adverse party had to have known about the mold because there are new support beams under the bathroom which do not have mold on them. Client has spent almost $10,000 in order to remove the mold. Additionally, while construction was going on, client had to rent a house to live in. Client would like assistance in recovering her damages.

Case Number: 2018-000362

Client is a disabled veteran. In August 2017 she purchased a house and in November her bathroom experienced a sewage back up. Her home warranty company is taking care of the damage, however, it informed her she has black mold and it is a pre-existing condition and therefore will not cover it. Client states this condition was not disclosed to her when she purchased the home. Client seeks a real estate attorney that can look over her documents and offer counsel and advice.

Case Number: 2018-003750

Client is seeking a consultation only with an attorney who has ERISA experience. Client says that opposing party, previous employer organization, is underpaying him (wrong pension ).

Case Number: 2018-005273

Client needs assistance with a civil matter. On February 16, 2018, client discovered a water issue under the kitchen floor. The following day, client contacted a plumbing company to fix the problem then went into contract with water mitigation and drying out the walls. The restoration company told client they would handle payments with the insurance company. On February 22, 2018 an agent from the insurance company came out to the property. In March 2018, client received a letter from his homeowner’s insurance company denying his claim. Thereafter the restoration company stopped the repairs they were doing and filed a mechanics lien on the property for around $30,000.  Client is seeking assistance getting a lien removed from his property as well as assistance with his insurance denial for a claim.

Case Number: 2018-005432

Client is seeking help to sue opposing party hotel and casino after faulty sprinkler system damaged items and further, during cleanup, items were stolen from room. Client and Family moved to Las Vegas from the Virginia. A room was booked at the hotel, until the movers arrived with the rest of the belongings. Client stated they had enough personal items for a 2 weeks. One night a faulty sprinkler system flooded the room and client and family were evacuated by security. After returning to the room client found personal belongs damaged, and items missing, as well $2,500 in cash which was going to be used for the security deposit for the new residence, also gone. Client stated hotel offered to give them another hotel room for a week and compensation of $750. Client stated he accepted only the room, but declined the $750. Client mentioned after that week they vacated and had to stay in shelters at a church. Client had to ask family for money to help with the security deposit.

Case Number: 2018-005421

Client enlisted in the Army reserve for 8 year term in December 2008.  She got a $20k bonus for signing up.  She completed her service obligation in December of 2016.  After getting out, she got a demand for her to repay a portion of it back on the basis that she got out of the Army too early in August of 2011, which was incorrect.  Client has an honorable discharge, completed her full service and got out in 2016, as reflected by her DD214.  Defense Finance Accounting Service is using a collection company to collect the sum sought, has put it on her credit report and is even pursuing collection after client got frustrated and filed bankruptcy.  Client needs assistance to stop the collection process and get it taken off her credit report. Please note this client’s income exceeds Legal Aid Center’s normal income guidelines.

Domestic Violence

Case Number: 2018-001132

A domestic violence victim, needs assistance with an ongoing custody matter. She and her ex-boyfriend separated recently. He was verbally abusive towards her. The adverse party was screaming at the client and she got a seizure. Her uncle took her to the hospital and her son stayed behind. Their 2-year old son is currently with the adverse party’s parents. He has been withholding the child from her. She last saw him a few days ago for 15 minutes and he would not allow her to take the child.  The client has filed a custody complaint. She requests joint legal and joint physical custody. The case is pending before Judge Ritchie with a Motion Hearing on March 21, 2018 at 10:00 am.

Case Number: 2018-001601

A domestic violence victim, needs assistance modifying a 2016 divorce decree. The adverse party got the decree by default. The client was unaware the adverse party had filed for divorce. The applicant resides in California and comes to Las Vegas for this case. He wants to modify the order to request some of the adverse party’s retirement account. There is a whole life insurance. The adverse party claimed no assets. Client is also requesting support. The case is pending before Judge Steele with a Motion and Notice of Motion for Orders to Set Aside Order Judgement and or Default on May 3, 2018 at 4:30 pm.

Case Number: 2018-002255

A domestic violence victim, needs assistance with a divorce matter. She and her husband married in 2012 and separated in 2017. They have no minor children together. There is a marital home that she would like to sell and split the proceeds. She would like for each to keep their own debt. They have several vehicles and other assets to divide.

Case Number: 2018-003325

Client, a domestic violence victim, needs assistance with a divorce, custody and support matter. She and her husband were married in August of 2016 and remain living together. He is reported to be emotionally abusive. He has a history of domestic violence as he was convicted in 2011 and 2013 for domestic violence against his ex-wife. She has a 16 year old daughter from another marriage, and she has a 10 month old with her husband. He shares custody with his ex-wife of his two children with her. Erika is seeking to get spousal support of $200 to $300 for a few months as well as to receive primary or sole custody of her children with a relocation to California. She wishes to relocate because of her cancer and she has family support in California. They have a house, car, mortgage and credit card debt which needs to be divided.

Case Number: 2018-002972

Client, a domestic violence victim, needs assistance with a maintaining custody as the adverse party has filed for a custody modification. Client and her husband divorced in 2013. Client currently has primary physical custody and joint legal custody of the three children, ages 7, 12 and 16. Client wishes to keep maintain primary custody and needs help with the getting a child support decree enforced. There is an Evidentiary Hearing on August 9, 2018 at 1:30 p.m. before Judge Henderson.

Case Number: 2018-003393

Client, a domestic violence victim, needs assistance with a divorce. Client and her husband married in May of 2007, and separated in October of 2017 due to the domestic violence. He reportedly was physically and verbally abusive. Client had a TPO against her husband for two months until it expired, her second TPO was dismissed because she could not get time off work to appear in court. Client is requesting spousal support. There are assets and debts to divide.

Case Number: 2018-003599

Client, a Hindi/Urdu speaking domestic violence victim, needs assistance with a divorce, custody and support matter. She and her husband had an arranged marriage in 2007. Client and husband separated in May of 2018 due to domestic violence. She has a TPO against him. They have an 8 year old son together. Since the separation, son has lived with client at a shelter. Client wants primary physical custody with visitation for the adverse party. Client requests child and spousal support. There are no assets or debts to divide.

Case Number: 2018-003530

Client, a domestic violence victim, needs assistance with a divorce, custody, and support matter. Client and her husband married in October of 2013 and separated in July of 2017. He was reportedly verbally and financially abusive. Client and husband have a 2 year old child. Client also has a 6 year old from a previous marriage. Client wants sole legal and primary physical custody. Husband wants joint legal and for client to have primary physical custody over the 2 year old as he is stationed in Florida. She requests child and spousal support. There are assets and debts to divide.

Case Number: 2018-003825

A domestic violence victim needs assistance with a divorce and support matter. She and her husband were married in July 2009 and separated in December of 2017 after husband kicked her out. Husband is reportedly verbally, physically and emotionally abusive. Client is requesting spousal support. There are community assets and debts to divide.

Case Number: 2018-003784

Client, a domestic violence victim, needs assistance with a custody and support matter. Adverse party was reportedly physically, emotionally, verbally, and financially abusive. Adverse party kept the children and kicked client out of home as soon as she filed an answer to his complaint. Their two children, aged 6 months and 3 years, are currently living with adverse party and his parents. Client would like sole legal and sole physical custody of the children. Adverse party have a criminal record consisting of multiple drug offenses. Client is requesting child support.

Case Number: 2018-003994

A domestic violence victim needs assistance with a divorce. Client and her husband were married in February of 1987 and separated in March of 2017 due to domestic violence. Husband was reportedly emotionally, verbally and sexually abusive. There are community assets to divide. Client is requesting spousal support.

 

Case Number: 2018-004072

A domestic violence victim needs assistance with a divorce. Client and her husband were married in April of 1974 and currently still reside together. He reportedly was emotionally and physically abusive. Husband was found guilty of domestic violence in California in 2000. Client is requesting spousal support. There are community assets and debts to divide.

Case Number: 2018-004056

A domestic violence victim needs assistance with a custody and support matter. She and the father met in 2014 but separated in February of 2018. Father was reportedly emotionally and financially abuse throughout their relationship. Client is requesting sole legal and sole physical over their two year old child. Client is also requesting child support. Father lives out of state and has been involved with CPS as he was under the influence of drugs around the child.

Case Number: 2018-004079

Client, a domestic violence victim, needs assistance with a divorce. Client and husband were married in July of 1988. Client is still residing in the same house as her husband because she does not have an income to move out. Husband has reportedly been verbally and financially abusive. Husband currently has two domestic violence charges pending in Henderson. Client is requesting spousal support. There are community assets to divide.

Case Number: 2018-004210

Client, a domestic violence victim, needs assistance with a divorce and custody matter. She and her husband married on November 16, 2009 and separated in March 2018 due to domestic violence. Client reports that husband has been verbally, emotionally, financially and physically abusive throughout their relationship. Client and husband have 3 children, aged 7 to 15 whom reside with client as husband is currently in jail on domestic violence charges. Client wants sole legal and sole physical custody of the children. Client is also seeking support.

Case Number: 2018-001375

Client, a deaf woman, needs assistance with a divorce and custody matter. She and her husband married in December of 1985 and separated in 2010 due to husband’s drug use. Client reports that husband has been verbally, emotionally, financially and physically abusive noting that he once forced her to remain home and clean for an entire month. Client and husband have 1 minor child, aged 17, who resides with client as husband is currently homeless. Client wants sole legal and sole physical custody of the children. Client is also seeking support. There are no assets or debts to divide.

Case Number: 2018-004558

Client needs assistance with an ongoing custody and support matter. She and her ex-boyfriend separated in July 2013 and they have a 4 year old autistic daughter. Adverse party has taken the child and refuses to return her. Client has filed for a Temporary Protection Order and Parent Abduction. Police are currently trying to locate the child but cannot as adverse party continues to move. Client requests sole legal and primary physical custody, allowing adverse party to have their daughter on weekends.

Case Number: 2018-004477

Client, a Spanish-speaking domestic violence victim, needs assistance with a divorce and support matter. Client and husband married in January 1996 and have two 19 year old twins whom are autistic and reside with client. Client and husband recently separated after he was arrested and deported for domestic violence in 2017. In July 2018, client got a 30 day Temporary Protection Order against the husband. Client is requesting spousal support. There are community assets, including 3 homes, land and 2 vehicles, which need to be divided. Community debt does not exist.

Case Number: 2018-004669

Client, a domestic violence victim, needs assistance with a divorce and custody matter.  She and her husband married on November 2015 and currently still reside together. Client reports that husband is verbally and financially abusive. Client states that husband threatens children and herself. Client and husband have 3 children; two 2 months to one year old. Client is requesting sole physical and sole legal custody but is open to allowing the father to have the children on the weekends. Client is not seeking spousal support. There are no community assets or debts to divide.

Case Number: 2018-005904

Client is a domestic violence survivor who is seeking a divorce from her abuser. The opposing party was convicted of domestic violence and the client currently has a TPO against him. There are two minor children with whom the client resides and for whom she is the primary caretaker. Opposing party is the father of both children, but has not seen them since last year. Opposing party lives locally as well. Client is the sole provider and cannot afford an attorney. Client seeks a pro bono attorney to represent her in her divorce.

Case Number: 2018-005811

Client is a domestic violence victim currently staying in a shelter, seeking a pro bono divorce from her abuser. Client has no income and cannot afford an attorney. No children involved.

Family Law (Divorce/Custody)

Case Number: 2018-000915

A Spanish speaking client, needs assistance with a custody matter. He and his ex-girlfriend separated in 2016 after a 3-year relationship when he left due to the physical and verbal abuse. He never reported the abuse because he was embarrassed. Their two children, ages, 4 and 1, live the adverse party. The client last saw the children on November 2017. The adverse party does not allow him to visit with the children. He’s requesting joint legal and joint physical custody.

Case Number: 2018-000896

A Spanish speaking client, needs assistance with a custody matter. He and his ex-girlfriend separated in 2015 after a 6-year relationship. Their 5-year old child lives with the adverse party here in Las Vegas. The applicant recently moved to Las Vegas to be able to see their son. The adverse party has moved states several times and does not allow the applicant to see their child. The applicant wants to obtain a custody order to be able to constantly see his child. He requests joint legal custody and visitation 2-3 days a week.

Case Number: 2018-001132

A domestic violence victim, needs assistance with an ongoing custody matter. She and her ex-boyfriend separated recently. He was verbally abusive towards her. The adverse party was screaming at the client and she got a seizure. Her uncle took her to the hospital and her son stayed behind. Their 2-year old son is currently with the adverse party’s parents. He has been withholding the child from her. She last saw him a few days ago for 15 minutes and he would not allow her to take the child.  The client has filed a custody complaint. She requests joint legal and joint physical custody. The case is pending before Judge Ritchie with a Motion Hearing on March 21, 2018 at 10:00 am.

Case Number: 2018-001601

A domestic violence victim, needs assistance modifying a 2016 divorce decree. The adverse party got the decree by default. The client was unaware the adverse party had filed for divorce. The applicant resides in California and comes to Las Vegas for this case. He wants to modify the order to request some of the adverse party’s retirement account. There is a whole life insurance. The adverse party claimed no assets. Client is also requesting support. The case is pending before Judge Steele with a Motion and Notice of Motion for Orders to Set Aside Order Judgement and or Default on May 3, 2018 at 4:30 pm.

Case Number: 2018-002255

A domestic violence victim, needs assistance with a divorce matter. She and her husband married in 2012 and separated in 2017. They have no minor children together. There is a marital home that she would like to sell and split the proceeds. She would like for each to keep their own debt. They have several vehicles and other assets to divide.

Case Number: 2018-002671

Client needs assistance with a divorce. She and her husband married in January of 2005, but have been separated for 10 years now because they did not get along.  The two have no children. Maria has requested spousal support as she does not work and has custody of her 4 grandchildren.

Case Number: 2018-002671

Client needs assistance with a divorce. She and her husband married in January of 2005, but have been separated for 10 years now because they did not get along.  The two have no children. Maria has requested spousal support as she does not work and has custody of her 4 grandchildren.

Case Number: 2018-002807

Client needs help establishing sole legal and physical custody over her two children, aged 3 and 4. She and the father separated in June of 2014 as he left the state to attend a funeral and never returned. The children live with Client and the father is reported to have no interaction with the child. Client is also requesting a child support modification.

Case Number: 2018-003071

Client needs assistance with a divorce and custody matter. Client and her husband married in 2008 and separated in March of 2018. Their two children, aged 7 and 11, live with her. Client is requesting sole legal custody and primary physical custody. They have no assets or debts to divide. Client is not seeking spousal support but is requesting child support.

Case Number: 2018-003325

Client, a domestic violence victim, needs assistance with a divorce, custody and support matter. She and her husband were married in August of 2016 and remain living together. He is reported to be emotionally abusive. He has a history of domestic violence as he was convicted in 2011 and 2013 for domestic violence against his ex-wife. She has a 16 year old daughter from another marriage, and she has a 10 month old with her husband. He shares custody with his ex-wife of his two children with her. Erika is seeking to get spousal support of $200 to $300 for a few months as well as to receive primary or sole custody of her children with a relocation to California. She wishes to relocate because of her cancer and she has family support in California. They have a house, car, mortgage and credit card debt which needs to be divided.

Case Number: 2018-002972

Client, a domestic violence victim, needs assistance with a maintaining custody as the adverse party has filed for a custody modification. Client and her husband divorced in 2013. Client currently has primary physical custody and joint legal custody of the three children, ages 7, 12 and 16. Client wishes to keep maintain primary custody and needs help with the getting a child support decree enforced. There is an Evidentiary Hearing on August 9, 2018 at 1:30 p.m. before Judge Henderson.

Case Number: 2018-003393

Client, a domestic violence victim, needs assistance with a divorce. Client and her husband married in May of 2007, and separated in October of 2017 due to the domestic violence. He reportedly was physically and verbally abusive. Client had a TPO against her husband for two months until it expired, her second TPO was dismissed because she could not get time off work to appear in court. Client is requesting spousal support. There are assets and debts to divide.

Case Number: 2018-003599

Client, a Hindi/Urdu speaking domestic violence victim, needs assistance with a divorce, custody and support matter. She and her husband had an arranged marriage in 2007. Client and husband separated in May of 2018 due to domestic violence. She has a TPO against him. They have an 8 year old son together. Since the separation, son has lived with client at a shelter. Client wants primary physical custody with visitation for the adverse party. Client requests child and spousal support. There are no assets or debts to divide.

Case Number: 2018-003530

Client, a domestic violence victim, needs assistance with a divorce, custody, and support matter. Client and her husband married in October of 2013 and separated in July of 2017. He was reportedly verbally and financially abusive. Client and husband have a 2 year old child. Client also has a 6 year old from a previous marriage. Client wants sole legal and primary physical custody. Husband wants joint legal and for client to have primary physical custody over the 2 year old as he is stationed in Florida. She requests child and spousal support. There are assets and debts to divide.

Case Number: 2018-003790

A Spanish-speaking client would like assistance with a divorce matter. Client was married in December of 1994. Client and wife have been separated since August 2013 when wife left and did not return home. Client is not requesting spousal support. There are community assets to divide.

Case Number: 2018-003825

A domestic violence victim needs assistance with a divorce and support matter. She and her husband were married in July 2009 and separated in December of 2017 after husband kicked her out. Husband is reportedly verbally, physically and emotionally abusive. Client is requesting spousal support. There are community assets and debts to divide.

Case Number: 2018-003719

Client, a domestic violence victim, needs assistance with a custody and support matter. Adverse party was reportedly physically, emotionally, verbally, sexually and financially abusive. Adverse party reportedly threw client against a wall and punched her in the abdomen. Their two children, aged 4 months and 1 year, live with the father. Client wants primary physical custody and sole legal custody of the children. There is a pending case for child support as well as a pending temporary protection order against the adverse party.

 

Case Number: 2018-003784

Client, a domestic violence victim, needs assistance with a custody and support matter. Adverse party was reportedly physically, emotionally, verbally, and financially abusive. Adverse party kept the children and kicked client out of home as soon as she filed an answer to his complaint. Their two children, aged 6 months and 3 years, are currently living with adverse party and his parents. Client would like sole legal and sole physical custody of the children. Adverse party have a criminal record consisting of multiple drug offenses. Client is requesting child support.

Case Number: 2018-003964

Client, needs assistance with a divorce and custody matter. Client was married on March 6, 2010 and separated in March of 2018 after husband left her pregnant for another woman. Their three children, aged 3 months to 7 years old, live with client as adverse party lives in Arizona. There is already a child support order in place. Client would like joint legal custody and primary physical custody of the children. There are community assets to be divided. Adverse party has a debt which client does not wish to split.

 

Case Number: 2018-003994

A domestic violence victim needs assistance with a divorce. Client and her husband were married in February of 1987 and separated in March of 2017 due to domestic violence. Husband was reportedly emotionally, verbally and sexually abusive. There are community assets to divide. Client is requesting spousal support.

 

Case Number: 2018-004072

A domestic violence victim needs assistance with a divorce. Client and her husband were married in April of 1974 and currently still reside together. He reportedly was emotionally and physically abusive. Husband was found guilty of domestic violence in California in 2000. Client is requesting spousal support. There are community assets and debts to divide.

Case Number: 2018-004056

A domestic violence victim needs assistance with a custody and support matter. She and the father met in 2014 but separated in February of 2018. Father was reportedly emotionally and financially abuse throughout their relationship. Client is requesting sole legal and sole physical over their two year old child. Client is also requesting child support. Father lives out of state and has been involved with CPS as he was under the influence of drugs around the child.

Case Number: 2018-004079

Client, a domestic violence victim, needs assistance with a divorce. Client and husband were married in July of 1988. Client is still residing in the same house as her husband because she does not have an income to move out. Husband has reportedly been verbally and financially abusive. Husband currently has two domestic violence charges pending in Henderson. Client is requesting spousal support. There are community assets to divide.

Case Number: 2018-004210

Client, a domestic violence victim, needs assistance with a divorce and custody matter. She and her husband married on November 16, 2009 and separated in March 2018 due to domestic violence. Client reports that husband has been verbally, emotionally, financially and physically abusive throughout their relationship. Client and husband have 3 children, aged 7 to 15 whom reside with client as husband is currently in jail on domestic violence charges. Client wants sole legal and sole physical custody of the children. Client is also seeking support.

Case Number: 2018-001375

Client, a deaf woman, needs assistance with a divorce and custody matter. She and her husband married in December of 1985 and separated in 2010 due to husband’s drug use. Client reports that husband has been verbally, emotionally, financially and physically abusive noting that he once forced her to remain home and clean for an entire month. Client and husband have 1 minor child, aged 17, who resides with client as husband is currently homeless. Client wants sole legal and sole physical custody of the children. Client is also seeking support. There are no assets or debts to divide.

Case Number: 2018-004558

Client needs assistance with an ongoing custody and support matter. She and her ex-boyfriend separated in July 2013 and they have a 4 year old autistic daughter. Adverse party has taken the child and refuses to return her. Client has filed for a Temporary Protection Order and Parent Abduction. Police are currently trying to locate the child but cannot as adverse party continues to move. Client requests sole legal and primary physical custody, allowing adverse party to have their daughter on weekends.

Case Number: 2018-004477

Client, a Spanish-speaking domestic violence victim, needs assistance with a divorce and support matter. Client and husband married in January 1996 and have two 19 year old twins whom are autistic and reside with client. Client and husband recently separated after he was arrested and deported for domestic violence in 2017. In July 2018, client got a 30 day Temporary Protection Order against the husband. Client is requesting spousal support. There are community assets, including 3 homes, land and 2 vehicles, which need to be divided. Community debt does not exist.

Case Number: 2018-004228

A Spanish-speaking client needs assistance with a divorce matter. He and his wife were married in June 2014 and currently still reside together. Wife has only been in the United States for 1 year. Client petitioned for wife and she has a 2 year conditional card. Client is the sole provider for adverse party. There are no debts or assets to divide.

Case Number: 2018-004669

Client, a domestic violence victim, needs assistance with a divorce and custody matter.  She and her husband married on November 2015 and currently still reside together. Client reports that husband is verbally and financially abusive. Client states that husband threatens children and herself. Client and husband have 3 children; two 2 months to one year old. Client is requesting sole physical and sole legal custody but is open to allowing the father to have the children on the weekends. Client is not seeking spousal support. There are no community assets or debts to divide.

Case Number: 2018-004244

A 69 year old needs assistance with a divorce. He and his wife were married in 1976 and separated in December of 2016. Client is in a wheelchair and has no use of his left arm. Client has some capacity issues. Client’s wife has Power of Attorney over him. Client was in a care facility however, because wife has taken all his money and failed to pay his bills, he has been given a discharge letter for non-payment. There are community assets and debts to divide. Adverse party has petitioned and was granted an Order to Divide Community Property Income and Assets.

Case Number: 2018-005904

Client is a domestic violence survivor who is seeking a divorce from her abuser. The opposing party was convicted of domestic violence and the client currently has a TPO against him. There are two minor children with whom the client resides and for whom she is the primary caretaker. Opposing party is the father of both children, but has not seen them since last year. Opposing party lives locally as well. Client is the sole provider and cannot afford an attorney. Client seeks a pro bono attorney to represent her in her divorce.

Case Number: 2018-005811

Client is a domestic violence victim currently staying in a shelter, seeking a pro bono divorce from her abuser. Client has no income and cannot afford an attorney. No children involved.

Case Number: 2018-005929

Client is an active duty Air Force sergeant. Client is the defendant in a custody suit brought by the father of their eight year old child. OP lives in Georgia and has not been in the child’s life for the last seven years prior to filing this custody action. OP currently has a $42K back child support bill, and OP have now filed for Joint/Primary with relocation to Georgia. Client seeks an attorney to represent her in defending this action in Department N.

Case Number: 2018-005394

Disabled applicant seeks pro bono representation for simple divorce from his wife. They have been separated for six years, since his wife left him. There are no children. Applicant’s only income is social security and food stamps. There is minimal to no community property. Client lives in Laughlin and the case was referred by a healthcare provider.

Case Number: 2018-001648

 

Client needs help with a divorce. She and her husband married in 2007 and separated in 2010. They have no assets or debts together. The adverse party is believed to be living in India.

Federal

Case Number: Multiple cases

Real Estate Fraud

Case Number: 2018-001849

Spanish speaking client is age 86 and is disabled. Client is seeking Pro Bono attorney to help regain possession of his property. Client stated he is a victim of real estate fraud by adverse parties.

According to client,  the adverse party was a friend whom he had known for about 15 years. Client made arrangements with adverse party to provide care of his property while client made a trip overseas for medical treatment. Before leaving client signed a power of attorney. Client does not recall which type of power of attorney was signed. When client returned, he was placed in a senior living home. Client asked adverse party about the status of his home, and was informed that the property was no longer his and was removed from title, and all of client personal items inside the property were sold or thrown out. Client was also informed that adverse party is renting out property. Client also stated that the signatures on the Quitclaim Deed relating to his home are not his, which could have been done by adverse party using a power of attorney.

Case Number: 2018-003923

Client needs assistance with an ongoing civil matter. Client approached the adverse party, owner of a house for sale, and the adverse party agreed to sell her the home but insisted she use adverse party’s realtor. The realtor represented both the client and adverse party in the sale. The home was inspected by a friend of the adverse party. Client bought the house in May 2018. One month later, client hires a painter but he informs her that she has a severe mold problem. Client then had a water restoration company come out and they stated the wall was positive for mold. Client states adverse party had to have known about the mold because there are new support beams under the bathroom which do not have mold on them. Client has spent almost $10,000 in order to remove the mold. Additionally, while construction was going on, client had to rent a house to live in. Client would like assistance in recovering her damages.

Case Number: 2018-000362

Client is a disabled veteran. In August 2017 she purchased a house and in November her bathroom experienced a sewage back up. Her home warranty company is taking care of the damage, however, it informed her she has black mold and it is a pre-existing condition and therefore will not cover it. Client states this condition was not disclosed to her when she purchased the home. Client seeks a real estate attorney that can look over her documents and offer counsel and advice.

Case Number: 2018-005469

Clients have 3 minor children and own their own home.  The husband is disabled and in a wheelchair.  In 2012, after receiving a personal injury settlement, these clients were finally able to fulfill their dream of buying a home for themselves and their young children. Clients used seller financing for the remaining house price, and were severely overcharged, now the financer has proceeded to foreclosure. Assistance is needed to help these clients with filing an action in District Court to, at the minimum, obtain a comprehensive accounting as well as to stay the foreclosure while the dispute is ongoing. Time is critical as the lender will be able to move forward with selling the property in the next 30 days or so.