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: 2018-002748


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: 2018-004505


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: 2018-000696


Spanish-speaking client purchased a mobile home from his brother in 2017.  When client paid the taxes for 2017, he discovered there was another owner on the title. Client would like to receive his money back. Client only has some clothes in the mobile home.  Client has not had any contact with the title owner.

Case Number: 2017-006895


Client purchased a used vehicle in November 2017. Client entered into a financing agreement with the dealer, and has paid more than half of the purchase price already. Despite the fact that client purchased the car at a dealership, only an individual’s name is was on the title as registered owner when she purchased it, and that individual had a lien on the title at time of purchase. Client went to the DMV and tried to do a lien release, but cannot because the car will not pass smog. Client then filed a DMV complaint. Client seeks pro bono assistance in resolving this car matter. Client also claims the salesman sexually harassed her and she has evidence of the harassment.

Case Number: 2018-006651


Client is a married, disabled veteran, and is seeking pro bono assistance after being removed from the VA Healthcare program, due to what he claims was retaliatory falsification of his records by staff. Client therefore claims a violation of Section 504 and 506 of the Rehabilitation Act- Discrimination and Retaliation. The underlying facts are that client, with wife attended a scheduled examination earlier this year. During the visit he and his wife were asked to go into separate rooms. Client suffers from health issues and requested his wife’s presence as a disability accommodation. The supervisor then called police to escort PC and wife out of the office. Client then received a call informing him that he has been removed from the program for non-compliance and not meeting the requirements of the program. Furthermore, client’s benefits were terminated – a monthly stipend of $2,200.

Case Number: 2018-006527


Client is 71 years old, she is wheelchair bound and paralyzed on the one side of her body. Her income is social security only. In 2006 client had a caretaker, who stole from her $41,500.00. This was client’s life savings, from her $50,000.00, she only had left $8,500.00. Caretaker was charged with embezzlement December 2010 and along with other sentencing, she was ordered to pay restitution of $41,500.00. Since then caretaker has been very inconsistent with her monthly payments. Client was previously helped with filing a Petition to Enter Judgment and a Default Judgement Plus Interest was granted. A Stipulation and Order was filed; this stip states that caretaker would pay $400.00 a month. However, she is inconsistent with payments to client. Client would like assistance in garnishment of wages or assets, where her payments are consistent every month.