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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Appeals

Case Number: 2020-021565

This case involves an appeal from a child support ruling. This case was previously on appeal in Docket No. 79386-COA. The district court, on remand, was to determine whether child support remained at $0 a month or reverted back to $300 a month, which is what was initially set as the monthly amount in the decree of divorce. Appellant previously sought to modify physical custody and additionally sought to modify child support. Due to confusion on the issue, the court previously had temporarily set the child support payments to $0 a month while the issue was resolved. The district court examined this history on remand and determined that once the prior court had determined that there was no basis to modify the controlling support obligation, the amount should have reverted to $300. The district court clarified that the child support obligation reverted to $300 a month effective July 2019. Appellant now appeals that decision pro se. Respondent is also proceeding pro se.

Case Number: 2020-009890

Plaintiff’s second amended complaint alleges that, in April 1999, a woman alleged sexual assault against plaintiff. LVMPD conducted a sexual assault nurse examiner (“SANE”) medical exam. The sexual assault kit concluded no definitive signs of sexual assault and LVMPD impounded the medical kit into evidence. In June 1999, LVMPD closed the case. LVMPD never disposed of the kit. Seventeen years later, LVMPD processed the SANE medical kit, identified plaintiff, and arrested plaintiff in 2017.

The court finds that plaintiff states a colorable due process claim because Defendants punished Plaintiff for 406 days by holding plaintiff in solitary confinement without a hearing. Plaintiff remained in 23-hour lockdown as a pretrial detainee. The court also finds that plaintiff states a colorable excessive force claim. Based on the allegations, 3 officers dragged plaintiff, who was restrained, up the stairs, into a cell, dropped him onto the concrete floor from three feet above, and injured him. Furthermore, the court finds that plaintiff states colorable conditions of confinement claims based on lack of exercise while in solitary confinement and for having improper footwear for four months. This claim will proceed against two defendants (for exercise) and officers who denied plaintiff proper footwear (when he learns their identities). Lt./Sgt. Doe entered the cage and asked plaintiff whether plaintiff could see without his reading glasses. When plaintiff responded that he could not really see without them, Doe officer responded, “then you better take care of them; it would be a shame if something happened to them.” Plaintiff’s cell contained over 1,000 pages of legal material as well as legal handbooks and legal dictionaries. When plaintiff returned to his cell, he saw all of his legal documents dumped into three piles and noticed that his legal books had been taken from him. When plaintiff asked why, one of the officers responded that everything would be written on the property receipt form. Plaintiff noticed that some of his legal documents had been torn and that all of the staples in his documents had been removed or torn off the corners. The property receipt only stated “books and papers placed in property.” Additionally, the court finds that plaintiff states a colorable Fourth Amendment strip search claim. Based on the allegations, Doe officers may have conducted the strip search in a harassing matter because of plaintiff’s role as a jail house lawyer.

Bankruptcy (Chapter 7)

Case Number: 2021-001681

Client is 60 years old and would like to file a Chapter 7. She is currently receiving $1172.00 from social security and $120.00 from food stamps. Client did file a chapter 7 in 2010 in CA which was discharged. She states she became ill and her hours were cut and her income was not enough to pay everything. Client does have 1 vehicle, which is paid in full, but did get a title loan (approximate balance is $394.00). Client does not have a house. Her dischargeable debt is approximately $83,000.00. She also owes the IRS approximately $54,000.00 and states she did not pay enough taxes. Client states she had back and brain surgery and is now disabled. She can no longer work and is not receiving the income she was receiving before. She would like a fresh start.

Case Number: 2021-005375

Client is 76 years old and would like to file a chapter 7.  She is retired and is receiving $1172.00 from Social Security, $148.00 from her Culinary Pension and $100.00 from family members.  She has a house with a value of $180,000.00 and a balance of $52,000.00.  She is current on the mortgage and would like to keep her house.  She does not have a vehicle.  Her debt is approx. $28,300.00 (not including the house).  Client states she was paying her daughter’s medical bills because she did not have health insurance and was very ill.  Last year her daughter passed away and she also paid for her funeral expenses. Her daughter retired in 2019 and did not make any changes to her expenses and fell behind on her bills.

Children's Attorneys Project (Abuse/Neglect Cases)

Case Number: 2021-003216

17 year old boy came into DFS care on 1/21/2021 in response to a report of physical abuse and inadequate supervision of Subject Minor. The Natural Father and the live in girlfriend are the alleged abusers.  Mother resides in California and does not have consistent contact with minor.  Next hearings are; Trial 6/14/2021 at 1:30 pm and a Review Hearing on 7/8/2021 at 2:30 pm.

Case Number: 2021-001532

Minor boy came into DFS when mother was arrested for a DV warrant.  She informed officers that she did not have any family or friends to care for her son, she was informed they had an active warrant and had to proceed with arrest.  Mother indicated to Specialist that natural father is deceased and that there is a maternal grandfather, however, he is too old to care for minor. Mother’s lace of family support and resources seem to be the primary issue on this case.  Next hearings are; Review Hearing on 6/10/2021 at 3:30 pm and a Further Proceedings Hearing on 9/16/2021 at 2:00 pm in Courtroom 12.

Case Number: 2021-007584

Siblings ages 11 and 8 years old came into DFS care on March 2, 2021 based upon concerns of a registered sex offender residing in the home, the children not being currently enrolled in school and the possible current use of methamphetamine by mother.  16 year old sibling  reported, after removal, that she was “addicted to methamphetamine” and wanted to hurt herself. She reported that she was diagnosed with Major Depressive Disorder, Anxiety and Body Dysmorphia; that she had been hospitalized twice at Seven Hills for mental health issues. She reported that mother’s boyfriend got her mother hooked on methamphetamine and that she is actively using. Mother reported to the Court that minor is on a waiting list at Willow Springs for residential care. Older minor is being represented by CAP attorney.  Next hearing is a Review Hearing on 9/1/2021 at 10:45 am in Courtroom 11.

Case Number: 2021-007549

A 1 year old boy came into DFS care due to ongoing domestic violence between the parents in the presence of the child.  Both parents have been arrested in recent months for battery.  They do not have a stable place where they reside as they frequently move around to different family/friends homes.   Mother reported she and the father are no longer together, but there are concerns that she will resume her relationship with the father as she has a history of going back to him.  The child has been placed in a foster home as available family members have disqualifying factors as a placement/safety plan provider.  Next hearings are; Adjudicatory Trial on 6/17/2021 at 11:00 am and a Review Hearing on 8/31/2021 at 2:30 pm in Courtroom 13.

Case Number: 2021-006052

This 5 year old boy came into DFS care on 1/09/2021 in response to a report of physical neglect.  The Father reportedly left the minor by himself at a park located inside an apartment complex.  Next hearing is a Review/Status Check Hearing on 6/15/2021 at 2:00 pm in Courtroom 12.

Case Number: 2021-008481(Pending Placement)

9 year old and 2 year old siblings came into DFS care on October 19, 2020. The children are placed with their maternal grandmother due being removed after the natural mother was acting erratic at the hospital making allegations 2 year old daughter had been sexually abused. The family further alleges there was sexual abuse of 9 year old boy by older adult sibling. This case is not a sex abuse case, but the mother is alleged to have untreated mental health and drug dependency issues. These two minors want to be with their mother as last reported to CAP when they were in Child Haven, however, contact needs to be made with them in the placement of their maternal grandmother.   Next hearing is a Permanency Planning Hearing on 10/5/2021 at 2:30 pm in Courtroom 12.

Case Number: 2021-005232

8 year old boy and 7 month old boy came into DFS care on March 4, 2021 due to domestic violence incident occurred in which natural mother allegedly stabbed natural father resulting in the father being hospitalized. The children who were present were placed in protective custody but natural mother fled with infant boy. Natural mother was later arrested and infant boy was placed in protective custody.   Next hearings are; Calendar Call on 6/24/2021 at 9:45 am and an Adjudicatory Trial on 7/12/2021 at 9:45 am in Courtroom 11.

Case Number: 2021-009099

This child came into care on March 4, 2021. This child was born premature and also substance exposed. There is a history of domestic violence and mental health.  Mother has not been managing her mental health sufficiently which has resulted in her acting impulsive. Father is incarcerated as of December 24, 2020 for violation of probation.  Next hearings are; Status Check Hearing on 6/23/2021 at 10:00 am and a Review Hearing on 8/11/2021 at 1:00 pm in Courtroom 21.

Case Number: 2021-008900

Newborn baby boy came into DFS care on March 13, 2021 due to mother lacking resources at the time of birth to provide for the child. Additionally, natural mother has an older child who is currently a ward of the court and she has not complied with the conditions of her case plan in that case.  Next hearing is a Status Check on DNA on 6/16/2021 at 3:00 pm in Courtroom 11.

Case Number: 2021-010280 (Pending Placement)

10 year old girl came into DFS care on December 31, 2020 after her older sister reported to her that father had sexually touched her during the summer. She made the same report to her mother, but later recanted after her mother confronted the father. Father did not deny or admit the allegations, but stated that he had been drinking and didn’t know if he had done it.  CAP Attorney represents older sibling.  Next hearing is a Disposition Hearing on 7/7/2021 at 1:30 pm in Courtroom 11.

Case Number: 2021-006979

Sibling group ages 4, 3, and 2 years old came into DFS care on February 24, 2021 due to history of domestic violence between the parents. The latest incident involved mother being held against her will. Father attempted to flee from the police. Mother was observed to have a black eye and bruising around her neck and jaw, and strangulation marks were observed by medical personnel at the hospital. Mother admitted repeatedly being victimized by father, separating and then reuniting with him. Additionally, oldest child also had a black eye and no responsible adult had any explanation for how the child got the black eye. The house itself wreaked of urine and feces and there was week old food in the kitchen.  The two youngest children’s diapers were falling off from the weight of accumulated feces and urine; there was feces in a functional toilet which had not been flushed. The children were playing with live bullets. Days after the fathers’ arrest natural mother is again thinking of returning to him and not testifying against him, indicating a total lack of protective capacity for her children.  Next hearing is a Disposition Hearing on 6/15/2021 at 1:30 pm in Courtroom 11.

Case Number: 2021-008846

10 year old girl came into DFS care on March 15, 2021 due to mother and her former girlfriend engaging in a domestic violence incident in which the minor child intervened to stop the fight. Mother is described as bipolar, possibly schizophrenic, and not taking prescribed medications. She had been drinking prior to the domestic violence incident which resulted in her arrest. She was recently arrested on DUI charges involving a car stolen from her father. The minor child is afraid of her mother and states that mother’s girlfriend treats her nicer than her mother.  Next hearings are; Disposition Hearing on 6/22/2021 at 1:30 pm and Adjudicatory Trial on 8/9/2021 at 9:45 am in Courtroom 11.

Case Number: 2021-008894 (Pending Placement)

Two siblings, ages 8 years and 3 years, came into DFS care in March 2021 due to an incident of domestic violence occurring between the mother and her boyfriend resulting in injuries to the mother and the death of the natural father.  One of the children was present during the incident. The mother has a pattern of domestic violence relationships.  There is also concern with lack of supervision as the older child had been allowed to walk to a gas station without supervision.  Next hearing is a Review Hearing on 9/8/2021 at 3:00 pm in Courtroom 13.

Case Number: 2021-010345

Sibling group of 3 minors ages 14, 8, and 3 years old came into DFS care on December 17, 2020 due to risk of sexual and emotional harm to the subject minors by natural father, in that he sexually abused 14 year old minor. Further, natural mother lacks sufficiently developed protective capacity to protect the subject minors from the risk of sexual and emotional harm posed by natural father.  14 year old minor is being represented by CAP attorney.   Next hearings are; Calendar Call on 6/23/2021 at 10:15 am and an Adjudicatory Trial on 7/16/2021 at 9:30 am in Courtroom 11.

Case Number: 2021-008917 (Pending Placement)

This child came into care on 3/17/2021.  The child was born substance exposed and both parents left the hospital after baby was born. Mother disclosed that prior to giving birth she used meth at 9AM, then heroin.  Mother currently has an open case with the department. The other two children are in foster care and their permanency goal recently changed to TPR/Adoption.  Next hearing is a Review Hearing on 8/17/2021 at 2:30 pm in Courtroom 14.

Case Number: 2021-009485

7 year old boy came into DFS care on March 18, 2021 due to inadequate supervision from maternal grandmother and abandonment from mother. Minor is reported to have several behavioral problems that grandmother cannot manage. He was brought to Summerlin hospital by police after he tried to jump from grandmother’s moving vehicle.  Minor has had homicidal ideations towards grandmother. Further, there is no guardianship in place for grandmother and mother was unreachable at the time of removal.  It is reported mother may have a drug problem and also has CPS history in California for domestic violence.  Next hearings are; Calendar Call on 6/15/2021 at 10:30 am and Adjudicatory Trial on 6/28/2021 at 9:45 am in Courtroom 11.

Case Number: 2019-001563 (Pending Placement)

In February of 2019 sibling girls, ages 2 and 1 were removed from parents due to substance abuse, lack of supervision, lack of protective capacity, hazardous conditions in the home. Throughout the life of the case the parents made token efforts to address their issues. During this case, the parents had another child (1 year old). 1 year old girl was removed from their care as well due to the parents’ inability to properly care for her as they were still actively abusing substances. Minor was placed with her siblings who reside with Maternal Aunt and Uncle who are an adoptive resource for all of the children. Destiny is on a different timeline as she was born much later in the case. The goal for 1 year old is termination of parental rights and adoption and the concurrent goal is reunification.  Next hearing is a Permanency Planning Hearing on 8/4/2021 at 2:00 pm in Courtroom 10.

Case Number: 2021-011149

Newborn baby girl came into DFS care on April 2, 2021 due to both mother and child testing positive for methamphetamine, marijuana and opiates at the time of birth. Mother stated that she had been using heroin twice a day and methamphetamine every day or every other day prior to giving birth to the child. Mother reported that her drug use did not impair her ability to parent, stating that she was parenting her older daughter, who is in the custody of her father. Father reported that she had visited two or three times but was not involved in parenting the child, including denying her statement that she helped minor with school work and tutoring. Putative father is reported to be serving a federal sentence in custody and is not available to raise the child.  Next court dates are; Disposition Hearing on 6/22/2021 at 1:30 pm and a Review Hearing on 9/28/2021 at 3:00 pm in Courtroom 11.

Case Number: 2021-010972

Newborn baby girl came into DFS care on March 31, 2021 due to mother and child both testing positive for opiates at time of birth. Mother admitted to a 10 year history of use of heroin. She stated she had used heroin every day during her pregnancy. The minor child remains hospitalized in the NICU suffering withdrawal symptoms. Mother stated that she had signed a temporary guardianship (6 months) to her mother after the child had been placed in emergency protective custody pursuant to a Judicial warrant.  Next hearing is a Plea Hearing on 6/22/2021 at 9:45 am in Courtroom 11.

Case Number: 2020-007779

New born baby boy came into DFS care due to both mother and child tested positive to methamphetamines and opiates at the time of birth.   Mother has two other children that reside out of state with a relative. Mother does not have stable housing and there are no relatives or friends able or willing to care for the child.  Next hearings are; Termination of Parental Rights Hearing on 6/9/2021 at 1:30 pm and a Permanency Planning Hearing on 9/1/2021 at 3:00 pm in Courtroom 22.

Case Number: 2020-003439 (Pending Placement)

A baby boy and girl set of twins were born prematurely to a mother with extensive mental health issues.  At the time of delivery, both babies tested positive for illicit substances.  The mother denied drug use when interviewed by CPS.  Baby Boy is in a foster home; Baby Girl will join him after she is discharged from the hospital. Mother was homeless and has not identified any family members.  Next hearings are; Termination of Parental Rights Hearing on 7/8/2021 at 11:00 am and a Review Hearing on 11/23/2021 at 2:00 pm in Courtroom 18.

Case Number: 2021-004000

These 4 children came into care on February 4, 2021. There are allegations of plausible physical risk, failure to protect.  Reports of ongoing domestic violence between parents.  There are concern with abuse of drugs by NF.  Next hearings are; Calendar Call on 6/16/2021 at 3:00 pm and Adjudicatory Trial on 7/12/2021 at 9:30 am in Courtroom 9.

Case Number: 2020-006683

A four year old girl was placed with her aunt after her mother was arrested for domestic violence.  The mother’s boyfriend could not take client due to having a DV conviction and a separate open CPS case.  Client is very articulate and can talk about the fighting in the home.  Next hearing is a Permanency Planning Hearing on 7/10/2021 at 2:00 pm in Courtroom 18.

Case Number: 2021-009689 (Pending Placement)

A three year old little boy was removed from his father when he was arrested for guns and drugs and there was no caregiver for the child.   Next hearing is a Review Hearing on 9/12/2021 at 2:00 pm in Courtroom 10.

Case Number: 2021-011598

A infant baby boy was removed from his parents due to domestic violence issues.  It was reported the father hits the mother in front of the baby and doesn’t let her leave the home with the child.  The father is very manipulative and controlling. There appears to be a history of domestic violence in the home.  Next hearing is an Disposition Hearing on 6/16/2021 at 1:30 pm in Courtroom 10.

Case Number: 2020-020998 (Pending Placement)

Newborn client was admitted to the NICU for difficulty in feeding and vomiting.  CPS had issued an alert for the admission of the client based upon the open case for client’s siblings and the mother’s lack of engagement. However, the client did not test positive for any illicit substances while admitted. Mother reports she is in drug treatment and is staying at a domestic violence shelter in a family dorm.  The client is placed in foster care with one of her siblings.  Next hearing is a Review Hearing on 9/8/2021 at 2:00 pm in Courtroom 6.

Case Number: 2020-018705 (Pending Placement)

This child came to the attention of the court on a Direct Petition filed on 11/12/2020. There is an issue of neglect. The natural parent’s have an issue with drugs, mental health and domestic violence.  Next hearings are; Status Check on 7/14/2021 at 10:00 am and Permanency Planning Hearing on 11/3/2021 at 2:00 pm in Courtroom 21.

Case Number: 2021-012439

16 year old girl came into DFS care on April 15, 2021 due to the minor child being arrested for battery/domestic violence in which the adoptive mother was the victim. Adoptive mother was called to take custody of the child after she was booked at the Juvenile Detention facility and she refused to take her back. She stated that the minor child threatened to kill her during the battery incident and she fears for her safety as well as the safety of two other children in the home. She reported that the child runs away, is disrespectful, and does not take her medication (Depakote and Risperidone) prescribed for ODD, ADHD and bipolar disorder.  Next hearing is a Status Check for placement on 6/18/2021 at 1:30 pm in Courtroom 11.

Case Number: 2021-012610

5 year old boy came into DFS care on April 16, 2021 due to the father suffering from alcoholism and sclerosis of the liver and mother suffering from mental health and substance abuse issues. Mother committed herself to Spring Mountain Treatment Center and executed a Power of Attorney to maternal relatives to care for the child. Those relatives are unable to provide for the child. Both parents agree that protective custody of the child is necessary until one or both of them are able to provide continuing care.  Next hearing is a Disposition/Status Check Hearing on 6/22/2021 at 1:30 pm in Courtroom 11.

Case Number: 2021-013070

The family came into DFS care on 4/11/2021 in response to a report of physical risk as to new born baby boy.  There is a question as to the mental health of the mother as well as her ability to provide adequate shelter for the minor.  Mother is currently residing at a homeless shelter.  Mother has two other children that were previously removed from her custody, she currently has an open case with DFS concerning her 3 year old child in which the child has been placed into Foster Care do to physical risk and inadequate care.  Next hearings are; Disposition Hearing on 6/29/2021 at 1:00 pm and a Review Hearing on 9/14/2021 at 2:00 pm in Courtroom 12.

Case Number: 2021-013344

1 month old boy came into DFS care on April 24, 2021. Putative father is in custody for the murder of natural mother. There is no responsible adult able to care for the child. Maternal grandmother stated she is not presently able to care for the child. She stated that her daughter met with putative dad to inform him that he was not the father of the child when he murdered her.  Next hearing is a Plea Hearing on 6/29/2021 at 9:45 am in Courtroom 11.

Case Number: 2021-013350 (Pending Placement)

5 and 2 year old boys came into DFS care on April 23,2021.  Parties are engaged in a custody dispute before Judge Henderson.  A report was received alleging possible neglect by father. Attempts to contact father were made on different dates and he was uncooperative.  He later met with CPS but could not explain the reason of bruising on son reported by mother.  Next hearing is a Further Proceedings Hearing on 8/24/2021 at 11:00 am in Courtroom 11.

Case Number: 2021-014006

15 year old boy came into DFS care on April 27,  2021. Grandmother adopted her grandson in 2011. Minor boy was adjudicated a delinquent for an offense involving the attempted sexual assault of his sister and has completed juvenile sex offender treatment. He is eligible for discharge and adoptive mother, fearing for her own safety as well as the safety of the victim, will not allow him to return to her home. She wishes to maintain contact and communication with him but will not allow him in the home.  Next hearing is a Status Check on 6/29/2021 at 11:00 am in Courtroom 11.

Case Number: 2021-013574

Newborn girl came into care on 4/17/2021.  Child was born drug exposed.  Present danger identified as one or more parents’ emotional stability, developmental status, or cognitive deficiency seriously impairs ability to care for the child and no adult is protective.  Mother has ongoing mental health issues, which require extensive medication management.  Next hearings are; Calendar Call on 6/23/2021 at 3:30 pm and Adjudicatory Trial on 7/16/2021 at 9:30 am in Courtroom 21.

Case Number: 2021-013232 (Pending Placement)

1 year old girl came into care on or about April 26, 2021 after both parents were arrested on outstanding warrants.  Mother appears to have unaddressed mental health and substance abuse issues (meth and alcohol).   Father was not interviewed at the time of intake or the initial PC hearing.  DFS is still trying to collect enough information with regards to him.   Next hearing is a Disposition Hearing on 6/29/2021 at 1:00 pm in Courtroom 12.

Case Number: 2021-011323

A sibling group of three ages, 10, 8, and 5 were removed from their parents due to physical abuse, neglect, and the mother’s mental health issues.  It was reported that mother’s boyfriend kicked 10 year old boy in the head multiple times and the mother believes the children are trying to kill her.  The parents were withholding food from the minors as punishment.  This is a conflict case due to CAP attorney representing another sibling who was removed due to medical neglect.  Minor was adopted.  Next hearing is a Disposition Hearing on 6/16/2021 at 1:30 pm in Courtroom 10.

Case Number: 2021-014670 (Pending Placement)

A newborn baby boy was removed from his mother when he was born drug exposed in utero.  Mother tested positive for marijuana, amphetamines and methamphetamines.  The father is currently incarcerated due to domestic violence against the mother.  Both parents are very young and were prior CAP clients before, which represents a conflict.    Next hearing is a Disposition/Plea Hearing on 6/30/2021 at 1:30 pm in Courtroom 10.

Case Number: 2021-014137

Two siblings, ages 1 year old and a newborn, came into DFS care in April 2021 due to concerns for the safety and well being of the children as their minor parents are unable to control their impulses/behaviors which place their children at risk.  The parents have a history of domestic violence and an inability to control their behaviors. They continue to engage in dangerous and inappropriate matters. Both parents were arrested on a parole violation and other charges.  The children are currently placed in a foster home.  Next hearing is an Adjudicatory Trial on 8/19/2021 at 11:00 pm in Courtroom 13.

Case Number: 2021-013920

Two year old girl was removed from her mother’s care after she became homeless and was walking around town all day and she presented at the hospital making bizarre statements and hearing voices.  The mother has an older child who was removed and placed with his father.  Next hearing is a Disposition Hearing on 6/16/2021 at 1:30 pm in Courtroom 10.

Case Number: 2021-015249

12 year old girl and 11 year old boy came into DFS on May 14, 2021.  Natural father solicited sexual conduct with a person represented to be under the age of 19 in Bullhead City, Arizona.  He traveled to Bullhead City to meet the person, had second thoughts and returned to Las Vegas.  He is a registered sex offender from twenty years ago.  His children have been left with mother until the end of the school year, at which time, they will be placed with paternal aunt.  Father has expressed that he wants his sister to become the children’s guardian while he undergoes sex offender treatment.  Next hearing is a Plea Hearing on 6/9/2121 at 9:45 am in Courtroom 11.

Case Number: 2021-014997

Sibling group ages, 17 year old boy, 15 year old boy, 13 year old girl, and 12 year old girl came into DFS care on May 7, 2021.  The children were living with their father in Las Vegas, and had no contact with their mother since 2016.  Father recently passed away.  The children reported mother abused drugs.  Mother denies any drug use and states that the children had been wrongfully withheld from her by the father.  Next hearing is a Plea Hearing on 6/29/2021 at 9:45 am in Courtroom 11.

Case Number: 2021-014684

A newborn baby girl was removed from her mother when she was born substance exposed.  Mother tested positive for methamphetamines at the time of delivery.  It was found that mother has untreated mental health issues and has two other children who are with their fathers.  Next hearing is a Disposition Hearing on 6/30/2021 at 1:30 pm in Courtroom 10.

Case Number: 2021-014298

A two year old girl was removed from her mother due to homelessness and mental health issues.  The mother is homeless and has no plan to obtain shelter. Additionally the mother continues to make allegations of sexual abuse to the child has taken her to hospital to be examined several times and no abuse or trauma was found either time.  Minor is placed in foster home.  Next hearing is a Plea Hearing on 6/10/2021 at 10:00 am in Courtroom 18.

Case Number: 2021-016191

Sibling group of 6 children came into care du to domestic violence.  One of the minors was injured when intervened to stop the incident.  This is the fourth time  CAP Has opened an intake for this family due to DV.   Next hearing is a PC Review Hearing on 6/4/2021 at 9:00 am in Courtroom 14.

Case Number: 2021-015570

One month old baby girl came into DFS care on March 16, 2021.  Mother and father have a history of domestic violence, primarily verbal arguments but recently escalating to physical violence.  Father was woken by the family cat, took it into the bathroom and put it under running water, then punched the cat in the face knocking out a tooth later found in the bathtub.  The baby started crying, he then picked her up and started shaking her to stop crying, threw her on the bed and pined her down with his thumbs screaming in her face to shut her up.  Mother intervened and father choked and puncher her.  She was able to get away with the baby.  Baby was later taken to Sunrise Hospital for observation.  Father has allegedly killed the family dog as well as injured the family cat.  Mother has failed to protect the child from domestic violence.  Next hearing is a Disposition Hearing on 6/22/2021 at 1:30 pm in Courtroom 11.

Case Number: 2021-016241

A newborn baby boy was removed from his parents due t allegations of physical risk or harm.  The father presented as very threatening and aggressive to the mother and hospital staff and also tried to jump from a third floor balcony while at the hospital.  There are also allegations f domestic violence between the parents.  This child is currently placed with maternal grandmother.  Next hearing is a Disposition Hearing on 6/28/2021 at 11:00 am in Courtroom 11.

Case Number: 2021-014836

Newborn baby boy came into DFS care on May 5, 2021.  Mother admitted to using marijuana and methamphetamines during her pregnancy.  At the time of birth, both mom and baby boy tested positive.  Mother is homeless and does not have a safe environment for the child.  Father is unknown.  Mother has indicated that she wants her brother to adopt baby boy.  Mother was previously found responsible for the neglect of another child, the Court substantiated allegations and the child was reunited with natural father.  The next hearing is a Disposition Hearing on 6/29/2021 at 1:30 pm in Courtroom 11.

Case Number: 2021-016107

16 year old girl and 5 year old girl were removed by DFS due to concerns of sexual abuse by step-father.  Abuse has been report to have been happening for a few years now.  Next hearing is a Plea Hearing on 7/7/2021 at 9:45 am in Courtroom 11.

Civil

Case Number: 2020-006900

Clients seek assistance in defending a lawsuit recently filed against them by their residential landlord (LL). They were served with the Summons and Complaint on November 22, 2020. The claims include breach of contract, unjust enrichment and elder abuse pursuant to NRS 41. LL claims that she is entitled to double damages for unpaid rent because she is over age 60.

Clients have attempted to make partial payments but LL refused their offer and has demanded payment in full. LL’s attorney also requested copies of their tax returns, but clients refused. Clients then served LL and LL’s attorney with the CDC Declaration in August. They unsuccessfully attempted to obtain rental assistance through CHAP in July.

Clients are able to pay a portion of the balance owed but cannot afford the full balance of over $5K at this time. The clients are a married couple whose income is unemployment and retirement, but much of the income is being used for one client’s medical expenses. The other client lost his job in April. They seek representation in the action and possible settlement to pay as much toward the balance as they can afford.

Case Number: 2021-003749

Clients need counsel and advice with a possible breach of contract matter. Clients were recently evicted by a granddaughter (G). G is on title for the property because she’s the only one that qualified for the loan at the time of the home purchase. The property was purchased by Client’s daughter (D) who is now deceased. D passed away March 2020. She did leave a Will. Client states she loaned 100K to G so that G could qualify for the loan. There are no other next of kin. Client wants to know whether she may have a viable breach of contract claim.

Case Number: 2021-002147

Client requests assistance in a small claims action. Client is a former sub-tenant of opposing party (OP). Client was behind on rent to OP in October 2020. OP attempted to evict her but client contested the eviction and prevailed. In December 2020, OP was able to evict tenant and perform the lockout. However, OP also cleared the unit of all of client’s personal property, including clothes, appliances, a TV, etc. Client would like counsel and advice as to how to retrieve her property from OP.

Case Number: 2021-004845

Client seeks assistance with a consumer fraud claim concerning the purchase of a 2013 Nissan Maxima on November 5. 2020 from opposing party (OP). Client states he paid about $2,510 in cash. He further states OP gave him the temporary placard for registration. However, OP never gave him the final documents required by the DMV to complete the registration process. Client filed a complaint with DMV, which subsequently requested Client appear for a 2nd interview. Client states DMV wrongly believes he only paid half the price of the vehicle, whereas Client states he paid the full purchase price. Client states that DMV informed him that OP claims he can return the vehicle or pay half of what the vehicle is worth. Client simply wants the vehicle registered and title transferred.

Case Number: 2020-019267

A judgment for an unpaid debt was entered against her for approx. $2500 and her wages were subsequently garnished. The full amount of the judgment was paid, yet the creditor was able to continue to garnish. Based on client’s pay stubs, it appears that she overpaid by over $1000. The Justice Court set a hearing to determine what occurred and client would like her overpayments returned to her, as well as a Satisfaction of Judgment entered.

Case Number: 2021-007181

Client seeks counsel and advice with a probate matter. He needs to claim funds from his deceased mother’s estate. Client is the only next of kin, no other siblings. Client attempted to file on his own in 2018 but was not successful (P-18-097190-E). There was no Will. The estate included real property and a foreclosure sale took place. All creditors were paid, as well as the administrative costs. A surplus of approximately $4300 remains in the estate. Client would like to claim the funds and needs help to do so.

Case Number: 2021-006756

Client requests help with a Small Claims action against an auto repair shop. Client was involved in an auto accident in December 2020 wherein he inadvertently rear-ended another vehicle. Client’s vehicle sustained damage to the front end and is not operable. Client made a timely claim to his insurance carrier and had the vehicle towed to opposing party’s (OP) garage. OP accepted funds from the insurance carrier to repair the vehicle. However, OP appears to have pocketed the funds without working on the vehicle. Client retrieved the vehicle and had it towed back to his residence. Client simply wants his vehicle repaired. He wants OP to turn over the funds it accepted from the carrier so that he may find another repair shop to complete the work.

Case Number: 2021-008688

Client, a veteran, requests representation for a breach of contract claim for about $5,350 against the opposing party (OP). OP is a local trailer park. It sold Client a trailer for $1200 in December 2020. Client used his savings to purchase approx. $3,000 worth of materials and paid $1,150 in labor to private parties. However, OP only provided Client with a bill of sale- no title was given. Client reached out to MHD, which conducted an inspection shortly after and determined that the trailer is considered sub-standard. Client was told that OP should have never sold the trailer in a private sale and that the bill of sale is invalid. MHD also concluded that OP violated building codes due to the poor condition of the trailer (electrical, roof, hot water). Client states MHD gave OP a 90 day deadline to remedy the issues or destroy the trailer.
OP has offered to reimburse client for the $1,200 purchase price, but not Client’s other costs. Client needs help asserting his claim against OP and getting all his money back.

Case Number: 2021-008899

Client, 67 years old, needs assistance with a possible real estate scam. He owned a condo unit until 2018, subject to a mortgage and unpaid HOA dues. Client quit claimed the property to the opposing party (OP) in 2018 for only $2,000 and agreed to pay $555 per month pursuant to a standard residential lease agreement with a 5 year term.
Client recently received notice from the bank which holds the first mortgage, that his transfer of the deed triggers the acceleration clause of the bank’s deed of trust. The bank is threatening to foreclose. Client states he wasn’t sure what he was signing when he gave up the property as he had recently suffered a stroke and had many financial problems that OP claimed he would address. Client also signed a POA in favor of OP before the transaction. Client wants to know his options.

Case Number: 2021-006259

Client is a 69 year old Spanish speaker who needs help clearing a claim against her credit. A former apartment complex placed a claim on Client’s credit which Client disputes in part. Client now cannot obtain housing because of the $1500 claim. Client would like assistance in negotiating the claim down or some other resolution so that she will be able to find a new apartment.

Case Number: 2021-007516

Client needs assistance bringing a claim against his neighbor. Client’s neighbor’s (opposing party, “OP”) car caught fire in the parking lot of their apartment complex. The fire damaged both parties’ vehicles. Client only has liability insurance. Client requested OP’s insurance information to make a claim but OP refuses to provide the same. Client’s vehicle is inoperable until he can obtain needed repairs. The repairs are expensive and he cannot afford to front the cost- he needs OP’s insurer to pay.

Case Number: 2021-002145

Client needs counsel to assert a breach of warranty claim (and possible other claims) against an online auto dealer. In March 2020, she purchased a used car from the opposing party dealer (OP). In September 2020, the vehicle was totaled in an auto accident. Client’s insurance carrier was preparing to pay the claim to the lienholder, but discovered that the lien holder does not have title to the car. OP never transferred the title to the lienholder. To avoid defaulting and being sued, Client continues to make the monthly payments, making it impossible for her to purchase another vehicle. Client hopes to retrieve the payments she has unjustly made due to OP’s failure to transfer the title to the lien holder back in March 2020.

Case Number: 2021-012527

Client requests assistance with collecting a small claims judgment. A previous pro bono attorney assisted her in that matter. In 2019, she sued her OP over a mobile home dispute. Client was entitled to her $5k contribution to the sale and won her small claims judgment against OP. However, she is 78 years old and unable to collect this judgment on her own. She would like an attorney to assist her.

Consumer Fraud

Case Number: 2021-004845

Client seeks assistance with a consumer fraud claim concerning the purchase of a 2013 Nissan Maxima on November 5. 2020 from opposing party (OP). Client states he paid about $2,510 in cash. He further states OP gave him the temporary placard for registration. However, OP never gave him the final documents required by the DMV to complete the registration process. Client filed a complaint with DMV, which subsequently requested Client appear for a 2nd interview. Client states DMV wrongly believes he only paid half the price of the vehicle, whereas Client states he paid the full purchase price. Client states that DMV informed him that OP claims he can return the vehicle or pay half of what the vehicle is worth. Client simply wants the vehicle registered and title transferred.

Case Number: 2021-002619

Client requests representation to assert a claim for the return of her vehicle. She is 76 years old and took her vehicle to the opposing party’s (OP) auto repair shop in preparation for selling the vehicle. She was originally told that the repairs would cost $2500, and when she asked for a discount, OP dropped the price to $2400. She did not receive a written estimate.
After two weeks at the shop, Client states the manager told her that she needed a new transmission, and that it would cost another $5,000. OP demanded payment of $2500 for repairing the fan belt, brakes, and the shifter. However, Client was under the impression that OP was going to repair the transmission for the $2500 and that the car would be fully operable and ready to sell. She does not want to pay the $2500 or the $5000, and would like to pick up the vehicle. She aims to find a used transmission and have another mechanic install it. OP will not allow her to pick up the vehicle unless she pays the $2500 for the work already completed.
Client already sent a certified demand letter to OP, but OP has not complied. She needs to engage counsel to help her get the vehicle returned.

Case Number: 2021-010461

Client needs assistance with a claim against an auto repair shop. Client brought her 2015 Nissan Sentra in to opposing party’s (OP) repair shop several months ago to replace a transmission. The estimate was 2500, and Client states she made arrangements with OP for partial payments. Client has paid 1700 so far. However, OP has apparently relocated and will not disclose its new location. Client has continued to make monthly car payments but has not had access to the car for over six months. Client would like help locating OP and retrieving her vehicle.

Case Number: 2021-008868

Client owns a mobile home and rents a space at the opposing party’s (OP) mobile home park. Client states that around June-August 2020, she didn’t have any running water and had sewage back-up. This has caused a pest issue in her home and medical problems due to her inability to shower. She filed a complaint with the Nevada Manufactured Housing Division. MHD fined the property manager for negligence and non-compliance. Client would like assistance to negotiate withheld rent for those three months.

Client also agreed to work for OP during this time in lieu of rent. She would like counsel and advice and/or limited scope representation regarding unpaid wages, rent arrears and assistance in negotiating a resolution with landlord.

Case Number: 2020-005790

Applicant is 65 years old, income qualified, receives $865 a month from SSDI. She’s seeking her options against adverse. She was awarded a home in a divorce in 2015 without a mortgage. In January 2020, she was diagnosed with kidney disease. During that time she was contacted by a real estate broker and entered into an agreement to sell her home to him through seller financing for $288k which was about $112k below market value. After the close of escrow, in June 2020, he convinced her to sign a loan modification agreement (without consideration) lowering the note’s principal balance from 273k to 223k and extending the due date from August 8th, 2002 to a 30 year note with monthly payment. The purchaser convinced her to sign a subordination agreement allowing him to take a $200k loan which is now in a first position above her loan. At this point, she has received $15k and has a 30 year note in a second position.

Case Number: 2021-001588

Client seeks assistance with a dispute over a security deposit. Client states she attended a virtual tour of an apartment unit with opposing party (OP). She made an online payment of $300 to hold the apartment and $50 for background check. She then signed a one year lease agreement online. She made a security deposit of $400 and first month pro-rated rent of $520.26. After payments, she was directed to pick up the keys and inspect the apartment.
Client states that when she appeared for the inspection, she witnesses OP attempting to repair the balcony area, which had uneven and unstable floor boards and stains from pet feces. Client did not feel comfortable moving into the apartment. She notified management in writing about the habitability issues pursuant to NRS 118A.280: Delivery of Possession of Premises.
Client states the $300 online payment was returned, but OP also provided an early lease termination agreement and a final move-out statement with a balance of $2,722.32 for early lease termination. Client disputes the fee and seeks her security deposit and first month’s rent.

Domestic Violence

Case Number: 2020-00801

Client seeks representation for a custody matter. The opposing party (OP) has filed a Petition for Custody even though he was arrested and incarcerated for domestic violence against Client. CPS removed the children (ages 1 and 3) in 2018. After Client met all of her goals with DFS, the children were reunited with her and the Dependency case was closed. However, when she requested child support, OP filed for custody. He has limited supervised visits at present, is not involved in child rearing and does not provide support. Client merely seeks to protect both herself and her young children from him.

Case Number: 2021-004797

Client seeks representation on a custody case involving DV. The father (Opposing Party, “OP”) has several arrests, including for domestic violence against Client. Client is terrified of him and states he has threatened her several times, including that he would kill her if she showed up in court for a DV incident. When she didn’t appear, the charges were dropped by the DA. OP is represented by counsel, but client is not. OP’s counsel accused client in open court of sending fake text messages of the threats and OP denies making them. There is an ongoing CPS investigation against OP as well. Client needs counsel to help her present her evidence at an upcoming evidentiary hearing. She just wants to keep her 2 and 5 year old boys safe and wants OP’s threats and violence toward her to stop.

Estate Planning / Probate

Case Number: 2021-007181

Client seeks counsel and advice with a probate matter. He needs to claim funds from his deceased mother’s estate. Client is the only next of kin, no other siblings. Client attempted to file on his own in 2018 but was not successful (P-18-097190-E). There was no Will. The estate included real property and a foreclosure sale took place. All creditors were paid, as well as the administrative costs. A surplus of approximately $4300 remains in the estate. Client would like to claim the funds and needs help to do so.

Case Number: 2021-012203

Client is seeking assistance with a probate matter. Her mother passed away January 2021 due to Covid-19. Her mother did not have a Will and was not married at the time of passing. Client and 3 other adult children are next of kin and there are no disputes over the estate. Her mother used to be a Worker’s Comp case manager and the only asset in the estate is 401k benefits in the approximate amount of $18k. Her mother never included a beneficiary, therefore Client is being asked to set the estate aside as the executor. Client tried to submit an affidavit for small estates but was denied by the organization who holds the funds.

Family Law (Divorce/Custody)

Case Number: 2020-003396

Client seeks representation for custody modification to sole/primary. The parties have a 3 year old daughter and the opposing party (OP) is on daughter’s birth certificate. Although there have been DV and CPS issues in the past, the CPS file has been closed. The parties separated due to OP’s drug usage and propensity for violence. Client states she has proof of DV by OP. The parties are Las Vegas residents and this is an open case in District Court.

 

Case Number: 2020-020235

Client seeks modification of custody and child support. Client would like representation for an evidentiary hearing scheduled for April 5, 2021 to decide his petition to modify. He wants to spend one more day per week with his children and obtain a commensurate reduction in child support.

Case Number: 2020-017039

Client seeks assistance for child custody matter. There is an active case pending since 2019 and the parties have a temporary custody order in place. Client and opposing party (OP) share joint legal and physical custody of both minors. The parties have gone to family mediation but cannot agree on custody terms.

Client states she has DV history w/ OP. She further states OP has CPS history involving the children due to his leaving them in the home of strangers. Client states the children don’t feel comfortable being in OP’s care, which is why she requests sole/primary custody w/ visitation. Client’s previous pro bono attorney had to withdraw in October 2020. OP is represented by counsel. An evidentiary hearing is set for May, 2021.

Case Number: 2020-00801

Client seeks representation for a custody matter. The opposing party (OP) has filed a Petition for Custody even though he was arrested and incarcerated for domestic violence against Client. CPS removed the children (ages 1 and 3) in 2018. After Client met all of her goals with DFS, the children were reunited with her and the Dependency case was closed. However, when she requested child support, OP filed for custody. He has limited supervised visits at present, is not involved in child rearing and does not provide support. Client merely seeks to protect both herself and her young children from him.

Case Number: 2021-004181

Client requests assistance with a divorce. He is 70 years old and states he was diagnosed with dementia in 2018. His family states he is in the early stages. The parties have been married for 13 years, there are no minor children and there is some property and debt to equitably distribute. Client states that in October 2020, the opposing party (OP) put him up in a 1 bedroom apartment, took all of his money and valuables, and left town. He would like representation in obtaining a divorce, an equitable share of the marital assets and alimony. He states she earns over 100K per year, while he survives only on 1500 per month in Social Security.

Case Number: 2021-008780

Client seeks representation with a custody matter. Opposing party (OP) father filed a Motion for Temporary Custody and Support Orders and a hearing on the motion is set for May 10, 2021. OP is represented by counsel. Client and OP were never married and client has had physical custody of the parties’ 4 year old son his entire life. OP is requesting joint physical/ joint legal custody. Client wants sole/sole with reasonable visitation and child support. There is no history of DV.

Case Number: 2021-008913

Client requests representation on a custody modification matter. Client was married to opposing party (OP) and they have 4 sons from age 5 to 11. They divorced around 2018. Client moved to California and agreed to joint legal custody with OP having primary physical custody of the boys. The parties reconciled and Client moved back in with the family in Las Vegas several months ago. They did not remarry and the current custody order remains in effect.
Client wants to end the relationship and move out, but she wants 50-50 physical custody this time. OP is threatening to prevent her from having as much time with the boys as she has in the Decree. Client does not want to have to endure a bad relationship just to continue to be present for the children.

Case Number: 2021-009971

Client, a Spanish speaker, needs representation to obtain custody orders for her 4 month old child. Client seeks is sole/sole custody because not only has the father (OP) not cared for the child since birth- he has not even visited. There is no CPS or DV history. Client is not capable of self-representation due to language barrier.

Case Number: 2021-009063

Client, a Spanish speaker, needs assistance filing a divorce. He attempted to do so last year but was unable to effectuate service. The Court Clerk told him to re-file. Client states there are no children and no DV issues. There is some property and debt to distribute. The marriage was of relatively short duration, client does not seek alimony and even if the opposing party does, Client’s only income is unemployment. He seeks a clean break and a fresh start.

Case Number: 2020-006969

The parties were married for many years and had one child. Husband was sole breadwinner and handled all the money. The wife believes he was making as much as $260K a year plus bonuses. The wife was a stay at home mom who took care of their child who had cancer, she has no significant work experience or assets.

The child ultimately passed away and the parties divorced. Almost as soon as they divorced, the parties began seeing each other again, the wife got pregnant, and they decided to remarry, The morning of the second weddings he husband forced the wife to sign a prenup/quitclaim disclaiming any interest in their nearly $1M home.

The parties separated in 2018 and are divorcing a second time. The husband is trying to claim the entirety of the house and avoid paying any alimony. The wife was working a low-wage job as a secretary for a roofing company but was laid off due to Covid and is now living on less than $300 a week unemployment. In addition to the financial issues, there are also disputes over custody. Trial is currently set for June 15 and they have a settlement conference on May 5.

Case Number: 2021-010981

Client is seeking assistance with a non-pending divorce. She has been living with her son since her husband forced her out of their property. Client and her husband have been married since October 1989 and their final separation took place May 2021. While Client was hospitalized, her husband changed the locks to prevent her entry. Community property includes a marital home, other property, 2 vehicles, furniture, an RV and checking/savings account. Client is requesting alimony of $2500 per month. Community debt includes car loans, IRS, mortgage and 2 creditors. There are no minor children involved and there is no physical DV.

Case Number: 2021-014545

Client is seeking assistance with a divorce. Client is a resident of Las Vegas and her husband’s residence is unknown. The reason for the separation is due to her husband being taken away by police from their home. She has not known anything about her husband’s whereabouts since 2005. Client has no community or property debt and there are no children or domestic violence issues.

Case Number: 2021-004797

Client seeks representation on a custody case involving DV. The father (Opposing Party, “OP”) has several arrests, including for domestic violence against Client. Client is terrified of him and states he has threatened her several times, including that he would kill her if she showed up in court for a DV incident. When she didn’t appear, the charges were dropped by the DA. OP is represented by counsel, but client is not. OP’s counsel accused client in open court of sending fake text messages of the threats and OP denies making them. There is an ongoing CPS investigation against OP as well. Client needs counsel to help her present her evidence at an upcoming evidentiary hearing. She just wants to keep her 2 and 5 year old boys safe and wants OP’s threats and violence toward her to stop.

Landlord/Tenant

Case Number: 2020-006900

Clients seek assistance in defending a lawsuit recently filed against them by their residential landlord (LL). They were served with the Summons and Complaint on November 22, 2020. The claims include breach of contract, unjust enrichment and elder abuse pursuant to NRS 41. LL claims that she is entitled to double damages for unpaid rent because she is over age 60.

Clients have attempted to make partial payments but LL refused their offer and has demanded payment in full. LL’s attorney also requested copies of their tax returns, but clients refused. Clients then served LL and LL’s attorney with the CDC Declaration in August. They unsuccessfully attempted to obtain rental assistance through CHAP in July.

Clients are able to pay a portion of the balance owed but cannot afford the full balance of over $5K at this time. The clients are a married couple whose income is unemployment and retirement, but much of the income is being used for one client’s medical expenses. The other client lost his job in April. They seek representation in the action and possible settlement to pay as much toward the balance as they can afford.

Case Number: 2021-000052

Client seeks assistance with enforcing her original lease with previous management for the duration of her lease. She renewed her lease in 2020 with the previous owners. She subsequently received a notice informing her that the property was sold to a different management company in October 2020.
In the same month, she received a 60-day notice from new management company informing her that the utility billing will move from a flat rate to an allocation method. They have also informed her that renters insurance is required, when it was only advised in her lease. She has complied and obtained renters insurance. She hasn’t signed a new lease. The additional fees have accrued and she now has a balance owing to the apartment complex. She wants the original lease terms to be enforced.

Case Number: 2021-002147

Client requests assistance in a small claims action. Client is a former sub-tenant of opposing party (OP). Client was behind on rent to OP in October 2020. OP attempted to evict her but client contested the eviction and prevailed. In December 2020, OP was able to evict tenant and perform the lockout. However, OP also cleared the unit of all of client’s personal property, including clothes, appliances, a TV, etc. Client would like counsel and advice as to how to retrieve her property from OP.

Case Number: 2021-013798

Client requests representation against a former landlord (opposing party, “OP”) who has sued her and served the Summons and Complaint on May 6, 2021. OP also filed an OSC for a writ of restitution. A hearing for the writ was continued until May 18, 2021, and client still needs to file an Answer by May 26, 2021.
OP is suing client for unlawful detainer (even though client moved out months ago), breach of contract and related claims. Client was behind on rent, but previously obtained CHAPs funds which were paid to OP. Client has already applied for additional CHAPs funds, but her application is pending. OP pursued eviction on the grounds that client did not have renter’s insurance. Client resided at the apartment for years without renters insurance and OP never previously attempted to evict her on that basis. Client wants the eviction dismissed because she is already out of the unit and her CHAPs application is pending.

Case Number: 2021-012783

Client requests assistance with a dispute she has with a former landlord (opposing party, “OP”). She vacated a townhome in August 2019 because she could no longer obtain transportation to her health care providers. She is disabled and continues to need treatment for her condition. She states she provided OP with the necessary notice regarding her disability when she terminated her lease early. She paid for August 2019, but not September 2019, which OP is billing her for. OP is also billing her to replace flooring and carpeting. Client states the flooring and carpeting have normal wear and tear. Client wants to contest the bill and obtain her security deposit. The total balance owed, according to Landlord is approximately $3k. Client disagrees with these costs and tried to mediate a solution by contacting the Neighborhood Justice Center who referred her to contact LACSN.

Real Estate Fraud

Case Number: 2021-008283

Client needs help defending a quiet title claim. She is a Spanish speaker, though her adult daughter is available to assist her and translate. Client was served with a Complaint for Quiet Title on 03/12/2021 and she filed an Answer on 03/23/2021. Plaintiff claims that Client improperly and fraudulently recorded a deed naming her owner to the property in question but client vehemently denies this and has the records.
Plaintiff and Client were involved in a relationship together in 2003. In 2011, Plaintiff won a wrongful death lawsuit for $14.1 million dollars. He offered to pay off Client’s house in a short sale transaction. Plaintiff payed $40K and title was transferred into his name. The parties’ relationship ended in 2011, and Client asked to have title transferred back into her name before Plaintiff moved away. On or about 02/03/2012 the parties engaged counsel to prepare and execute a quitclaim deed (which Plaintiff alleges is fraudulent and Client denies), transferring title of the property back into Client’s name.
The parties separated but kept in contact. Plaintiff began talking about selling the property, and that the property belongs to him. Client then found the quitclaim deed that was executed in 2012 and recorded the deed on 11/13/2019.
Client wants to keep her house and wants representation to fight for it. She states this was a gift from Plaintiff. Client rented this property for years, before she was able to purchase it. She cannot keep her home without representation.

Case Number: 2021-008899

Client, 67 years old, needs assistance with a possible real estate scam. He owned a condo unit until 2018, subject to a mortgage and unpaid HOA dues. Client quit claimed the property to the opposing party (OP) in 2018 for only $2,000 and agreed to pay $555 per month pursuant to a standard residential lease agreement with a 5 year term.
Client recently received notice from the bank which holds the first mortgage, that his transfer of the deed triggers the acceleration clause of the bank’s deed of trust. The bank is threatening to foreclose. Client states he wasn’t sure what he was signing when he gave up the property as he had recently suffered a stroke and had many financial problems that OP claimed he would address. Client also signed a POA in favor of OP before the transaction. Client wants to know his options.

Spanish/Non-English Speaking

Case Number: 2021-008283

Client needs help defending a quiet title claim. She is a Spanish speaker, though her adult daughter is available to assist her and translate. Client was served with a Complaint for Quiet Title on 03/12/2021 and she filed an Answer on 03/23/2021. Plaintiff claims that Client improperly and fraudulently recorded a deed naming her owner to the property in question but client vehemently denies this and has the records.
Plaintiff and Client were involved in a relationship together in 2003. In 2011, Plaintiff won a wrongful death lawsuit for $14.1 million dollars. He offered to pay off Client’s house in a short sale transaction. Plaintiff payed $40K and title was transferred into his name. The parties’ relationship ended in 2011, and Client asked to have title transferred back into her name before Plaintiff moved away. On or about 02/03/2012 the parties engaged counsel to prepare and execute a quitclaim deed (which Plaintiff alleges is fraudulent and Client denies), transferring title of the property back into Client’s name.
The parties separated but kept in contact. Plaintiff began talking about selling the property, and that the property belongs to him. Client then found the quitclaim deed that was executed in 2012 and recorded the deed on 11/13/2019.
Client wants to keep her house and wants representation to fight for it. She states this was a gift from Plaintiff. Client rented this property for years, before she was able to purchase it. She cannot keep her home without representation.

Case Number: 2021-006259

Client is a 69 year old Spanish speaker who needs help clearing a claim against her credit. A former apartment complex placed a claim on Client’s credit which Client disputes in part. Client now cannot obtain housing because of the $1500 claim. Client would like assistance in negotiating the claim down or some other resolution so that she will be able to find a new apartment.

Case Number: 2021-009971

Client, a Spanish speaker, needs representation to obtain custody orders for her 4 month old child. Client seeks is sole/sole custody because not only has the father (OP) not cared for the child since birth- he has not even visited. There is no CPS or DV history. Client is not capable of self-representation due to language barrier.

Case Number: 2021-009063

Client, a Spanish speaker, needs assistance filing a divorce. He attempted to do so last year but was unable to effectuate service. The Court Clerk told him to re-file. Client states there are no children and no DV issues. There is some property and debt to distribute. The marriage was of relatively short duration, client does not seek alimony and even if the opposing party does, Client’s only income is unemployment. He seeks a clean break and a fresh start.