Available Cases


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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: 2021-007563

The parties were married and have two children. The divorce decree provides for shared custody. Appellant filed a motion to change custody and/or visitation alleging that respondent fails to recognize one of the children’s special medical needs and fails to provide necessary care. The district court denied the motion, and appellant appeals. Order number is 82444

Case Number: 2021-007610

This is a contested divorce action involving the custody of a minor child.
After trial respondent was granted sole legal and sole physical custody of the minor child, and was allowed to relocate with the minor child to Oregon. Appellant resides in Nevada. No visitation was ordered in the decree. Order number is 81887

Case Number: 2020-009890

Case No. 2:18-cv-01184-JCM-EJY
The SAC alleges the following: In April 1999, a woman alleged sexual assault against plaintiff. (ECF No. 15 at 15). LVMPD conducted a sexual assault nurse examiner (“SANE”) medical exam. (Id.) The sexual assault kit concluded no definitive signs of sexual assault and LVMPD impounded the medical kit into evidence. (Id.) In June 1999, LVMPD closed the case. (Id.) LVMPD never disposed of the kit. (Id.) Seventeen years later, LVMPD processed the SANE medical kit, identified plaintiff, and arrested plaintiff in 2017. From April 17, 2017 through June 9, 2019, Doe CCDC/LVMPD classification committee members held plaintiff in solitary confinement for 406 days without a classification hearing. (ECF No. 15 at 39). Plaintiff remained in 23-hour lockdown as a pretrial detainee. The court finds that plaintiff states a colorable due process claim because Doe classification committee appears to have punished plaintiff for 406 days by holding plaintiff in solitary confinement without a hearing. The court 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. 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 Doe 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. (Id.) 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.” (Id.)Plaintiff’s cell contained over 1,000 pages of legal material as well as legal handbooks and legal dictionaries. (Id. at 62). 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. (Id. at 63). When plaintiff asked why, one of the officers responded that everything would be written on the property receipt form. (Id.) 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. (Id. at 63-64). The property receipt only stated “books and papers placed in property.” 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.

Children's Attorneys Project (Abuse/Neglect Cases)

Case Number: 2021-000173

Baby boy client was exposed in utero to illicit substances. Parents left Nevada to avoid CPS involvement when it was time to deliver the client. However, Arizona CPS got involved when the mother and baby tested positive for meth at the hospital. The mother has an open case involving drugs and lack of resources for her 10 year old son.  Next hearing is a Review Hearing on 5/5/2021 at 2:00 pm in Courtroom 10.

Case Number: 2020-022677

5 year old girl and new born baby boy came into DFS care on December 18, 2020 due to allegations of substance expose infant regarding baby boy by his mom. Mother arrived at Southern Hills Hospital via ambulance, she then gave birth to a baby boy via C-section. Mother’s urine results reported that she tested positive for opiates, benzos and marijuana. Mom reported she uses marijuana recreationally and takes Zanax once in a while for anxiety.  Next hearing is a Review Hearing on 6/8/2021 at 3:00 pm in Courtroom 11.

Case Number: 2021-000454

8 year old girl and 2 year old boy came into DFS care on December 8, 2020 and December 29, 2020 due to environmental neglect. DFS attempted informal investigations, and ultimately secured a warrant to enter the home to determine if there were hazards to the 28 month old son and 8 year old daughter. Entry was made on December 8, 2020, after the children were secreted to another location. The house was filthy, with garbage, piles of dirty clothes and dirty dishes throughout the home. There was a stench within the home and drug paraphernalia was also located inside the home. There was garbage outside the home and the entire area posed a hazard to the children. Natural mother denied living at the residence and stated she lived with the paternal grandfather. Paternal grandfather came to the home with the children and advised that natural mother did not live with him. A present danger plan was established with the paternal grandfather and the children were placed with him. DFS obtained a warrant December 29 authorizing the children to be placed in protective custody. Next hearing is a Confirmation of Counsel Hearing on 4/20/2021 at 10:30 am in Courtroom 11.

Case Number: 2021-002504

Newborn girl came into DFS care on 12-30-2020.  The Department of Family Services (DFS) received a report warranting a 24-hour response time with an allegation of Substance Exposed and Physical Risk to subject minor by her parents.  Natural mother gave birth to Subject minor on 12-30-2020 at Mountain View Hospital in which Natural Mother tested positive for Amphetamines. Subject minor tested negative in her urine and her umbilical cord and meconium is pending. There were also concerns as Parents do not have stable housing or resources for their child.  Next hearings are; a Disposition Haring on 4/15/2021 at 1:00 pm and a Review Hearing on 9/16/2021 at 2:30 pm in Courtroom 12.

Case Number: 2021-000720

The child came into DFS care on January 3, 2021 as a priority with allegations of Physical Risk, and Inadequate Supervision against parents.  Mother was arrested for driving under the influence and failing a sobriety test while driving with her son in the car.  Mother and minor have been living with the Maternal Grandmother for the past 3 years.  Maternal Grandmother and Grandmother’s boyfriend informed agent that the mother took her son from the house while under the influence and they called the police to report the incident.  Father also is reported to have an alcohol problem as well as domestic violence issues with mother.  Mother’s drug use and inability to control her impulses pose a safety concern for minor.  Next hearing is a Review Hearing on 6/24/2021 at 10:45 am in Courtroom 12.

Case Number: 2021-002437

An infant girl came into DFS care in January 2021due to her mother having a current open case involving her five other children.  There are concerns of unstable housing and employment as her other children have not been placed back in her care.  The whereabouts of the named father are unknown.  The child has been placed with a relative and sibling visitation will be arranged.  Next hearings are; an Adjudicatory Trial for Mother on 4/16/2021 at 10:00 am and a Review Hearing on 7/28/2021 at 2:00 pm in Courtroom 13.

Case Number: 2021-000301

4 year old girl and 11 year old boy came into DFS care on December 28, 2020 due to concerns of physical risk. There are concerns of domestic violence as to mother. Mother was arrested on the date of removal. NF as to boy is incarcerated at CCDC. NF as to girl  was not present at the time of removal, but confirmed that that he would like the children to remain placed with maternal grandparents.  Next hearings are; Disposition Hearing on 4/27/2021 at 1:30 pm and a Review Hearing on 6/15/2021 at 3:00 pm in Courtroom 11.

Case Number: 2021-002571

Newborn baby girl was placed in protective custody as her mother is incarcerated at Florence McClure.  Prior to mother’s arrest, she used multiple illegal substances and did not seek prenatal care.  Mother has another child in the custody of Washoe County DFS; the case is quickly approaching TPR.  Next hearings are; Status Check on Paternity on 4/26/2021 at 10:00 am and a Review Hearing on 7/21/2021 at 2:30 pm in Courtroom 10.

Case Number: 2021-001224

14 year old boy came into DFS care on January 7, 2021 due to concerns regarding mother’s mental health. She has referred to demons telling her to get her son out of the apartment or he would be killed; she has removed all his belongings from the residence; she reportedly speaks in the third person. She was placed on a legal 2000 for three days on December 27, 2020 and again on January 6, 2021. She is currently at the Rawson Neal Mental Health residential facility.  Next hearing is a Review Hearing on 6/29/2021 at 2:15 pm in Courtroom 11.

Case Number: 2021-001977

Baby boy client was taken in protective custody after his mother gave birth while in prison.  Mother gave conflicting stories about paternity to CPS investigator.  CPS was able to confirm that mother has other kids in protective custody out of state.  Baby was exposed in utero to illicit substantives but recovered well enough to be released to foster care.  Next hearing is a Motion for an Order for Medical Treatment Hearing on 4/27/2021 at 1:30 pm in Courtroom 18.

Case Number: 2021-001079

A newborn baby boy exposed in utero to multiple substances.  The parents have no real plan to take care of baby but did provide some names of relatives for possible placement.  Maternal grandmother is willing to take placement, but lives out of state.  Next hearing is a Review Hearing on 7/13/2021 at 2:00 pm in Courtroom 18.

Case Number: 2021-002154

5 year old twins (girl and boy) came into DFS care on January 11, 2021 due to concerns of physical risk and parental substance abuse by both parents.  The Department confirmed that intermittent issues with drug use affect the ability of the parents to adequately parent the two subject minors. The Department removed the two subject minors after it could not enact a voluntary present danger plan and placed the children with their grandmother. The parents have an open case related to their drug history from December 2020.  Next hearing is a Review Hearing on 7/6/2021 at 3:00 pm in Courtroom 11.

Case Number: 2021-001371

A Twelve year old boy was removed from his mother’s care after she was arrested for breaking into a home.  The mother actively uses meth and does not adequately supervise client.  He hasn’t attended school on a regular basis, and smokes marijuana left around by his mother. His paternal  aunt has taken care of him in the past. The father is currently incarcerated.   Next hearing is a Review Hearing on 7/20/2021 at 2:00 pm in Courtroom 18.

Case Number: 2021-001055

A newborn baby boy was born exposed in utero to illicit substances. Both parents have extensive history of use; father’s family also uses.  Mother has other children not in her care in another state.  Next hearing is a Review Hearing on 7/7/2021 at 2:00 pm in Courtroom 18.

Case Number: 2021-003296

17 year old boy came into DFS care on January 29, 2021 due to ongoing domestic violence and mother’s refusal to remove herself from the situation. DFS reports approx. 30 calls and reports since 12/17/2020. Mother’s boyfriend is allegedly very violent and on drugs. Reports of lots of people going in and out of the home. Minor is currently  at child haven; DFS has been vetting family members, but a lot of them have unstable housing. Maternal Aunt is the only possible placement, but she has concerns about being able to care for Luis full time as he has some cognitive delays and potentially some other MH issues. Family has extensive history with DFS.  Next hearing is a Review Hearing on 7/22/2021 at 3:30 pm in Courtroom 12.

Case Number: 2021-003474

A newborn baby girl was removed from her parents due to incidents of domestic violence between the parents in the presence of the minor. The parents have an extensive CPS history and have had several other children removed and subsequently adopted as the parents did not complete their case plans.  Next hearings are; Adjudicatory Trial on 5/6/2021 at 11:00 am and a Review Hearing on 7/27/2021 at 2:00 pm in Courtroom 13.

Case Number: 2021-003062

6 year old boy came into DFS care on January 25, 2021. Natural mother is deceased and the identity of natural father is unknown. An individual from Detroit, Michigan, called and stated that he is the father of the child. He stated that the mother is from Detroit and came to Las Vegas at Christmas and didn’t return. His name is not on the birth certificate and he stated that he had not seen the child in a year.  Next hearing is a Status Check Hearing for DNA results on 4/6/2021 at at 9:45 am in Courtroom 11.

Case Number: 2021-003084

Sibling group of four kids ages, 12 year old girl, 9 year old girl, 7 year old girl, and 7 month old boy came into DFS due to credible evidence of repeated domestic violence between the parents.  Domestic violence incidents have occurred when mother has been intoxicated and the children are present, one of the minor girls indicated her mother has alcohol bottles stashed throughout the house and frequently reeks of alcohol.  Mother has delegated her parental responsibilities to older minor and they oldest girls have indicated fear of returning to mother.  Next hearing is an Adjudicatory Trial on 4/12/2021 at 1:30 pm in Courtroom 11.

Case Number: 2021-002889

Newborn boy came into DFS care on or about January 25, 2021 after police received reports of a shooting at the family’s residence. Allegedly, mother’s boyfriend shot through their door after someone knocked. The residence is also alleged to be in a disgusting state. Further, police report that there were 3 firearms in locations accessible to the child. Father reports active marijuana use, and past meth and MDMA use. Mother has suspected drug issues as well. Neither adult seems to grasp the severity of the situation and believes the shooting was no big deal. There is past issues with domestic violence as well. DFS is still trying to collect enough information to track down the natural father. Next hearings are; Status Check on Paternity on 6/1/2021 at 2:00 pm and a Review Hearing on 7/8/2021 at 2:30 pm in Courtroom 12.

Case Number: 2021-002851

Newborn baby girl came into DFS due to impending dangers presented by parents/caregivers.  Mother reported to using methamphetamines since October 2020.  There are concerns with mother’s mental health, she has attempted suicide and suffers from ADHD.  Mother reported she has no family support or has the resources to care for baby once her baby is released from NICU.    Next hearings are; Disposition Hearing on 4/22/2021 at 1:00 pm and a Review Hearing on 7/22/2021 at 3:30 pm in Courtroom 12.

Case Number: 2021-002256

The child came into DFS care on 1-20-21 in response to the allegations of Substance Exposure. Natural Mother and the Subject Minor tested positive for methamphetamine, amphetamines, opiates and marijuana in the urine at the time of birth.  Next hearing is a Review Hearing on 7/22/2021 at 3:00 pm in Courtroom 12.

Case Number: 2021-002776

Newborn baby boy came into DFS care on 12/27/2020 in response to the allegations of substance exposed infant.  Mother and minor tested positive for opiates and methamphetamine at the time of birth.  Mother admitted to using methamphetamine and opiates throughout her pregnancy.  Both mother and father are homeless and are unable to provide sufficient housing for an infant.  Next hearing is a Review Hearing on 7/15/2021 at 3:00 pm in Courtroom 12.

Case Number: 2021-002411

A sibling group of two boys, ages 2 and 1 were removed from their parents due to concerns regarding inadequate supervision, domestic violence, mental health, homelessness, lack of stability and substance abuse.  The parents are currently homeless and previously lived in their vehicle.  There are maternal and paternal relatives who have attempted to take placement of the children, but these have been disrupted due to the parent’s behaviors.  Next hearing is a Review Hearing on 7/29/2021 at 1:30 pm in Courtroom 18.

Case Number: 2021-003574

A one year old boy was removed due to allegations of substance abuse and lack of resources.  The mother admitted to relapsing on meth and has mental health diagnosis.  The father has not made himself available to the department.  He is reported to be homeless, living and California, is actively using methamphetamines and has an extensive criminal history.  However, paternal relatives have come forward and the child is currently placed with them.  Next hearing is a Disposition Hearing on 4/13/2021 at 1:30 pm in Courtroom 18.

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 5/10/2021 at 1:30 pm and a Review Hearing on 7/8/2021 at 2:30 pm.

Case Number: 2021-003976

A two year old toddler girl was removed from her mother due to the mother’s erratic behavior.  The mother was placed on a Legal 2000. Since then, the mother has been diagnosed with Bipolar disorder mixed with Psychosis.  The whereabouts of the father are unknown at this time.  The child is placed with a relative pending further evaluation of the mother and her resources.  Next hearings are; Status Check on Paternity on 4/28/2021 at 1:30 pm and Review Hearing on 8/4/2021 at 2:30 pm in Courtroom 10.

Case Number: 2021-003731

13 year old girl and 7 year old boy came into DFS care on February 1, 2021 due to minor girl that her step-father has engaged in sexually inappropriate conduct towards her over the past four years. Minor girl stated that her mother either observed the conduct or was told of the conduct and failed to take any action to protect her.  Next hearings are; Status Check on 3/31/2021 at 9:45 am and a Disposition Hearing on 4/14/2021 at 1:30 pm in Courtroom 11.

Case Number: 2021-003821

Baby Boy came into DFS care on January 22, 2021 due to concerns of recent domestic violence between the parents, as well as allegations that the natural father has taken and hid the child from the natural mother.  Next hearings are; Further Proceedings Hearing on 5/13/2021 at 10:15 am and Adjudicatory Trial on 5/27/2021 at 9:45 am in Courtroom 11.

Case Number: 2021-005453

A three year old toddler girl was removed from her parents when they were found sleeping in their car along with drugs. The parents were arrested for possession.  The father was also on parole. The child has been placed with paternal relatives.  Next hearing is a Disposition Hearing on 4/21/2021 at 2:00 pm in Courtroom 10.

Case Number: 2021-005062

A three month old baby girl was placed in protective custody after she was found alone in a room at the Venetian Hotel and Casino.  Housekeeping discovered the infant.  The putative mother and father  returned to the room while law enforcement was present.  She stated she was not the mother but refused to provide  any further information regarding the baby.  Narcotics and drug paraphernalia was also found in the room. The putative parents were subsequently arrested.  Next hearing is a Plea Hearing on 4/8/2021 at 10:00 am in Courtroom 18.

Case Number: 2021-002991

A 10 month old baby girl was removed from her parents due to a domestic violence incident. There appears to be ongoing domestic violence between the parents. The child was present and the mother appears to lack protective capacity. The father fled the scene prior to law enforcement arrival but was subsequently arrested.  Next hearings are; Further Proceedings Hearing-Possible Dismissal on 6/22/2021 at 10:00 am and a Review Hearing on 7/27/2021 at 2:00 pm in Courtroom 18.

Case Number: 2020-0020622

8 year old girl came into the system along with her sister  due to mother’s severe depression and inappropriate discipline/abuse of the girls, and her admitting to not being motivated to parent and being overwhelmed. The father also was shown to be unable to care for the girls due to his own mental health concerns and lack of resources. They were placed in the care of their paternal grandmother and remain with her to this day under guardianship.  Minor girls cases were separated as they have different wishes.  Next hearing is a Citation Hearing on 3/2/2021 at 3:30 pm in Courtroom 12.

Case Number: 2021-006508

8 year old girl came into the system along with her sister  due to mother’s severe depression and inappropriate discipline/abuse of the girls, and her admitting to not being motivated to parent and being overwhelmed. The father also was shown to be unable to care for the girls due to his own mental health concerns and lack of resources. They were placed in the care of their paternal grandmother and remain with her to this day under guardianship.  Minor girls cases were separated as they have different wishes.  Next hearing is a Status Check on 4/20/2021 at 2:00 pm in Courtroom 12.

Case Number: 2021-004882

A one year old boy was removed from his parents when due to a domestic violence incident between the mother and putative father while the child was present.  This child is in need of an attorney to represent his legal wishes and rights as to permanency, placement, visitation, and to ensure appropriate services are in place.  Next hearing is an Adjudicatory Trial on 4/14/2021 at 10:00 am in Courtroom 10.

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; Case Plan on 4/15/2021 at 1:30 pm and a Further Proceedings Hearing on 9/16/2021 at 2:00 pm in Courtroom 12.

Case Number: 2021-004868

Newborn baby girl came into DFS care on February 6, 2021 due to mother testing positive for amphetamine and opiates prior to birth of the child. The child’s meconium tested positive for amphetamine, methamphetamine and hydromorphone following birth. Mother admitted to being addicted to methamphetamine for the past four years (since she was twenty years old) and admitted to using methamphetamine during her pregnancy. She is homeless and dependent upon her boyfriend financially, she intended to place the child with a private adoption agency and then changed her mind and wants the child adopted by her mother. No formal arrangements were made to achieve either goal. Mother has not bonded with the child, referring to her as “it” rather than by name or sex. The true identity and whereabouts of natural father are unknown.  Next hearing is a Review Hearing on 7/27/2021 at 3:00 pm in Courtroom 11.

Case Number: 2021-005303

A one year old girl was removed from her guardian and the guardian’s boyfriend when they are were arrested for driving a stolen vehicle and child endangerment. The guardian was from Chicago, where the mother resides and had only been in Las Vegas for a few days.  There were no relatives to place child.  Child has been placed in foster care.     Next hearings are; Case Plan on 4/21/2021 at 1:30 pm and a Review Hearing on 9/15/2021 at 2:00 pm in Courtroom 10.

Case Number: 2021-006021

A newborn baby boy was born substance exposed.  The mother and baby tested positive for methamphetamine at the time of birth. The father is currently incarcerated in prison.  The mother has a history of drug usage.  The baby is currently placed with a maternal cousin.  Next hearing is a Disposition Hearing on 4/21/2021 at 1:30 pm in Courtroom 10.

Case Number: 2021-006900

A 7 year old girl was placed into protective custody after her parents were arrested for a traffic stop and drug bust. There was no caregiver available.  Subsequently, a maternal cousin was located and the child was placed with her.  Next hearing is a Disposition Hearing on 4/15/2021 at 2:00 pm in Courtroom 18.

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 hearings are; Calendar Call on 4/14/2021 10:15 am; Adjudicatory Trial on 5/24/2021 at 1:30 pm 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 hearing is a Plea Hearing on 4/7/2021 at 10:00 am 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 hearings are; Case Plan Hearing on 4/20/2021 at 1:00 pm and Review Hearing on 6/15/2021 at 2:00 pm in Courtroom 12.

Case Number: 2021-008120

6 year old boy and his sister came back into DFS care on April 13, 2018 due to inadequate supervision. The previous case was closed with a 550 order to putative father. There had been no contact with the putative father. The mother was incarcerated at CCDC for child abuse charges from 2016. The mother had no contact with the children during her time in jail. Now that mother is out, this minor wants to be placed with mother and sister does not.  Cases for siblings were separated due to conflict.  Next hearing is a Permanency Planning Hearing on 9/30/2021 at 1:30 pm in Courtroom 18.

Case Number: 2021-008481

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 Review Hearing on 4/6/2021 at 9:45 am in Courtroom 12.

Case Number: 2021-008099

A baby girl was born substance exposed.  The mother admitted to using heroin the night before the child’s birth and has a history of substance abuse.  The mother further reported she has a history of using heroin for 10 years.  She grew up in a substance abuse home and her mother was also addicted to drugs.  This child also has a three year old sibling, who was placed with her father.  This child is currently placed with the great maternal aunt and uncle.  Next hearing is a Plea Hearing on 4/5/2021 at 10:00 am in Courtroom 10.

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 hearing is a Plea Hearing on 4/6/2021 at 9:45 am in Courtroom 11.

Case Number: 2020-020361

An Infant baby boy was removed from his mother’s care over concerns of drug use and domestic violence.  CPS attempted to work with the mother, but the domestic violence is ongoing between the mother and her boyfriend.  CPS attempted to place with the father but it appears he has an extensive drug history as well.  Next hearings are; Termination of Parental Rights Hearing on 5/20/2021 at 11:00 am and a Permanency Planning Hearing on 8/24/2021 at 2:00 pm in Courtroom 18.

Case Number: 2021-004290

A five year old boy was removed from his mother and her boyfriend due to allegations of physical risk and inadequate supervision.  Mother and her boyfriend got into a physical altercation in the presence of minor.  The mother was arrested and the boyfriend was extremely intoxicated and has a prior domestic violence charge for battery against the mother who is also currently pregnant.  Minor boy has some speech delays.  Next hearing is a Disposition Hearing on 4/6/2021 at 11:00 am in Courtroom 18.

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 hearing is a Plea Hearing on 4/7/2021 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 Paternity on 5/5/2021 at 3:00 pm in Courtroom 11.

Case Number: 2021-007286

Sibling girls ages 6 and 1 were removed from their parents due to allegations of physical neglect treatment and educational neglect.  There are also concerns the parents may be abusing drugs.  Next hearing is a Disposition Hearing on 4/27/2021 at 1:30 pm in Courtroom 18.

Case Number: 2021-008291

A 16 year old boy came into DFS care in March 2021 after allegations of inadequate supervision.  The child has mental health concerns which manifest through anxiety, depression and aggression.  He has been hospitalized three times and placed on juvenile probation.  He has been verbally and physically aggressive towards his family and is uncooperative with the department.  The parents are no longer willing to parent the child in their home.  Next hearing is a Plea Hearing on 4/7/2021 at 10:00 am in Courtroom 13.

Case Number: 2020-006293

A newborn baby boy came into DFS care in June 2020 due to physical risk.  Mother has an open case with the Department, she has five other children who are not in her care.  Mother lost her parental rights due to illegal substance abuse and has history of domestic violence.  The child’s father is in jail.  The child is placed in a foster home.  Next hearing is a Permanency Planning Hearing on 6/22/2021 at 2:00 pm in Courtroom 22.

Case Number: 2021-004701

7 year old minor child came back into care on 2/9/2021, on allegations of inadequate supervision, leaving minor alone in the home. Mother is currently using alcohol and/or drugs and is in  a violent relationship.  She is also facing eviction.   Minor is not currently enrolled in school.  Next hearing is an Adjudicatory Trial on 4/14/2021 at 1:30 pm and a Review Hearing on 8/10/2021 at 1:30 pm in Courtroom 14.

Case Number: 2021-010280

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 an Adjudicatory Trial on 5/3/2021 at 9:45 am in Courtoom 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 hearings are; a Status Check on DNA on 5/5/2021 at 3:00 pm and an Adjudicatory Trial on 5/24/2021 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 hearing is a Plea Hearing on 4/20/2021 at 9:45 am in Courtroom 11.

Case Number: 2021-009496

Baby Boy came into DFS care on March 19, 2021 due to the baby being born substance exposed. Mother admitted to using Illegal drugs several days prior to her son’s birth. Baby boy’s meconium returned positive for opiates, marijuana and amphetamines. Mother has a history with CPS including a substantiated case for physical injury.  Next hearing is a Disposition Hearing on 4/27/2021 at 1:30 pm in Courtroom 11.

Case Number: 2021-008894

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 Plea Hearing on 4/21/2021 at 10:00 am 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 hearing is Calendar Call on 4/14/2021 at 10:15 am in Courtroom 11.

Case Number: 2021-008917

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.

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 hearing is a Plea Hearing on 4/27/2021 at 9:45 am in Courtroom 11.

Case Number: 2021-010225

A three year old toddler boy was removed from his mother and her boyfriend due to a domestic violence incident and substance abuse.  The father’s whereabouts are unknown.  Next hearing is a Plea Hearing on 4/26/2021 at 10:00 am in Courtroom 10.

Case Number: 2021-010358

A six month old baby boy was removed from his parents care when they were arrested.  The minor child was found to be unsecured in the mother’s lap and there were was a drug paraphernalia in the vehicle. The parents have a history of substance abuse.  Next hearing is a Plea Hearing on 4/15/2021 at 9:45 am in Courtroom 10.

Case Number: 2021-009303

A six year old girl was removed from her mother when the mother attempted suicide and was taken to the hospital.  There was no caregiver for the child.  The father is currently incarcerated.  Mother has several mental health diagnosis.  Next hearing is a Plea Hearing on 4/15/2021 at 10:00 am in Courtroom 18.

Case Number: 2019-001563

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 Termination of Parental Rights Hearing (TPR) on 4/26/2021 at 11:00 am in Courtroom 10.

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: 2021-003261

Client seeks assistance to stop a former residential landlord (LL) from harassing her. In 2020, Client and her disabled son resided in an apartment unit, wherein Client was the named tenant. The LL served a 30 day No Cause lease termination in October 2020. Client requested an additional 30 days due to her son’s disability, which the LL agreed upon. Client remained current on her rent for the duration of her residency. She and her son vacated the unit in early December 2020 pursuant to the termination notice provided to the LL.
However, squatters entered and remained in the unit immediately before Client vacated. Client’s disabled son allowed them to enter. The LL now demands that Client continue to pay rent due to the squatters’ refusal to leave. Yet, LL apparently has not served nor filed an unlawful detainer action against the squatters. Client wants the demands for payment and harassment by the LL to stop.

Case Number: 2020-001594

Applicant was forced out of her position as President of Graduate and Professional Student Association at UNLV. She believes it is due to the fact that some allegations have come out against her due to an affair she had with a former UNLV employee. She has been trespassed from the graduate building and placed on a no-contact order. Appl is concerned that she has not been given the opportunity to appeal their no contact order or tresspass order to the Office of Student Conduct. Appl has gathered all relevant documentation and correspondence between the Dean of the UNLV Graduate College, the Executive Director of the Office of Student Conduct, and other UNLV personnel.

Case Number: 2020-007915

Client being sued for defamation related to his posts on Twitter and Facebook. Client allegedly made defamatory statements about business practices of purchasing houses to flip using unlicensed contractors to perform unpermitted work. Client has filed an answer. Client’s wife is in another lawsuit against OP and others.

Case Number: 2021-003188

Client seeks help in recovering against an auto repair business that sold her car without notice, even though she paid for the repairs in full. Client brought her vehicle to opposing party (OP) for repairs last July. States she paid approximately $1500 in repairs. Client states the repairs were insufficient and she had to bring the car back for follow up repairs several times. The invoices from those follow up repairs show a 0 balance due. After the third repair attempt, Client retrieved the vehicle from the repair shop without notifying them. OP repossessed the vehicle about 6 months later, even though Client never received a mechanic’s lien and believed the matter was resolved. Client states she was never provided with any options to recover the vehicle or sale information. OP sold the vehicle to a third party within 3 weeks after the repossession.

Case Number: 2021-004300

Client seeks help with a problematic auto sale. He purchased a 2007 Chevrolet Trailblazer on January 10th of this year for which he paid $5900 cash, plus a trade for a 2007 Chevy Colorado, for a total of $7106.74. The current mileage on the Trailblazer is less than 139,500. Client states that he drove the vehicle less than 500 miles before it broke down while driving to California. Client states he took the car to a shop near Barstow and he was informed that the head gasket was blown and had been damaged before he bought the vehicle.
Client brought the vehicle in for a second opinion on 2/17/2021. He received a repair estimate of $2759.25 and the second shop confirmed the head gasket issue. Client has no evidence that a proper inspection was performed by the seller. He seeks the cost of repair.

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: 2020-001994

Client is of age 53, single, employed with a monthly income of $2,000. He is income qualified.

Client, is seeking advice or representation after being served with a complaint on March 5, 2020. The complaint was filed because of a property boundary line dispute. The company is seeking punitive damages in the amount of $15,000.

According to the client, the property was purchased by  his father in December of 2005. During this time the client helped his father set up a wood fence. Client also claims that the neighbor who was the prior owner had also assisted in setting up the fence. About six months ago (2019) client replaced the old wood fence with a new one. The fence was placed exactly in the same property line as before. Client also noted that his father had passed away four years ago and his only sibling deceased in 2005. A Will/Trust was created by the client’s father appointing the client as the executor. The property title remains under the father as trustee of his separate property trust.

Property records show that the company had purchased the property in March of 2009. The company claims that the new fence is crossing over, trespassing and wrongfully intruding the company’s property. Taking hundreds of square feet and affecting the market and rental value, use, and occupation of the property, claiming that the client’s actions constitute for punitive damages.

The client, is unable to afford an attorney and would like assistance to file an answer to the complaint and representation in District Court.

Case Number: 2021-000874

Client seeks assistance with a consumer claim involving vehicle repairs. On May 28, 2020, Client reached out to his friend/mechanic, the opposing party (OP) to repair his 2011 Audi A4. OP took possession of the Audi that day. He informed Client that an electrical specialist would need to inspect the vehicle. OP requested advance payment in the amount of $200 cash. Client received notice sometime in June that the Audi had a transmission issue, not an electrical problem. OP stated that a new transmission would cost $400, which Client agreed to pay on June 26th.

On July 14th, Client paid another $60 via Zelle for the transmission fluid and filter. About six months later, Client did not hear from OP after several calls and texts. Finally, on February 24, 2021, OP admitted crashing the vehicle, causing additional damages. The Audi has been at a body shop since then. OP will not disclose the location of the body shop. A demand letter was sent out requesting the same and to return the Audi. Client wants both his vehicle and the repair payments returned.

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: 2021-006927

Client is a retired widow, aged 79. She needs assistance against an auto repair shop on breach of contract related claims.
She owns a 1999 Jeep Wrangler. She took the Jeep to the opposing party (OP) regarding the front end rattling and a leaking oil pan in August, 2020. There was no estimate given. She paid $2,700 up front for the work, but later received a call from OP that she needed additional parts/work for the back end of her vehicle. Again, she was not provided with an estimate. Client paid an additional $2,150.
About 3 weeks later, Client picked up the vehicle from OP. As she drove off, the vehicle made a grinding noise, front wheels where falling off and the car would not drive above 35 mph.
Client brought the vehicle back to OP but they refused to listen to her or acknowledge any error. On the same day, Client brought the Jeep to another shop for a second opinion. She was provided with a diagnostic and estimate. She was informed that OP damaged the transmission and shocks; and that they had crossed-threaded all the lug nuts to the wheel studs. Client paid an additional $1,367.85 to the second mechanic for damages caused by OP. Client seeks representation to sue for out of pocket expenses. She has already sent a demand letter to OP, who has again ignored her.

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: 2021-005076

Client requests representation to collect a Small Claims Court judgment for $3,815 she obtained in Las Vegas Justice Court. Client is elderly and lives on a small Social Security fixed income. She lacks technical proficiency as well as understanding how to proceed with a Judgment Debtor Examination and other post-judgment processes. She managed to obtain a Writ of Execution against the opposing party’s (OP) auto repair shop, but OP claimed there was no cash on site. Client would like to execute against OP’s bank accounts to obtain payment and needs an attorney to assist her.

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: 2021-005531

Client needs counsel and advice and possible representation on an estate planning matter involving a holographic will. Client resided with her good friend in the friend’s fully owned trailer home. The friend recently passed away. Before her passing, she drafted a written will leaving client one quarter interest in the mobile home or the ability to live there rent-free for three years, with the remaining three quarters of the value going to her adult children. One of the deceased friend’s sons is the successor trustee to the friend’s trust. He has informed Client that she must vacate the premises by 6/1/21, or in the alternative, purchase the property. Client cannot afford to purchase. She wants to know if the hand-written will is enforceable, and if so, would like representation to make the claim.

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.

Consumer Fraud

Case Number: 2021-004300

Client seeks help with a problematic auto sale. He purchased a 2007 Chevrolet Trailblazer on January 10th of this year for which he paid $5900 cash, plus a trade for a 2007 Chevy Colorado, for a total of $7106.74. The current mileage on the Trailblazer is less than 139,500. Client states that he drove the vehicle less than 500 miles before it broke down while driving to California. Client states he took the car to a shop near Barstow and he was informed that the head gasket was blown and had been damaged before he bought the vehicle.
Client brought the vehicle in for a second opinion on 2/17/2021. He received a repair estimate of $2759.25 and the second shop confirmed the head gasket issue. Client has no evidence that a proper inspection was performed by the seller. He seeks the cost of repair.

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.

Domestic Violence

Case Number: 2020-018546

Client is a victim of domestic violence and needs assistance with a child custody matter. This is a high risk referral from Safe Nest. The parties have one child together, age 9 months. Client wants sole custody in order to keep her and the baby safe. Opposing party (OP) was arrested for DV and child neglect and a criminal case is pending. Client had a TPO against OP that expired on December 24, 2020.

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: 2021-009642

Client needs representation for a divorce involving domestic violence. She is a victim of multiple verbal, mental, and physical incidents. A TPO was granted March 11, 2021 and will expire April 24, 2021. TPO case #: T-21-212307-N. CPS investigation open March 11, 2021, due to the DV. The parties have been married for 4.5 years. They separated March 11, 2021 after the latest DV incident. Client states that the opposing party is abusing alcohol. The parties have one child in common, aged 2.Client has another child from a previous relationship. They are Nevada residents and currently residing with Client. Client moved with the children to a safe location after the March DV incident.
Client states that DV started October, 2018. In August, 2020, OP grabbed and squeezed client’s arm, resulting in injury. OP refused to let go after Client asked multiple times. She punched OP on the nose in self-defense. OP retaliated by punching Client in the back of the head and continued to hit Client while she was on the ground. There is very little property to divide, but lots of debt. Client seeks sole physical/ sole legal custody with supervised visitation. She is a stay at home parent and may seek some alimony. She is planning to begin an apprenticeship in April.

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: 2021-005531

Client needs counsel and advice and possible representation on an estate planning matter involving a holographic will. Client resided with her good friend in the friend’s fully owned trailer home. The friend recently passed away. Before her passing, she drafted a written will leaving client one quarter interest in the mobile home or the ability to live there rent-free for three years, with the remaining three quarters of the value going to her adult children. One of the deceased friend’s sons is the successor trustee to the friend’s trust. He has informed Client that she must vacate the premises by 6/1/21, or in the alternative, purchase the property. Client cannot afford to purchase. She wants to know if the hand-written will is enforceable, and if so, would like representation to make the claim.

Family Law (Divorce/Custody)

Case Number: 2020-003883

Client seeks representation in a divorce matter. The parties have a 13 year old son and custody and property division are contested. The parties’ Settlement Conference on June 10, 2020 did not result in a resolution. Opposing party is Pro Se and client’s prior pro bono attorney filed a Notice to Withdraw. Client is afraid to go to trial against opposing party without counsel due to violations of the TPO she had against him. She further states no discovery has been propounded by either side. Client just wants to be safe and to move on.

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: 2020-018546

Client is a victim of domestic violence and needs assistance with a child custody matter. This is a high risk referral from Safe Nest. The parties have one child together, age 9 months. Client wants sole custody in order to keep her and the baby safe. Opposing party (OP) was arrested for DV and child neglect and a criminal case is pending. Client had a TPO against OP that expired on December 24, 2020.

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: 2021-002074

Client needs assistance with obtaining a custody, visitation and support order. She wants sole physical and legal custody of the parties’ 6 year old son. Client has been the sole care giver for several years. The opposing party (OP) has had virtually no contact with the child for over 3 years. Client states OP was also arrested for trespassing and drug possession. Client wants to ensure orders are in place in case OP wishes to re-establish contact.

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: 2021-006366

Client seeks representation in an open custody matter. She filed in November 2020 and is having trouble serving the opposing party (OP). Client states OP has an extensive criminal background including possession of meth, conspiracy to commit burglary, grand larceny, trafficking and possession to sell, all between 2000 and 2016. The parties’ child is 4 years old and lives with Client in Las Vegas. She requests sole/primary custody with supervised visitation because OP has a history of drug use, criminal background, and he has lost his other children in previous DFS matter. She further states OP lives in an unsafe environment. Client states she has no CPS or DV history.

Case Number: 2021-002430

Client seeks representation for a pending divorce. She filed in February, 2021 and the opposing party (OP) has not responded to the complaint. Client has been married to OP since 1996. They have no community property or debt and there are no retirement benefits. She is not requesting spousal support. There are no minor children in the marriage and no DV history. Client is 55 years old and an immigrant from the Middle East. She is having great difficulty trying to navigate the Family Court and needs help. The divorce is likely uncontested considering the lack of any substantive legal disputes. She just wants a fresh start free of OP.

Case Number: 2021-004078

Client seeks representation with a custody matter. She would like sole legal/physical custody of her 6 month old son, as well as child support. Both parties are on the minor’s birth certificate. Client states the opposing party (OP) does not support them financially and has major anger issues, making her feel threatened and afraid for herself and the baby. Both parties are residents of Las Vegas. Client has no criminal history, but OP’s criminal history is unknown. There are no open District Court cases. However, Client has opened a child support case.

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: 2021-006377

Client is seeking representation with a non-pending custody matter. Client wants sole legal/ sole physical custody with no visitation for their two minor girls ages 5 and 7. The opposing party (OP) is currently awaiting sentencing after pleading guilty for molesting both minors. Client is afraid of allowing the minors around OP for any reason or for any duration. There are no pending cases at this time. Client needs an attorney to help her obtain the orders she needs to protect her daughters.

Case Number: 2021-004108

Client seeks representation with a divorce. He filed both a divorce and custody complaint, but both were deemed non-conforming documents. He is unable to file on his own.
The parties were married in 2001, and separated in January 2021. The only significant community property is the marital home. They have no retirement benefits or other assets. Community debt includes chapter 13 BK filed in Minnesota in or around 2018. There are two minors, aged 14 and 11. Both children have been living with Client in Las Vegas.
Client seeks sole legal and physical custody of minors. He states that the opposing party (OP) suffers from severe mental health disorders, including delusions, and has been on 4 legal 2000 holds (2 in Los Angeles and 2 in Las Vegas), as well as an 11 day stay in a psychiatric hospital. OP accused Client of abusing his daughters, but CPS determined the claims are unsubstantiated (client has the documentation). Finally, client states he has been a victim of DV by OP. Client wants OP to obtain the medical help she needs, and he wants to keep his family safe.

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: 2021-009642

Client needs representation for a divorce involving domestic violence. She is a victim of multiple verbal, mental, and physical incidents. A TPO was granted March 11, 2021 and will expire April 24, 2021. TPO case #: T-21-212307-N. CPS investigation open March 11, 2021, due to the DV. The parties have been married for 4.5 years. They separated March 11, 2021 after the latest DV incident. Client states that the opposing party is abusing alcohol. The parties have one child in common, aged 2.Client has another child from a previous relationship. They are Nevada residents and currently residing with Client. Client moved with the children to a safe location after the March DV incident.
Client states that DV started October, 2018. In August, 2020, OP grabbed and squeezed client’s arm, resulting in injury. OP refused to let go after Client asked multiple times. She punched OP on the nose in self-defense. OP retaliated by punching Client in the back of the head and continued to hit Client while she was on the ground. There is very little property to divide, but lots of debt. Client seeks sole physical/ sole legal custody with supervised visitation. She is a stay at home parent and may seek some alimony. She is planning to begin an apprenticeship in April.

Immigration

Case Number: 2020-021409

She is a 66 year old woman who was persecuted for her political opinions and activities in Venezuela.  She filed an affirmative asylum application and attended the interview.  The office called her back for a second interview. After her second interview, her application was referred to the immigration court. Her date will likely be set sometime this summer. She needs assistance in helping her express and present the relevant details of the threats and persecution she faced opposing the ruling authorities.

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: 2020-022451

Client, whose primary language is Spanish, seeks assistance for a wrongful eviction. She was evicted for non-payment of rent on December 22, 2020. She received CHAP funds and turned them over to the landlord. She also paid rent for the month of December, which the landlord also accepted. However, Client did not understand the initial 7 day notice to pay or quit. She failed to complete the CDC Declaration or file an Answer, so her Motion to Stay the eviction was denied. She is currently living in her car. She would like assistance if filing complaints against the LL to CHAP and/or the Nevada AG’s office; a Motion to Seal so that she can try and obtain new housing; and any other appropriate relief.

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: 2021-003261

Client seeks assistance to stop a former residential landlord (LL) from harassing her. In 2020, Client and her disabled son resided in an apartment unit, wherein Client was the named tenant. The LL served a 30 day No Cause lease termination in October 2020. Client requested an additional 30 days due to her son’s disability, which the LL agreed upon. Client remained current on her rent for the duration of her residency. She and her son vacated the unit in early December 2020 pursuant to the termination notice provided to the LL.
However, squatters entered and remained in the unit immediately before Client vacated. Client’s disabled son allowed them to enter. The LL now demands that Client continue to pay rent due to the squatters’ refusal to leave. Yet, LL apparently has not served nor filed an unlawful detainer action against the squatters. Client wants the demands for payment and harassment by the LL to stop.

Non-Profit Organizations

Case Number: 2021-005294

Client requests assistance with forming a non-profit organization to help older adults of limited or moderate means live independently by providing housing and services. Client needs an attorney to help review her newly formed organization’s non-profit by-laws. She also requests assistance with the 501(c)(3) tax exemption application.

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.