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Pro Bono Case of the Month


 
Pro Bono Cases of the Month
 
Pro Bono Cases of the Month reflect one or more of the many requests for help from clients in desperate need through the Rhode Island Bar Association’s Volunteer Lawyer Program (VLP), Elderly Program or U.S. Armed Forces Legal Services Project. VLP, funded through a grant from Rhode Island Legal Services, Inc. and the Rhode Island Bar Foundation, provides pro bono legal services to qualified low-income Rhode Islanders. Participating attorneys provide legal assistance, at no charge. The client’s income must qualify under federally regulated guidelines to receive pro bono assistance, and the case must fall under one of the areas of law handled by the VLP. Clients may be responsible for filing fees, court costs and other out-of-pocket expenses.

 
 
Program for the Elderly 
 
Woonsocket, Alimony (Contempt of Court) – Elderly client’s husband was court ordered to pay client $50.00 a week in alimony but has not paid her since June. Client was a stay-at-home mom during the marriage and gets very little in SS. If you would like to assist with this case, please contact Lawyer Referral Service & Elderly Pro Bono Program Coordinator, Elisa King at (401) 421-7799 or eking@ribar.com.
 
 
Volunteer Lawyer Program
 
Bankruptcy - Client is from North Providence and had a stroke on March 11. He did not have adequate health care insurance and he is $80K in debt from medical bills, credit cards, and utilities. He is currently convalescing in a nursing home but wants to return to his house soon, and wants to file a Chapter 7 bankruptcy. If you would like to assist with this case, please contact Volunteer Lawyer Program Coordinator, John Ellis at (401) 421-7758 or jellis@ribar.com.
 
Final Judgment, Newport - Client is wife and mother of 2 children. Her husband filed for divorce in 2019, but never filed the DPEFJ or the final judgment. There are no assets. DCYF has been involved since December, 2020 due to father harming children. The RO against husband/father is in effect until February, 2024. If you would like to assist with this case, please contact Volunteer Lawyer Program Coordinator, John Ellis at (401) 421-7758 or jellis@ribar.com.