Legal Aid Center in the News

8 On Your Side: Organization offers free legal advice Friday

May 1, 2015
By Michelle Mortensen
Channel 8 News

Need to talk with a lawyer, but can't afford the legal fees? In honor of National Law Day, one organization is providing free legal consultation on May 1st.

Legal Aid Center of Southern Nevada is hosting an Ask a Lawyer Clinic from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the East Vegas Community Senior Center at 250 N. Eastern Avenue.

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Courts, lawmakers working on protection for weakest citizens

April, 12, 2015
By Colton Lochhead
Las Vegas Review Journal

Judges and lawyers responsible for Clark County’s flawed guardianship system acknowledge they have a problem.

They just say they’re powerless to fix it.

Guardianship Commissioner Jon Norheim and his supervisor, Family Court Judge Charles Hoskin, say they lack the money, staff and authority to prevent the financial exploitation of county wards detailed Sunday by the Las Vegas Review-Journal.

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No Car Payment? Cut The Engine

Apr 15, 2015
By Joe Schoenmann

Some state lawmakers are toying with this idea: if you are 10 days late on your car payment, your lender could shut down your car by remote control. A second late payment would result in a shut down after just five days. Existing law gives someone 30 days to make a payment.

The Legal Aid Center of Southern Nevada has testified against the bill, which is still alive in the Legislature. Consumer rights attorney Sophia Medina has represented two clients whose vehicles were turned off as they were driving.

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Bill Would Let Lenders Use Tracking Devices on Nevada Cars

April, 2015
By Troy Wilde
Public News Service

CARSON CITY, Nev. - Nevada lawmakers are considering legislation that would allow lenders to remotely shut off a person's vehicle if he or she is a borrower late with their loan payment.

Assembly Bill 228 authorizes a person who finances the sale or lease of a motor vehicle to install a device which can be used to remotely locate or disable it.

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Education Notebook, March 26-April 1, 2015

March 26, 2015
By Staff
Las Vegas Review Journal

CSN TO HOST MASTER PLANOPEN HOUSE MARCH 26

The College of Southern Nevada plans to host an open house from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. March 26 in the C Building lobby on the Henderson campus, 700 College Drive, to answer questions and collect feedback on the campuses’ proposed physical master plans.

The college is in the process of developing the plans, and once finalized, they will provide college officials with a blueprint to maximize space at each of CSN’s campuses and identify where potential new buildings, parking and student spaces are desired.

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State, Clark County differ on public disclosure of child deaths

March 22, 2015
By Yesenia Amaro
Las Vegas Review Journal

Nevada and Clark County are clashing over what state and federal laws actually require when it comes to reporting child fatalities and near fatalities to the public.

Those who have been involved with the issue say there’s been an ongoing “dispute” about that for years. The fact that both entities haven’t resolved the conflict is unacceptable, said former Nevada lawmaker Barbara Buckley, who is executive director of the Legal Aid Center of Southern Nevada.

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Local consumer activists protest payday loan companies

January 27, 2015
By Mauricio Marin
Channel 8 News

LAS VEGAS -- A group of people protested the practices of payday loan companies outside of a Money Tree store on Tuesday.

They were demonstrating against what many call "unfair" business practices. Currently in Nevada, there isn't a limit on how much interest a payday loan company can charge, so activist are pushing to change the law.

Jose Matias said his family used to turn to payday loans when they were in desperate need of money to pay their bills.

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Backers of autism therapy hope for Nevada aid

November 26, 2014
By JANE ANN MORRISON
Las Vegas Review-Journal

They may be giving thanks prematurely, but advocates for autistic children are optimistic that Gov. Brian Sandoval’s next budget will include a major boost for therapy, expanding coverage to include applied behavior analysis, or ABA, a rehabilitative therapy with a record of success.

More than 500 of Nevada’s autistic children are on waiting lists to obtain therapy, and if Sandoval includes a requested $31 million in his budget for ABA therapy in his next two-year budget, Nevada would receive $58 million over two years in federal matching funds for the autism therapy program previously not covered by Medicaid.

Applied behavior analysis therapy takes an early intervention approach. The goal is to change behavior allowing an autistic child to function in school, at home and in the community. The techniques include rewarding positive behavior, timeouts and losing privileges, although it’s not that simple.

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Do you know your legal rights as a renter?

November 17, 2014
By Daniel Gutierrez
Channel 13 News

Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- Some of the biggest complaints we get at Action News involve rental properties.

We recently spoke to one local man who says he moved into a filthy house, crawling with bugs, and even a green pool in the backyard.

"It looks like they never cleaned after the last tenants," said Anthony Lund.

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I-Team: 'Repo by remote' raises safety questions

November 6, 2014
By Glen Meek, I-Team Reporter
Channel 8 News

LAS VEGAS -- Imagine having your car shut off while you're driving at highway speeds. That's what several local women say happened to them because of a device installed on their car by the finance company.

It's a payment collection practice that consumer advocates call "dangerous and unlawful." It's sometimes referred to as "repo by remote."

In order to qualify for auto financing, some people are being required to have remote control shut-off devices on their cars. The idea is to deny the owners use of the car when they've missed a payment.

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8 on Your Side: Self-Help Center offers free assistance

October 27, 2014
By Michelle Mortensen, Investigative Reporter
Channel 8 News

LAS VEGAS - If you are in a dispute with your landlord, a small business or even your neighbor, you need to know your rights, so you can fight back and win.

If you can't afford a lawyer, you may feel destined to lose. That's not the case thanks to a little known place called the Self-Help Center.

The Self-Help Center is located inside the Regional Justice Center. Workers provide free assistance and guidance about any questions you may have.

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Downtown Dedication Sparks Expanding Legal Aid Services

October 1, 2014
By Katherine Bishop
Attorney at Law Magazine

Downtown Dedication Sparks Expanding Legal Aid Services

Lenders Remotely Disable Car When Payments Are Late

October 5, 2014
NBC Nightly News

Auto lenders are using starter-interrupt devices for consumers who are just days late paying their car notes.

http://www.nbcnews.com/nightly-news/lenders-remotely-disable-car-when-payments-are-late-n218971

Scam alert: Beware of callers seeking bail for relatives, officials say

October 1, 2014
Tovin Lapan
Las Vegas Sun

For the past few months, Legal Aid Center of Southern Nevada has received regular calls from frustrated people asking for their money back.

The callers tell roughly the same story. A relative has been arrested in Las Vegas, and they have wired money for bail to an attorney working on the case. The problem is, Legal Aid Center of Southern Nevada never handles criminal cases that require bail. The callers have wired their money to a fictitious organization.

“People realize they have been scammed, and they call us to get their money back,” said Lynn Etkins, associate executive director of the legal aid organization. “We explain that it’s not us and we don’t even work on criminal cases. It’s never a great conversation to have.”

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Miss a Payment? Good Luck Moving That Car

September 24, 2014
By Michael Corkey and Jessica Silver-Greenberg
The New York Times

The thermometer showed a 103.5-degree fever, and her 10-year-old’s asthma was flaring up. Mary Bolender, who lives in Las Vegas, needed to get her daughter to an emergency room, but her 2005 Chrysler van would not start.

The cause was not a mechanical problem — it was her lender.

Ms. Bolender was three days behind on her monthly car payment. Her lender, C.A.G. Acceptance of Mesa, Ariz., remotely activated a device in her car’s dashboard that prevented her car from starting. Before she could get back on the road, she had to pay more than $389, money she did not have that morning in March.


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