Legal Aid Center in the News

A step-by-step guide to complaining to your landlord

July 27, 2015
Jackie Valley
Las Vegas Sun

You scoured apartment guides and drove circles around the city trying to find the perfect place to call home.Finally, you found it, signed on the dotted line and locked yourself into a year lease.

It seemed perfect — until the band of cockroaches appeared. Or you found mold behind the toilet. Or the air conditioning went out amid a heat wave.

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Changes that are raising rent around Las Vegas

July 17, 2015
Daniel Gutierrez
Contact 13

Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) - Your rent could be on the rise. Landlords these days are passing on more and more charges to their tenants.
One woman reached out to Contact 13 wanting to know, is her rent increase even legal?
"Disgusted. What is this country coming to? It's the little people that are getting hurt," said Sandy Deiman.

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Updated Nevada Law Helps Distressed Homeowners

July 7, 2015
By Troy Wilde
Public News Service

CARSON CITY, Nev. – A successful update to Nevada's Foreclosure Mediation Program, which gives distressed homeowners an option supporters say could dramatically reduce the number of foreclosures in the state, was part of this year's legislative session.

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Inquilina pide restauración de servicio

June 19, 2015
Univision Las Vegas

Las Vegas, NV (Entravision).- Una madre soltera asegura estar viviendo un momento muy desagradable en su departamento ya que lleva dos meses con su bañera dañada.

Inquilina pide restauración de servicio

More seniors are being buried by housing debt

June 2, 2015
By Paul Wiseman, The Associated Press
USA Today

WASHINGTON (AP) — Al and Saundra Karp have found an unconventional way to raise money and help save their Miami-area home from foreclosure: They're lining up gigs for their family jazz band.

They enjoy performing. But it isn't exactly how Al, an 86-year-old Korean War vet, or Saundra, 76, had expected to spend their retirement.

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State Bar LRIS Grants Awarded

June 2, 2015
State Bar of Nevada

The State Bar of Nevada presented several Nevada organizations with grant monies from its Lawyer Referral and Information Services program at an awards ceremony last week. This year the bar was able to grant $92,500 to the following organizations/programs:

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Family denied apartment refund after grandmother suddenly dies

May 22, 2015
By Tricia Kean
Channel 13 News

A valley woman dies unexpectedly and her family is told they can't get her apartment security deposit back. Then Contact 13 stepped in and things suddenly changed.

56-year-old Bernadette Berdella died unexpectedly in March, months after welcoming a new granddaughter into the world.

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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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