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Legal Aid Center in the News

Jul 29, 2011
By Alex Brauer
8 News Now

Help can often seem out of reach for the tens of thousands of Nevada homeowners underwater in their mortgages. But despite growing pains, the state's Foreclosure Mediation program is making strides to get the banks and homeowners on the same page.

The plan is supposed to be simple. First, you get a default notice on your house. Next, the state requires three people to get into a room. And then, the homeowner, bank and  mediator sort it all out. It could be the lifeline so many need.

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July 11, 2011
By Steve Green
Vegas Inc

Legal Aid Center of Southern Nevada today praised rulings last week by the Nevada Supreme Court boosting protections for homeowners trying to save their homes through mediations with banks.

They must produce required documentation and make someone available at foreclosure mediations who can make a decision on mortgage loan concessions that could keep struggling homeowners in their homes.

“We have been representing homeowners at foreclosure mediations for the past two years.” Barbara Buckley, executive director of Legal Aid Center of Southern Nevada, said in a statement. “This decision by the Supreme Court was a victory for homeowners who have been participating in good faith at these mediations, but have been faced with less-than-open lenders who have been playing games for years. The court’s ruling levels the playing field and gives homeowners a fighting chance to stay in their homes.”

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July 1, 2011
By Steve Sebelius
LVRJ

For Barbara Buckley, the recession is a construction worker thrown off the job by the recession, in the midst of a divorce, losing his home and being sued by a credit card company he can no longer pay, resting his head on a desk at the Legal Aid Center of Southern Nevada and crying.

But thanks to millions in donations and a bill approved during the 2011 Legislature, there will be plenty more room for those desks, staffed with more lawyers whose job is to help the poor -- from abused children to victims of domestic violence to out-of-work residents struggling to pay their bills and stay in their homes.

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Jan 27, 2011
By Tedd Florendo
8 News Now

Drive down any residential block in Las Vegas and you will probably find a foreclosed home. Many of those former homeowners say they didn't know where to get help or who to trust.

Barbara Buckley, executive director of Legal Aid of Nevada, says too many homeowners don't know where to seek help or get advice when their home is up for foreclosure. That's why she supports a $300,000 grant from the state, aimed at giving free education classes and legal advice.

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Jan. 20, 2011
KNPR

Every student dreads a required parent conference. It's a serious disciplinary measure. But what happens if you don't have a parent to attend that required parent conference. A small but significant number of Clark County students do not have a parent who can help them when the school district calls or worse - when the schools are failing to provide the necessary instruction and a parent needs to speak up. The Legal Aid Center of Southern Nevada has an innovative program to provide that support. Volunteers with knowledge of the school district or the ability to learn it are appointed to help students and ensure that they are receiving a satisfactory education. We talk with the coordinator of the program and a couple of surrogate parents.

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By Buck Wargo
Jan. 11, 2011 
Las Vegas Sun

A group of housing experts on Tuesday urged the Nevada Legislature to enact legislation that encourages more short sales and provides more financial protection for homeowners who can’t afford to keep their homes.

The UNLV panelists on “Ending the Foreclosure Crisis in Nevada,” which featured former Assembly Speaker Barbara Buckley, said the region’s housing woes are improving, but it’s a long way from being over, even though measures have helped to mitigate the problem.

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