Donald was homeless, disabled, and trying to get an apartment through housing assistance. In order to apply for this program, he needed to show proof of his identity. But Donald was facing a problem. He had been in the foster care system until he was about six years old and placed with his aunt and uncle. Donald thought that his aunt and uncle had legally adopted him but all of his legal documents listed his last name at birth, not the last name he had been going by since his adoption. Without the right documents with the right name, Donald couldn’t apply for assistance.
Not knowing what to do, Donald turned to Texas RioGrande Legal Aid for help. Continue reading
Volunteers with the Hidalgo County CJP during 2013 Pro Bono Week
Two of Texas RioGrande Legal Aid (TRLA)’s local pro bono programs will receive the Pro Bono Service Award from the State Bar of Texas in recognition of being self-sustaining programs that motivate private attorneys to provide pro bono services to the poor. Continue reading
Leticia’s car had broken down while she was driving along a busy highway so she took it to a local mechanic to be fixed. She agreed to a lengthy list of repairs the mechanic said she needed and picked up the car a week later. But after a few days, the car started having problems again.
Leticia took her car back to the mechanic only to be told that her car didn’t have any oil and the transmission needed to be rebuilt. She was upset. She had just had the oil changed and the mechanic had never told her about any oil or transmission issues before. She also didn’t have any more money to put towards new repairs. Continue reading
TRLA attorney Pablo Almaguer has been honored by the State Bar of Texas with the Judge Sam Williams Award. The award was presented at yesterday’s Bar Leadership Recognition Luncheon, part of the State Bar’s Annual Meeting. Continue reading
Anna was in the middle of a one year lease for a nice home in San Antonio. She made all of her rent payments on time and didn’t have any worries about paying her bills. But, one day, Anna received a notice from a bank ordering her to vacate her home in the next three days. Her landlord had lost the home in a foreclosure sale and the bank was eager to take over the property.
Not knowing what to do and having nowhere to go, Anna turned to Texas RioGrande Legal Aid for help. Continue reading
Lourdes Flores (right) with TRLA housing attorney Fred Fuchs
TRLA paralegal Lourdes Flores was presented with the Liberty Bell Award by the Austin Bar Association and Austin Bar Foundation at their annual Law Day Luncheon on Friday. Continue reading
Claudia knew that she had to protect her children. Her husband was an abusive alcoholic and drug addict who refused to get help. Even though he had been arrested multiple times for drunk driving and a court had ordered him to rehab, he wouldn’t go. The abuse was getting worse too. The violent encounters, name calling, and threats to her life were too much. She knew she needed help so she filed for a protective order on her own. But her husband hired an attorney and served her with divorce papers before a hearing could be held. Not knowing what to do and afraid that she would lose her children to her abuser, Claudia turned to Texas RioGrande Legal Aid (TRLA) for help. Continue reading