Our Volunteers Get Great Results

Volunteer attorney Nancy Brewer had a great outcome in a recent Unemployment Compensation case.  Ms. A had worked at a local Health Center from 1998 to 2012.  In October2012, she was terminated for alleged unethical conduct for “mishandling” money. The amount of money at issue was $10.00, and Ms. A. came upon it while opening mail.  The money was included in envelopes addressed to physicians no longer affiliated with the Clinic, who were being asked to participate in a survey.  Ms. A did not immediately report the money to her supervisor, but put it in her cash drawer that she used to make change for the clients.  She told her supervisor about the money soon thereafter, and asked if she could use it to buy Halloween candy for the children who came to the Health Center.  Ms. A. was terminated from her job of 15 years, even though there was no allegation that she had stolen any money or that she had violated any company policy.  Ms. A filed for Unemployment Compensation benefits and lost twice.

 

After a brief telephone hearing, and with Nancy’s valuable assistance, Ms. A was awarded the benefits to which she was entitled.

Mr. T. was a 35 year old man who suffered from Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (Lou Gehrig’s Disease).  He had a wife and one child and wanted to provide for them upon his death, but was unable to travel to meet an attorney.  Volunteer attorney Bradford Weber went to the nursing home where Mr. T resided, and prepared a will, living will and medical power of attorney.  As a result of Mr. Weber’s efforts, Mr. T. was able to obtain peace of mind, and also plan for his end-of life care.

In early 2009, Mr. B was living in a rented home badly in need of repair. The house had no hot water, no heat, broken windows and leaking pipes. In February, the landlord filed suit to evict Mr. B and his two children for failure to pay rent. The truth is that the landlord had refused his timely tender of rent because he did not want to make repairs on the property. Instead, he told Mr. B that he either had to make the repairs himself or he would be evicted, in clear violation of his legal responsibilities under Ohio landlord tenant law.

The landlord sued for eviction and back rent. Mr. B. voluntarily moved because there was no heat or hot water, but the landlord pursued a claim for back rent. Chad Ziepfel (Taft Stettinius & Hollister) agreed to take the case at the request of the VLP. He filed a counter-claim for rent abatement, arguing that the property was not worth the amount that had been charged in rent. After a trial, Magistrate Bernat ruled that the landlord had to return all of the rent that had been paid over a five month period in the amount of $6,000.00. The landlord paid all that was ordered.

Without Chad’s help, Mr. B and his children might still be living in squalor and paying an unscrupulous landlord more money than the place was worth. With Chad’s help, Mr. B. and his children now have some money to help them start over in better housing.


2015 Annual Report

2015 Annual Report

Volunteer Lawyers For the Poor Foundation 2015 Annual Report

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“I would say that this service is wonderful. I’ll always appreciate it”. David E. (Attorney obtained expungement so that he...
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“I would say that this service is wonderful. I’ll always appreciate it”. David E. (Attorney obtained expungement so that he could get a job)

Robin B.

“I always heard of good like this, but experiencing this good is a blessing”. Robin B. (home saved from foreclosure,...
2013-12-05T19:27:02+00:00
“I always heard of good like this, but experiencing this good is a blessing”. Robin B. (home saved from foreclosure, Attorney Daniel Temming

Angela R.

“This service was a great help for my daughter who is handicapped. We really appreciated the help we got”. Angela...
2013-12-05T19:27:35+00:00
“This service was a great help for my daughter who is handicapped. We really appreciated the help we got”. Angela R. (Attorney Paul Balash assisted disabled adult with landlord tenant dispute

Hazel F.

“He was kind, professional, and informative; I was treated like a Kennedy or Bush family member. Now that’s saying a...
2013-12-05T19:28:07+00:00
“He was kind, professional, and informative; I was treated like a Kennedy or Bush family member. Now that’s saying a lot”. Hazel F. (Attorney Charles Arkin assisted client with Will and other advanced planning documents)

Doris S.

“Your organization does a great job and I am very humbled to have you as my lawyer. Doris S. (Attorney...
2013-12-05T19:28:37+00:00
“Your organization does a great job and I am very humbled to have you as my lawyer. Doris S. (Attorney Thomas Gruber assisted disabled client with a credit card debt issue
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