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April 10, 2015 eBrief
Sign up for tomorrow's Project Homeless Connect

Project Homeless Connect
(PHC) will take place tomorrow at Boutwell Auditorium. PHC needs help from volunteer attorneys to provide clients with legal assistance. Please sign up for a two-hour time slot.
Free One Hour Family Law CLE 

The Familly Law Section of the Alabama State Bar is sponsoring a free CLE in both Birmingham and Bessemer. Judge Vines, Judge Carpenter, Judge Batiste, Judge Stephens and Judge Palmer will be a part of the panel. 

Tuesday, April 28, Noon - 1:30 p.m. - Bessemer Courthouse

Thursday, April 30, Noon - 1:30 p.m. - Domestic Relations Courthouse
Volunteers Needed for Minority Pre-Law Conference

The annual Minority Pre-Law Conference will be held Wednesday, April 15 from 9:00 to 2:15 p.m. at Birmingham Southern College.  We need attorneys to volunteer for the panel discussion and/or small group sessions where the students ask questions. This conference is designed to introduce high school students to the legal system and provide students a unique opportunity to talk one-on-one with practicing minority lawyers.

If you are interested in volunteering for the Minority Pre-Law Conference, or if you would like additional information about the program, please contact Chris Burrell at (205) 202-5599.  

Uncontested Divorces

Several clients are seeking truly uncontested divorces but desperately need the assistance of an attorney. These cases are straightforward and do not require a lot of hours to complete. If you have never done a divorce before, the BBVLP can pair you with a mentor to assist you. This is a great opportunity to help a client as well as learn and practice a new area of law. Please contact Heather Bussey if you are interested in taking an uncontested divorce case.
Please consider helping one of these clients in need of an attorney:


Client Needs Help with Father's Estate

The client needs to open his father's estate. Client is unsure of the amount of the estate but would like to speak with an attorney to see if it is worth pursuing. The father died intestate. 

Cancer Victim Needs Help Getting Pension
The client worked for his company for 27 years until the plant shut down. The client's retirement benefits had fully vested at the time he stopped working. Recently, he has been diagnosed with cancer and desperately needs to access his pension for medical bills. The company is denying the pension he is entitled to.

Daughter Needs Help with Intestate Estate
The client's father passed away intestate in February. The father owned his home and the daughter now needs help with probate. 

Mother Needs Guardianship for Mentally Ill Child
The client's daughter is 27 years old and currently in treatment at UAB's psychiatric hospital. The mother wants to get a Guardianship or Power of Attorney so that she can help get her daughter the care that she needs. The doctor would like for the daughter to stay in the hospital to continue her treatment.

Client Bilked by Apartment Complex and is being Sued
The client had signed a lease for an apartment and paid her first month rent. To her surprise, the apartment she was given looked absolutely nothing like the one that the rental company had showed her. The client immediately stopped payment on the rent check and returned the keys to the rental company. The company is now suing her for the full lease amount. 

Son Basically Excluded from Will because of Undue Influence
The client's mother passed away very recently. She had created a will in December. However, on the day she died, a different will was probated. The new will left everything to the client's brother while leaving the client with a nominal inheritance. The client's brother prevented the client from seeing his mother for the past year. He believes that the brother had undue influence over the mother and has presented a fraudulent will. Client needs an attorney to help contest the will.

If you are interested in helping one of these clients, please reply to this e-mail or contact Nancy Yarbrough or Katrina Brown.
Volunteer at a Help Desk

Please sign up to work a two-hour slot on Monday, Wednesday or Thursday at a  Help Desk session. 

Thank you to these attorneys who accepted cases:
Melanie M. Atha, Cabaniss Johnston Gardner Dumas & O'Neal
D. Mark Price
Betty S. Middlebrooks, Middlebrooks Law Firm
Meade Whitaker, Jr., Bradley Arant Boult Cummings

Thank you to 12 BBVLP Help Desk Attorneys who helped 56 clients this week!


District Court Help Desk: 21 Clients Helped on Monday and Thursday

Patricia A. Doblar

Julia M. Goyer

Loring S. Jones, III, Jones & Associates

Honza J. Prchal, Heninger Garrison Davis

Eric M. Scott

David H. Webster, Legal Services Alabama


Domestic Relations Help Desk: 35 Clients Helped on Wednesday

April E. Bauder, Gathings Law

Dru L. Clark, Legal Services Alabama

Patricia A. Doblar

Matthew A. Griffin

T. Anderson Mears, II

John B. Milledge


Thank you to the BBVLP student interns:

Robert Ireland, Cumberland School of Law

Andrew McKinney, University of Alabama School of Law

Virginia Underwood, Cumberland School of Law