When he first spoke with Mr. Morgan, LSLA Staff Attorney Velamir Rasic's sense of justice was deeply offended. "It was appalling, to say the least. He was being evicted because he apparently lived too long."

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CON LAW- From the Beginning

August 16-19, 2017

Houston's own Lawyers Entertaining for Charity, Night Court, brings the story of the U.S. Constitution to the stage with an all-singing, all dancing, all rapping cast of lawyers and judges.
Con Law - From the Beginning features a score of parody songs from such artists as DNCE, Amy Winehouse, Pat Benatar and, of course, Broadway Smash Hit, Hamilton. A funny and irreverent look at the law, politics, and history, Con Law - From the Beginning is a great night out while you give a helping hand to those in need! Suitable for all ages.
Proceeds from Night Court benefit Houston area legal charities and legal professionals can receive 2 hours of CLE ethics credit for attending. Lone Star Legal Aid was approved as a designated charity by Night Court's Board of Directors.

To purchase tickets, visit The Hobby Center and make sure to use our code, LONESTAR. By using our code, you will receive a discount and Lawyers Entertaining for Charity will also keep track to determine each charity's impact on ticket sales.

Notario Fraud Prevention

July 17, 2017 -- Upon the commencement of her Equal Justice Works Fellowship, Lisa Virgen, began working with the Houston Immigration Legal Services Collaborative's Notario Fraud Prevention Working Group. As a member of this group, Lisa crafted brochures with information on Notario Fraud and Tax Preparer Fraud, created PowerPoint presentations, prepared a guide for pro bono attorneys, as well as conducted a free 1 hr. CLE on Notario Fraud. The CLE is still available for replay. If you are interested in watching it, please visit our Facebook event page for more details.

The Houston Immigration Legal Services Collaborative was created in 2013 after local organizations working with immigrant communities came together to address the lack of legal services capacity in the Houston region. Collaborative stakeholders include non-profit legal services providers, outreach and advocacy organizations, the business community, law school legal clinics, public agencies, and private foundations. HILSC's Notario Fraud Prevention Working Group convenes immigration and tax law experts, media, business, state and local government, advocates, and community supporters to educate affected communities about notario fraud, help victims file complaints or pursue legal action, and facilitate access to quality legal immigration services and tax assistance.

Working Group members include: Houston Immigration Legal Services Collaborative, AILA, BakerRipley, BakerRipley Tax Centers, Catholic Charities, Consumer Protection Division - Texas Attorney General, Harris County Attorney's Office, Hispanic Issues Section of the Texas Bar, Immigration Counseling Center, Lone Star Legal Aid, Memorial Assistance Ministries, Mexican Consulate, South Texas College of Law Houston, Texas Organizing Project, TRLA-Austin, University of Houston College of Law, United We Dream, as well as private attorneys and businesses.

For more information on Notario Fraud prevention, visit the
Houston Immigration Legal Services Collaborative's Notario Fraud page at:

Connecting Texas Kids to Coverage

Lone Star Legal Aid is participating in the Connecting Kids to Coverage Outreach and Enrollment Program. We will target limited-English proficient populations in both rurual and urban counties along the Texas Gulf Coast. We will provide outreach and direct enrollment assistance and training to schools, WIC clinics, food banks, community health clinics, health departments, county extension offices and pediatrician offices.

For more information on whether you qualify for free or low-cost health care for your children, give us a call at 1-800-733-8394 or CLICK HERE.

Connecting Texas Kids To Coverage

IRS Imposters Targeting Taxpayers

Tax season may just be getting started, but tax scammers have been hard at work. In fact, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has gotten thousands of complaints about one kind of scammer in particular - IRS imposters.


Tax Scammers Target Might Target You:

Here's What to Do

It's that time of year - tax time. It's also a great time to get up to speed on tax-related scams. Here are two ways tax scammers might target you and what you can do about it:


It's Tax Identity Theft Awareness Week

Are You Ready?

Ready for tax season? If you haven't heard about tax identity theft, you may not be.
This week is Tax Identity Theft Awareness Week. Tax identity theft happens when someone files a phony tax return using your personal information - like your Social Security number - to get a tax refund from the IRS. It also can happen when someone uses your Social Security number to get a job or claims your child as a dependent on a tax return. Tax identity theft has been the most common form of identity theft reported to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) for the past five years.


Lone Star Legal Aid Delivers ILids Device

at Red Cross Shelter in Houston, Texas

Lone Star Legal Aid delivered the firm's ILids device to the Chinese Community Center's Red Cross Shelter in Houston, Texas. The ILIds device is a mobile internet access portal, and provides shelter residents and visitors access to on-line disaster information and services from a variety of web sites.

In addition, the ILids device allows access to a multitude of brochures in several languages designed to provide relevant disaster recovery legal information, including: rights of renters after a disaster that impacts their rental unit, filing an insurance claim for real property and personal property damages, selecting a contractor for repairs, obtaining new legal documentation that was lost in flooding, accessing SNAP benefits for lost and spoiled food, and returning children to school.

The ILids device also has numerous charging stations where phones, pads and other devices can be charged, which is always a welcome sight after a disaster!

The ILids device was developed by LSLA with a grant from the Legal Services Corporation's Technology Initiative Grant fund, which helps to develop innovative uses of technology to assist in the provision of crucial legal services to eligible individuals and families.


Disaster Assistance Hotline: 1-800-504-7030

The State Bar of Texas Disaster Assistance Hotline, operated by Lone Star Legal Aid, has been activated.

Lone Star Legal Aid provides legal assistance to Texans who, as a result of the recent heavy rains and flooding, have experienced damage to apartments, homes, cars and property.

LSLA can provide legal assistance with:
• Filing insurance claims
• Contesting insurance claim denials
• Problems with landlords of damaged apartments or rental houses
• Problems with mortgage companies and damaged homes
• Replacing important legal documents
• Emergency SNAP benefits
• Dealing with contracts for repairs
• Dealing with fraudulent contractors

There are many legal problems that can result from disasters like the recent flooding events. LSLA can help East and South Texans recover from the flooding disaster and receive the legal assistance they need to get their lives back on track. Contact LSLA or click on the links below to access more information and additional legal resources.

Home Repair Fraud


Insurance Steps


Renter Rights


Replacing Lost Documents


School Rights



Food Stamp Replacement Affidavit


Veterans can now file claims and appeals

faster, easier and more efficiently

The US Department of Veteran Affairs has made it easier for vets to apply for benefits-recently launching a transformed web portal of application tools, standardized forms and more, to streamline the benefits process.


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