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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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.

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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:

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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.

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Texas Law & Order:

LSLA to benefit from this year's Night Court




For the 3rd year, our Military & Veterans Unit will benefit from Night Court's generosity.
Houston's own Lawyers Entertaining for Charity, Night Court presents Texas Law & Order, an uproarious send-up of TV cop and legal dramas combined with political and election situations ripped from today's headlines. Texas Law & Order features the music of Motown, The Blues Brothers, Bruno Mars, Adele and, of course, a tribute to Prince. Night Court profits are distributed to Houston area legal charities, including Lone Star Legal Aid. A funny and irreverent look at the law, politics and everyone's favorite crime/legal drama, Texas Law & Order is a great night out while you give a helping hand to those in need!

August 17-20, 2016, Hobby Center
2 Ethics CLE Credits

Tickets available through www.nightcourt.org.
See the "Tickets" icon at the bottom left of the home page. Use code: LONESTAR

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 LEGAL ASSISTANCE AVAILABLE



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

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Insurance Steps

ENG - ESP - VIET


Renter Rights

ENG - ESP - VIET


Replacing Lost Documents

ENG - ESP - VIET


School Rights

ENG - ESP - VIET


Forms

Food Stamp Replacement Affidavit





VA IMPROVES ONLINE SERVICES:

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.





Announcing TEXAS COURT HELP


The website, www.TexasCourtHelp.org, contains videos and other information about topics such as how to find and work with a lawyer, what court staff can and cannot do to help, where to find forms, getting ready to go to court, how to act in court, protective orders, and mediation. It was developed by a partnership including Lone Star, OCA, Texas Legal Services Center, and the Access to Justice Commission and funded by a grant from the Legal Services Corporation.




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