Indigent Legal Services Committee names chair, seeks chief defendant

Indigent Legal Services Committee names chair, seeks chief defendant

LEGAL
Recent legislation has led to the development of a new state office – the Office of Indigent Legal Services.The group, which aims to improve the system helping those who can't afford legal services, held its first meeting Thursday.Prior to House Bill 1057, indigenous legal services were the responsibility of individual counties. This new office takes the case load pressure from counties and offsets the costs.One of the first acts of the committee was voting Dean of the Knudson School of Law Neil Fulton as its chairman.“I think we had a more productive meeting than I expected. Our first tasks were to get organized, get a chair selected, start making some plans on when and how we would meet going forward," said Fulton. "We were also able to get some plans…
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Legal Aid of the Bluegrass seeks volunteers to assist with Kentucky’s Medicare SHIP program – NKyTribune

Legal Aid of the Bluegrass seeks volunteers to assist with Kentucky’s Medicare SHIP program – NKyTribune

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Navigating Medicare can be tough for many people. From prescription drug plans to private health plans to deceptive insurance agents, it's not surprising that people with Medicare are confused about their health insurance and their options. Fortunately, there is a program they can turn to for help. The Medicare SHIP Program works with people to help them understand their Medicare benefits, bills, and rights. Medicare SHIP services are free, confidential, and available to Medicare beneficiaries, their families, and caregivers. Services are provided by trained staff and volunteers who play a critical role in helping people save money and get the health care they need. Each volunteer makes a unique difference to people with Medicare. Volunteers can help educate people about Medicare, promote the Medicare SHIP program, assist with administrative work,…
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Community Legal Aid celebrates Fair Housing Month by expanding efforts in Berkshire County

Community Legal Aid celebrates Fair Housing Month by expanding efforts in Berkshire County

LEGAL
Community Legal Aid is a nonprofit that offers free legal support to low-income and older Massachusetts residents in Berkshire, Franklin, Hampden, Hampshire, and Worcester counties. To celebrate Fair Housing Month, it's using grants from the US Department of Housing and Urban Development to expand its legal work around housing into Berkshire County. Peter Beck – who is also the chair of the Williamstown planning board – will be the designated Community Legal Aid attorney working on fair housing out of the organization's downtown Pittsfield office. Beck discussed the legacy of the 1968 Fair Housing Act and today's challenges around fair housing with WAMC.BECK: It guaranteed equal access to housing regardless of your race, your national origin. It also now includes your family status, your gender, which includes gender identity and…
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Lawyer, Mike Ikegbunam, dragged to court over N91m land fraud in Enugu

Lawyer, Mike Ikegbunam, dragged to court over N91m land fraud in Enugu

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A lawyer, Barrister Mike Ikegbunam, has been arraigned before Justice Mohammed Garba Umar of the Federal High Court sitting in Independence Layout, Enugu State on a seven-count charge bordering on money laundering and obtaining by false pretence to the tune of N91 million. In a Friday statement, the EFCC said its Enugu Zonal Command arrested the accused on Wednesday, January 31 following his arrest. The anti-graft commission said Ikegbunam was arrested on July 12, 2023, owing to the claims of the Senior Staff Association of Universities, Teaching Hospitals, Research Institutes and Associated Institutions (SSAUTHRIAI), Nnamdi Azikiwe University Teaching Hospital Nnewi Branch, alleging that its members paid N91 million to him for the purchase of 130 plots of land at Umuagu, Ozu Ndiukwuanu Town, in Orumba North Local Government Area of…
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Maryland Legal Aid files to speed up court case against company behind problem housing units in Somerset County

Maryland Legal Aid files to speed up court case against company behind problem housing units in Somerset County

LEGAL
SOMERSET COUNTY, Md – The Maryland Legal Aid Society is representing tenants who were allegedly retaliated against by landlords, says one party to that lawsuit is looking to have the case dismissed, holding up the proceedings for the tenants that are still living in the sub- standard units at the heart of the complaint. Those units include violations such as water leaks, faulty electrical switches, broken windows, and the group owning the residences Mt. Vernon Group LLC operates without a license. The lawsuit named both Mt.Vernon and the operator of the property Eric Sessoms, and it's Sessoms that is looking to have the case against him dismissed, arguing he was working on behalf of the company and should not be a part of the lawsuit. Maryland Legal Aid Attorney Jamie…
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More efforts needed to ensure legal aid for the poor

More efforts needed to ensure legal aid for the poor

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THIS is concerning that poor prisoners suffer greatly in accessing justice. Although the government and some non-governmental organizations have provided legal aid services for a long time, many poor prisoners do not receive legal aid because of a number of issues and complications; and, they keep languishing in prisons without trial. The government in 2000 introduced the Legal Aid Services Act 2000 'to provide for legal aid to the litigants who are incapable of seeking justice due to financial insolvency, destitution, helplessness and for various socioeconomic conditions.' The government later established the National Legal Aid Services Organization, which is reported to have provided legal assistance for 3.53 lakh people since its establishment in 2009. The government has also established legal aid offices in all the 64 districts to offer legal…
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603 Legal Aid Executive Director Sonya Bellafant resigns

603 Legal Aid Executive Director Sonya Bellafant resigns

LEGAL
Departure comes after two years with the organization, Attorney Steven Scudder to become interim exec. dir. Sonya Bellafant was Executive Director of 603 Legal Aid for nearly two years. She has worked hard to increase the visibility of the organization through various efforts, including branding that evokes feelings of brightness and hope. (Photo by Tom Jarvis)On March 2, 2023, Sonya Bellafant departed her role as executive director of 603 Legal Aid. Bellafant says she plans to take some time for self-care and re-centering. “It has been an incredible opportunity here, but it has also been a very heavy lift,” Bellafant says. “It's taken more of a toll on me physically and mentally than I had expected. So, I think it's time for me to be recenter and refocus before I…
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Record Sales of 331 Thousand Units, Toyota Dominates the Automotive Market

Record Sales of 331 Thousand Units, Toyota Dominates the Automotive Market

INSURANCE
Jakarta, IDN Times - PT Toyota-Astra Motor (TAM) managed to close 2022 well, after recording a sales volume of 331,410 units as a whole sales. This figure has increased by 12.1 percent compared to 2021, which is at the level of 295 thousand units.With this achievement, Toyota claims to lead the national automotive market with a market share of 31.6 percent.1. The composition of sales is dominated by MPVThe TSS feature is tested on the road (Doc. TAM) Judging from its composition, Toyota's sales in 2022 will still be dominated by the MPV segment which contributes 57.6 percent overall. Several Toyota MPV and SUV lines such as Avanza, Kijang Innova and Zenix, and Rush are still the people's top choices. All three are Toyota's best-selling products this year."In line with…
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Rate Cap Clapback: IBC says Alberta auto insurance rate cap ‘does nothing to improve affordability’

Rate Cap Clapback: IBC says Alberta auto insurance rate cap ‘does nothing to improve affordability’

INSURANCE
Edmonton, Alberta — If there are two things the insurance industry and the “Real Housewives” series have in common, it is a stupefening propensity for drama and scandal, as has unfolded Thursday when the Alberta government announced an immediate cap on auto insurance rates through to the end of the year. Announced in a joint release from the province's ministry of finance and affordability and utilities, the Alberta government says it will be “taking action on insurance” through this rate cap, as well as a mandate for insurance companies to allow customers to pay premiums through payment plans. "Affordability is a primary challenge facing many Albertans as rising inflation makes it challenging for many to afford necessities, including auto insurance," said minister of affordability and utilities, Matt Jones. "We are…
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CMBA is working to eliminate financial barriers for those in need of legal services

CMBA is working to eliminate financial barriers for those in need of legal services

LEGAL
CLEVELAND — The Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association is celebrating 150 years in existence. To honor their long-standing history, the organization says they want to continue improving people's lives and have plans to introduce a new initiative they say is needed in the community.“It's needed because a lot of people don't know about the legal system, and if you don't have the means to pay for it, then you're walking into a situation blindsided,” said Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association Client, Cherea Humphrey.A game-changing opportunity is in the works for those who are struggling to gain access to legal services.“This is going to create all kinds of opportunities to eliminate barriers that will create better lives,” said Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association CEO Becky Ruppert McMahon.This help comes at a time, McMahon says,…
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