Advocating for Veterans

PP19E-1000293

EXPUNGEMENT - BERGEN COUNTY

Drafting and submitting expungement petition

PP is a veteran seeking assistance with an expungement. PP has one conviction for possession of a controlled substance, which was dismissed through pre-trial intervention. However, PP is an immigrant who had temporary residency status throughout his military service and is concerned that any criminal history may affect his filing for permanent residency. He is therefore seeking assistance filing for an expungement of the PTI dismissal.

To review, email ebalan@vljnj.org

HB19E-1000544

NAME CHANGE- ESSEX COUNTY

Drafting and submitting name change petition

HB is an elderly, vision-impaired client seeking assistance with a name change. HB's biological father had a different last name, and HB would like to change his name to match his father's. He seeks assistance drafting and submitting a name change petition.

To review, email ebalan@vljnj.org

BJ19E-1000200

PROBATE - ESSEX COUNTY

Obtaining a copy of mother's will and probating estate

BJ is a veteran client seeking assistance probating his mother's estate. BJ's mother died leaving her home to BJ and his four siblings, two of which are currently living in their mother's house. BJ does not have a copy of the will and the estate has not been probated. He seeks assistance with this process so that he and his siblings can put their names on the deed. He is concerned about foreclosure on the home and wants to ensure that the siblings currently living there do not become homeless.

To review, email ebalan@vljnj.org

WM19E1000038

COLLECTIONS - ESSEX COUNTY

Advice and assistance working with hospital billing department

WM is an 82 year old veteran seeking assistance with a Medicare/collections issue. WM had a brief stay in a hospital and received a bill for his treatment. Medicare covered the cost, but he is still receiving collections notices from the hospital for additional services that were not rendered. A representative from Medicare told WM that the additional debt would be dismissed, but over a year later he is still receiving collections notices and the amount is still showing up in his credit report. Client seeks assistance in correcting this matter and having debt removed from his credit report.

To review, email ebalan@vljnj.org

JD 19E-1000493

PERSONAL INJURY - ESSEX COUNTY

Removal from personal injury suit complaint ; April 20 (must respond to summons or face summary judgement)

JC is a veteran seeking assistance getting himself removed from a personal injury case. JC's grandson was involved in a car accident while driving JC's wife's vehicle. JC's wife is deceased, but did not leave the car to JC when she died. JC was erroneously identified as the owner of the vehicle and included in the personal injury suit against his grandson. He was served on March 23 with a summons and has 35 days to reply before he is at risk of summary judgement against him. JC has very limited funds and can barely pay rent. He needs immediate assistance in addressing the summons and being removed from the case.

To review, email ebalan@vljnj.org

JD 19E-1000492

WITHHOLDING OF BACK PAY - ESSEX COUNTY

Advice and negotiation

JD, a senior veteran, seeks assistance with a withholding issue. JD's wife was a VA Medical Center Employee for many years. She died in 2018, leaving the client with very little income. JD struggles to pay basic expenses and to care for his young grandson, who lives him. JD's wife had significant back pay owed to her from the VA, to which JD is now entitled. After multiple attempts by JD to collect these funds, the VA has been unresponsive. JD seeks assistance in working with the VA to receive these back payments.

To review, email ebalan@vljnj.org

DS19E1000191

DRIVERS LICENSE - WARREN COUNTY

Representation to restore license

DS, a veteran, had his license erroneously suspended after he was mistakenly charged with illegally passing a school bus. While the underlying charges have been dismissed by the Municipal Court, DS's license was not restored. DS was then charged with driving on a suspended license and failure to pay fines associated with suspension. He seeks assistance in restoring his license and dismissing the surcharges that have resulted from the suspension and failure to pay fines.

To review, email ebalan@vljnj.org

TB17E-1001609

ESSEX COUNTY - EXPUNGEMENT

Prepare and file petition

Veteran, TB, seeks assistance with a complex expungement issue. TB has a conviction that was discharged after pre-trial intervention, an indictable offense, and a dismissal that are all eligible for expungement under the new October 2018 NJ expungement law. He also has eight felony convictions on his criminal record that do not belong to him, which has been confirmed by the Public Defender. Client requires assistance in filing his expungement petition and removing the erroneous felony convictions off of his record.

To review, email ebalan@vljnj.org

GD17E-1000399

BURLINGTON & BERGEN COUNTY - EXPUNGEMENT

Prepare and file petition

GD, a veteran, seeks assistance with criminal expungement and document collection. GD appears eligible for expungement, but needs assistance obtaining documentation on his sealed juvenile record in New York. Once it is determined that he is indeed eligible, GD will require assistance filing his petition.

To review, email ebalan@vljnj.org

LR18E-1001315

UNION COUNTY - CHILD SUPPORT

Assistance filing motion to negotiate or waive arrears

LR is a veteran seeking assistance with a child support arrears issue. LR is the father of five grown children, for whom he paid child support for several years. However, client has a large amount due in child support arrears and is now only receiving SSI payments. Due to the amount owed, he is not able to obtain a passport, and as he is on a fixed income, he will never be able to pay back the arrears. LR seeks assistance negotiating or waiving the arrears.

To review, email ebalan@vljnj.org

SM18E-1001309

ESSEX COUNTY - CHILD SUPPORT

Representation in filing motion

SM is a veteran seeking assistance with a child support modification matter. Client’s ex-partner moved out of state without telling SM that she was pregnant. SM only recently became aware of his child and had paternity confirmed by DNA test. The child’s mother has become incapable of caring for the child, who is now staying with another relative. Client has been ordered to pay child support to the custodial relative but has fallen behind on payments due to recent unemployment. Client seeks assistance adjusting the support order and dealing with arrears.

To review, email ebalan@vljnj.org