The following content is brought to you by Veterans Legal Services’ Education Committee. The mission of VLS’s Education Committee is to create and execute a plan that will allow VLS to become the Commonwealth’s authoritative legal information resource for veterans and all who are affected by or deal with veterans’ legal issues. The plan will include sustainable methods for presenting to live audiences and Internet viewers cogent, clear and accessible explanations of relevant legal subjects affecting the lives of veterans along with pathways to practitioners and advocates, VLS included, who can best address their legal needs.
Donald R. Lassman, Esq., Law Offices of Donald R. Lassman, Needham, MA
Developed in Collaboration with Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education, June 14, 2017
MassLegalHelp (for individuals)http://www.masslegalhelp.org/income-benefits/taxes Provides links to comprehensive information for easily understanding personal bankruptcy
Pro Se/Non-Attorney Debtors Bankruptcy Clinic (for individuals)http://www.mab.uscourts.gov/mab/pro-se-debtors-bankruptcy-clinic Provides links to comprehensive information from the United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of Massachusetts on filing for bankruptcy without an attorney, including clinics hosted at the Court for people filing on their own
Credit Card Debt
Hon. Raymond G. Dougan (retired), Boston Municipal Court
Developed in Collaboration with Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education, January 11, 2017
MassLegalHelp (for individuals)http://www.masslegalhelp.org/consumer Provides links to comprehensive information for easily understanding consumer debt issues
AnnualCreditReport.comhttps://www.annualcreditreport.com/index.action Provides free access to an individual's credit reports from each of the three major credit bureaus
Consumer Financial Protection Bureauhttps://www.consumerfinance.gov/askcfpb/search/?selected_facets=category_exact:debt-collection The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is a government agency built to protect consumers. It provides free resources to help consumers make informed financial decisions.
Sealing of Massachusetts Criminal Records
Thomas R. Capasso, Director, Probation Records Unit, Office of the Massachusetts Commissioner of Probation
Developed in Collaboration with Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education, October 20, 2016
Massachusetts Executive Office of Public Safety and Securityhttp://www.mass.gov/eopss/crime-prev-personal-sfty/bkgd-check/cori/ Provides general information about CORI, as well as links to methods for requesting a CORI
MassLegalHelp (for individuals)http://www.masslegalhelp.org/cori Provides links to comprehensive information for easily understanding CORI, including its role in employment and housing, as well as options for sealing CORI
MassLegalServices (for legal aid advocates)http://www.masslegalservices.org/library-directory/cori Provides a practice area library for CORI and other criminal record-related issues, with links to legal aid training materials, resources, and legislative updates
Personal Income Tax
T. Keith Fogg, Visiting Professor of Law at Harvard Law School, Director of the Federal Tax Clinic at Harvard Legal Services Center
Developed in Collaboration with Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education, February 27, 2017
MassLegalHelp (for individuals)http://www.masslegalhelp.org/income-benefits/taxes Provides links to comprehensive information for easily understanding personal income tax issues
Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA)https://www.irs.gov/individuals/free-tax-return-preparation-for-you-by-volunteers The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program offers free tax help to people who generally make $54,000 or less, persons with disabilities and limited English speaking taxpayers who need assistance in preparing their own tax returns. IRS-certified volunteers provide free basic income tax return preparation with electronic filing to qualified individuals.
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