FYAC Success Stories

 

FYLaw remains committed to providing legal services for young people, 16-24 years old, who were ever involved with Juvenile Justice, Child Welfare, or Foster Care.  
 
For example: 

  • We assisted a youth in filing a motion for leave to file a late answer and an answer to a lawsuit involving an automobile accident. The court granted the motion for leave to file a late answer, accepted the prepared answer and scheduled the case for mediation. After mediation, the case was subsequently dismissed without prejudice by counsel for Plaintiff thereby avoiding potential debt of over $6,000.00.

 

  • Our client received a $588.00 bill for medical services completed in January 2018. He was employed at the time and on Medicaid. He was injured on the job and he went to the hospital as a precautionary measure. He had been to the hospital before and did not update his Medicaid information. His claim was denied by his previous insurance under Medicaid. He attempted to resolve this matter through his employer as a Worker’s Compensation Claim. When we discovered that hospital had the wrong insurance listed, we updated his Medicaid information. The hospital is in the process of submitting a new claim to Medicaid. We are continuing to assist this client resolve this billing dispute and also advised him how to go about obtaining a new Social Security Card from the Social Security Administration.

 

  • A client had an issue with receiving a three day notice to leave for non-payment of rent. She was concerned that this was in retaliation for reporting conditions problems. We advised her about her rights under Landlord-Tenant Law. She was able to resolve the alleged non-payment of rent issue. We advised her that if she wished to terminate the lease due to conditions problems that we could walk her through the process. She also had concerns that she may not be able to find another unit to rent because her rent was paid by a program for transitioning youth. We advised her that if she was denied housing due to her source of assistance for rent payment that we may be able to get more involved to challenge any application denials.

 

  • We worked to get a former foster youth on a social security card issue. That issue developed into a more complex problem involving her citizen status in this country, because she was adopted from a foreign country. We reached out to local immigration attorneys for guidance and direction due to the growing complexity.  A private attorney was willing to handle the case pro bono and is continuing to work to resolve these immigration and citizenship issues.

 

  • In our ongoing defense of a step-parent adoption case, we had a scheduling conference in June 19, 2018.  At that time jurisdictional issues were raised due to the biological mother and maternal grandparents being from Louisiana and there being Louisiana court involvement with the child, prior to the filing of the adoption case in Ohio. We filed a motion to dismiss for lack of subject matter jurisdiction in July 2018 citing to the very recent Supreme Court of Ohio case, Garrett v. Costine, 2018-Ohio-1613. Exhibits are due by August 14, 2018, a status conference is scheduled for late August and a final hearing is scheduled in September.

 

  • At one of our bi-weekly legal clinics at StarHouse, a drop-in center for homeless youth, we assisted a homeless youth to obtain a replacement Florida birth certificate.

If you know of a young person with a history that includes Foster Care, Juvenile Court, or involvement with Child Welfare, and who needs help, then please contact us with any questions by sending an email to fylaw@law.capital.edu or calling us at (614) 236-6768.