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Thursday, March 25, 2010

Keeping up with OKLaw.org

Questions about Oklahoma Law?

Legal Aid is a partner in the OKLaw.org web site.  You can find information and videos about legal issues impacting low-income Oklahomans, a directory of courts in Oklahoma and a Legal Directory of free or low-cost legal help in your area.

Sign- up to receive free monthly e-news containing information and updates to the web site, upcoming legal clinics and other helpful informatio at this link:  http://is.gd/aYRtk

http://www.oklaw.org/    Your resource for free legal information for low-income Oklahomans.

March 25th Financial Security Forum in Tulsa

On March 25th, (Thursday) the Tulsa County Bar Association will sponsor the second of three Financial Literacy Public Forums at the Hardesty Library in Tulsa, 8316 East 93rd Street, from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

At tonight's forum, Tulsa lawyers will discuss and answering your questions on Financial Security.
Do you have questions on issues such as IRA, retirement, Social Security, military retirement and protecting yourself from being scammed in the process?  It's a free session!

More information on Consumer Law and Debt Issues, go to Consumer Law on OKLaw at this link: http://www.oklaw.org/link.cfm?2945

* March 25th: Topic:  Financial Security Forum http://oklaw.org/link.cfm?2866

* April 1st: Topic:  Bankruptcy Forum http://oklaw.org/link.cfm?2867
Legal Aid Serivces of Oklahoma lawyer Victor Hunt will be presenting!

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Financial Literacy Public Forums in Tulsa (Series begins March 11)

On March 11th, (Thursday) the Tulsa County Bar Association will sponsor the first of three Financial Literacy Public Forums at the Hardesty Library in Tulsa. TCBA's goal is to hold a set of three forums each quarter at a different library location to make them as available as possible to all Tulsans.

To kick off the forum, guest speakers will be discussing and answering your questions on the topic of Debt Consolidation from 7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. CST at the Hardesty Library. Legal Aid Services of Oklahoma lawyer Iris Philbeck will be presenting.

For details on the Debt Consolidation Forum:  http://oklaw.org/link.cfm?2865

More information on Consumer Law and Debt Issues, go to Consumer Law on OKLaw at this link: http://www.oklaw.org/link.cfm?2945

Other forums:

* March 25th: Topic: Financial Security Forum  http://oklaw.org/link.cfm?2866

* April 1st: Topic: Bankruptcy Forum http://oklaw.org/link.cfm?2867
    Legal Aid Serivces of Oklahoma lawyer Victor Hunt will be presenting!

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Help for Families through the Earned Income Tax Credit

The IRS estimates that as many as 25 percent of eligible taxpayers do not claim and may not be aware of the Earned Income Tax Credit.

The Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) is a refundable federal income tax credit for low- to moderate-income working individuals and families that Congress designed to encourage work as well as offset payroll and income taxes.

When the EITC is more than your income tax liability, the Internal Revenue Service will refund the balance.  To qualify, you must meet certain requirements and file a tax return, even if you did not earn enough money to be obligated to file a return.

The earned income tax credit is for families making less than $57,000 a year in 2009 and can include many groups, such as those with disabilities, farmers, and grandparents raising grandchildren.

If you qualify for the earned income tax credit, you may also qualify for help in preparing and filing your taxes.  The IRS and the Oklahoma Tax Commission offer a free electronic filing system called FreeFile for those who made less than $57,000 last year.  This important service helps families get their taxes done easily and accurately, and ensures they can claim tax credits to which they are entitled.

OKLaw has more information about the EITC!

IRS FreeFile Information:  http://www.oklaw.org/link.cfm?2943

Oklahoma FreeFile Information:   http://www.oklaw.org/link.cfm?2944 

Thursday, March 4, 2010

The Protecting Tenants at Foreclosure Act

On May 20, 2009 President Obama signed a federal law protecting tenants when the property they rent is sold at a foreclosure sale.  The is a federal law but it applies to state court eviction proceedings. 
These rules apply to the foreclosure of any mortgage on residential property where the property is foreclosed upon after May 20, 2009.

Who Does the Act Protect?
The lease between the tenant and the former landlord or owner who lost the property to foreclosure, must meet the following rules:

1. The tenant cannot be the child, spouse or parent of the former owner of the property.

2. The original lease must have been the result of an arms-length transaction. The lease must not be an attempt to avoid or gain the protection of this new law.

3. The rent due under the lease must be close to what other apartments rent for unless the government subsidizes the rent.
The new law includes protections for tenants and responsibilities and even apply to some tenants with subsidized housing payments.

Read more about how the law works at OKLaw.org (http://www.oklaw.org/)
The article is posted in our Housing>Lanlord and Tenant Issues>Tenants in Foreclosure Properties materials at this link:
If you find yourself in this situation, as a tenant or a landlord, please talk to a lawyer and get help with your specific information.

Monday, March 1, 2010

Legal Aid Places at the 2010 TU College of Law Chili Cook-Off

Legal Aid Services of Oklahoma is all “stirred” up about getting runner-up for 2010 Best Presentation Friday, February 26, 2010 at the Annual University of Tulsa College of Law Chili Cook-Off.

Legal Aid participants dressed as characters from Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory in support of their one-of-a-kind Willy Wonka Chocolate Chili recipe and overall theme.

Trophy for Runner-Up, Best Presentation!

The Chocolate Chili Factory,
with characters and a cotton candy machine!                  

Closing Arguements  (yes, he sang to a jury of his peers!)  

The Factory Crew