As we share the fun stories of the Justice For All Ball (JFAB), we also want to honor our hard-working volunteer attorneys and other legal professionals by opening the doors on the many different types of clients and cases that The Pro Bono Project handles.
It is our clients who benefit the most from the JFAB - the Ball provides more than one-third of our funding and makes the real successes possible.
Picked up by one of our dedicated volunteers, this case involved a double succession for both of the client’s parents in Jefferson Parish. Both parents died with wills leaving their property to the other spouse, and the client did not know how to proceed after their deaths in 2008 and 2013.
Unfortunately, the client did nothing for years until he received a shocking tax bill because the full homestead exemption was no longer in effect. By completing this double succession, our volunteer made it possible for our client to increase his homestead exemption and obtain a better quality of life.
Many of our clients come to us for help with increasing their homestead exemption. This case represents just one, and a simple one at that. Many of these cases involve more than just the succession. They often require additional services to complete the execution of a donation, quitclaim or right or habitation to put the client in the best position for a full homestead exemption.
This case might not have had such a happy ending without The Project, its staff and volunteers. You can help us continue to fulfill our mission of providing civil legal services to those in a six-parish area who need representation and cannot afford a lawyer by attending the JFAB.