HDRC does not provide assistance when:
- The individual does not have a disability, or does not have a disability-related problem.
- The individual is already represented by another attorney or agency.
- The individual's problem is one commonly accepted by the private bar or by local legal services programs, or the legal expertise is available elsewhere.
- The individual's problem involves a statutory right to appointed counsel.
- The problem concerns the interests of service providers or families, guardians, or conservators of persons with disabilities, unless that interest is consistent with the interest of the person with a disability.
HDRC only assists with these issues in compelling and unique circumstances:
- Consumer protection or products liability
- Conservatorship or guardianship of the person or property
- Criminal proceedings
- Estate planning and wills
- Family law - adoption, child support, custody, divorce
- Private insurance issues
- Property disputes
- Tax issues
- Tort defense
- Workers compensation or ERISA
These questions help HDRC evaluate requests for assistance:
- Is the individual able to advocate for the resolution of his/her own problem?
- Are there other advocacy resources available to this individual?
- How immediate, severe and long-lasting are the effects of the problem on the individual?
- How complex is the individual's problem or the bureaucracy or service delivery system causing the problem?
- Does the individual have a claim backed up with strong legal grounds or other evidence?
- Does this claim have the potential to impact the legal rights of other people with disabilities?
- Does this claim have a good possibility of satisfactory resolution through HDRC intervention?
- Does HDRC staff have the expertise necessary to resolve this problem?
- Does HDRC have adequate staff and resources to accept this case without negatively affecting existing clients?
- No Income Requirements
- No Forms to Complete
- Always Free
TO REQUEST ASSISTANCE:
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