On 6-26-15, Senator Tom Harkin will speak at our JFA Luncheon.

LAKC Run for Justice!

Sunday, May 3, 2015 | All proceeds benefit Legal Aid of Western Missouri!

Hamburger Mary’s Drag Queen Bingo

A big thank you to everyone who came out! Check out the photos!

Before & After 2014

Legal Aid’s Economic Development Unit has a positive impact on Kansas City’s urban core.

Specialty Courts Turn Lives Around

Read how they focus on the treatment and rehabilitation of qualified participants rather than on punishment.

Client Success StoriesWhen we work together, amazing things happen


LOW INCOME TAXPAYER CLINIC SAVES THE DAY Mary Lee paid $50 per month toward her 2002 tax balance for years, even though her only sources of income were SSI, food stamps, and housing assistance. She thought she had finally made the last payment when the IRS sent her a new bill including penalties and interest [...]


GREEDY RELATIVES CHARGED UP CARMEN’S CREDIT CARDS Carmen contacted Legal Aid after she was served with a summons in a credit card collection case. Carmen, an elderly widow with significant health problems, was scheduled for cancer surgery the following week. She was afraid that she would return from the hospital and her mobile home would [...]


TAXPAYER CLINIC HELPS STRUGGLING SOMALI REFUGEE SAVE SEVERAL THOUSAND DOLLARS Farah S. was referred to Legal Aid’s Low Income Taxpayer Clinic (LITC) through the refugee resettlement agency that had helped Farah and his family resettle in the United States after leaving Somalia. Farah could not understand why the government was holding his tax refund. He [...]


LEGAL AID SAVES IRMA FROM ZOMBIE DEBT THREATS Irma, 75, struggled to survive on a modest fixed income when she suddenly discovered her bank account was empty, even though her Social Security check had just been deposited. Unbeknownst to Irma, a company had taken an unlawful default judgment for $5,313 against her, resulting in the [...]

In the Spotlight

Neighborhood Training Series 2015 Schedule Presented by Legal Aid of Western Missouri Monday January 26:  The “Ins and Outs” of Foreclosure Prevention and Beneficiary Deeds Monday February 23:  Tips on Buying Homes with a Contract for Deed Monday March 23:  KCMO Neighborhood Services Presentation Monday April 27:  Zoning Issues: Enforcement and Challenging Amendments Wednesday May [...]

VETERANS RELIEF PROJECT By Maura Weber – Project Director In October 2013 I was proud to be named the first project director of Legal Aid’s Veterans Relief Project. There are an estimated 1,400 homeless veterans in the Kansas City metro area. Many of these Veterans have legal problems impeding their ability to obtain or maintain [...]

LEGAL AID TRANSFORMS PUBLIC HOUSING IN KANSAS CITY The transformation of public housing in Kansas City began in 1989 when Julie Levin, the Managing Attorney of the Central Office of Legal Aid of Western Missouri, filed the Tinsley vs. Kemp et al lawsuit in Federal District Court on behalf of public housing tenants and applicants. [...]

CONSOLIDATED DOMESTIC VIOLENCE DOCKET IS NOW THE NORM The past few decades have seen dramatic changes in the response to domestic violence in states and communities throughout the United States. Some of the earliest efforts to improve Kansas City’s response came out of Legal Aid of Western Missouri in the mid-1980s. Legal Aid staff was [...]

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