Isabel sought to establish guardianship over her daughter, who suffers from Down's Syndrome and is about to turn 18.
The Legal Aid Society of Hawaii prepared and filed all the necessary court documents, and advised Isabel about how to represent herself. Upon closing her case, Legal Aid provided referrals to social service agencies such as Kokua Villa, which offers day care for developmentally disabled adults.
Cheyenne is a single mother of 2 children. She was served with a paternity petition by the father of her older child asking that he have full physical and legal custody, and that she have no visitation.
Worried about losing her child, Cheyenne contacted Legal Aid. Legal Aid filed a declaration explaining her side of the story to the judge, and was prepared to represent Cheyenne in court. Fortunately, Legal Aid was able to negotiate a settlement, which granted Cheyenne full physical and legal custody, and visitation for the father.
Both parents were relieved about avoiding a custody battle, and happy to achieve a mutually agreed upon settlement.
Supplemental Security Income (SSI) assessed an overpayment against a young mother and her 3 year old daughter who was born with Down syndrome. With the help of Paula Boyer from the Kona Legal Aid office, the case went to a hearing before a judge and the mother was issued a fully favorable decision. The entire overpayment was waived as the judge considered the mistake wasn't their fault and reinstated the daughter's full SSI.
"Before I came to Legal Aid I didn't really know what to do about our situation. I tried writing a letter to the SSI office asking for an appeal but other than doing that I didn't know what my options were or who to talk to who could help.
Legal Aid helped me file all the necessary paperwork and gather all the proper documentation that was needed for my case.
With Legal Aid's help I was able to go to court and submit my case to the judge. He looked at all the evidence and ruled in our favor!
What I want people to know about a legal aid is that they are a group that is there to help. Especially when legal representation can be so costly, they provided the representation that we so desperately needed. Our Legal Aid representative, Paula Boyer, was caring and knowledgeable. Even though I know she had many cases and people to represent, I always felt like we were the number one priority when we were in her office. I am so thankful for the help we received through the Legal Aid Society!"