Domestic violence survivor in her early 40s needs assistance with a divorce. There is a history of verbal abuse and violent threats in the marriage. Client and abuser married in 2019 in Harris County, and they separated in March 2022. They do not have any community property. There are no children of the marriage.
Widow in her 70s needs assistance with settling the estate for her deceased husband. This is a good pro bono opportunity for volunteers seeking a short-term pro bono opportunitiy or a simple probate matter. Based on available information, Lone Star Legal Aid anticipates one court appearance, which can typically be conducted via Zoom. Afterwards, volunteer will need to prepare and file the deed in the county records. Husband passed in January 2019. Client did not file the will for probate, because she was not aware that she was required to do so. As more than four years has passed, it is too late to file the Will for probate. However, the will can still be admitted as a Muniment of Title for the house. The only debt of the estate is the mortgage, and there is no other need for administration. Client's primary concern is clearing title to the home, allowing her to refinance the mortgage, if needed, as well as ensuring that her children inherit the home without any issues. Client has English proficiency, but would prefer if possible to speak in her native language, Spanish. Free interpreter services are available through Lone Star Legal Aid.