Practice Areas

Practice Area

Concentrations

Consumer/Finance


The Consumer Debt and Employment Group represents clients in matters that have an important impact upon their economic situation and financial stability. The Consumer Group practices before various administrative and judicial forums including the Rhode Island District Court, Bankruptcy Court and the Department of Labor and Training. Consumer law issues are becoming more prevalent in the low-income and elderly communities that Rhode Island Legal Services serves.

Advice, brief service and extended representation may be provided in the following types of cases:

Bankruptcy/Debtor Relief
Collection
Public Utilities

Bankruptcy/Debtor Relief
Collection (inc. Repo./Deficiency/Gar

Education


RILS represents parents and students in a variety of educational issues. The need for systemic change and legal advocacy for low-income families in educational matters is demonstrated by data reported by Kids Count concerning the quality of the schools low-income children attend. The Education Law Group provides advocacy and client representation to improve the quality of public education for low-income students and enable families to address their public education problems that include: inappropriate education problems; special education problems; bilingual and vocational education problems; and School discipline and residency problems.

Advice, brief service or direct representation may be provided in the following types of cases:

Discipline
Special Education/Learning Disabilities
Access (including bilingual/residency/test)

Discipline (Inc. Expulsion/Suspension)
Special Ed/Learning Disabilities
Access (Inc. Bilingual/Residency/Test)

Employment


Advice, brief service or direct representation may be provided in the following types of cases:

Job Discrimination
Wage Claims
Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC)
IRS Tax Disputes
IRS Audit

Taxes
Employee Rights

Job Discrimination
Wage Claims
EITC (Earned Income Tax Credit)
Taxes (not EITC)
Employee Rights

Family


Advice, brief service or direct representation may be provided in the following types of cases:

Domestic Abuse Restraining Orders

Custody/Visitation
Divorce/Separation/Annulment
Domestic Abuse
Support

Juvenile


Advice, brief service or direct representation may be provided in the following types of cases:

Neglected/Abused/Dependent

Neglected/Abused/Dependent Juvenile

Health


Advice, brief service or direct representation may be provided in the following types of cases:

Medicaid
Medicare
State or Local Health

Medicaid
Medicare

Housing


Advice, brief service or direct representation may be provided in the following types of cases:

Federally Subsidized Housing
Private Landlord/Tenant
Public Housing
Mobile Homes
Housing Discrimination
Mortgage Foreclosures
Mortgage Predatory Lending

Federally Subsidized Housing
Private Landlord/Tenant
Public Housing
Mortgage Foreclosures
Mortgage Predatory Lending/Practices

Income Maintenance


The Public Benefits Group provides legal assistance to prevent the loss of a client’s income and to obtain and preserve Medical Assistance (MA) and Medicaid benefits for eligible clients. The Public Benefits Group also offers community advocacy and client representation in denials or terminations of government benefits in the administrative tribunals and appellate courts.

Thousands of Rhode Islanders depend on Rhode Island Works, Temporary Assistance for Needy Families, General Public Assistance (GPA), Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, unemployment compensation, Social Security benefits or Supplemental Security Income (SSI). It is important that we continue to provide legal support to low-income clients so that we can preserve their income, enabling them to purchase basic necessities such as food and clothing, and secure their access to proper health care.

TANF
Social Security (not SSDI)
Food Stamps
SSDI
SSI
Unemployment Compensation
Veterans Benefits

Individual Rights


Expungement/Sealing of Criminal records
Correction of Criminal Records
Credit Repair

Individual Rights

Miscellaneous


Restoration of Driver's Licenses
Occupational License Reinstatement

License (Auto & Other)
Other Miscellaneous