Legal Aid of Western Missouri Receives Nearly $800,000 to Provide Services to Low-Income Citizens

Kansas City, MO – Legal Aid of Western Missouri has received nearly $800,000 in additional funding to help provide services to low-income families in the state. The funds are residual proceeds from a class action lawsuit settled in 2011 titled Allen & Lande v. UMB Bank. The court-approved settlement was secured by plaintiffs’ attorneys from the law firms of Stueve Siegel Hanson LLP, Gray, Ritter & Graham and Tycko & Zavareei. The Court’s order approving the settlement provided that settlement checks not presented by individual class members for payment within one year would be distributed to Legal Aid to carry out its charitable mission. “These funds will allow the Legal Aid programs throughout Missouri to serve hundreds of low-income clients who we would otherwise have to turn away,” states Gregg Lombardi, Executive Director of Legal Aid of Western Missouri. These services include: •Stopping abusive and illegal consumer collection actions; •Preventing unlawful and avoidable foreclosures and evictions; •Freeing clients and their children from domestic violence; and •Turning blighted urban core properties into high quality housing. “We are thrilled that low-income citizens in the state of Missouri will receive the benefits provided by Legal Aid due to the residual proceeds from this case,” states Patrick Stueve, one of the plaintiffs’ lead attorneys. He further states, “This is a win-win scenario for everyone.” Legal Aid of Western Missouri has been providing essential legal services to low-income citizens since 1964. Legal Aid staff attorneys, paralegals and volunteers assist more than 20,000 people each year with problems that seriously affect their ability to provide for themselves and their families.

Contacts

Legal Aid of Western Missouri Gregg Lombardi, 816-474-6750 glombardi@lawmo.org

Stueve Siegel Hanson LLP Patrick Stueve, 816-714-7110 stueve@stuevesiegel.com

Gray Ritter & Graham PC Robert Ritter, 314-241-5620 rritter@grgpc.com

Tycko & Zavareei Hassan A. Zavareei, 202-973-0900 hzavareei@tzlegal.com

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