My Nonprofit Reviews
Review for Neighborhood Legal Services Association aka NLSA, Pittsburgh, PA, USA
Monday, May 23, 2011
Send everyone you know to Butler co, for a FREE Divorce
"SOMEONE IS NOT DOING THEIR JOB" If you knew that Butler County was giving away free divorces? If you knew,YOU the Tax payer were paying for this..What would you say? What would you Do? This IS the case and YES it is true.
The (NLSA) Neighborhood Legal Services Association is giving away FREE divorces. No matter how much you make as long as you fill out the application, That is all that is required.
Research and endless phone calls has sent me into a tailspin with every one ducking and dodging and passing the buck,,That's what has me coming to this blog for your help. I HOPE that i do not get the same response that i have been getting from all the Attorneys.and NLSA management..Are there any concerned citizens of Butler Co. concerned where their tax dollars are being spent? Or is it just me. All though the Pittsburgh Post Gazette has asked to keep them informed ,there seems nothing that can be done with out support from the citizens.
I will be posting the FIRST of many letters that have been sent over the past 3 months of research.
I will Post the last letter first, of my findings to the PPG.
Pittsburgh Post Gazette
Assistant Managing Editor
34 Blvd. of the Allies
Pittsburgh, PA 15222
May 1, 2011
Dear Mr. Birdsong,
As you requested during our phone conversation on April 27, 2011, I'm writing to let you know of two recent
additional pieces of information.This is in reference to the fraudulent filing of the Neighborhood Legal Services Association (NLSA) application.
On April 28, 2011 I had a consultation with William White, with the law firm of Dillon,
McCandless, King, Coulter and Graham. During that conversation I explained the situation to Mr. White. The end result of the 35 minute consultation, was that Mr. White told me that there was nothing he could do, that NLSA would have to take that up with the person that filled out the application, and that unfortunately people do this all the time.
I then called the NLSA. I spoke with a pleasant women by the name of Debbie, who claimed to be the Office Manager. I informed her I wanted to send a copy of all the correspondence and evidence between Gwilym A. Price, and Joyce Krebs via certified mail to her attention. She told me that she would not sign for certified mail from me because she was not supposed to be having this conversation with me. Debbie told me that any correspondence should be going to Mr. Price's office. I informed her that I had already spoken to Mr. Price, but he said that he was not going to sue his client.
I asked Debbie if the NLSA was funded by tax payers. She said 'yes, half federal and half state'. My opinion is that if the tax payers knew that NLSA was not screening their applicants, they would be very upset. Debbie's response was 'We take people at their word and hope that they are telling the truth. Unfortunately, people do this all the time and there's nothing we can do about it'.
My conclusion is that even if you make between $40,000 and $50,000 a year and own a Harley Davidson motorcycle, a pick up truck, your own home and recently purchased a vacation spot on a river in Virginia, you can get a free divorce at the NLSA in Butler County, PA. All you have to do is lie on the application and it will be free to you, but not to the tax payers.
I am still going to send the documentation mentioned previously to NLSA via certified and regular mail. I will be curious to see if they respond or take any action knowing that I'm going to pay to have my findings published in the Pittsburgh Post Gazette.
"As the certified letter was sent, and as Debbie the office manager had mention...YES the letter was returned" The letter was returned, not only was it written on once not twice not even three times but FOUR times,it said in BIG LETTERS with a colored magic marker,RETURN TO SENDER.
Im curious to know if she also through the regular mail in the trash..
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Thank you for taking the time to comment. However, the review stating that Neighborhood Legal Services Association (NLSA) provides free divorces in Butler County is not factually accurate. Neighborhood Legal Services Association does not represent clients in divorce actions nor has NLSA filed any divorce actions on behalf of clients for several decades. Divorce representation was discontinued many years ago when it became necessary to prioritize the types of cases we accept due to overwhelming demand and shrinking program resources/funding. However, we do offer telephone advice and reduced fee referrals of income-eligible clients to private attorneys who elect to participate in our referral program. Through the Reduced Fee Referral Program, several private attorneys in the Butler area have agreed to accept referrals from NLSA. They charge referred clients an agreed upon reduced fee for the divorce. Reduced Fee Referrals are provided for income eligible clients (those with incomes at or below 125% of poverty) only after a thorough income and asset screening of the client has been completed by staff. All allegations of misrepresenation of income and/or fraud are taken very seriously and promptly investigated by NLSA management. Should evidence of fraud be determined, legal services are terminated if NLSA staff attorneys are providing the representation. If NLSA has completed a reduced fee referral, the private attorney is notified of the fraud. It is then up to the private attorney to determine whether or not to proceed with representation at the reduced rate. Once the referral is completed, NLSA actually closes its file and is no longer involved in the relationship between the private attorney and the client. For more information on NLSA, please visit our website, www.nlsa.us.