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Tax filing season is over. Now what?

Filing season for 2015 is behind us, but many taxpayers still owe the IRS.  During May the IRS sends out many tax due notices, causing panic for many. If you can’t pay the entire balance due, you don’t have to.  The IRS has collection alternatives, including monthly payment plans.  The most important thing to do: respond to

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Update from the Executive Director

Starting in May, Lee Richardson will provide monthly updates about Legal Aid’s activities, events, and staff. Lee Richardson is the Executive Director of Legal Aid of Arkansas.  The 4th Annual Law Day Running Festival was Saturday, May 7. Many thanks to the sponsors, volunteers, and runners who made our event a success. We had a lower turnout

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The Department of Human Services has unjustifiably and arbitrarily cut Medicaid services for two individuals with severe disabilities, putting them at risk of having to leave their homes and go to nursing facilities.  In response, the two individuals, Bradley Ledgerwood of Cash, 34 years old, and Ethel Jacobs of West Helena, 90 years old, have

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Legal Aid Honors Volunteer Attorneys

In observance of Law Day, May 1, 2016, Legal Aid recognized the outstanding volunteer attorneys who donated their time to help clients who could not otherwise afford an attorney. These private attorneys help us ensure equal access to justice for all. Click the name of an Outstanding Pro Bono Attorney to view his or her

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National Reentry Week


WHAT IS IT? National Reentry Week is a program created by the United States Department of Justice (DOJ). WHEN IS IT? April 24-30, 2016 WHERE IS IT? Nationwide! The DOJ is partnering with national and local organizations across the country to coordinate events, and to draw attention to the importance of reentry work. WHY DO

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Legal Aid Defeats Misuse of Drunk, Insane, or Disorderly Statute

Until recently, the Craighead County District Court was using a non-criminal statute to criminally sanction people with mental illness. The CCDC has a history of imposing fines and fees on individuals arrested under A.C.A. 12-11-110, Arkansas’s Drunk, Insane, or Disorderly statute. The DID statute gives officers authority to detain someone who is an obvious danger

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Tax Deadline Approaching!

The deadline to file your individual income tax return is right around the corner.  The normal filing deadline is April 15.  However, this year, through a weirdness in the calendar, the deadline is extended toMonday, April 18.  That’s still only a few days away. You need to file by the deadline because there is a

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Sealing Criminal Records in Arkansas

Comprehensive Criminal Sealing Act of 2013 Two years have passed since the comprehensive overhaul of the Arkansas’ expungement statutes went into effect. Providing clearer, standardized definitions for sealing records, the law has had time to be implemented and interpreted by the Courts. This article will focus on the current state of sealing criminal records in

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Board of Directors Meeting on March 26

The Legal Aid of Arkansas Board of Directors will meet at 9:00 a.m. Saturday, March 26th at the Durand Center at North Arkansas College, Community First Bank Partners Room located at 303 North Main Street, Harrison, AR 72601.

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12 Tax Questions Answered

It’s income tax season! With the April 15 filing deadline right around the corner, it seems like a good time to answer some common tax questions. Q: Where should I have my tax return prepared? A: You have lots of options.  One option is VITA.  The IRS sponsors Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) sites all

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