MidPenn Legal Services - Berks

MidPenn Legal Services - Berks

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United Way of Lancaster County
General Information
Description of ServiceProvides free legal services to low income individuals in civil matters. Services include legal advice, negotiations and representation before agencies and courts.

Handled through advice, brief service and/or representation in court:
- Representation of plaintiffs in protection from abuse cases
- Custody (defendants when other party has legal representation and child snatch cases); pro se assistance for parents wishing to file for custody
- Simple Divorce (pro se assistance only)
- Welfare: Medical Assistance and Food Stamps denials, terminations, over payments and reductions
- SSDI/Supplemental Security Income: Denials, terminations and over payments; assistance with initial applications for homeless persons
- Unemployment Compensation denials and overpayments
- Housing: Illegal lockouts and landlord utility shut-offs, public housing/Section 8 eviction hearings, poor housing conditions and evictions, mortgage foreclosure
- Sheriff's Sales: To prevent loss of personal property or house
- Guardianship for incapacitated adults over the age of 60. POA and advanced directives for individuals over the age of 60

Other matters handled through Volunteer Attorney Program (Pro Bono Project) include:
- Consumer problems
- School expulsions or IEP hearings
- Driver's License suspension appeal hearings

See MidPenn Legal Services file for brochures on the following subjects:
Government Benefits
Social Security
Public/Subsidized Housing
Utility Bills/Shut-Offs
Mobile Home Parks
Divorce Law
Student Records
District Justices
Canceling Contracts
Debt Collection Practices
Right to an Education
Food Stamps
Protection from Abuse
Child Custody & Visitation
Buying or Repairing a Car
Geographical AreaBerks
Intake ProcedureTelephone or walk-in. Contact the Centralized intake Unit at 800-326-9177.
Intake RequirementsAll relevant paperwork
Client Information
Target PopulationLow-Income
Age GroupAll Ages
Languages SpokenEnglish, Spanish, others with language line
EligibilityServes individuals and families that have a gross income of not more than 125% of the federal poverty level, except for victims of domestic violence who are assisted without regard to income
Fees or Charges
Types of FeesNone
Fee AmountsNone
Wait ListNone
Hours of Operation Monday through Friday, 8:30am to 4:30pm
Coordinated Intake Unit: Monday through Friday, 8:30am to 3:30pm
Contact Information
Contact's Name Rebecca Dempsey
Contact's Position Managing Attorney
Contact's Phone 610-376-8656
Contact's Email rdempsey@midpenn.org
Physical Site Address 1 501 Washington Street
Physical Site Address 2 Fourth Floor, Suite 401
Physical Site City, State, Zip Reading, PA 19601
Main Phone 800-326-9177
Other Phone 610-376-8656
Fax 610-376-8650
Web Address www.midpenn.org
Affiliated Agency, Programs, and Services
Affiliated Agency: MidPenn Legal Services
Affiliated Program: MidPenn Legal Services - Berks
This Service: MidPenn Legal Services - Berks
Taxonomy Postings
Posted to Categories: Bankruptcy Assistance (DM-1800.1000)
Benefits Assistance (FT-1000)
Criminal Record Expungement Assistance (FT-2800.1500)
Domestic Violence Protective/Restraining Orders (FT-6940.1900)
Eviction Prevention Legal Assistance (FT-4500.1800)
Family Law (FT-3000)
General Legal Aid (FT-3200)
Landlord/Tenant Dispute Resolution (FT-4500.4600)
Legal Counseling (FP-4000)
Legal Representation (FP-4500)
Self Representation Assistance (FP-8000)
Tenant Rights Information/Counseling (FT-4500.8550)