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Tax Refunds Later in 2017

The Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes of 2015 (PATH Act) was enacted on December 18, 2015. The law is effective January 2017. Its goal is to prevent revenue lost due to identity theft and refund fraud. PATH mandates that no credit or refund for an overpayment for a taxable year shall be made before February 15, 2017. This means that the IRS will not issue a refund until after February 15, 2017, if a taxpayer claims the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) or the Child Tax Credit (CTC).  This law applies to the entire refund, not just the portion associated with the EITC or CTC.

Beware of Scam

Legal Aid of West Virginia (LAWV) has been notified that other websites and phone numbers are claiming to be LAWV and offering legal services if you pay them a fee. LAWV provides FREE legal services.  We will never ask for your credit card information. If you have given your credit/debit card number to one of these website or phone numbers, please contact your credit card company or bank to dispute the charges. You could also file a complaint with the West Virginia Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Division at 1-800-368-8808. 

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Adrienne Worthy
Executive Director

Standing For Justice

Every day, people wake up and find themselves with nowhere to turn. Sometimes it’s a mother and child. Sometimes a senior, a veteran, or a woman trying to escape abuse. What they need is an advocate to guide them through the civil legal justice system.

That’s what we do at Legal Aid of West Virginia: we stand with vulnerable people and assist them as they seek justice for themselves on critical matters affecting their families, their health, their safety, and their economic security.

Think of the last words of our Pledge of Allegiance: “...and justice for all.” That principle drives our work. Together, with the support of generous donors, volunteers, and community supporters, we fight to keep that promise.

 

Donor Spotlight

Spilman Thomas & Battle 

Spilman Thomas & Battle, PLLC 

Mike Basile, Managing Member 

For over 150 years, Spilman Thomas & Battle, PLLC, has been a leading law firm in the Kanawha Valley. Indeed, its reputation for wise counsel and thoughtful strategy has grown beyond the borders of West Virginia – today the firm has offices in North Carolina, Pennsylvania and Virginia.

Spilman isn’t just committed to providing top-notch counsel to its own clients, however. The firm’s consistent and generous support of Legal Aid of West Virginia, for well over a decade, is a testament to its belief that the best court system is a fair court system, where all have equal access to justice.

Says Managing Member Mike Basile, "Civil legal aid is critically important. When an abuse victim is protected from her abuser, or when a veteran is able to access the benefits he earned, we are all better off because ensuring the safety, health, and well-being of individuals and families is how we build stable, productive communities. We are proud to support Legal Aid in ensuring equal justice is available to all West Virginians."

Volunteer Spotlight

Kuenzel Law, PLLC 

 Rob Kuenzel

Rob Kuenzel 

Rob Kuenzel has broad experience in the legal field. Before becoming an attorney, he spent 10 years as a West Virginia state trooper. Since graduating from law school in 2001, he has established a thriving general law practice in Chapmanville, earning an AV preeminent* rating by Martindale-Hubbell.

One of his areas of expertise is divorce and family law, and Rob has generously shared his skills with Legal Aid for over 7 years, leading pro se divorce law clinics for low-income clients across the southern coalfields. "I hate to see people without an advocate – especially when the issues at hand are ones that will affect the rest of their lives, such as in divorce and family law. It’s so satisfying to volunteer with Legal Aid, because I feel it’s a tremendous opportunity to bring clarity to what can be an overwhelming and confusing experience for those in need."