Paralegal-Advocate Low-Income Taxpayer Clinic and Legal Services for the Elderly

Charlotte Center for Legal Advocacy, a nonprofit provider of civil legal assistance to low-income people in the Charlotte area, seeks a paralegal-advocate for its Low-Income Taxpayer Clinic and Legal Services for the Elderly programs.

Paralegal advocates assist individual low-income individuals, provide outreach and community legal education, participate in community events, give legal advice under the supervision of a licensed attorney, assist partner agencies in serving the needs of clients and engage in systemic advocacy projects and activities.

The paralegal advocate will:
• Screen and interview applicants for assistance; review client eligibility and determine whether cases meet case acceptance criteria;
• Provide legal advice, counseling or other brief service during intake interview under the supervision of a licensed attorney; and
• Assist attorneys in specific cases including contact with client; interviewing witnesses; case investigation; legal research; drafting legal documents.

The paralegal may also be assigned individual administrative cases in which direct paralegal representation is proper.

Qualifications: college degree, paralegal certification or equivalent experience; commitment to working with low-income people; proficiency in oral and written communication; strong analytic ability; self-motivated and dependable. Proficiency in Spanish is required.

Salary: $31,500+ (depending on experience); generous leave and benefits.

To Apply send (1) a detailed letter explaining your qualifications for and your interest in this specific position and this organization, a description of your Spanish language proficiency, experience with low-income people, special qualifications for this program and other relevant information; (2) a resume; (3) writing sample; and (4) names and telephone numbers of three references to: Brittany Chadwick, Administrative Assistant, Charlotte Center for Legal Advocacy, by email to brittanyc@charlottelegaladvocacy.org or by mail to 1431 Elizabeth Avenue, Charlotte, NC, 28204, email is preferred. Form letters and inquiries not containing this information will not be considered.

The Western North Carolina Low-Income Tax Clinic provides low-income North Carolina taxpayers with representation in federal and state tax controversies and educates individuals about their rights and responsibilities as U.S. taxpayers. The program focuses on the following issues:

Providing legal representation to low-income taxpayers who have existing tax controversies with the Internal Revenue Service and N.C Department of Revenue.

Providing tax assistance and education to individuals who speak English as a second language.

The major issues addressed by this program are:
• Collection issues, including offers-in-compromise, installment agreements and currently-not-collectible status;
• Examination, including audit reconsideration;
• Innocent and injured spouse claims;
• Appeals;
• Liens and levies;
• Tax Court litigation;
• Identity theft;
• Cancellation of debt;
• Employment classification; and
• Other income tax controversies within LITC parameters.

The Tax Clinic serves low-income individuals and those who speak English as a second language in the 38 westernmost counties of North Carolina, from Davidson County in the east to Cherokee County on the Tennessee and Georgia borders in the west.

The Legal Services for the Elderly Program provides Elder Law services such as advance directives (simple wills, financial and health care powers of attorney and living wills) for people age 60 and over, regardless of income. Charlotte Center for Legal Advocacy has a dedicated client intake number (704-334-0400) for LSE.

Charlotte Center for Legal Advocacy also provides services through its other programs to elderly clients who qualify under its financial eligibility guidelines in areas such as bankruptcy, collection, mortgage foreclosures and reverse mortgages, home improvement contracts, other real property issues, and car dealers through its Consumer Protection Program, and Social Security, SSI, Medicare, Medicaid, and private health insurance through its Family Support and Health Care Program.

Case types
▪ Public Benefits
▪ Age Discrimination
▪ Health Care
▪ Housing
▪ Long-term care
▪ Defense of guardianship
▪ Nutrition

Charlotte Center for Legal Advocacy also provides assistance with advance directives through clinics and individual representation, including wills, powers of attorney, health care powers of attorney and living wills.

It provides assistance with simple wills but does not prepare wills that involve real, personal or intangible property of substantial value, or require significant estate planning or tax considerations.

Community Outreach
Charlotte Center for Legal Advocacy makes presentations to senior groups and advocates at various locations, primarily at senior centers and nutrition sites.

LSE is funded in part by a grant of funds under the Older Americans Act from the Centralina Council of Governments and the United Way of Central Carolinas.

Charlotte Center for Legal Advocacy is an Equal Opportunity Employer.  Women, minorities, veterans and individuals living with disabilities are encouraged to apply.