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Part of Oklahoma mortgage settlement goes to nonprofit Legal Aid, others

Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt's office is partnering with Legal Aid Services of Oklahoma, the Oklahoma Bar Association and Oklahoma Lawyers for America's Heroes Program to help families more successfully navigate mortgage issues, and increase the chance of staying in their homes.
by Richard Mize Published: October 16, 2012
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/articleid/3719308/1/pictures/1858655">Photo - Melissa and Zachary Zuniga of Tulsa talk to reporters as Attorney General Scott Pruitt holds a press conference at the Attorney General's Office in Oklahoma City. The Zunigas were the first to receive compensation from Oklahoma's mortgage settlement with five big lenders, separate from one struck by the federal government and other 49 states. <strong>PAUL HELLSTERN - The Oklahoman</strong>
Melissa and Zachary Zuniga of Tulsa talk to reporters as Attorney General Scott Pruitt holds a press conference at the Attorney General's Office in Oklahoma City. The Zunigas were the first to receive compensation from Oklahoma's mortgage settlement with five big lenders, separate from one struck by the federal government and other 49 states. PAUL HELLSTERN - The Oklahoman

An initial $15,000 grant from the mortgage settlement will train attorneys assisting service members and veterans in the OBA Oklahoma Lawyers for America's Heroes Program.

The America's Heroes Program was created in 2010 to offer legal advice and assistance to the 3,200-plus members of the Oklahoma National Guard 45th Infantry Division before, during and after deployment to Afghanistan. It now offers services to all service members and veterans in need. The mortgage settlement will fund services ranging from answering questions to courtroom representation.

Oklahomans needing legal assistance with mortgage and housing issues but not qualifying for need-based assistance programs can apply for up to $5,000 through the Attorney General's Legal Voucher Program. Homeowners can arrange to choose an attorney and reimburse the attorney for services with a voucher.

To learn more

For more information, go to www.oag.ok.gov.

by Richard Mize
Real Estate Editor
Real estate editor Richard Mize has edited The Oklahoman's weekly residential real estate section and covered housing, commercial real estate, construction, development, finance and related business since 1999. From 1989 to 1999, he worked...
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