Legal Aid Attorney Phil Rich (left) with Ross.

Just after Navy veteran Ross Furtwengler purchased a home for his family four years ago, he experienced a series of covid-related layoffs.

As a result, Ross fell behind on his VA mortgage. He tried to work with his lender to modify the loan, but the lender refused, and filed for foreclosure. Ross was approved for mortgage assistance funds through Save the Dream Ohio, but he still needed legal help to keep his home.

Legal Aid Attorney Phil Rich represented Ross to prevent the foreclosure and get his mortgage reinstated. Normally, this would have been a straightforward process, but the lender’s delays and incorrect actions threatened to derail the agreement. Legal Aid filed a Notice of Error as well as a complaint with the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau to compel the lender to redress the problem. 

Because of our advocacy, the lender finally provided the required information and Legal Aid prevented the foreclosure. Ross and his family not only kept their home but also now have a manageable mortgage payment. 

Legal representation coupled with mortgage assistance funds changes the game for at-risk homeowners. Ross is one of 286 homeowners for whom Legal Aid prevented a foreclosure last year.

Financial support from generous individuals like you will sustain our capacity to prevent foreclosures and keep more homeowners like Ross in their homes!

Please contribute today.

Other ways to Support Legal Aid

Send Us a Check

If you would prefer to mail us a check, please make it payable to The Legal Aid Society of Greater Cincinnati.  Our address is:  The Legal Aid Society of Greater Cincinnati, 215 E. Ninth Street, Suite 200, Cincinnati, Ohio 45202.

Make an IRA Qualified Charitable Distribution

Consider using your Traditional IRA to make an Annual Charitable Gift.

If you are 70½ or older, this is a good opportunity to use an asset that otherwise would be taxed if you took a distribution.

Please direct the IRA administrator to make the transfer directly from your IRA to Legal Aid Society of Greater Cincinnati to avoid any tax issues.

Making the IRA charitable rollover gift to Legal Aid will count towards your minimum distribution for the year from the IRA.  But, it won’t count as income on your tax return.

Use a Donor-Advised Fund

Consider using a Donor-Advised Fund to make an Annual Charitable Gift.

A Donor-Advised Fund gives you a tax deduction in the year you set it up. The money to set one up can come from cash, appreciated stocks, or investments. Once it is set up, you can recommend a contribution to the charity of your choice. You control the amount and the timing of the distribution.

Contribute Stock

If you would like to send Legal Aid stock, please notify your personal financial advisor that you wish to make an electronic transfer of stock to the Legal Aid Society of Greater Cincinnati.  Here is the information about us you will need to complete the transaction:

  • Our Depository Trust Company (DTC) # is 0221.  Our account number is WL18338 9C. 
  • Our Broker is UBS Financial Services, 8044 Montgomery Road, Cincinnati OH 45236-2926.  Our UBS contact is Sam Burchenal at 513.792.2100.

If you require further information, please contact Legal Aid’s Chief Financial Officer, Cindy Resor at 513-362-2836.

Make a Planned Gift

Maximize your estate tax and financial planning situation while investing in Legal Aid for posterity.

You can name Legal Aid as a beneficiary in your will, trust or life insurance policy.  You can also name Legal Aid as beneficiary of an IRA, 401K, 403B, or other qualified gift plan.  It is easy to do.  Just include our tax identification number:  31-536673.   Any of these options may provide potential estate tax savings for your heirs while providing long term support for Legal Aid.  Ask your personal financial advisor which is best for you.

The funds Legal Aid receives from law firms, attorneys, individuals, corporations, and foundations are a statement of commitment for our mission by the community. All private donation income is used in support of our mission.  Funds are used in accordance with Legal Services Corporation and other funder regulations.