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I'm sorry to hear about your situation. Unfortunatley the issue with legal aid and the ability to afford an attorney are not "substantive" issues regarding the case or controversy. The false statement made in the past, if nothing new has happened since then, and she's making the exact same false claim that she made in the past (that is, the claim is of the same date, location, etc... not a similar occurrence) that could be used to get it dismissed. But any false statements made to legal aid about finances do not actually affect the facts and circumstances surrounding the case for an order of protection.
That is, the judge could consider that as evidence of her truthfulness, and any issues regarding finances (such as alimony, child support, etc...) could consider these funds. But because they don't relate to the "heart" of the case (the order of protection) they're only, at best, XXXXX XXXXX issue. The judge won't step in and say that the method of paying (or having someone else pay for) an attorney is faulty, because that doesn't affect the underlying case.
And as such, since it doesn't actually affect your case, your attorney wouldn't need to catch this red flag (again, unless it helps establish that she's less than trustworthy....). It's not a basis to get the entire case dismissed, because it doesn't deal with the underlying case or controversy.
Now Legal Aid could have a case against her for fraud (since Legal Aid would be the injured party in such a deception), and could drop her. I would suggest contacting them and letting them know that she received an inheritance, and then the ball would be solely in their court to do something about it. Only they would have "standing" to complain about this.
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