Available Cases

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Anne Arundel Custody 16-0124039
Spanish speaking client/mother is seeking assistance with a custody matter. Parties were not married. They have 1 child, age 3 years old. There was domestic violence in the relationship and client has a full protective order against OP/Father. The child is currently residing with the client. The client has filed and is seeking sole physical/legal custody of the child and supervised visitation for OP. A consent order was entered in June of 2016, which grants client primary physical custody and OP has visitation every other weekend. Op is seeking joint physical/legal custody. Client is concerned about this arrangement as he has stated he will take child away and she will not see her again. Op is represented by an attorney.
Merits Hearing: 1/10/17 at 9 am. If interested in this case, contact Monica Fulwood at mfulwood@mvlslaw.org or 443-451-4087.

Anne Arundel Bankruptcy 16-012047
Client is seeking assistance with filing bankruptcy. Client has never filed before. He does not own any real property or land. Client does have a car. His total debt is estimated at 9k. Debts consist of credit cards, medical bills, and a judgement, placed against him. Client is paying child support, but is current on payments. Client is a Maryland resident and has been employed past 6 months. If interested in this case, contact Monica Fulwood at mfulwood@mvlslaw.org or 443-451-4087.

Anne Arundel Reverse Mortgage Foreclosure 16-0118915
Client is 68 years old and has a reverse mortgage through Reverse Mortgage Solutions. Client was behind on property taxes and the mortgage lender says they paid $7200-7400 to cover client’s 2013-2015 taxes. She has no other liens on the property. Reverse Mortgage Solutions filed an Order to Docket with Preliminary Loss Mitigation Affidavit on June 3, 2016. No final loss mitigation affidavit has been filed yet. Client is seeking an attorney’s help to determine whether the amount they claim she must repay them is correct, and apply for any loss mitigation option she may be eligible to use. If interested in this case, contact Ellyn Riedl at eriedl@mvlslaw.org or 443-451-4079.

Baltimore County Divorce 16-0124054
Husband/client has a pending divorce. Parties were married on September 13, 1979 have been living separately for seven years. There are no protective orders in place and no history of domestic violence. There is no real property nor any minor children from the marriage. Client filed for divorce on April 8, 2016 and wife filed an answer and counter complaint for absolute divorce. Wife was initially seeking alimony and pension. Client filed his response. Wife later changed her mind and withdrew her counter complaint; however, she requested an alimony hearing. There was a hearing on August 24, 2016 and during the hearing, wife perjured herself stating parties had been intimate. The hearing was postponed and both parties were advised to get attorneys. Settlement Conference has been postponed until March 17, 2017 at 9am. Civil non-jury trial set for April 7, 2017 at 9:30am. If interested in this case, contact Makeisha Gibson at mgibson@mvlslaw.org or 443-451-4072.

Baltimore County Tax 16-0125766
A 41 year old Bhutanese immigrant with English proficiency (he worked as an interpreter) with tax debt to MD Comptroller totaling $6K over years 2013, 2014 and 2015. Client was recently assessed deficiency due to audit in which schedule C was removed for insufficient documentation, and itemized deductions were reduced. Client currently works as an Uber driver, and his wife works 2 full-time jobs to support their 2 children. If interested in this case, contact Makeisha Gibson at mgibson@mvlslaw.org or 443-451-4072.

Baltimore City Adult Guardianship 16-0125266
Mother/client is seeking to obtain adult guardianship of her 20yr old disabled daughter. Daughter was diagnosed with Angelman Syndrome. No one is contesting. If interested in this case, contact Tara Miles at tmiles@mvlslaw.org or 443-451-4070.

Baltimore City Custody 16-0122831
Mother/client needs representation for her custody matter. Parties never married and this is the first time they are going to court to establish custody. Parties have one minor child in common, age 1 year old. Child currently resides with the client. Nothing has been filed. She is seeking sole physical /legal custody. She is not concerned with child support at the moment. She is unsure of what father is seeking. Parties currently have an informal agreement in place where father has minor child every weekend, however client states he has been difficult and occasionally refuses to return the child. CPS/DSS has not been involved in any investigations against either party. There are no protective orders in place; no history of domestic violence. If interested in this case, contact Tara Miles at tmiles@mvlslaw.org or 443-451-4070.

Baltimore City Tax Dispute 16-0121733
A 58 year old retired State employee with tax debts to IRS and MD, with a current MD lien for $1,114.95 for tax years 2010-2011. Client owes IRS ~ 11K from years 2006-2015, resulting from inability to make payments after retirement. Client would like to either negotiate an affordable payment plan or consider an offer in compromise. If interested in this case, contact Daria Pugh at dpugh@mvlslaw.org or 443-451-4096.

Baltimore City LLT/Security Deposit 15-0113066
Client needs help with getting her security deposit returned to her after never living at the property. Client provided OP with a security deposit of $500.00 and signed a lease agreement to hold an apartment. On August 13, 2016, Client cancelled her lease with OP due to inspection issues with the apartment and several misgivings that she had about their interactions. Since that time, Client has tried several times to contact OP. Most recently in September 2016, but has not received any response. If interested in this case, contact Daria Pugh at dpugh@mvlslaw.org or 443-451-4096.

Baltimore City Water Bill Tax Sale 16-0125874
Client is 83 years old and lives by herself. She is up to date on her property taxes, but received a large water bill, and needs help making sure it’s fairly adjusted. When she received the high bill, she hired a plumber to come to the property and fix a leak on the property. She has a receipt for the plumbing repairs, and wrote to DPW requesting an adjustment and/or an informal conference to dispute the bill. She never heard back from DPW. MVLS tried contacting DPW on client’s behalf but also got no response. The client is seeking an attorney to represent her regarding the water bill–to make sure it’s adjusted to a reasonable amount so that she does not go on the tax sale list for 2017. If interested in this case, contact Ellyn Riedl at eriedl@mvlslaw.org or 443-451-4079.

Carroll County Custody 16-0117870
Client/mother is seeking to establish custody and prevent adoption from her sister. Client has 1 child age 4 yrs old. The child is currently residing in the care of clients’ sister. Client explained that 2 yrs ago she gave the child to OP/ sister to watch because she was suffering from drug addiction. OP, then went to court and filed for emergency custody. A temporary emergency order was established in March 2014 and the child was placed in her sister’s care. Now Op has filed for sole custody of the child and adoption. Client and the child’s father would like custody of the child. The client has been free from drugs and sober, but has not been allowed to see her daughter for the past two years (January of 2014). Both client and the child’s father would like to have the child back in client’s care and want to co-parent. Client also explained she had an agreement with OP and her attorney stating she would need to complete substance abuse and therapy to get her daughter back. The client has done everything requested and has not been given any further access to the child. Op is represented by an attorney. No CPS/DSS involvement in this case. Family Magistrate Hearing – 01/27/2017 8:45 a.m. If interested in this case, contact Monica Fulwood at mfulwood@mvlslaw.org or 443-451-4087.

Cecil County Bankruptcy 16-0116913
Client is seeking assistance with filing bankruptcy. Client has never filed before. Client owns a mobile home jointly with his ex-wife and received a wage garnishment when she filed for bankruptcy. Client is currently living with his mother, unemployed, and receiving TDAP. He became unemployed due to health complications and is unable to pay debts. Total debt is estimated at 50k. If interested in this case, contact Monica Fulwood at mfulwood@mvlslaw.org or 443-451-4087.

Harford County Custody 16-0123494
Client is seeking assistance with establishing custody. Parties were not married and paternity has been established. They have one child from the relationship age 7 years old. The child is currently living with the client. Client seeks sole physical/legal custody of the child and child support. Client states op is not seeking custody. Neither party has filed. No court dates have been set. If interested in this case, contact Monica Fulwood at mfulwood@mvlslaw.org or 443-451-4087.

Howard County Child Guardianship 16-0124149
Disabled grandmother needs help with gaining guardianship over her 10 and 12 year old grandchildren. Client is unable to register children in school, due to not having any type of guardianship of them. Client has had physical custody of grandchildren for the past 10 years. Their mother lives in Pennsylvania, and is in and out of the children’s lives. However, she gives consent for client to gain custody. Their father is in a witness protection program and recently, his name was legally changed. For these reasons client is unable to get consent from their father for guardianship. Client stated there is no CPS/DSS involvement and there are no concerns regarding paternity. If interested in this case, contact Monica Fulwood at mfulwood@mvlslaw.org or 443-451-4087.

Washington County Divorce 16-0125575
Wife/Client is seeking legal representation for a divorce. Parties were married on August 26, 1995 and have been separated since August of 2001. OP is unemployed and also disabled; as well as Client is unsure of husband’s whereabouts. Client is only seeking her maiden name back. As of today, neither party has filed anything in court. If interested in this case, contact LaKisha Overton at loverton@mvlslaw.org or 443-451-4089.

 

Updated 12/1/16