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Ready to take a pro bono case?  Below are a few available cases.  Don’t see one that’s a good fit for you? Contact Michelle Swift at mswift@mvlslaw.org and she’ll find you a case that matches your case type and geographic preferences.

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Anne Arundel County Collections/LLT 16-0117294
(Trial Scheduled on November 7, 2017 at 8:45am)
Unemployed single mother, needs help with a breach of lease matter and getting her security deposit returned to her. Client gave notice to OP/landlord in June 2015 that she intended to move. Client wasn’t able to find new housing until around October 2015 and was told by OP that she would need to enter a month-to-month lease. Client signed lease for month-to- month. She eventually moved from the property in the middle of December 2015. She was told by OP there were no damages to property. However, two months later in February she received a letter from stating she owes $2930.81 for breaching her lease. Client’s rent amount was $1304 and her portion to pay $122. Section 8 voucher paid the difference. To assist MVLS client 16-0117294, please contact Monica Fulwood at mfulwood@mvlslaw.org.

 Baltimore City Collections/Debt Buyer 17-0132160
(Trial Scheduled on October 16, 2017)
Client is being sued by Midland Funding, LLC for the amount of $921.69. Client met with pro bono attorney at the Consumer Protection Project clinic on 08/08/2017 for brief advice. A Notice of Intent to Defend (NOID) was entered with the Court. Attorney notes that client disputes debt amount owed, is willing to settle, but is planning to file bankruptcy. Client would like assistance consolidating her debt into a single financial obligation with monthly installment agreement or in the alternative declare bankruptcy. Client seeks legal assistance with the case at hand, as well as legal/financial assistance with additional debt issues. Case was reset for merits trial in 60 days, no hearings are scheduled at this time, per MD Case Search.  To assist MVLS client 17-0132160, please contact Rebecca Winchell at rwinchell@mvlslaw.org.

Baltimore City Custody 17-0131851
Father/client needs representation for a custody matter involving parties’ three minor children, ages 13, 12, and 10 years old. Client wants to establish a formal custody arrangement. He is open to shared physical and legal custody. Currently, his daughter (13) lives with him; however, he has had trouble gaining access to parties’ sons; mother denies him visitation. Client states that the mother’s new husband treats the children poorly, even resulting in the mother calling the police on him. This is why he took his daughter to live with him. Nothing has been filed. To assist MVLS client 17-0131851, please contact Tara Miles at tmiles@mvlslaw.org.   

Baltimore City Divorce 17-0128787
Client/wife need representation for a divorce matter. Parties were married on March 20, 2002 and separated in October 2013. There isn’t any marital property or debt. There are no minor children. Client may be interested in alimony if eligible. Nothing has been filed. To assist MVLS client 17-0128787, please contact Tara Miles at tmiles@mvlslaw.org.     

 Baltimore City Tax Controversy 17-0130389
A 50 year old with outstanding tax debt to IRS from 2011 of $1350.00 and to MD totaling $4085.00 from 2010 and 2011 seeks assistance. Client was involved in a work-related motor vehicle accident at the time, and was not able to pay his taxes.  To assist MVLS client 17-0130389, please contact Rebecca Winchell at rwinchell@mvlslaw.org.

Baltimore City Tax Sale 17-0132796
Client is disabled after experiencing a traumatic brain injury. She received the Homeowner’s Tax Credit in past years, but went to tax sale this year because she was not able to complete and turn in the tax credit form. Client states that she did not receive the renewal application from SDAT like she did in past years. She was able to work with a housing counselor to have Capital One, her HELOC lender, pay the taxes. Client and her counselor are now working with Capital One on a repayment plan. There is no mortgage on the property, only the HELOC. Client is seeking assistance to try and apply retroactively for the Homeowner’s Tax Credit based on her disability. She understands that the request may be rejected, but still wishes to try, as her disability does not allow her to work and paying off the amount she now owes to Capital One will be quite difficult without a retroactive refund. To assist MVLS client 17-0132796, please contact Ellyn Riedl at eriedl@mvlslaw.org.

Baltimore City Tax Sale 17-0129335
Client is 75 years old, and went to tax sale this spring because of her high water bill. She states that there had been a leak in the property, but that the leak was repaired. Client did not receive an adjustment on the high usage due to the leak, and it is unclear whether they requested an adjustment in writing. Client receives the senior water discount and hardship exemption. Client needs assistance addressing the water bill and redeeming the tax sale. To assist MVLS client 17-0129335, please contact Ellyn Riedl at eriedl@mvlslaw.org.  

Baltimore County Contract 17-0129158
Client hired a moving company/OP to move her belongings from her old place into her new place, paying them $2000.00 to complete the job. The movers did not pack or handle her things properly, which resulted in several of her items being broken or damaged in the move. Client also claims some silver pieces she owned are now missing, and believes the movers stole it. Client was advised by Maryland Legal Aid on filing a police report concerning the missing silver, but client wants to try to recoup some of her money back for the way they handled her valuables. With Legal Aid’s assistance, Client sent a demand letter requesting a refund from the movers. They contacted her and told her that not only are they not going to refund her money, but claim that she owes another $500.00. Nothing has yet been filed by client or OP. To assist MVLS client 17-0129158, please contact Makeisha Gibson at mgibson@mvlslaw.org.

Baltimore County Custody 17-0131030
(Trial scheduled on November 13, 2017 at 9:30am.)
Client is seeking sole physical and legal custody of her infant daughter. The birth father/OP is not listed on the child’s birth certificate. Client has an active protective order against OP dating from prior to the child’s birth. Client filed for custody on 6/22/17. An order of default was issued against other party on 8/25/17.  To assist MVLS client 17-0131030, please contact Makeisha Gibson at mgibson@mvlslaw.org.

 Cecil County Name Change 17-0129756
Client wants to add her last name to her 11 year old son’s birth certificate. There is a history of DV between client and child’s father and client has absolutely NO contact with him. Therefore, she does not know if he will contest the change.  To assist MVLS client 17-0129756, please contact Monica Fulwood at mfulwood@mvlslaw.org.

Charles County Expungement 17-0133587
Client is seeking help with expunging her criminal record. She has no charges in other states. To assist MVLS client 17-0133587, please contact LaKisha Overton at loverton@mvlslaw.org.

Harford County Divorce with Custody 17-0130019
Client/mother is seeking help filing for absolute divorce and establishing custody. Parties were married on 06/26/2014 and have been separated since July 2016. Per client, they separated due to Op’s increasing use of alcohol which caused him to become violent and aggressive towards her. Eventually, he changed the locks on their apartment and removed her name from lease, so she was forced to move in with her parents and exhausted her bank account. Parties have two minor children from the marriage. The children are currently staying with the client at her parent’s home. Client has children full time, OP/father has son 2 nights a week and daughter 1 night a week, but he cancels a lot. Client is seeking custody of the children and child support. No one has filed for divorce. They do not have any real property or land. Neither party has filed. No court dates have been set. To assist MVLS client 17-0130019, please contact Monica Fulwood at mfulwood@mvlslaw.org.

Wicomico County Bankruptcy 17-0132339
Client needs help with filing Bankruptcy. She has lived in Maryland for 38 years and has never filed Bankruptcy in the past. She does not own any real property, has no cs/alimony obligations and does not have any student loans. Client is current on her Tax filings, however; she has a Maryland Tax Lien and is in the process of also getting legal help with this matter. Client’s debts total approximately $25,813. To assist MVLS client 17-0132339, please contact LaKisha Overton at loverton@mvlslaw.org.


Updated: October 18, 2017

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