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Anne Arundel County LLT/Breach of Lease 17-0127768
(Hearing Date June 21, 2017 at 8:45am)
Client is seeking help with a suit brought against her by a former landlord. The case involves a breach of lease issue totaling roughly $7700.00. The client moved in January of 2013 and was on a year to year lease. She moved out in July of 2015, with 6 months left on lease. The client is aware she breached the lease early and did so because she had to take care of her ill mother who was suffering from breast cancer, as her POA. She did not do a walk-through with the landlord when she moved out. She notified the landlord of her intent to move. Her monthly rent was $925.00 and her security deposit was $933.00.  To assist MVLS client 17-0127768, please contact Monica Fulwood at mfulwood@mvlslaw.org.

Baltimore City Adoption 17-0127967
Client/aunt would like to adopt her 10 year old nephew. Child has been in client’s care since birth when biological mother decided to give child to her to raise. Mother admits she was not in a stable position to take care of him. Client currently has court ordered custody and wishes to adopt the child. Biological father is unknown. To assist MVLS client 17-0127967, please contact Tara Miles at tmiles@mvlslaw.org.  

Baltimore City Custody Modification 17-0128118
Client/father wants to file for custody for parties’ minor children, ages 13 and 12 years old. Client and biological mother were never married. Both minor children were committed to BCDSS for relative placement with limited guardianship shared with maternal aunt after they were found to be CINA on May 10, 2013 after DSS became involved because of the biological mother’s oldest child. Client stated in the Order that he was unable to maintain full-time care at that time. Maternal aunt was given custody January 21, 2014 and children have remained in her care. Client’s son informed him that maternal aunt is mistreating him, that he no longer wants to live with aunt, and would rather live with him. Client is seeking sole physical/legal custody of his son and joint physical/legal custody of his daughter because his son wants to stay with his sister. Nothing has been filed.  To assist MVLS client 17-0128118, please contact Tara Miles at tmiles@mvlslaw.org.             

Baltimore City Name Change 17-0128475
Client wants his father’s name added to his birth certificate and his name changed. Client was placed in the foster care system because his mother left him at the hospital on the day he was born. He didn’t meet his mother until he was 18yrs old. She informed him that his biological father was not the person listed on his birth certificate; it was a made up name/person. Client’s father died on 4/5/1992 and wishes to have his entire name changed. Client states that his biological father’s family and siblings acknowledges him as family. One of his uncles is willing to take DNA test if needed. To assist MVLS client 17-0128475, please contact Tara Miles at tmiles@mvlslaw.org.            

Baltimore City Lead Paint 17-0128269
(Pre-Trial Conference on September 6, 2017 at 11:00am and Civil Trial on October 11, 2017 at 9:30am.)
Elderly client needs help with lead paint case filed against her. Client’s husband purchased the home and he passed away in 1989. She rented out the property in 1994, using a real estate agency. Her name was on the deed jointly with him at the time property was rented and the real estate agency collected the rent. Client states she never had any contact with the Plaintiff in the case outside of the property being initially rented.  She also doesn’t remember the Plaintiff staying there very long nor did she have any kids. The client states there was a lead paint test done to the property before it was rented out. She has copies of when she had it inspected but she didn’t handle the property closely because real estate agency managed. She is now being sued and she would like the case dismissed. The incident happened many years ago and she believes she is not liable. Client is one of six defendants and the Plaintiff is represented.  To assist MVLS client 17-0128269, please contact Daria Pugh at dpugh@mvlslaw.org.           

Baltimore City LL/T Security Deposit Return 17-0128247
Disabled client who is a Section 8 Tenant; is seeking the return of her security deposit ($994.00) plus interest. Client moved into the property on November 15, 2013. Her lease ended on November 30, 2016.  Client moved from the premises on December 12, 2016 and her keys were returned. Landlord sent client a letter listing an outstanding balance in the amount of $178.79; for damaged bedroom screens, damaged floors, extra kitchen cleaning and rent for December 2016. Client denies damage and back rent claims. Nothing has been filed in court; however, client received a letter from the management’s collections department dated 2/20/17 (second notice) requesting payment within thirty (30) days. To assist MVLS client 17-0128247, please contact Daria Pugh at dpugh@mvlslaw.org.         

Baltimore City Medicaid Denial 17-0129073
Client would like to have her long term care in the nursing home covered by Medicaid. She submitted all documents to DSS and received a denial letter dated 4/14/17 which stated that she was found ineligible because she did not give them all the information. The letter further states that she had until 3/31/17 to get them the information. She didn’t receive the letter dated 4/14/17 until 4/19/17. The letter also stated that she was denied coverage from October – December 2016 and January – May 2017.  To assist MVLS client 17-0129073, please contact Daria Pugh at dpugh@mvlslaw.org.          

Baltimore City Tax Sale 16-0118830
Client’s property went to tax sale in 2014, and she just received a final notice from the investor informing the client that a foreclosure case would be filed if she did not redeem the property. Case search indicates that a case was filed on May 18, 2016. The client also has a mortgage on the property, but she has received no communication whatsoever from her mortgage company in years, and therefore does not know the current loan balance. There are five people in her household, and the combined monthly income is approximately $2,300.00. The client is seeking other assistance with raising the money necessary to redeem, but needs an attorney to represent her in the foreclosure case to make sure the fees and amounts charged by the investor are valid. To assist MVLS client 16-0118830, please contact Ellyn Riedl at eriedl@mvlslaw.org.

Baltimore City Reverse Mortgage Foreclosure 16-0123583
Client is 79 years old and has a reverse mortgage from Champion. Champion paid her 2015-2016 property taxes, and client (with help from client’s daughter) made arrangements to repay through automatic withdrawals. Later, Champion insisted that payments be made by money order. Client attempted to pay and the payment was rejected, apparently due to an issue with her paperwork. Client received a Notice of Intent to Foreclose on August 2, 2016. The client received the Homeowner’s Tax Credit for 2015-2016, so it is possible that Champion overestimated the amount of property taxes to be paid and are now charging the client for the wrong amount. She is seeking an attorney to try and negotiate a repayment plan with Champion, and also needs someone to help her apply for this year’s Homeowner’s Tax Credit. Client requested mediation in early October.  To assist MVLS client 16-0123583, please contact Ellyn Riedl at eriedl@mvlslaw.org.

Baltimore County Adult Guardianship 16-0125652
Client/wife wants to obtain guardianship of her 56 year old husband. He has been hospitalized since October 2016. Client needs to be able to make medical decisions for him. Husband suffers from Huntington’s disease and memory loss. No one will contest. Please note, client speaks Cantonese and Mandarin. Her daughter speaks English and can act as clients’ interpreter as needed. Client has also consented to MVLS speaking to client’s friend on her behalf.  To assist MVLS client 16-0125652, please contact Makeisha Gibson at mgibson@mvlslaw.org.

Baltimore County Food Stamps Overpayment 17-0128049
Client is seeking help with a food stamp overpayment claim. Client stated that FS is claiming that she was overpaid roughly $3,000.00 from June 2014 until December 2016. They are alleging that she didn’t report her unemployment benefits, and that she claimed to pay more in rent than she actually does. Client is disputing this, client says that she is certain she notified them that she lives in section 8 housing and also properly reported her unemployment income. Client has submitted letter to appeal the decision to DSS and has been continually told to resubmit the letter and someone will follow up with her, but she has yet to receive a hearing date. She submitted a third letter to appeal on 4/18/17.  To assist MVLS client 17-0128049, please contact Makeisha Gibson at mgibson@mvlslaw.org.

Baltimore County Tax Controversy 17-0127731
Client who is a 53 year old former bookkeeper needs help. She has an IRS lien and a Maryland state judgment from an outstanding tax debt of $7,775.00 from 2007. Client had previously owned several businesses, and was assessed additional tax, which she was unable to challenge due to loss of paperwork. At one time, Client was in the state amnesty program, but could not continue as she became unemployed. Her only employment now is as a part-time grocery clerk.  To assist MVLS client 17-0127731, please contact Makeisha Gibson at mgibson@mvlslaw.org.

Carroll County Tax Controversy 15-0109291
Taxpayer living who is living on $16,000.00 in SSA benefits needs help with a Tax matter. She incurred initial tax problem when she received a $50,000.00 settlement from a law suit for back overtime pay against her former employer. She currently owes the IRS $5,000.00 for tax years 2005-2006. She also owes the Comptroller of Maryland $1,700.00 regarding tax year 2007. She seeks help with collection alternatives.  To assist MVLS client 15-0109291, please contact Monica Fulwood at mfulwood@mvlslaw.org.

Charles County Unemployment Compensation 17-0128874
Client would like legal advice and help with appealing his unemployment denial decision. Client received a 10-week penalty before he can receive benefits due to employer’s reason – misconduct (not gross). Client states the misconduct was disruptive behavior in the workplace which he disputes. Client stated he filed for unemployment, received a letter scheduling a phone hearing on 3/21/17, spoke to case worker that day and she could not contact his employer. The case worker said she would give the employer 48 hours to respond and would call client back on 3/23/17. Caseworker spoke with the agency that handled the unemployment claim and the agency requested more time to investigate the claim and she would follow up with him on 3/25/17. He never received that call, but received a determination letter 4/6/2017. Client states he was fired because he told the manager of the store that a coworker was slowing him down and keeping him from doing an efficient job. He was fired without any verbal or written warning. To assist MVLS client 17-0128874, please contact LaKisha Overton at loverton@mvlslaw.org.          

Harford County Mortgage Foreclosure 16-0126341
Client lost her job in 2015, and shortly thereafter fell behind on her mortgage. Her monthly mortgage payment is $1711.00. She applied for loss mitigation and was granted a temporary forbearance through September 2016. Client was able to obtain disability benefits during the forbearance period, and applied for a modification at the end of her forbearance. The lender rejected her application and initiated foreclosure proceedings in November 2016. Client requested mediation on January 13, 2017, but no date has yet been scheduled. Client would like to keep the home if possible, and is seeking an attorney to attend mediation with her.  To assist MVLS client 16-0126341, please contact Ellyn Riedl at eriedl@mvlslaw.org.

Howard County Absolute Divorce 17-0128606
Client is seeking help filing for an Absolute Divorce. Client and OP were married in May of 2010 and have been separated since December 2012; after OP had an affair. Parties have no minor children from the marriage and do not have any real property or land. Client has filed bankruptcy since time of separation and stated all debts were discharged. Client does not know the exact address for OP, however; she believes OP uses her grandmother’s address and does have OP’s work address. No domestic violence or protective orders. Neither party has filed.  To assist MVLS client 17-0128606, please contact Monica Fulwood at mfulwood@mvlslaw.org.

St. Mary’s County Contract Dispute 16-0125308
(Trial scheduled on June 19, 2017 at 1pm.)
Disabled Client is in need of legal assistance and representation in a contract dispute over non-payment for contractual work done. Client states the OP did not meet the terms of the contract by providing poor quality workmanship and materials for construction improvements. OP filed a complaint with the District Court for Prince Georges County claiming the Client owed OP $8,500.00 for services rendered to Client. Client was able to file a motion to transfer the case to St. Mary’s County, where the client resides and where the home improvements took place. Client’s motion was granted and the case was transferred to St. Mary’s County on 03/23/2017.  To assist MVLS client 16-0125308, please contact LaKisha Overton at loverton@mvlslaw.org.         

Updated: May 17, 2017

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