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My volunteer attorney gave me strength to keep pushing to do what was best for my children and was a never ending resource for me in addition to all the hard work she put in preparing my divorce. I cannot say enough about grateful I am to her for her dedication, professionalism, compassion, knowledge and wisdom.

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 Bankruptcy 16-0126557
Client is seeking help with filing bankruptcy. Client’s debt is estimated at $100K which consists primarily of credit cards, medical bills, payday loans and student loans.  She does not own any real property or land.  The client would like to file bankruptcy so she can be debt free and work on paying student loans. The client has never filed bankruptcy before. She has filed tax returns for the past 3 years.  If interested in this case, contact Monica Fulwood at mfulwood@mvlslaw.org or 443-451-4087.

Baltimore County Food Stamps Overpayment 17-0127716
Client seeks help with a food stamp overpayment claim in the amount of $3236 from June 2014 through December 2016. DSS alleges that client did not report all of her income from unemployment and that client did not tell them that she was receiving reduced rent through section 8. Client states that this is not true and that this information was reported. DSS wants to reduce the clients monthly benefit amount and is about to send her to a collection agency. If interested in this case, contact Makeisha Gibson at mgibson@mvlslaw.org or 443-451-4072.

Baltimore County FDCPA Violation 17-0128049 
Elderly client received assistance through MVLS’ Bankruptcy Bypass program in 2016. Client’s only source of income is Social Security and client has no property or other assets. MVLS volunteer attorney reviewed client’s debts income, and assets and determined that client is collection-proof. To help eliminate creditor harassment, MVLS sent letters to each creditor notifying of client’s non-collectible status and requesting that they cease collection efforts. Client has dementia and his sister/Power of Attorney (POA) has been helping him through this process. POA has recently contacted MVLS stating that they are still receiving 12-14 calls per day from creditors/debt collectors. If interested in this case, contact Makeisha Gibson at mgibson@mvlslaw.org or 443-451-4072.

Baltimore County Divorce 17-0127055

Client is seeking help with filing for divorce. Client and husband/OP were married on 06/17/2000 and have been separated since August 2015. There are no children or domestic violence in the marriage. OP is not currently employed. However, client is seeking alimony, pension/retirement assets, and any other relief she may be entitled. If interested in this case, contact Makeisha Gibson at mgibson@mvlslaw.org or 443-451-4072.

Baltimore County Tax 17-0127174
A 72 year old disabled widows 2013 through 2015 taxes were filed by a fraudulent tax preparer. Comptroller of Maryland states that client owes $6759. Client receives $16 a month in food stamps and $1400 from Social Security. Client would like to go over her options with a volunteer attorney. If interested in this case, contact Makeisha Gibson at mgibson@mvlslaw.org or 443-451-4072.

Baltimore County Name Change 16-0124817
MVLS volunteer will have access to a free over the telephone translation service.
Spanish Speaking client/father seeks help with a name change matter involving his 13 year old son. Client states that child’s mother/OP abandoned him and child when child was 2. Client has not seen or heard from the mother since and has no idea where she is. Client states that the mother used a fake social security card at the time that she gave birth, so an alias is listed on the child’s birth certificate, rather than her actual name. Therefore, the mother’s name needs to be corrected on child’s birth certificate. Client is also filing for custody and seeking representation for this matter as well. Although not obligated, MVLS is hoping the assisting volunteer will help client with both the name change and custody case. Custody case description is directly below (16-0126167).  If interested in this case, contact Makeisha Gibson at mgibson@mvlslaw.org or 443-451-4072.

Baltimore County Custody 16-0126167
MVLS volunteer will have access to a free over the telephone translation service.
Spanish Speaking client/father seeks help with establishing custody of his 13 year old son. Client is seeking full custody but has not yet filed anything. Client states that child’s mother/OP abandoned him and child when child was 2. Client has not seen or heard from OP since and has no idea where she is. Parties were never married. No domestic violence nor CPS/DSS involvement. Client is not seeking child support. Client states that the mother had to use a fake social security card at the time that she gave birth, so an alias is listed on the child’s birth certificate, rather than her actual name. Therefore, client is also seeking assistance with a related name change case in order to correct the mother’s name on the birth certificate. Although not obligated, MVLS is hoping the assisting volunteer will help client with both the name change and custody cases. Name change case description is directly above (16-0124817). If interested in this case, contact Makeisha Gibson at mgibson@mvlslaw.org or 443-451-4072.

Baltimore City Divorce 17-0127130
Wife/client seeks help with a divorce.  Parties were married in 1979 and have been separated for approximately fifteen years.  Client does not have OP’s current address, but believes his last known address was in Dundalk, MD as of 2012.  Client has no knowledge of the OP’s current employment status.  There are no active POs in the case; however, client states there is a history of severe domestic violence.  The only marital property is joint-burial plots which the she does not wish to dispute.  There are no minor children involved in this case.  No complaint for divorce has been filed with the Court.  Client would like to discuss with an attorney about a divorce and possibilities for alimony, pension/retirement assets, etc. If interested in this case, contact Tara Miles at tmiles@mvlslaw.org or 443-451-4070.

Baltimore City Name Change 17-0127877
Client seeks assistance with changing his name due to religious reasons. Client has been practicing this religion for 45 years. He has no record of ever using the name he wishes to change to for any purposes for school, marriage, birth certificate, etc. If interested in this case, contact Tara Miles at tmiles@mvlslaw.org or 443-451-4070.

Baltimore City Student Loan/Collection 17-0127213
Client needs help with a student loan debt for a school that has been closed since 1988.  Client completed the program and received a certificate; but was never able to secure a job in the field. Client received a Pell Grant for $2500 and took out another loan, but cannot fully recall. She requested information on the original loans, but was told they’re unable to provide her with any information; only continuously sending her paperwork for deferments. Client has been on a $50/month payment plan for 15-20 years and is still paying. However, with interest and penalties, the debt has grown to almost $20,000.  Client does not understand why she is still paying on this debt so many years later and so much more than she borrowed. OP is Pioneer Credit Recovery. If interested in this case, contact Daria Pugh at dpugh@mvlslaw.org or 443-451-4096.

Baltimore City Contract 16-0126347
Client lived with his mother in his mother’s home, and the property was damaged by a fire on 06/03/2015. Home was insured, and client received $51,000 in insurance money for repairs. Client hired a Contractor to restore house to pre-fire condition and to make required code upgrades. Client entered into a contract with contractor with a completion date of 05/31/2016. Client has paid contractor $51,000 to date. Repair work has not been finished. Client received a phone call from Home Advisor at the company Client used to obtain this current contractor. Home Advisor stated that home would be ready in two weeks. Client visited his home on 09/13/2016 and discovered the home is gutted, floors stripped, ceiling removed, electrical wires are pulled out from walls and is clearly not livable. Also, asbestos tiles have not been replaced, the back deck still needs to be replaced and kitchen is not functional. If interested in this case, contact Daria Pugh at dpugh@mvlslaw.org or 443-451-4096.

Baltimore City Estate/Deed Change 17-0128268
Client needs to open his deceased aunt’s estate in order to put the property in his name.   Client resided in the home with his aunt until her passing (March 2007) and still resides there.  Client states that she wanted to place his name on the property but died before she could do it.  His aunt has no children or any living siblings.  Home is valued at $12,000. If interested in this case, contact Daria Pugh at dpugh@mvlslaw.org or 443-451-4096. 

Baltimore City Bankruptcy Bypass 16-0124712
Elderly client is helping to support extended family and needs help filing bankruptcy to save her home. Client estimates that she has about $25,000 of total debt consisting of credit cards, medical bills, and payday loans. She has been a Maryland resident her entire life. She owes about $140,000 on her home (says home is valued at about $90,000). She recently modified her mortgage loan to avoid foreclosure. Client hopes to remain in her home. Client is current on her tax filings. Her only sources of income are Social Security and pension. Income has been same for past 6 months. Client has previously filed bankruptcy over 10 years ago. If interested in this case, contact Daria Pugh at dpugh@mvlslaw.org or 443-451-4096.

Baltimore City Tax Sale 17-0127218
Client is 79 years old, and his home went to tax sale in 2016. The home is in his deceased wife’s name. Client is the sole heir to his wife’s estate. He opened an estate for his wife but never recorded a deed to transfer the property to his name. He owes approximately $3000 in back taxes. The tax sale purchaser filed a foreclosure case in December 2016, claiming that the property is not owner-occupied and therefore the extended timeline and lower interest rate do not apply in this case. Client needs an attorney’s assistance to argue that the home should be deemed owner occupied, and therefore the extended timeline and reduced interest at 12% would apply. Client also needs assistance in applying for retroactive Homeowner’s Tax Credits to reduce the amount needed to redeem the property. If interested in this case, contact Ellyn Riedl at eriedl@mvlslaw.org or 443-451-4079.

Cecil County Bankruptcy 16-0120422
Single mother of 3 is seeking assistance with filing bankruptcy. Client does not own any real property or land.  Her total debt is estimated at 12k. She has never filed bankruptcy before. Debts consist of medical and credit cards. She is current on her tax filings and has been a Maryland resident for the past 33 yrs. She does not have any IRS/ State of MD tax problems, nor child support/alimony obligations. If interested in this case, contact Monica Fulwood at mfulwood@mvlslaw.org or 443-451-4087.

Frederick County Custody and Divorce 16-0126335
Hearing impaired victim of domestic violence needs help with a divorce. Parties were married in March 2011 and separated on May 31, 2016. There are two children from the marriage, ages 5 and 2 years old. Client filed a complaint for limited divorce in October 2016 on the grounds of cruelty/excessively vicious conduct due to verbal and physical abuse as well as one of the children was sexually abused by paternal grandfather during a visit with OP after parties separated. For these reasons, on 1/26/17; a Pendente Lite Consent Order gave client temporary custody of minors during the duration of the Divorce matter. Client is seeking legal and physical custody of minor, with OP having scheduled visitation. Client is also seeking alimony & child support. OP is represented by counsel. The following hearings are as scheduled: Settlement Conference 6/20/17 at 10am, Pre-Trial Conference 9/20/17 at 2pm & Merits Hearing 10/24/17 & 10/25/17 at 10am. (Please note, Client has access to video relay service as needed for communication.) If interested in this case, contact LaKisha Overton at loverton@mvlslaw.org or 443-451-4089.

Harford County Bankruptcy 17-0126674
Client/single mother of 3 is seeking assistance with filing bankruptcy. Client does not own any real property or land. She has never filed bankruptcy before. Client no longer has a vehicle as it was repossessed. Her only source of income is SSI/SSDI for her children and food stamps. Client has not filed tax returns for the past 3 years, as she has been unemployed. Her total debt is estimated at 37k. Debts consist of credit cards, and auto loans. She does not have any student loans or any IRS/State of MD tax problems. If interested in this case, contact Monica Fulwood at mfulwood@mvlslaw.org or 443-451-4087.

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. 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, M&T Bank, 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. If interested in this case, contact Ellyn Riedl at eriedl@mvlslaw.org or 443-451-4079.

Howard County Divorce w/ Custody 17-0127881
Spanish Speaking client needs assistance with obtaining a divorce and establishing custody of parties’ children. Parties were married in September of 2001 and have been separated since 2005.  OP/husband was deported in 2005. Client says that op has not contacted her or the children since.  She would like to file for divorce and obtain custody of the children. Client attempted to file in 2013, but was unsuccessful because they could not locate OP. She says without completing the divorce and establishing custody she cannot get children’s passports renewed. Parties have no real property, she is not seeking alimony. Neither party has filed. If interested in this case, contact Monica Fulwood at mfulwood@mvlslaw.org or 443-451-4087.

Washington County Custody with Divorce 17-0127461
Client is a domestic violence victim and is seeking help with a divorce case. Parties were married on February 20, 2009 and has been separated since August 12, 2016 due to a protective order against OP/husband. Client and 2 children ages 10 and 14 are covered in the protective order. Client states that OP has used drugs in presence of children. Client purchased her home before the marriage, her name is the only one on the deed. Client added OP’s name to the mortgage before the marriage. Client is currently living in the home and seeks possession of the home. Client is seeking sole physical and legal custody. OP is self-employed. Client is not seeking alimony. No pension/retirement issues. OP was investigated by CPS 10 years ago, OP was court ordered for anger management course which he completed. There is a child support order in place in which OP is not paying. Trial is scheduled for May 30, 2017 at 1:30 pm.  If interested in this case, contact LaKisha Overton at loverton@mvlslaw.org or 443-451-4089.

Updated: March 24, 2017

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