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Anne Arundel County Custody 17-0134010
Client/mother seeks help with establishing custody order for her 2 children, ages 6 & 7years old. Parties were never married and there is no paternity dispute. Client currently has a protective order against father/OP which expires 5/1/18. Beginning 12/2/17, OP is allowed visitation with the children e/o weekend. Prior to protective order, parties agreed to OP taking the children every weekend, but client states that OP was inconsistent. No CPS/DSS involvement. Client filed for sole physical and legal custody, child support, and visitation for OP. OP has not yet been served (as of 11/8/17). Client is not sure what custody arrangement OP will request. No court dates yet set. Scheduling Conference- 02/15/2018 @ 9:00am. To assist MVLS client 17-0134010, please contact Monica Fulwood at mfulwood@mvlslaw.org

Baltimore City Custody 17-0134846
Client/Mother is seeking custody of her six year-old son. Client and OP/Father had an informal arrangement for sharing custody, where son would stay with his father during the week and with his mother on weekends. Recently, client dropped of her son at OP’s house after the weekend, and OP is now refusing to let her pick up her son on weekends. Client states that OP will not let their son speak to his mother on the phone without OP present. OP/Father is threatening to file for full custody of the child. Client would like to file for shared physical custody.  To assist MVLS client 17-0134846, please contact Tara Miles at tmiles@mvlslaw.org.

Baltimore City Debt Buyer Collections/Debt Buyer 17-0135005
Client is being sued by a debt buyer in the amount of $2025.75. Client received advice and help with completing the Notice of Intent to Defend from an attorney at the Consumer Protection Project. Client admits to owing the debt, but disputes the total amount of debt being claimed by plaintiff. The CPP attorney notes that the credit limit extended to client was $1,200.00, total debt claimed in complaint is $2,025.75. Attorney also notes that there may be an issue with service and that client was improperly served original complaint.  To assist MVLS client 17-0135005, please contact Rebecca Winchell at rwinchell@mvlslaw.org.

Baltimore City Contract 17-0134281
Client is being sued for $6,024.36 by former management company and seeks help with a settlement offer. A complaint was filed against client on 7/14/17. Client is not disputing the debt. Client states she called to set up a payment plan. AP’s attorney accepted but informed her that they were still moving forward with the hearing. The amount they agreed she could pay monthly would be $100.00; however, OP and their attorney is going back on what they previously agreed on. Client would like to renegotiate a settlement offer.  Trial is scheduled for January 22, 2018 at 1:15 pm. To assist MVLS client 17-0134281, please contact Rebecca Winchell at rwinchell@mvlslaw.org.

Baltimore City Name Change 17-0134331
Client would like to have her daughter’s first name corrected on her birth certificate. Her name is correctly spelled on her school records and medical assistance card; however, it is incorrect on her social security card. Client needs this corrected because she is having issues applying for benefit for her through Social Security Administration.  To assist MVLS client 17-0134331, please contact Tara Miles at tmiles@mvlslaw.org.

Baltimore County 17-0133370 & 17-0134957 Minor Guardianship
Client seeks help obtaining guardianship of his siblings. Client’s mother had a stroke and is unable to care for the minor children, so she wants to grant Client guardianship of his 16 year old brother, who is in a special needs school and his 13 year old sister. Client needs guardianship to be able to attend IEP meetings and make decisions about his brother’s education. Client is interested in having guardianship of the sister, but says it is not as urgent as his brother’s case, as they have not encountered any issues with her yet. The sister’s biological father is deceased. Brother’s biological father lives in Virginia and is not involved in his life at all. Client does not believe he would contest guardianship. Client has no criminal convictions. To assist MVLS client 17-0133370 or 17-0134957, please contact Makeisha Gibson at mgibson@mvlslaw.org

Baltimore County Foreclosure 17-0133576
Client has been behind on her mortgage with Dovenmuehle since April. Her monthly mortgage payment is just under $750.00. Client has tried to send them a reinstatement check three times since then, only to have Dovenmuehle reject the money each time. Each time, she requested a reinstatement amount from them and sent the amount requested. In the first attempt, Dovenmuehle told the client that they never received the check. In her second attempt, the reinstatement amount had almost tripled during the short time between attempts. Dovenmuehle claimed it was reimbursement for an insurance claim for repairs on the home in July. By this time, her account had been referred to a foreclosure firm. Then the foreclosure attorneys and her Dovenmuehle rep told her different reinstatement amounts. She sent in what she thought was the correct amount, only to have the foreclosure attorneys tell her it was not the right amount. In the third attempt, the reinstatement amount jumped at least another $1500.00. Meanwhile, a foreclosure case has been filed, and client is now requesting mediation. She is seeking an attorney help her understand why her servicer kept rejecting her reinstatement attempts, and attend mediation with her to hopefully work things out so she can stay in her home.  To assist MVLS client 17-0133576, please contact Ellyn Riedl at eriedl@mvlslaw.org.

Cecil County Bankruptcy 17-0131883
Married couple is seeking help with filing bankruptcy. Parties do not own any real property or land and have no vehicle. There are seeking to file bankruptcy to help manage a large outstanding electric bill. Husband’s only source of income for the household is Social Security and wife has not worked since 2009. They have no outstanding child support/alimony obligations. Wife has student loans totaling $3,000.00. Parties have not filed taxes due to wife’s unemployment and husband’s disability. To assist MVLS client 17-0131883, please contact Monica Fulwood at mfulwood@mvlslaw.org

Prince Georges County Bankruptcy 17-0132740
Unemployed Single mother of 2, needs help with filing Bankruptcy. Client has been out of work for over 6 months, which has caused her to become seriously delinquent on all of her outstanding debts. She’s lived in Maryland for 25 years and has never filed Bankruptcy in the past. Client is current on her Tax filings and does not have any alimony or cs/obligations. Client does not own any real property, however; she has an installment car loan jointly with a family member. To assist MVLS client 17-0132740, please contact LaKisha Overton at loverton@mvlslaw.org.

Updated: January 16, 2017

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