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Anne Arundel County Custody Modification 17-0128548
(Conference Pre-Trial scheduled on July 25, 2017 at 9am)
Client/Mother is seeking representation in reference to a child custody order for minor 12 year old son. Client has primary physical custody of the minor child, while OP/father maintains visitation rights. Client and OP were married, Absolute Divorce granted 11/15/2011. Client states that minor child is being physically abused during visits to OP’s residence. Client received permission from a judge to transfer minor child from school located near OP, to a school closer to the Mother’s residence. Client filed a protective order against the OP for abuse allegations regarding minor child, PO was later dismissed, per MD case search.  Client states that OP is currently being investigated by CPS relative to allegations made in PO. Client requires legal representation to pursue sole custody and child support for minor son. Client is not sure what OP is seeking, OP is represented. To assist MVLS client 17-0128548, 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 (written/notarized letter from mother). Client currently has court order custody and wishes to adopt him. Biological father is unknown.  To assist MVLS client 17-0127967, please contact Tara Miles at tmiles@mvlslaw.org.

Baltimore City Custody 17-0129959
Mother/Client is seeking custody of parties’ three year old son. Son lives with client full-time but does visit with his father regularly. Client had temporary custody from Oct 2015 to Oct 2016 due to violence when father came over to her house, broke a window, smashed up her car, and pointed a gun at her. She is seeking sole legal custody, and despite the violence she wants her son to have a relationship with his father, so is open to shared physical custody.  To assist MVLS client 17-0129959, please contact Tara Miles at tmiles@mvlslaw.org.

Baltimore City Deed Change 17-0129627
Client would like to have her name added to the deed of her home. The home is titled in her husband’s name alone who passed away on 3/26/17. He died Intestate and client was appointed Personal Representative over his Estate on May 3, 2017. She states that her husband does not have any living relatives. His daughter passed away over twenty years ago. Client does not remember his daughter’s last name; it was different from her husband’s. To assist MVLS client 17-0129627, please contact Daria Pugh at dpugh@mvlslaw.org.            

Baltimore City Landlord Tenant/Security Deposit 17-0130300
Client is seeking help getting her security deposit returned with 5 years of interest. Client lived in the residence for 5 years, her monthly rent was $1200 and so was her security deposit. She moved out on 4/1/2017 and she did a walkthrough with her landlord when she moved out. She emailed her landlord on 5/22/2017 letting him know that he had exceeded the 45 day period. He responded on 5/24/17 stating he sent the notice on 5/13/17 to the old address. Client gave him her new address on 4/3/17 when she did the walkthrough. She processed her change of address on 4/3/2017. Landlord is now stating she did not move out until 4/10/2017. The carpet was normal wear and tear after 5 years in the residence and it was not new when client moved in. The property had a section 8 inspection in December and January which he failed both but client received no violations. The final inspection was done in February in which he passed only after being made to change the basement carpet due to a flood he caused when he did not fix the toilet correctly.  To assist MVLS client 17-0130300, please contact Daria Pugh at dpugh@mvlslaw.org.             

Baltimore City Motorist Tort 17-0128638
(Trial on June 29, 2017 at 8:30 am)
Client was driving a rental car when she was in a fender bender. Client said that she rented the car through a friend of a friend who had a little business, not through a rental car agency. Client thought that the car was insured, but did not know what type of coverage she had. When she tried to contact the person she rented the car from, she could not find him. She is being sued $20,000.00 by GEICO. Client indicated that she was not in fault of the collision because the breaks did not work. However, client indicated that plaintiffs were fine and the plaintiff’s car did not have any damage. Client would like representation to present a defense during the hearing.  To assist MVLS client 17-0128638, please contact Daria Pugh at dpugh@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 City Water Bill Tax Sale 17-0127648
Client is 61 years old, and received a water bill for over $17,000.00. This caused her to go into tax sale. Client is employed, with a monthly income of approximately $2800.00. Client had two major life changes in the past year; she got sick, and her brother unexpectedly passed away last year. For those reasons, she has massive medical bills and has fallen behind on those and other bills. Now, she has several judgments against her, and cannot afford to pay the high water bill. Client needs an attorney to assist her in determining how much she actually owes to the water company, and disputing the bill with the water company so that she can keep her home as she tries to pay off her debts. To assist MVLS client 17-0127648, please contact Ellyn Riedl at eriedl@mvlslaw.org.           

Baltimore County Food Stamps Overpayment 17-0127716
Client is seeking help with a food stamp overpayment claim. Client stated that OP is claiming that she was overpaid roughly $3,000.00, from June 2014 until December 2016. OP is 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, stating she is certain she notified OP that she lives in section 8 housing and also properly reported her unemployment income. Client has submitted a letter to OP to appeal the decision, has been continually told to resubmit the letter and someone will follow up with her. However, Client has yet to receive a hearing date and submitted a third letter to appeal on April 18, 2017. To assist MVLS client 17-0127716, please contact Makeisha Gibson at mgibson@mvlslaw.org.

Baltimore County Adult Guardianship 17-0130460
Wife/client wants to obtain guardianship of her disabled husband, age 60 years old. He has been in a nursing home for seven years after suffering a stroke in 2010. She is seeking guardianship because her husband’s SSI benefit can be terminated if she doesn’t provide certain documents. Client cannot receive any assistance with the SSI issue until she obtains a court order for guardianship.  To assist MVLS client 17-0130460, please contact Makeisha Gibson at mgibson@mvlslaw.org.

Baltimore County Bankruptcy 17-0127868
Married couple seeks assistance with filing Chapter 7 bankruptcy for the first time. They estimate that they have about $50,000.00 of total debt consisting mainly of car repossessions, medical bills, and credit cards. Clients have been MD residents for almost 7 years. They do not own any property, but are receiving help from family with financing their vehicle since wife is pregnant. They also have three other children. No child support or alimony debts. No student loan debt. No tax problems with IRS or State; however, the wife does owe the State about $2000.00 for a vehicle insurance lapse and traffic tickets. Clients are current on tax filings. Wife is employed part-time and has recently had to decrease her hours at work for lack of childcare. Client’s husband is employed as well and his income is currently being garnished $350.00 per pay period. To assist MVLS client 17-0127868, please contact Makeisha Gibson at mgibson@mvlslaw.org.

Cecil County Absolute Divorce 17-0128328
Client and victim of domestic violence needs help with obtaining an absolute divorce. Parties were married in January of 2006 and have been separated since March 2016. At time of separation, client left OP/husband and went to stay in a domestic violence shelter due to extreme emotional, verbal and physical abuse. She had a protective order that expired in March of 2017, which she is trying to get extended. There are no minor children and no marital property. Per Client OP is unemployed and she’s just seeking a divorce. Neither party has filed. To assist MVLS client 17-0128328, please contact Monica Fulwood at mfulwood@mvlslaw.org.

Charles County Bankruptcy 17-0128470
Single mother of three, needs help with filing Bankruptcy. Client has lived in Maryland for 18 years and have never filed Bankruptcy in the past. She has no alimony or child support obligations and has over $21,000 in student loan debt. Client does not own any real property, however; she currently is financing a car through Capital One Auto Finance and the balance is $17,476. Client is also current on her tax filings and currently owes the State of Maryland $700-800 for tax year 2016. Client stated she’s going to allow the State of Maryland to take out what she owes from her 2017 taxes. Not including Clients student loans, her debts total approximately $25,033. To assist MVLS client 17-0128470, please contact LaKisha Overton at loverton@mvlslaw.org.          

Howard County Absolute Divorce 17-0128606
Client/wife is seeking help filing for an Absolute Divorce. Client and OP/Wife were married in May of 2010 and have been separated since December 2012. Parties have no minor children from the marriage and also 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 he uses her grandmother’s address and does have his 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.

Washington County Absolute Divorce 16-0125997
Developmentally Disabled Client whose only sources of income are from Disability benefits and $60 a month from Food Stamps; needs help with fling for an Absolute Divorce. Parties were married in September 2014 and have been separated since May of 2015 after OP filed a protective order against Client in Pennsylvania under false allegations. Prior to this, parties attempted to reconcile until Client found out OP was dating other men. After that, OP filed the protective order against Client with false allegations. There was no domestic violence during marriage and no children from the marriage. Parties have been in recent communication with each other. OP is involved in another relationship and will not contest the Divorce. As of today, nothing has been filed. Due to Clients intellectual disability, he receives services through Service Coordination, Inc. He’s given consent to release information and discuss is legal matter with his Service Coordinator.  To assist MVLS client 16-0125997, please contact LaKisha Overton at loverton@mvlslaw.org.           

Updated: June 19, 2017

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