Available Cases

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Anne Arundel County Bankruptcy 16-0126565
Elderly Client whose only source of income is from Social Security benefits is interested in filing bankruptcy. Client is currently unemployed, her only sources of income are from food stamps, back child support and disability benefits. She has never filed Bankruptcy in the past and has lived in MD all of her life. Client does not own any property and has no alimony or child support obligations. She stated she isn’t sure if she has an outstanding student loan or if she owes the school she attended years ago directly for tuition. The majority of Clients debts are from school tuition, social security administration, collections and credit cards which total around $24,000.00. To assist MVLS client 16-0126565, please contact Monica Fulwood at mfulwood@mvlslaw.org.

Baltimore City Divorce with Alimony 17-0129801
Client/wife is seeking legal assistance and representation with an absolute divorce from OP/husband. Parties were married in November 2012 and have maintained separate residences since November 2016. There are no children and no real marital property. There are no active protective orders, but client states there is a history of domestic violence and PO’s in the past (physical/emotional). Client is seeking alimony. Client has already initiated the complaint and service on husband who has not responded. As of today, there are no hearings or court dates scheduled. To assist MVLS client 17-0129801, please contact Tara Miles at tmiles@mvlslaw.org.             

Baltimore City Custody Modification 17-0130473
(Scheduling Conference on August 15, 2017 at 9:30am)
Mother/client needs representation for a custody modification. Parties were married and divorced in 2006. Father was granted sole physical/legal custody of parties’ three minor children, ages 13 years and 12 year old twins. They currently reside in St. Mary’s County and father is considering relocating to California. Client would like to modify and is seeking primary physical and shared legal custody. She believes that father will contest, seeking for the current order to stay in place with supervised and/or limited visitation. Client states that CPS was involved years ago; however, there were no findings in the investigations in New York or Baltimore City. She states that somehow NY CPS findings were in evidence during the divorce hearing. She states that her children’s therapist and court’s medical office contacted CPS in 2015 and in 2016. Client states that she has been alienated from her children and their father continues to refuse her access to them. To assist MVLS client 17-0130473, please contact Tara Miles at tmiles@mvlslaw.org.   

Baltimore City Motorist Tort 17-0128638
(Trial on 8/4/17 at 8:30am)
Client needs help with a tort defense and is being sued for the amount of $20,000.00. 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 and 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. 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 Tax Controversy 17-0130441
Client who is a 54 year old former iron worker; needs help with an outstanding tax debt, due to not paying taxes from unemployment received. Client has outstanding tax debt to MD of $4759.00 from 2009, 2010, 2011 and probable IRS tax debt from the same years. To assist MVLS client 17-0130441, please contact Daria Pugh at dpugh@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 City Tax Sale 17-0129192
Client is in her 60s and fell behind on her property taxes because she was laid off in February of last year. Client and her son are the owners of the property, as the remaindermen of the life estate deed that client’s parents executed years ago. Both parents passed away by 2005, but all the property accounts are still in client’s mother’s name. For that reason, she was turned away from the water department and revenue collections for Baltimore City when she attempted to resolve the water and tax bills in February and March of this year. She was not able to pay off the amounts owed, and so the property went to tax sale in May. She should be eligible for low income water discounts and tax credits, but needs to straighten out the ownership records for the property in order to receive those discounts. She would like to keep the property and needs help from an attorney to do so. To assist MVLS client 17-0129192, please contact Ellyn Riedl at eriedl@mvlslaw.org.

Baltimore County Bankruptcy 16-0121732
Elderly client has about $118,000.00 in debt. Client owns no real property. Client is retired and disabled. Client has about $30,000.00 in student loans, but said creditors do not harass her because she is receiving disability. Client owes about 18,000 in taxes to IRS and MD, client is working with MVLS to resolve tax issues. To assist MVLS client 16-0121732, please contact Makeisha Gibson at mgibson@mvlslaw.org.

Baltimore County Contract 17-0129288
Client purchased her car on 6/3/2013 and three weeks later, on 6/21/16, she took her vehicle to an auto repair shop for an engine diagnostic test after her check engine light came on. Client says it was running fine but she just wanted to know why the light was on. When the care was returned, the engine was knocking loudly and the vehicle was unfit to drive. Client had just purchased the vehicle a couple weeks prior and is still paying the car note. Client says she contacted the Attorney General’ Office to help resolve, but they could not get the auto shop to compromise. Client took the vehicle back to the place that inspected the vehicle and they gave her a letter for the court stating that the vehicle’s engine was in good working condition when they inspected the car a couple weeks prior. Client got an over-the-phone estimate that it will cost over $5,000.00 to repair the vehicle. Client is suing for $5,000.00 the cost of repairs. No court date set.  To assist MVLS client 17-0129288, please contact Makeisha Gibson at mgibson@mvlslaw.org.

Baltimore County Tax Controversy 17-0129294
Client who is a 75 year old caretaker of his 95 year old mother; needs help with a Tax matter. Client has an IRS tax debt from 2013 and 2016. His 2013 issue arises from an unreported W2 which he did not receive until recently, and his 2016 issue arises from a misunderstanding about his worker classification. To assist MVLS client 17-0129294, please contact Makeisha Gibson at mgibson@mvlslaw.org.

Cecil County Divorce 17-0128328
Client and victim of domestic violence needs help with an 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.

Wicomico County Expungement 17-0131202
Client seeks assistance with having her criminal record expunged. To assist MVLS client 17-0131202, please contact LaKisha Overton at loverton@mvlslaw.org.        


Updated: July 17, 2017

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