Available Cases

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Baltimore City MD Tax Dispute 16-0124555
A 67 year old disabled lottery winner owes tax debt to MD of $2,452.00 with lien on his credit report. Client won lottery in 2011 and received a litigation settlement in 2012 but did not pay taxes at that time. Client does not believe that he has any IRS debt. To assist MVLS client 16-0124555, please contact Daria Pugh at dpugh@mvlslaw.org.

Baltimore City Tax Sale 17-0126668
Client and her mother bought their home in 1978 as joint tenants. Mother passed away in 2004, and client now lives in the home with her adult son. Their combined monthly income is $1825.00 per month. The property went to tax sale in 2013, and the purchaser filed a case in December 2014. The purchaser requested judgment on April 1, 2016. Client is unsure of the lien amount from the 2013 tax sale, but she owes almost $5,000.00 in subsequent property taxes, and her water bill is approximately $15,000.00. There is likely a leak in the property. Given all the issues and the amount of money it would take to redeem the property, the client does not want to keep the property and is already planning to move into senior housing. Client seeks an attorney to advise her on whether she could try selling the home before judgment is entered, or help her claim any surplus funds after judgment is entered, if funds are available. To assist MVLS client 17-0126668, please contact Ellyn Riedl at eriedl@mvlslaw.org.

Baltimore City Adult Guardianship 16-0125491
Client wants to obtain adult guardianship of his mother. She has been a patient at the Alice Manor Nursing and Rehabilitation Facility since January 2016. His mother has been diagnosed with dementia and is unable to make any decisions. He resides in his mother’s home and is taking care of her personal business; however, not having guardianship is making it harder for him to make the necessary decisions regarding his mother’s care and personal business. He wants her discharged from Alice Manor and returned home where he will care for her. He has documentation from her Primary Care Physician and Psychologist. To assist MVLS client 16-0125491, please contact Tara Miles at tmiles@mvlslaw.org.

Baltimore City Divorce 16-0125820
Disabled Client is seeking assistance with a Divorce case. Parties married 2/19/2000 and have been separated for 3-4 years. No active POs nor a history of DV. No real property nor minor children involved. Both client and OP are unemployed and receiving disability income. Client states that when parties were together, she paid most their bills. Client would like to seek spousal support, pension/retirement benefits and any other relief she may be entitled. OP lives in Virginia and expressed to client he is ready to divorce, so client wants to start the process here in Maryland. As of today nothing has been filed. To assist MVLS client 16-0125820, please contact Tara Miles at tmiles@mvlslaw.org.

Baltimore County Bankruptcy 16-0124020
Client whose only source of income is from Social Security benefits, needs help with a Bankruptcy matter. Client owns no real property, child support obligations or student loans. Client has not worked in the past 6 months. To assist MVLS client 16-0124020, please contact Makeisha Gibson at mgibson@mvlslaw.org.

Baltimore County Bankruptcy 16-0122899
Elderly widowed client who is living off of small monthly pension and social security benefits, needs help with Bankruptcy matter. Client has about $34,000.00 in debt from credit cards, does not own any real property, and her name has not been on the deed to home/land in last three years.  Client has no student loans and has not filed taxes in the last three years because of her income. To assist MVLS client 16-0122899, please contact Makeisha Gibson at mgibson@mvlslaw.org.

Baltimore County Bankruptcy 16-0122899
Elderly widowed client who is living off of small monthly pension and social security benefits, needs help with Bankruptcy matter. Client has about $34,000.00 in debt from credit cards, does not own any real property, and her name has not been on the deed to home/land in last three years.  Client has no student loans and has not filed taxes in the last three years because of her income. To assist MVLS client 16-0122899, please contact Makeisha Gibson at mgibson@mvlslaw.org.

Baltimore County Adult Guardianship 16-0125512
Client is seeking to obtain guardianship of her mother. Her mother resides with her and has been diagnosed with dementia. The mother has been living with client since October 2016 because she went missing for 7 days.  Client has provided MVLS with two physicians’ certificates confirming that her mother is in need of a guardian and stated no one would contest her obtaining guardianship. Her mother owns a home, but client cannot allow her to return out of fear she will go missing again. For these reasons, Client needs help establishing guardianship of her mother. Client states that her mother is not receiving any assistance from the department of mental hygiene, social services, etc. and is a retired school principal. To assist MVLS client 16-0125512, please contact Makeisha Gibson at mgibson@mvlslaw.org.

Carroll County Bankruptcy 16-0124420
Client whose only source of income comes from food stamps, needs help with filing Bankruptcy. He has a home which is facing foreclosure; he doesn’t wish to save. The mortgage has a balance of $500,000.00, the Tax assessment on the home is $298,000.00 and $160,000.00 to bring current. Client had to surrender his car ($6,000.00) and has additional debt, approximately $20,000.00. To assist MVLS client 16-0124420, please contact Monica Fulwood at mfulwood@mvlslaw.org.

Harford County Custody 16-0125784
Client/father is seeking help with establishing custody. Parties were not married. They have one child age 15 years old. The child is currently residing with OP/mom and visits client on occasions or when it is convenient for OP. For this reason, the client is seeking joint physical custody and to spend half the month with child. He is unsure of what custody arrangement OP would want. The client has attempted to file on his own, but cases were closed. He needs the help of an attorney to move case forward and have an agreement put in place. No cps/dss. No protective orders. Neither party has filed nor have any court dates been scheduled. To assist MVLS client 16-0125784, please contact Monica Fulwood at mfulwood@mvlslaw.org.

Washington County Bankruptcy 16-0125019
Senior Client needs help with filing bankruptcy. Client’s accounts are current, however; she’s concerned about her large debts and does not want to become overwhelmed; considering she has a limited income. Client has lived in MD all of her life and has never filed for Bankruptcy. She does not own any property and due to her source of income, isn’t required to file taxes. Client’s debts total approximately $13,415.00. To assist MVLS client 16-0125019, please contact LaKisha Overton at loverton@mvlslaw.org.

Washington County Expungement 16-0125922
Client with limited income needs help with getting his record expunged. Client’s charges on record are all Nolle Prosequi and his most recent disposition is from 3/1/07. To assist MVLS client 16-0125922, please contact LaKisha Overton at loverton@mvlslaw.org.

Wicomico County Foreclosure 16-0126015
Client is a veteran over the age of 60. He and his wife fell behind on the mortgage in 2012, when he was no longer able to work. They were working with their lender to catch up, but then client’s wife passed away in April of 2015. Since then, he has not been able to make the mortgage payment of $495 on his own. His brother moved in, and the combined household income is now about $2000 a month, consisting of the client’s and brother’s Social Security benefits. Client states he applied for loss mitigation in 2015 but never received an answer. He has previously worked with a housing counselor. Bank of America filed an Order to Docket on October 13, 2016, with a Preliminary Loss Mitigation Affidavit. Court papers show the total amount owed was $75,329.41 at the time of filing; the SDAT value of the home is under $40,000. Client is seeking an attorney to represent him in the foreclosure, and to review his prior attempts at loss mitigation, to investigate whether his applications were handled correctly.  To assist MVLS client 16-0118915, please contact Ellyn Riedl at eriedl@mvlslaw.org.

 

 

Updated: January 17, 2017

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