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Anne Arundel Bankruptcy 16-0126557
Client is seeking help with filing bankruptcy. Client’s debt is approximately 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. No real property or land. If interested in this case, contact Monica Fulwood at mfulwood@mvlslaw.org or 443-451-4087.

Baltimore County Adult Guardianship 16-0124016
Client seeks assistance with obtaining guardianship of her 18 year old daughter who is diagnosed with Phelan McDermid syndrome and multiple other disabilities. Daughter lives with client who is her caretaker. Client states that her daughter illiterate and has a speech impairment and cannot make decisions on her own. Client has already obtained physicians’ certificates from two of her daughter’s physicians. Her daughter’s father lives in Puerto Rico and client has alerted him that she is seeking guardianship. No one is contesting. If interested in this case, contact Makeisha Gibson at mgibson@mvlslaw.org or 443-451-4072.

Baltimore County Landlord-Tenant 16-0126099  
Client seeks help with retrieving her security deposit from former landlord (LL), including any interest accrued. When Client moved into the property 2 years ago, she paid a security deposit of $1650.00 and her monthly rent was the same amount. Client gave LL 60 days’ notice and moved out of the property on 9/30/16, but did not do a walk-through.  Per Client, she left the property in excellent condition and also took photos of each room. An HABC inspection was also conducted 30 days prior to client’s move out and there were no issues or repairs needed. Client contacted LL around 11/20/16 via email (within the 45 day time frame) about return of her security deposit. LL was very adamant about not returning the deposit and threatened client that he would be filing in court for non-payment of rent and HOA fees. However, client states that at the time she moved out, the LL completed an HABC Tenant Obligation form stating that client was current on rent and utility costs and was cleared to vacate the unit. LL never filed anything in court. At the time, Client asked LL to provide her with an itemized receipt of charges, but as of today, she has had no further contact nor received anything from LL. Client has copies of all relevant documents, including the lease, HABC Tenant Obligation form, email communications, text messages, and detailed photos of the property. 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 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 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 17-0127731 Tax
53 year old former bookkeeper with IRS lien and MD state judgment from outstanding tax debt of $7,775 from 2007. Client had previously owned several businesses, and was assessed additional tax, which she was unable to challenge due to loss of paperwork. At one time, Client was in the state amnesty program, but could not continue as she became unemployed. Her only employment now is as a part-time grocery clerk. If interested in this case, contact Makeisha Gibson at mgibson@mvlslaw.org or 443-451-4072.

Baltimore City Divorce 17-0127130
Wife/client needs help with a divorce. Parties were married in 1979 and have been separated for approximately fifteen years. Client does not have opposing party’s (OP) current address, but believes his last known address was in Dundalk, MD as of 2012. Client has no knowledge of OP’s current employment status. There are no active protective orders 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. Nothing has been filed at this time. 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 17-0128475
Client wants his father’s name added to his birth certificate and his name changed. Client was placed in the foster care system because his mother left him at the hospital on the day he was born. He didn’t meet his mother until he was 18yrs old. She informed him that his biological father was not the person listed on his birth certificate. Client’s father died on 4/5/1992 and wishes to have his entire name changed. Client states that his biological father’s family and siblings acknowledges him as family. One of his uncles is willing to take DNA test if needed. If interested in this case, contact Tara Miles at tmiles@mvlslaw.org or 443-451-4070.

Baltimore City Adoption 17-0128457  
Maternal grandmother/client wants to adopt her grandson, age 4yrs old. Pursuant to the consent court order dated 2/10/14, client was awarded sole legal custody and primary physical custody her grandson Biological father was awarded reasonable visitation. However, biological mother was not awarded visitation by virtue of her having failed to appear. Client is seeking to adopt because child has been in her care for four years which she would like to continue on a permanent basis. Nothing has been filed. If interested in this case, contact Tara Miles at tmiles@mvlslaw.org or 443-451-4070.

Baltimore City Custody 17-0128228
Mother/client needs legal representation for her pending custody matter. Parties were never married. There is one child involved in the custody matter, age 9yrs old. Child resides with client and has since birth. Client filed for custody. She is seeking sole physical/legal custody. Father was served and has filed his answer. No court dates have been scheduled. Father is represented by an attorney. If interested in this case, contact Tara Miles at tmiles@mvlslaw.org or 443-451-4070.

Baltimore City Expungement 17-0128805
Client is seeking help getting his record cleaned up. Client has several cases possible eligible for expungement. Client has been facing challenges seeking housing because of his background. Client is currently employed. If interested in this case, contact Daria Pugh at dpugh@mvlslaw.org or 443-451-4096.

Baltimore City Lead Paint 17-0128269
Elderly client needs help with lead paint case filed against her. Client’s husband purchased the home and he passed away in 1989. She rented out the property in 1994, using Carwell Real Estate. Her name was on the deed jointly with him at the time property was rented and Carwell collected the rent. Client states she never had any contact with the Plaintiff in the case outside of the property being initially rented and she doesn’t remember Plaintiff staying there very long nor did she have any kids. The client states there was a lead paint test done to the property before it was rented out. She has copies of when she had it inspected but she didn’t handle the property closely because Carwell managed. She is now being sued and she would like help with having case dismissed. If interested in this case, contact Daria Pugh at dpugh@mvlslaw.org or 443-451-4096.

Baltimore City Power of Attorney 17-0128459  
Client wants to give his nephew Power of Attorney. His nephew has been caring for him for five years since his mother passed away. Client is illiterate but agrees that he wants his nephew to continue taking care of his affairs. If interested in this case, contact Daria Pugh at dpugh@mvlslaw.org or 443-451-4096.

Baltimore City Tax Sale Foreclosure Water Bill 17-0128829
92 year old woman needs help resolving her water bill dispute in order to prevent foreclosure. Client owns her home, lives alone, and is current on her property taxes. Client’s water bill is usually $200, and in March of last year it jumped to $800. Client has had problems with the water bill since then. She contacted DPW do a turn on/off test, and they did not find any underground leaks. Client reports that last year during some home construction she had a high bill (approx. $500) that she expected and paid. However, client has done no further home repair and disputes having used a higher than normal amount of water during that quarter. Client hired a plumber to inspect her home plumbing. Plumber could find no leaks. Her bill has now ballooned to over $1200. Client was previously placed with a volunteer who had to discontinue representation due to a family emergency. Former volunteer told client that the issue was resolved, but client has not yet seen a credit on her bill. Client needs a volunteer attorney to help her continue to dispute her bill with DPW in order to get it corrected. If interested in this case, contact Ellyn Riedl at eriedl@mvlslaw.org or 443-451-4079.

Carroll County Tax 15-0109291
Taxpayer living on ~$16K in SSA benefits incurred initial tax problem when she received a $50,000 settlement from a law suit for back overtime pay against her former employer. She currently owes IRS ~$5K for tax years 2005-2006. She also owes the Comptroller of Md $1,700.00 regarding tax year 2007. She seeks help with collection alternatives. If interested in this case, contact Monica Fulwood at mfulwood@mvlslaw.org or 443-451-4087.

Charles County Unemployment Compensation 17-0128874
Client would like to appeal his unemployment denial decision. Client received a 10-week penalty before he can receive benefits due to employer’s reason – misconduct (not gross). Client states the misconduct was disruptive behavior in workplace which he disputes. Client would like the decision reversed and wishes to collect all benefits. He states that he filed for unemployment, received a letter scheduling a phone hearing on 3/21, spoke to case worker that day and she could not contact his employer. The case worker said she would give the employer 48 hours to respond and would call client back on 3/23. Caseworker spoke with the agency that handled the unemployment claim and the agency request more time to investigate the claim and she would follow up with him on 3/25. He never received that call, but received a determination letter 4/6/2017. Client states he was fired was because he told the manager of the store that a coworker was slowing him down and keeping him from doing an efficient job. He was fired without any verbal or written warning. If interested in this case, contact LaKisha Overton at loverton@mvlslaw.org or 443-451-4089.

Harford County Bankruptcy By-Pass 17-0128070
Client is seeking help with filing bankruptcy but may be collection proof. Client owns her condo (value approximately $40K; with an equity line of credit of roughly $18K that she owes). Client has credit cards and medical bills totaling $20K which she is unable to pay due to her limited income. Additionally, client has to pay taxes on her condo – $540 for July. Client’s only income is from security disability and she receives assistance from BGE. 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 Bankruptcy 17-0128679
Client is seeking assistance with filing bankruptcy. She has no real property. Client has a car that was given to her that she owns. Her total debt is estimated at $40k. She has an additional 20-30k in student loans, but they are in deferment. Clients debts consist of judgements placed against her. Client’s property was in a storage unit, as she was trying to save for a place to move, but it was put up for auction. Maryland Legal Aid has referred the client due to her desperate need for help. Client has completed CCCS and obtained credit reports. If interested in this case, contact Monica Fulwood at mfulwood@mvlslaw.org or 443-451-4087.

Montgomery County Tax Controversy 17-0126949
Client who is a 53 year old public school employee with erroneous tax return from 2011 resulting in a deficiency to the IRS and MD needs legal help. Client is currently on an installment plan with the IRS while the state has placed a lien on his house, with a pending MVA hold. Client would like to correct his tax return and clear up this matter. If interested in this case, contact LaKisha Overton at loverton@mvlslaw.org or 443-451-4089.

St. Mary’s Bankruptcy 17-0126812
Client seeks help with filing Bankruptcy for first time. Client has roughly $25k in debts, consisting of credit cards. He has been a MD resident since the ‘70s, has never owned any real property or land and has no child support/alimony obligations. He estimates that he has approximately $2300 of student loan debt, which he understands may not be discharged in Bankruptcy. Client has been unemployed and did not make enough income to meet filing requirement, so he has not filed taxes since 2008. If interested in this case, contact LaKisha Overton at loverton@mvlslaw.org or 443-451-4089.

Wicomico County Absolute Divorce with Property 17-0128218
Disabled Client needs help with a Divorce that includes property. Parties were married in April 2010 and have been separated since February 2016. OP filed for an Absolute Divorce on 2/10/17 and Client was served on 2/28/17. There are no children from the marriage. Parties purchased the home during their marriage in 2010. Client is not on the deed to the home, due to a tax lien that was filed against Client at that time. Client states that OP has a pension, is a retired teacher from Delaware and is not seeking alimony. Overall, Client stated he would like a Divorce and a fair property settlement. OP is represented by counsel. As of today, there are no hearings or court dates scheduled. If interested in this case, contact LaKisha Overton at loverton@mvlslaw.org or 443-451-4089.

 

Updated: April 19, 2017

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