Cy Pres and Chapter 11 Distribution

Cy Pres and Chapter 11 Bankruptcy Unclaimed Funds

Directing a Cy Pres Award or Unclaimed Funds Distribution to MVLS

MVLS is a 501c3 nonprofit that relies on donations to provide free and full civil legal representation in the areas of housing, consumer, family, criminal record relief, tax controversy, and estate planning and administration.

Nominating MVLS as a recipient of a cy pres award or to receive unclaimed Chapter 11 bankruptcy funds when it is appropriate provides a great benefit to our clients Marylanders who would otherwise have to navigate crushing debt, the loss of their home, or other life changing issues alone. These funds power our efforts to provide free legal help, including through a weekly courthouse clinic that ensures no consumers have to face a judge alone, through community-based outreach to help people identify their legal issues (including about legal issues that threaten their limited assets, their housing or their chance at a stable job), and through our unique commitment to providing full representation for the life of each clients’ case.

We hope that you will seriously consider MVLS the next time that you have a case where funds are available. If you are considering directing a cy pres award or unclaimed distribution to MVLS, or if you need us to help you tailor your supporting documents for a particular case, please contact Katie Sutton, Director of Development, directly at 443-451-4065 and by email.


MVLS has developed sample language for you to use when nominating us for an award or distribution. Click below to preview and download those resources.

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Sample CyPres Language – link coming soon – if you need information now, please contact us by email.

Sample Chapter 11 Bankruptcy Funds Distribution Language

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Maryland Volunteer Lawyers Service, Inc. (MVLS) is a 501c3 charity, donations to which are fully tax deductible as allowed by law. MVLS’ Federal Tax ID is 52-1225979.

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