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October 2020

Top Five Malpractice Claims: The Most Common Claims Seen and What Firms Can Do to Avoid Those Claims

October 7, 2020 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Legal malpractice claims, like cans of paint, come in a wide variety of colors. There are common malpractice hazards to all who practice law, such as faulty office systems and poor client communications. But to fully understand your professional liability exposure, you'll first need a good understanding of the risks associated with your specific area of practice. This program will cover the most common malpractice claims reported - and how to avoid them - across a variety of practice areas.…

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Best Practices for Representing a Non-filer

October 13, 2020 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Throughout your practice, you will likely encounter many non-filers and delinquent filers. How can you effectively represent a non-filer with a tax issue? Join Heather Posey, EA as she discusses SFRs, reconsiderations, the 6 year rule for collections compliance, CSEDs, RSEDs, and other issues related to non-filers and delinquent filers.   To register, visit: https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/5379844833504034574

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Third-party Custody, Guardianship, and other Legal Strategies to Provide Rights for Non-biological Parents

October 15, 2020 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

This training will provide perspectives and legal strategies to provide rights for non-biological parents to get enough legal authority in the life of a child to take care of various administrative processes (eg., school, healthcare, benefits, etc.).  Topics will include: Third-party custody; Guardianship; Various less restrictive alternatives. Speakers will provide regional diversity (including Montgomery County, Baltimore City, and Howard County among others), and each will give a presentation on one topic, as well as regional and other perspective following the…

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Legislative Roundup: Changes in MD Law This Year

October 15, 2020 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Although the legislative session was cut short this year, the Maryland legislature passed a number of important bills. This free webinar will provide an overview of some of the legislation passed in consumer protection, family law, expungements, estate law and human trafficking. Presenters: • Moges Abebe, Esq. Navigate Law Firm LC, • Timothy Chance, Esq. Tangled Title Attorney, MVLS • Heather Heiman, Esq. Human Trafficking Prevention Project Manager, MVLS • Chris Sweeney, Esq. Workforce Development Project Coordinator, MVLS Register

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The Current State of Utilities in Maryland

October 21, 2020 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
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The Pro Bono Resource Center and the Maryland Volunteer Lawyers Service present: Brandi Nieland, Director of Consumer Assistance in the Office of the Maryland People’s Counsel, on The Current State of Utilities in Maryland on Wednesday, October 21, at 10:00 a.m. Ms. Nieland will discuss the current state of how utilities will respond to the delivery of utilities during the pandemic as we go forward into the Fall of 2020. Issues regarding service, payments, resources for the payment of utilities…

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Celebrate Pro Bono 2020

October 25, 2020 @ 8:00 am - October 31, 2020 @ 5:00 pm

In light of COVID-19 crisis restrictions, MVLS is unable to host our annual Celebrate Pro Bono Awards Ceremony in person to honor and recognize MVLS volunteers for their outstanding pro bono work this past year. However, we are excited to offer a week-long virtual celebration of our award winners, volunteers, community partners, and supporters. While we can’t gather in person, we are thrilled to share a great week of programming with you on October 25 – 31, 2020.    To…

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November 2020

Top 10 Things All Practitioners Should Know About Their Taxes

November 10, 2020 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Practitioners have been incredibly busy these past few months, keeping up with tax law changes to best assist their clients. But what about your own practice? Join tax attorney and CPA Eric Rollinger, of Stein Sperling, as he reviews the things that you need to be aware of for YOU.   To register, visit: https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/5261011816546217232

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December 2020

Retail Suppliers in the Energy Market: Red Flags and Consumer Protection Laws

December 11, 2020 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

The Pro Bono Resource Center and the Maryland Volunteer Lawyers Service present: Brandi Nieland and Jacob Ouslander of the Office of the Maryland People’s Counsel, on Retail Suppliers in the Energy Market: Red Flags and Consumer Protection Laws. The MD utility supplier market allows for consumer choice in who provides energy to our homes. We will discuss common deceptive practices, consumer protections, and what you can do for your clients. Tune in to learn more about the regulations and rules…

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February 2021

PPP 2.0

February 9, 2021 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

PPP is back again, but with some new rules and regulations. Join tax attorney Michael March, of Crepeau Mourges LLP, as he discusses who is eligible for the second PPP, how to apply, rules of forgiveness and more.   Register here

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De Facto Parent Custody

February 18, 2021 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

In Conover v. Conover, 451 Md. 51, 62 (2016), the Court of Appeals held that “de facto parenthood is a viable means to establish standing to contest custody or visitation.” Id. at 66. This training will cover the definition and elements of the de facto parent standard under Maryland law, as well as how to prove de facto parenthood. This training will be presented by Michele Zavos, a nationally recognized attorney who assists clients with family law matters including LGBT…

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Tax Sale Prevention In Baltimore City – Video Replay

February 19, 2021 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Learn about Tax Sale Foreclosure in Baltimore City! This is a basic training, available to attorneys and housing counselors who are interested in volunteering to assist homeowners and/or nonprofit groups facing tax sale foreclosure in Baltimore City. This training is a joint project between Maryland Volunteer Lawyers Service (MVLS) and PBRC’s Home Preservation Project, and is free to attorneys who agree to attend one Baltimore City tax sale clinic and accept at least one pro bono tax sale foreclosure case within one year…

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Basics of Foreclosure Prevention and Loss Mitigation

February 25, 2021 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm

If you want to help homeowners avoid foreclosure, you need to know “Who’s Who” and the types of documents, issues and entities involved when borrowers need options to cure a mortgage default. National expert Diane Cipollone will present an introductory level course for attorneys, paralegals and housing counselors in foreclosure prevention and foreclosure defense matters. Training will cover contractual issues related to the deed of trust, and the promissory note; types of promissory notes; identify the parties, including original creditors…

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March 2021

Maryland’s Low Income Hardship Program

March 9, 2021 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

2020 was a year where lots happened at the Maryland Comptroller's office. One of these items was the implementation of the Low Income Hardship Program. Given everything else going on, there wasn't a lot of fanfare about this. What is it? And what does it do? How is it used? Join Andrew "Jay" Maschas, Assistant Director, Compliance Division, Comptroller of Maryland and practitioner Gary Compton as they discuss the program and their experiences with it.   Register Here

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April 2021

Understanding and Enhancing Client Capacity

April 7, 2021 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

This session, led by David Godfrey, senior attorney to the ABA Commission on Law and Aging, explores understanding of the capacity to make legal decisions and how to enhance capacity. We delve into how capacity is inferred from the legal ethics rules, and what to do when a client has diminished capacity.  We will review a state-of-the-art checklist of assessing and documenting client capacity, and how capacity overlaps with exploitation, undue influence and fraud.    Register Here

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Day in the Life: IRS Chief Counsel

April 13, 2021 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

We are all familiar with the IRS attorney that we see in the Courtroom. But that is only a small part of what IRS Counsel does. Join as he shares what exactly being part of IRS Counsel entails.   Register Here

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Guardianship of the Person and Property Appointments

April 14, 2021 @ 9:00 am - 11:00 am

Maryland Volunteer Lawyers Service invites all interested attorneys who are admitted to practice law in Maryland and are in good standing to attend a free webinar on the basics of preparing and presenting Guardianship of the Person and Property petitions in Maryland circuit courts. In this pre-recorded training, experienced attorneys, Janet Fedder, Carolyn Malinowski, and Caitlin Tepe, will guide you through the process of representing a low income Marylander who wishes to file a petition for guardianship. Janet Fedder will…

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Virtual Homeowner Clinic

April 27, 2021 @ 3:00 pm - 7:00 pm

MVLS is hosting a remote My Home, My Deed, My Legacy Clinic on April 27, 2021 (3-7 pm). Volunteer attorneys will telephonically assist clients with identifying basic deed and estate issues to increase their housing stability.    Register Here

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MVLS/MSATP Divorce and Tax Consequences, Webinar

April 28, 2021 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Splitsville: Divorce is never pretty. One thing that is often overlooked is the tax consequences. Join Rebecca Sheppard and Kaitlyn Loughner of Frost Law as they discuss what to look out for, including Innocent Spouse Defenses.   Register Here

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Estate Planning and Racial Economic Equity

April 29, 2021 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

MVLS is pleased to welcome Nneka N’namdi and Tim Chance to speak about the intersection of estate planning and racial economic equity. Nneka N’namdi is the executive director of Fight Blight Bmore and will provide an overview on blight, the trauma it causes and its impact upon generational wealth transfer. Tim Chance is the Tangled Title Attorney at Maryland Volunteer Lawyers Service and will explore estate planning as a tool to confront the devaluation of wealth in communities of color.…

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May 2021

Bail Bonds vs. Home Detention

May 20, 2021 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

In theory, cash bail is an advantageous policy. But in practice, does cash bail fall short of the ideal? This presentation will provide an overview of cash bail and where we are now with these cases. Register Here

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MVLS/MSATP Tax Controversy Training for Attorneys, Law Students, CPAs and Enrolled Agents, Webinar

May 21, 2021 @ 9:00 am - 1:00 pm

This course will address tax controversy issues when dealing with collection alternatives, audits, Earned Income Tax Credit Denials, Lien and/or Levies, refunds and cancellations of debt. The course will be presented by experienced attorneys and IRS representatives. The instructors will focus on the mechanics of advocating for the client. Interaction with the IRS and the proper process when battling with tax collection issues. Each attendee will be asked to volunteer for a case at the conclusion of the event. Due…

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June 2021

How to Settle the TFRP Devil : An Introduction to the Trust Fund Recovery Penalty

June 8, 2021 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Join tax attorney Dan Heller, a principal at Kelly | Dorsey, P.C., as he gives you the rundown of the TFRP, from start to finish, by walking through a case study of a hypothetical taxpayer’s journey through the TFRP process.   Register Here

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MVLS/MSATP Offer-in-Compromise with the IRS and Maryland, Webinar

June 14, 2021 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Although many things have changed this year, taxpayers getting into trouble with the IRS and the Maryland Comptroller remains the same. What to do? Join tax attorney Eric Rollinger of Stein Sperling, as he discusses Offers-in-Compromise: how to determine whether your client qualifies, what to include in an Offer, and the differences between the IRS and the Maryland Comptroller.   Register Here

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Human Trafficking and the Decriminalization of Sex Work – Myths, Misconceptions, and What the Data Actually Tells Us

June 17, 2021 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

This free webinar will provide an overview of different legal approaches to the sex trades which have been implemented by communities and countries around the world. The webinar will examine recently compiled data from the health sector, law enforcement, and other sources documenting the impact of these approaches. Panelists will discuss myths and misconceptions about the impact of decriminalization on human trafficking and offer recommendations for policy approaches that both protect sex worker’s rights and prevent exploitation. Presenters: • Kate…

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Virtual Homeowner Clinic

June 22, 2021 @ 3:00 pm - 7:00 pm

MVLS is hosting a remote My Home, My Deed, My Legacy Clinic on June 22, 2021 (3-7 pm). Volunteer attorneys will telephonically assist clients with identifying basic deed and estate issues to increase their housing stability.    Attorneys Register Here Clients Register Here

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