A single mother serving in the Marines sought pro bono assistance to create a special needs trust for her child who was recently diagnosed with autism. The Marine was concerned that in the event of her death, a special needs trust needed to be put in place to guarantee that her son would be eligible for public benefits to support him. A JAG officer drafted advance directives for the servicemember; however, because special needs trusts fell beyond the JAG’s expertise, the officer referred the Marine to the ABA Military Pro Bono Project. The Marine was then placed by the Project with a volunteer attorney who has expertise in special needs trusts. The attorney provided the Marine with a pour-over will and a special needs trust for the benefit of her and her child.
A young soldier and his wife entered into an apartment lease. Soon thereafter, they noticed a realtor’s sign in their front yard. From that, they learned that the building had been foreclosed upon. They received a notice of eviction and stopped paying rent. However, the landlord still demanded full rental payments and brought suit. The military family visited a military legal assistance office to discuss this issue. Their JAG referred this case to the ABA Military Pro Bono Project, which connected the family with a pro bono attorney. This volunteer attorney helped the family receive a favorable result: the landlord’s suit was dismissed.
An Air Force servicemember and his wife entered into an apartment lease. They paid rent and a security deposit to a landlord. Unbeknownst to the servicemember and his wife, the property already had been foreclosed and sold at an auction. The servicemember and his family vacated the property after receiving a letter from the bank requesting them to leave the property, and they notified the landlord. However, the landlord filed a suit against them, alleging lost rent.
The servicemember visited a military legal assistance attorney, who referred this case to the ABA Military Pro Bono Project. A volunteer attorney offered to help the military family. With the attorney’s help at an eviction meeting, the case was dismissed. Additionally, the attorney took further steps to get the landlord’s information removed from a local housing website due to the landlord’s unfair dealings with local military personnel.
Soon after a Coast Guard servicemember purchased a used vehicle from a dealership, the servicemember discovered a major defect. The dealership provided the servicemember with a loaner car and promised to find a suitable replacement vehicle. However, the dealership failed to do so, and the servicemember discovered that his defective vehicle was re-sold in the dealership’s lot. In the meantime, the servicemember was continuing to pay his monthly car payments.
The servicemember visited a military legal assistance office about this problem, and a JAG referred this case to the ABA Military Pro Bono Project to place with a volunteer attorney. A volunteer attorney helped the servicemember reach a successful settlement. The dealership provided to the servicemember a full refund of the vehicle’s purchase price, along with all expenses associated with the temporary loaner car.
CLICK HERE to read a short article written by a client of a volunteer attorney with the ABA Military Pro Bono Project. This article, “How the Military Pro Bono Project Saved My Family,” was published in the Grand Forks Air Force Base news.
A soldier owned a condo that was being foreclosed by his homeowner’s association (HOA). The soldier did not receive notice about any past due payments or the HOA’s intent to foreclose the property. When the soldier attempted to make an association payment, he received notice from the HOA that it had foreclosed its lien on his condo and that the payment was too late to stop the foreclosure. The soldier visited a military legal assistance office, which referred the soldier’s case to the ABA Military Pro Bono Project. Through the Project, a volunteer attorney helped reach a favorable settlement of nearly $20,000 from the HOA, and the case was dismissed. The volunteer attorney also provided assistance to restore the soldier’s credit, which the HOA had wrongfully damaged.
A young Air Force servicemember was deployed in Afghanistan and needed a divorce. There were no children of the marriage, and household possessions had already been divided. However, because the servicemember was deployed, he needed help to move forward with the divorce in his home state. He visited a military legal assistance attorney in Afghanistan, who referred the case to the ABA Military Pro Bono Project to seek a volunteer attorney. The Project located an attorney who helped with a settlement agreement. With this resolved, the servicemember could focus on his duties in Afghanistan without worrying about his divorce.