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Marine’s Tax Obligations for Military Fundraising Account Fully Forgiven Thanks to Attorney’s Help

October 5, 2020

A Marine servicemember wanted to help fundraise for a Navy Medical Training Support Center. To do this, he opened a bank account so he could store the money raised. The following year, while stationed overseas, he was notified by the IRS that he owed taxes on this account, although the money in the account belonged only to the Navy Medical Training Support Center. The Marine visited his legal assistance office for assistance with this tax issues. His legal assistance attorney referred his case to the Project, which placed the case with an experienced tax attorney. The pro bono attorney worked with the IRS, and the Marine’s tax obligations were completely forgiven.

After a Sailor’s Father Died Intestate, Pro Bono Attorney Helps Obtain a Favorable Settlement Agreement

September 21, 2020

A Navy servicemember’s father died without a will, leaving the sailor and his mother in a bit of a mess. The father owned his home, but died without a will. The father’s marriage to the mother was a common law marriage, and his name was not on the sailor’s birth certificate. The father had another child who had since died, and the children of this deceased child claimed sole ownership of the father’s real property. Further complicating matters, there was another relative living in the father’s house without a lease or paying rent.

After the sailor visited his legal assistance office, and his case was referred to the ABA Military Pro Bono Project, pro bono attorneys kindly offered to assist him pro bono. The sailor and his mother entered into a favorable settlement agreement and received a hefty payment for the home.

With Pro Bono Attorney’s Help, A Sailor’s Vehicle Was Returned to Him After Being Towed and Sold During Deployment

August 3, 2020

A Navy servicemember was deployed overseas and left his vehicle in the care of a friend. When he returned, he could not locate his car. After calling several towing companies, he learned that, while deployed, a towing company towed and sold his vehicle without notice or a court order, violating the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act (SCRA). He visited his legal assistance office for help, and his case was placed with a pro bono attorney through the ABA Military Pro Bono Project.

The attorney negotiated with the towing company, and eventually was able to come to a favorable agreement with the company. The Sailor had his vehicle returned to him.

Solider Granted Full Custody of Child with Pro Bono Attorney’s Help

July 13, 2020

An Army servicemember had a son who lived with her full time. She was then deployed overseas, and her son stayed in the United States and lived with her parents during her time abroad. The Soldier wanted to be able to bring her son with her while she lived overseas, but she had no formal custody order. Years prior, her son’s biological father had sought to gain physical custody, but then requested that the case be dismissed. She decided to visit her local Legal Assistance Office for help to navigate the legal system and establish a formal custody and visitation order.

The Soldier’s legal assistance attorney referred her case to the ABA Military Pro Bono Project, which then connected her with a volunteer attorney. The case went to trial, but the judge granted full custody to the Solider, allowing her to take her son with her on her overseas deployment.


Marine Obtains Favorable Settlement Against Car Insurance Company with Help of Volunteer Attorney

June 5, 2020

A young Marine purchased a used vehicle and obtained car insurance with his father’s help shortly thereafter. However, the Marine noticed that the insurance card did not include his name, so he tried to work with the company to correct this. Before this problem was corrected, the Marine was in a car accident and his car was totaled. He filed a claim with the insurance company, but it was denied. The Marine struggled financially to continue to pay the loan for the vehicle while not having access to his vehicle. He visited his legal assistance office for help.

The legal assistance office referred the Marine’s case to the ABA Military Pro Bono Project, which placed his case with an experienced pro bono attorney. The volunteer attorney began litigation, and ultimately obtained a settlement against the insurance company to the benefit of the Marine.

Sailor Obtains Settlement Agreement with Dealership with Help from Volunteer Attorney

May 18, 2020

A Navy servicemember purchased a used vehicle from a dealership. The dealership failed to complete its obligations from their contract to register the vehicle and provide tags. The dealership also failed to provide title, so the servicemember could not register the vehicle himself. Thus, he couldn’t drive the vehicle. The Sailor attempted to resolve this issue with the car dealership himself over the period of several months, and eventually visited his legal assistance office, where a JAG also worked to try to resolve the issue with the car dealership.

After their attempts to resolve the situation with the car dealership failed, the JAG referred the Sailor’s case to the ABA Military Pro Bono Project, which connected the servicemember with an attorney who offered to provide pro bono representation. With the volunteer attorney’s assistance, the servicemember and the car dealership entered into a settlement agreement, and the servicemember received a full payout.

With Volunteer Attorney’s Help, Marine is Granted Custody of Niece

May 1, 2020

A Marine’s niece was left without a guardian after the child’s parents were both imprisoned. The Marine and his wife were given power of attorney by the child’s parents to care for her temporarily, but another family member wanted custody of the child, and harassed the Marine and his wife, claiming that they kidnapped the child. This family member had legal problems of his own, as well as a poor relationship with the child. Worried that their niece may be taken by a family member who was unfit to care for her, the Marine and his wife realized they needed help to navigate the legal system and to seek a more permanent solution to the custody dispute.

The Marine and his wife visited a legal assistance office and were referred to the ABA Military Pro Bono Project. An experienced attorney volunteered to help the couple. With the help of their volunteer attorney, the Marine and his wife were granted custody of their niece, giving the child a safe home, and the Marine and his wife peace of mind.

Parents of Sailor Obtain Guardianship of Disabled Child with Help of Volunteer Attorney

April 20, 2020

A Navy servicemember has a disabled son. When his son turned 18, the Sailor and his wife realized they needed to seek guardianship over him in order to continue to make decisions for the son and provide him with military medical care, as he did not have the capacity to execute a power of attorney. The Sailor and his wife would have struggled to afford an attorney, and they visited a legal assistance attorney for help.

The Sailor’s case was referred to the ABA Military Pro Bono Project, which placed the case with a volunteer attorney. The volunteer attorney successfully helped the Sailor and his wife get a court order appointing them as their son’s guardians. With this, the Sailor and his wife can continue to provide needed care and medical attention to their adult son.

Volunteer Attorneys Help Airman Revoke Paternity Acknowledgement After He Learned of Girlfriend’s Affair That Led to Child’s Birth

March 30, 2020

An Airman’s girlfriend became pregnant, and he was present for the birth of the child and signed an acknowledgement of paternity. However, the Airman later became suspicious that he was not the father of the child. After several months of suspicion, he took it upon himself get a DNA test. The paternity test confirmed what he feared; that he was not the father of the child. He confronted his girlfriend, who confirmed that she had an affair and the Airman was not the father. Heartbroken and concerned about his financial and other obligations to this child, he visited a legal assistance office, who then referred him to the ABA Military Pro Bono Project.

The Project was able to connect the Airman with a team of experienced attorneys who quickly took action in court. The volunteer attorneys were able to procure an order revoking the Acknowledgment of Paternity the Airman signed the day of the child’s birth. The child’s biological father was thrilled to hear the news that he was the child’s father, and intends to provide support and participate in the child’s life. The Airman is now free to move on without any financial obligation to a child that is not his own.

Sailor Obtains Favorable Settlement Against Dealership with Pro Bono Help

February 14, 2020

A Navy servicemember contracted with a dealership to sell his motorcycle on consignment. In the signed agreement, the dealership agreed to pay the lienholder for the motorcycle with the profits collected upon its sale. The dealership sold the motorcycle, but failed to notify the servicemember or pay the lienholder.

The Sailor visited his military legal assistance office and a military attorney referred the Sailor to the ABA Military Pro Bono Project. The Project connected the Sailor with an experienced volunteer attorney. The pro bono attorney was able to settle the matter in the Sailor’s favor.