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.
An Army servicemember and his wife visited a military legal assistance attorney, because they were concerned about a custody hearing concerning their nieces. The soldier and his wife had temporary custody of their young nieces, because the children’s mother was incarcerated. They filed for custody pro se, but the biological father retained counsel to contest their custody. The military family was very worried, because the biological father had not been involved in the children’s lives, he never provided child support, and he had a criminal record and mental health problems. The military family’s JAG referred this case to the ABA Military Pro Bono Project, which located a pro bono attorney to help. Although the father fought for custody, the volunteer attorney successfully helped the military family retain permanent sole legal and physical custody of their nieces—giving these children a safe and stable home.
An Army servicemember stationed in Hawaii was coerced into signing a contract after a spot delivery by a car dealership. The soldier was told that he could not leave without signing the contract. The financing agreement permitted the lender to garnish payments directly from the soldier’s paycheck. Concerned about what had happened, the soldier visited a military legal assistance office. The military attorney referred the soldier to the ABA Military Pro Bono Project, which connected the soldier with a volunteer attorney to help with this consumer law issue. With the attorney’s help with negotiations, the car dealership accepted the return of the vehicle and arranged a cancellation of the loan. In addition, the dealership reimbursed the soldier for all pervious car payments, along with other expenses that the soldier had incurred.