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After a Marine Discovered His Identity Was Stolen, Attorney Helped Clear His Record and Protect His Military Career

January 8, 2021

A Marine discovered that, while he was a child, his social security number was used by a relative to obtain loans. The past due accounts and loans were discovered during the Marine’s standard security clearance investigation. Because of this problem, the servicemember’s career with the Marine Corps was at risk. He visited his local legal assistance office, which referred his case to the ABA Military Pro Bono Project. The Project placed his case with a volunteer attorney.

The attorney contacted the family member as well as the credit agencies to begin resolving the problem. The attorney also provided the Marine with the information he would need to finish up clearing his record, and protect his career with the Marine Corps.

Marine Sued by HOA for Unpaid Fees Settles Lawsuit in his Favor with Attorney’s Help

December 8, 2020

A Marine Corps servicemember was sued by his homeowners’ association (“HOA”) for unpaid fees after moving out of his home. He had paid all fees due to the HOA at the time he moved out of the previous home, and the complaint did not specify what fees he owed. The Marine visited his local legal assistance office for help, and his legal assistance attorney referred his case to the ABA Military Pro Bono Project. The Project connected the Marine with a pro bono attorney. The volunteer attorney negotiated with the HOA, which eventually agreed to dismiss the case against the Marine with prejudice, and he was not required to pay any of the fees.

New Homeowner Sailor Obtains Favorable Judgment After Warranty Violation Left Home Uninhabitable

December 2, 2020

A Navy servicemember purchased a home that included a one-year warranty. Upon moving in, he discovered that the home had major plumbing and structural problems, which required the military family to temporarily stay at a hotel. The warranty required the sailor to notify the contractor for consideration of any repairs. The sailor notified the contractor of the needed repairs multiple times, but there were not made. He visited his local legal assistance office for help. His legal assistance attorney referred his case to the Military Pro Bono Project, and his case was placed with an experienced attorney.

The sailor’s attorney represented him pro bono in litigation against the homeowner. The sailor obtained a favorable judgment, allowing the family to collect the money to make the needed repairs and return to their home.  

With Pro Bono Attorney’s Help, Airman’s Son with Special Needs Receives Needed Care at New School District

November 25, 2020

An Air Force servicemember moved to another state, and his autistic child was enrolled into a new school district. According to the law of the state, the Airman’s son should have received transition services when he moved to his new school, but unfortunately he did not receive the needed care, and his condition began to worsen as a result. With the school not providing his son with the needed care and his condition worsening, the Airman visited his local legal assistance office for help. The Airman’s legal assistance attorney referred his case to the ABA Military Pro Bono Project, which quickly placed his case with a pro attorney in time for a hearing with the school. The attorney negotiated with the school and ultimately secured extra training and care for the Airman’s son.

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.