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Airman Settles $20,000 Debt to Landlord with Volunteer Attorney Help

March 4, 2016

When an Air Force servicemember joined the military several years ago, his military recruiter informed him that his apartment complex had been notified and agreed to terminate his lease. However, years later, the servicemember learned that his landlord did not terminate his lease, and there was a summary judgment against him for unpaid rent after he moved out for over $20,000, in violation of the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act (SCRA). The servicemember had also been threatened with wage garnishment and therefore needed legal assistance. The airman’s military attorney referred the case to the ABA Military Pro Bono Project which quickly matched the servicemember with an experienced volunteer attorney to assist him. Through legal research and providing the opposing party’s attorney with documentation of the servicemember’s deployments and service record, the airman’s pro bono attorney was able to negotiate a settlement for a small fraction of the original demand. The airman can now avoid any further legal proceedings related to this matter and has since been able to purchase another residence.

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