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Landlord’s Lawsuit Against Airman Dismissed with Help of Volunteer Attorney

May 6, 2016

An Air Force servicemember, who was stationed overseas, had been added to a commercial lease by a relative without his knowledge and suspected that he was being used by the relative as a guaranty on the lease. The airman was subsequently sued by the landlord for unpaid fees from the lease, was not served properly with the lawsuit and a status hearing had already been set by the court. The servicemember’s military attorney determined that the airman needed additional legal assistance in handling this matter, so the ABA Military Pro Bono Project referred the airman to an experienced attorney in his area who was willing to handle the case pro bono. Within two weeks of the referral, the servicemember’s attorney was able to negotiate an agreement from the plaintiff’s attorney to stay the proceedings against the airman in light of his active duty status and shortly thereafter to sever the complaint as to the servicemember. The case was ultimately dismissed by the court and the airman can now focus on his military missions with the knowledge that this legal matter is resolved.

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