Consumer Law Task Force

Foreclosure Intake Questions

Foreclosure Intake Triage Questions –  

1)     Is the home you are calling about your residence?

 If No, refer to Lawyer Referral Service in caller’s county.                                                    http://www.msba.org/public/referral.htm

 If Yes, continue.

 2)     Have you been served with papers from the Circuit Court saying that a foreclosure proceeding been filed? (Either an “Order to Docket” or “Complaint to Foreclose”? 

If NO:

  1. Contact non-profit housing counseling agency as soon as possible for assistance negotiating with the lender. See http://www.mdhope.org/Counselors.aspx for list of approved agencies.
  2. Avoid scam counseling agencies; foreclosure rescue scams or any other offer of help that “seems too good to be true.” You should not pay anyone for housing counseling services. Provide homeowner with this flyer or link to it: http://www.occ.treas.gov/ftp/ADVISORY/2008-1.html

 

If YES, ask the following questions:

 What date was homeowner served with Order to Docket? ___________

Was a “Final Loss Mitigation Affidavit” included with the court papers? YES/NO

 If NO, advise client that someone from the foreclosure project will be contacting them to discuss their case further and to determine whether we can represent in the mediation.

 If YES, has homeowner filed a Request for Mediation?  YES/NO

 If YES, has a mediation date been scheduled? YES/NO

 If YES, when is the mediation? __________________

 If NO Request for Mediation has been filed, advise homeowner:

  1. To complete Request for Mediation form (will be included in the court papers, but see sample here: http://www.dllr.maryland.gov/forms/frreqforemed.doc  )
  2. Mail or hand-deliver to court and lender (pre-addressed envelopes will be in the packet of court papers.) MUST BE FILED WITH COURT WITHIN 25 DAYS OF SERVICE.
  3. Include $50 filing fee or form for waiver of costs. Waiver of costs form can be obtained from court or on-line at:  http://mdcourts.gov/courtforms/circuit/cc080.pdf
  4. Someone from foreclosure project will contact client to discuss case further and to determine whether we can represent in the mediation.

NOTE - If homeowner not eligible for Legal Aid assistance:

Income: If homeowner is over income guidelines refer homeowner to Civil Justice for a low bono referral if the combined family income is less $90,000. Civil Justice’s low bono mediation hotline number is (410) 706-5649

If the combined family income is more than $90,000, refer client to  Lawyer Referral Service for county in which they live.

For Conflicts or Undocumented Non-Citizens:  For Baltimore City – refer to MVLS

For Prince George’s County – refer to Community Legal Services 301-864-4907

For Montgomery County – refer to Montgomery County Pro Bono – 301-424-7651

Helpful changes to the Home Affordable Modification Program (HAMP)

On January 27, Treasury announced some changes to the Home Affordable Modification Program (HAMP) that if fully implemented will be helpful to our clients. 

The first is that the program has been extended for an additional year to December, 2013.

Secondly, borrowers Debt to Income ratio limits will become more flexible. That means people with debt in addition to their mortgage debt, like medical bills or a second mortgage will be more likely than before to get a modification.

Third, Treasury will expand the modification program to include properties that are currently occupied by tenants as well as vacant properties which the borrower intends to rent.

Fourth, Treasury will do more to encourage principal reductions as part of a modification. Treasury will triple incentives to investors, paying from 18 to 63 cents on the dollar depending on the loan to value ratio of the home and will begin incentives for principal reduction on mortgages owned by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.

Free Tax Return Preparation for You by Volunteers

The IRS Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) and the Tax Counseling for the Elderly (TCE) Programs offer free tax help for taxpayers who qualify.

VITA
The VITA Program offers free tax help to people who generally make $50,000 or less and need assistance in preparing their own tax returns. IRS-certified volunteers provide free basic income tax return preparation to qualified individuals in local communities. They can inform taxpayers about special tax credits for which they may qualify such as Earned Income Tax Credit, Child Tax Credit, and Credit for the Elderly or the Disabled. VITA sites are generally located at community and neighborhood centers, libraries, schools, shopping malls, and other convenient locations. Most locations also offer free electronic filing.

Find a VITA site near you or call 1-800-906-9887.

TCE
The TCE Program offers free tax help for all with priority assistance to people who are 60 years of age and older, specializing in questions about pensions and retirement issues unique to seniors. IRS-certified volunteers who provide tax counseling are often retired individuals associated with non-profit organizations that receive grants from the IRS.

Find an AARP Tax-Aide, site near you or call 1-888-227-7669 for more information on TCE

Facilitated Self-Assistance
In addition to traditional face-to-face tax preparation, the IRS is launching a self-assistance service at select locations. If individuals have a simple tax return and need a little help or do not have access to a computer, they can visit one of the participating tax preparation sites and an IRS-certified volunteer will guide them through the process.

Find a Facilitated Self-Assistance site near you

Items you need to bring to the VITA/TCE sites to have your tax returns prepared:

  • Proof of identification – Picture ID
  • Social Security Cards for you, your spouse and dependents or a Social Security Number verification letter issued by the Social Security Administration or
  • Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN) assignment letter for you, your spouse and dependents
  • Proof of foreign status, if applying for an ITIN
  • Birth dates for you, your spouse and dependents on the tax return
  • Wage and earning statement(s) Form W-2, W-2G, 1099-R, 1099-Misc from all employers
  • Interest and dividend statements from banks (Forms 1099)
  • A copy of last year’s federal and state returns if available
  • Proof of bank account routing numbers and account numbers for Direct Deposit, such as a blank check
  • Total paid for daycare provider and the daycare provider's tax identifying number (the provider's Social Security Number or the provider's business Employer Identification Number) if appropriate
  • To file taxes electronically on a married-filing-joint tax return, both spouses must be present to sign the required forms.

It is extremely important that each person use the correct Social Security Number. The most accurate information is usually located on your original Social Security card. If you do not have an SSN for you or a dependent, you should complete Form SS-5, Social Security Number Application. This form should be submitted to the nearest Social Security Administration Office.

If you or your dependent is not eligible to get a Social Security Number, you may need an Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN).

The text above comes from the IRS at: http://www.irs.gov/individuals/article/0,,id=107626,00.html

Guardianship Handbook

What do you do if your grandfather, who lives alone and can no longer cook for himself, won't leave his home for a nursing home or assisted living facility?

What do you do if your aunt can no longer manage her finances but seems capable of caring for herself in her small apartment?

These questions and others are answered in the new edition of the Guardianship Handbook . . .

The Law & Health Care Program at the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law (UM Carey Law) and the Delivery of Legal Services Section Council of the Maryland State Bar Association (MSBA) have published a guide to help both laypeople and attorneys navigate adult guardianship in Maryland. “Guardianship and Its Alternatives: A Handbook on Maryland Law” was originally written by UM Carey Law Professor Joan O'Sullivan, a champion for the legal rights of the elderly, who passed away in 2007. The 2011 Edition was revised and updated by Virginia Rowthorn, JD, Managing Director of the Law & Health Care Program, and Ellen Callegary, JD, a prominent elder law and disability lawyer in Maryland.

The impetus for the updated Handbook was various changes in guardianship law over the last two decades and a realization by elder law and disability lawyers on the Delivery of Legal Services Section Council that there is a great need for practical, easy-to-read advice regarding guardianship for elderly and disabled Maryland residents. The Handbook also sets forth a comprehensive list of alternatives to the formal guardianship process, a time-consuming and sweeping process that may not always be necessary to address a number of problems associated with lack of decision-making capacity.

The book is available as an online guide you can page through at: http://issuu.com/umcareylaw/docs/law_handbook?mode=window&backgroundColor=%23222222

Guardianship Handbook Now Available

Revised and Updated Guardianship Handbook Now Available

What do you do if your grandfather, who lives alone and can no longer cook for himself, won't leave his home for a nursing home or assisted living facility?

What do you do if your aunt can no longer manage her finances but seems capable of caring for herself in her small apartment?

These questions and others are answered in the new edition of the Guardianship Handbook . . .

The Law & Health Care Program at the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law (UM Carey Law) and the Delivery of Legal Services Section Council of the Maryland State Bar Association (MSBA) have published a guide to help both laypeople and attorneys navigate adult guardianship in Maryland. “Guardianship and Its Alternatives: A Handbook on Maryland Law” was originally written by UM Carey Law Professor Joan O'Sullivan, a champion for the legal rights of the elderly, who passed away in 2007. The 2011 Edition was revised and updated by Virginia Rowthorn, JD, Managing Director of the Law & Health Care Program, and Ellen Callegary, JD, a prominent elder law and disability lawyer in Maryland.

Callegary, a 1978 graduate of UM Carey Law and a member of the Alumni Board, is a founding partner of the Baltimore law firm of Callegary & Steedman, P.A and has a long history of involvement in disability and elderly issues. During her ten years as an Assistant Attorney General for the State of Maryland, she worked directly with two Attorneys General advising state agencies on matters related to the rights of persons with disabilities and serving as principal counsel for the Department of Juvenile Services. She also serves as an Adjunct Professor of Law at UM Carey Law, where she most recently taught the Civil Right of Persons with Disabilities Seminar. Rowthorn, who has worked for DLA Piper and the Office of General Counsel at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and served as a Legislative Assistant on the US Senate Veterans Affairs Committee, teaches the Health Law Workshop and directs the Health Law Externship Program.

The impetus for the updated Handbook was various changes in guardianship law over the last two decades and a realization by elder law and disability lawyers on the Delivery of Legal Services Section Council that there is a great need for practical, easy-to-read advice regarding guardianship for elderly and disabled Maryland residents. Suzanne Sangree, Chief Solicitor at the Baltimore City Department of Law, and Past Chair of the Delivery of Legal Services Section Council and Yoanna Moisides, Assistant Director of Advocacy for Training and Pro Bono at Maryland Legal Aid, and Current Chair of the Section Council also wanted a Handbook that set forth a comprehensive list of alternatives to the formal guardianship process, a time-consuming and sweeping process that may not always be necessary to address a number of problems associated with lack of decision-making capacity.

Supported by funds from the Law & Health Care Program, the Rueben Shiling Mental Health Law Fund, the Dr. Richard H. Heller Fund, and the Maryland Bar Foundation, the Handbook will be made available free of charge to attorneys and laypeople throughout the state. All or portions of the Handbook can be duplicated and distributed without charge with proper attribution to the UM Carey Law’s Law & Health Care Program and the Maryland State Bar Association.

MCVRC Pre-Superbowl Bull Roast

Date: 
Sun, 01/29/2012 - 2:00pm - 6:00pm

Date: Sunday,
January 29, 2012

Time: 2:00pm -
6:00pm

Price $ 50.00

Menu includes: Pit
Beef, Pit Ham, Pit Turkey, Greek Salad, Draft Beer, Soda, Coffee, Tea,
Fried Chicken, Swedish Meatballs, Potato Salad, Cole Slaw, Macaroni Salad,
Dessert

For more information, please call 301 952-0063. We look forward to seeing you
on Sunday, January 29th!

Maryland Crime
Victims' Resource Center, Inc.

 

mail@mdcrimevictims.org

 

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 Jimmie's Seafood Restaurant

Date:  Sunday, January 29, 2012

 

Time:  2:00pm - 6:00pm

 

Price $ 50.00

 

Menu includes: Pit Beef, Pit Ham, Pit Turkey, Greek Salad, Draft Beer, Soda, Coffee, Tea, Fried Chicken, Swedish Meatballs, Potato Salad, Cole Slaw, Macaroni Salad, Dessert

 

Register Now!

I can't make it

For more information, please call 301 952-0063.  We look forward to seeing you on Sunday, January 29th!

 

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Maryland Crime Victims' Resource Center, Inc.

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Location
Location Name: 
Jimmy's Seafood Restaurant
Address1: 
6526 Holabird Avenue
City: 
Baltimore
State: 
MD
Zip: 
21224
Contact
Name: 
Yang
Phone: 
301-952-0063
Sponsor: 
Maryland Crime Victims' Resource Center, Inc

Consumer Law Task Force Meeting

Date: 
Tue, 01/10/2012 - 10:00am - 12:00pm

If you are a member of the Task Force, find the GoToMeeting information at:

http://www.mdjustice.org/node/985

Be sure to sign in to see the page.

Meeting locations:

Jan. 10th – Baltimore, this meeting will last until 1:00 p.m.
Feb. 21st – Metro
April 17th  – Baltimore
June 19th  – Metro
Aug. 21st – Baltimore
Oct. 16th – Metro
Dec. 18th – Baltimore

Contact
Name: 
Heather Gomes
Phone: 
(301) 560-2151
Sponsor: 
Maryland Legal Aid

New US District Court Fees

Pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 1914(b), the Judicial Conference of the United States has approved the following fee increases, effective November 1, 2011:

 

Filing Fees

Old Amount

New Amount

Appeals from Magistrate Judge for Misdemeanor/Petty Offense Case

$32.00

$37.00

Filing of Any Papers in a Case Which is Not in this Court (Foreign Depositions, Letters Rogatory, Motion to Quash Grand Jury Subpoena, Paper by Trustee, Petition to Perpetuate Testimony, Power of Attorney)

$39.00

$46.00

Recording of Foreign Judgment

$39.00

$46.00

 

 

 

Copy Fees

Old Amount

New Amount

Certification of Document or Paper (in addition to cost of copy)

$9.00

$11.00

Preparation of Foreign Judgment

$9.00

$11.00

Record Retrieval from Archives

$45.00

$53.00

Microfiche/Microfilm

$5.00/sheet

$6.00/sheet

Search for Judgments, Decrees, or Court Records and Certification of Result

$26.00/name or item

$30.00/name or item

Audio Recording

$26.00

$30.00

 

 

 

Attorney Admissions Fees

Old Amount

New Amount

Admission to Practice

$175.00

$200.00

Certificate of Good Standing

$15.00

$18.00

Duplicate Admission Certificate

$15.00

$18.00

 

 

 

Miscellaneous Fees

Old Amount

New Amount

Returned Check

$45.00

$53.00

 

The complete schedule of fees is available on the Court's website at http://www.mdd.uscourts.gov under the Forms & Manuals, "Court Fees" tab.

NELP Unemployment Insurance: Keeping the Promise - Today and Tomorrow

Date: 
Mon, 12/05/2011 (All day)

The Great Recession officially ended more than two years ago, but families continue to struggle to regain their economic footing in an economy with minimal job growth. Meanwhile, policy makers are facing structural challenges and tough choices in nearly every aspect of the unemployment insurance (UI) program.

Poor state UI financing has combined with record long-term unemployment to create the perfect storm for the UI system nationally. More than half of all state trust funds are insolvent, having built up close to $40 billion in federal debt. During the last state solvency crisis, the UI program was decimated with recipiency falling by nearly half. Once again state legislatures have reacted by chipping away at the New Deal promise to provide workers who are involuntarily unemployed with a fair level of partial wage replacement. In the first six months of 2011, ten states have enacted major UI benefit cuts, slashing the number of benefit weeks and benefit amounts, while erecting new obstacles to eligibility.

At this critical moment, states and UI advocates are at an important crossroads. We invite you to take part in a gathering of leading policy makers, advocates, and researchers, which will help chart an agenda for keeping the promise of the UI program. The conference will include a roundtable of state UI Administrators discussing major issues facing the program, as well as a panel of key Congressional staff addressing federal legislation affecting the unemployed.

In addition, workshops will cover such key issues as:

• Defending state UI programs from legislative efforts to cut benefits
• The Administration’s “Improper Payment Initiative” and its potential impact on  UI state laws and unemployed workers
• Telling workers’ stories: Using social media to mobilize state UI campaigns
• Reemployment strategies for the long-term unemployed
• Services and supports for unemployed workers who exhaust benefits
• State and federal approaches to restoring and maintaining solvency
• How advocates can use data and research  effectively to make the case for a strong UI program

In addition, NELP will host a Monday evening social event (details to be announced) at which a special award will be given to a UI advocate in honor of the late Jerry Hildebrand, former Chief of the USDOL UI Legislative Division and long-time champion of the UI system.

The conference will be a great opportunity for state worker advocates to hear about UI developments and trends around the country, and to network with counterparts. The conference will start at 1pm on Monday, December 5th and run all day Tuesday December 6th.

Registration Information
There is no fee to attend. If you are able to attend, Click to Respond.
Please Note: A limited number of travel and hotel stipends will be available for non-profit groups (one per organization) and speakers. Please register to get more details on the stipend for hotel and travel.

Conference Location
Public Welfare Foundation
True Reformer Building
1200 U Street, NW
Washington, DC 20009
www.publicwelfare.org

Housing Information
A block of rooms has been reserved for conference participants at: 

L’Enfant Plaza
480 L’Enfant Plaza, SW
Washington, DC 20024
$169 - Single or Double

The conference venue and the hotel are both adjacent to a Metro Sation on the Green/Yellow line.

*Contact the NELP Conference Management Team if you need a room at nelpconference@theeventpros.net or 770-760-9998.

Location
Location Name: 
Public Welfare Foundation (True Reformer Building)
Address1: 
1200 U Street, NW.
City: 
Washington
State: 
DC
Zip: 
20009
Contact
Name: 
NELP Conference Management Team
Phone: 
nelpconference@theeventpros.net or 770-760-9998
Sponsor: 
NELP

For Bankruptcies: Debtor Assistance Project ("DAP"), 3 locations

The DAP provides free 30-minute consultations to debtors.  The DAP is staffed by volunteer bankruptcy attorneys.  Consultations are by appointment only, and may be scheduled by calling 410-962-3813 or by e-mailing probono@mdb.uscourts.gov.

DAP consultation availability is contingent upon volunteer attorney sign up.  Debtors who come to the DAP are typically pro se debtors who are contemplating filing bankruptcy and need legal advice.  Some are pro se debtors who have filed and need legal advice on how to proceed after receiving communication regarding their cases.  DAP volunteer attorneys are able to review completed bankruptcy schedules and advise debtors accordingly.  DAP volunteer attorneys are not permitted to solicit an attorney-client relationship during DAP consultations.  Debtors may contact DAP attorneys directly in their offices, after consultations are over, if they would like to retain the attorneys' services.  All debtors sign a limited legal advice agreement at the beginning of DAP consultations.  The agreement states that the relationship with the DAP volunteer attorney begins and ends with the 30-minute consultation. 

DAP volunteer attorneys will not be completing any paperwork or automatically serving as counsel for the debtors.  The DAP does not assign counsel, pro bono or otherwise, to any debtors.  The DAP has three locations: the Baltimore Federal Courthouse, the Greenbelt Federal Courthouse, and the office of MidShore Pro Bono in Easton, MD.

From Bad to Worse: Senior Economic Insecurity on the Rise

Date: 
Thu, 10/20/2011 - 3:00pm - 4:00pm

Webinar on From Bad to Worse: Senior Economic Insecurity on the Rise

 In only four years, the ranks of seniors at risk of outliving their resources increased by nearly 2 million households. Using the Senior Financial Stability Index, economic insecurity among senior households increased by one-third, rising from 27% to 36% from 2004 to 2008.  This steady and dramatic increase was in progress even before the full force of the Great Recession hit.

 Join NCOA (National Council on Aging) to explore the findings of two recent studies on this issue from the Institute on Assets & Social Policy:

 From Bad to Worse: Senior Economic Insecurity on the Rise

The Crisis of Economic Insecurity for African American and Latino Seniors

 Date: Thursday, October 20, 2011

Time: 3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. ET

 To learn more about the webinar’s content and to register, please go to http://www.ncoa.org/calendar-of-events/from-bad-to-worse-senior.html

Free workshop on consumer issues

Date: 
Mon, 10/24/2011 - 5:00pm - 5:30pm

Maryland Legal Aid and Mid-Shore Pro Bono, Inc. will host a free workshop on consumer issues on Monday, October 24, 2011 at 5:00 pm at Talbot County Senior Center, 400 Brookletts Avenue, Easton, MD 21601. This free workshop will be presented on consumer issues including: bankruptcy basics, debt collection rights and how to stop harassing debt collection calls, loan co-signers responsibilities, pay day loans, and identity theft. Volunteer attorneys and consumer advocates will speak for approximately 45 minutes on these topics and answer questions.

This workshop is being jointly provided by the Legal Aid Bureau, Inc. in celebration of Maryland Legal Aid’s 100th anniversary and Mid-Shore Pro Bono, Inc. in celebration of National Pro Bono Week.

Location
Location Name: 
Talbot County Senior Center
Address1: 
400 Brookletts Avenue
City: 
Easton
State: 
MD
Zip: 
21601
Sponsor: 
Maryland Legal Aid and Mid-Shore Pro Bono, Inc.

Providing Pro Bono Services to Financial Abuse Victims

Date: 
Thu, 10/13/2011 - 2:00pm - 3:00pm

On October 13, 2011, at 2 p.m. (eastern time), in commemoration of National Protect Your Identity Week, the Office for Victims of Crime (OVC) will present a Web Forum discussion with Russell Butler, J.D., and Paula Pierce, J.D., on providing pro bono services to financial abuse victims. Mr. Butler is an attorney and the Executive Director of the Maryland Crime Victims’ Resource Center, Inc. He has been an adjunct professor at the University of Baltimore Law School since 2005, where he teaches students about the rights of crime victims. A member of the Victim Advisory Group of the United States Sentencing Commission today, Mr. Butler also served as cochair of the Victim Committee of the American Bar Association’s Criminal Justice Section from 2006 to 2010. Ms. Pierce is the Managing Attorney for the Victims Initiative for Counseling, Advocacy, and Restoration of the Southwest (VICARS), a program of the Texas Legal Services Center, where she serves victims of identity theft and financial fraud. Prior to joining VICARS in 2007, Ms. Pierce served on the Legal Services to the Poor in Civil Matters Committee of the State Bar of Texas, and as an attorney for the Texas Legal Services Center, where she provided legal assistance to elder, disabled, and economically disadvantaged individuals and handled crime victim compensation claims.

Visit the OVC Web Forum now to submit questions for Mr. Butler and Ms. Pierce and return on October 13 at 2 p.m. (eastern time) for the live discussion. Learn how to participate beforehand so you are ready for the discussion.

 OVC's Web Forum allows participants to tap into a national network of people with various backgrounds who all face similar challenges and experiences. It is the perfect place for crime victim service providers and allied professionals to gain peer insight and support related to best practices in victim services. Please be reminded that the Web Forum is a public domain and personal or case information should not be shared.

Lead Paint Manual

This manual provides an overview of the relevant state and federal laws pertaining to lead-based paint poisoning. This document also includes summaries of case law addressing lead poisoning. The Coalition to End Childhood Lead Poisoning’s Handbook for the Prevention of Childhood Lead Poisoning in Maryland was the primary resource used to locate all state and federal laws, and is an excellent resource for further information on lead poisoning.

This manual was created by Brittany White, a law clerk from the Upper Eastern Shore office.

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Utilities Updates 2011

This book includes information provided at a Utilities Update Webinar presented by Cynthia J. Riely,Director, Consumer Assistance at the Office of People's Counsel on September 27, 2011.

In addition to the presentation, also included are resource sheets by jurisdiction and other fact sheets regarding contracting for electricity and natural gas services.

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CALVERT CO.pdf144.92 KB
CARROLL CO.pdf142.46 KB
CHARLES CO.pdf141.17 KB
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HARFORD CO.pdf155.42 KB
HOWARD CO.pdf141.93 KB
MONTGOMERY CO.pdf145.76 KB
PRINCE GEORGE'S CO.pdf146.91 KB
ST. MARY'S CO.pdf142.83 KB
Combination of Fact Sheets 2011.pdf119.65 KB
WASHINGTON CO.pdf140.37 KB
Contracting for Electricity and Natural Gas.pdf1.32 MB
Who We are.pdf57.33 KB

MVLS "March Madness" Benefit

Date: 
Thu, 03/15/2012 - 6:00pm - 10:00pm

Save the Date!  Thursday, March 15, 2012

MVLS will feature the NCAA basketball tournament on the big screens at Maryland Sports Legends Museum at Camden Yards.  

Second and third rounds (March 15/17)
Location
Location Name: 
Maryland Sports Legends Museum at Camden Yards
Address1: 
Camden Yards Station
City: 
Baltimore
State: 
MD
Contact
Name: 
Jamie Lee Fontaine
Phone: 
443-451-4062
Sponsor: 
Maryland Volunteer Lawyers Service

Evidence: how to get material from social network and other websites into evidence

If you need to know how to get that Facebook page, or Tweet, into evidence, this is the case for Maryland.

If I ever get a breather, I collected some good materials from a training I helped create and present at the MD Bar Association meeting in July.  This was one of the cases we reviewed for Maryland, and is the primary test for evidence now.  

Without meaning to offend the prosecutors in this case, the evidence presented on where the documents came from, and who had control over the website, was pretty thin.  As a result, it is now more important than ever that attorneys understand technology well enough to use it, or defend against it, in trial. 

Westlaw link to the decision - you have to have a Westlaw account to access the page: Griffin v. State of MD.

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5 Signs of a Foreclosure Rescue Scam

Maryland Legal Aid’s Vicki King Taitano, director of the Foreclosure Legal Assistance Project, was interviewed by Black Enterprise for an article about foreclosure rescue scams.

“I think people need lawyers. And I hope attorneys will volunteer or take more cases and represent people in mediations and foreclosures because when people are represented I think they do much better,” Taitano said.

To read the entire article, click here.

Notice from the MD Bankruptcy Court

The Local Rules for the U.S. Bankruptcy Court of Maryland have been updated. Click the link below to see the revised version.

 

http://www.mdb.uscourts.gov/pdf/localrules.pdf

Introduction to Representing Consumers Abused by Debt Collectors

Date: 
Wed, 07/20/2011 - 2:00pm - 3:30pm

Wednesday, July 20, 2011;  2:00 PM - 3:30 PM EDT
Space is limited.
Reserve your Webinar seat now at:
https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/511234857


This webinar will analyze the informal and legal strategies that are available to consumers abused by debt collectors. The Federal Trade Commission receives more complaints about debt collectors than any other type of business and the complaints have been increasing every year for the last ten years. Debt collectors may sue as many as a million consumers each year. Debt buying debt collectors often sue with no evidence to back their claim. The webinar will look at the state and federal protections available to consumers and the growing bar of lawyers suing debt collectors.

The presenters are Robert Hobbs, Deputy Director of the National Consumer Law Center; and Robert Murphy of the Law Office of Robert W. Murphy.


Additional sponsorship for this Webinar is provided by a grant from the Administration on Aging. This webinar is part of a series of National Elder Rights Training Project webinars for the National Legal Resource Center.

There is no charge for this webinar.
All time listings are in Eastern Standard Time.
Questions? Email trainings@nclc.org
After registering you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the Webinar.

Contact
Name: 
Jessica Hiemenz
Phone: 
jhiemenz@nclc.org
Sponsor: 
National Legal Resource Center/National Consumer Law Center
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