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MVLS' Tax Controversy Training for Attorneys

Date: 
Thu, 09/15/2016 - 9:00am - 1:00pm

Maryland Volunteer Lawyers Service (MVLS) is offering an exciting training for attorneys of all backgrounds to attend and make a difference for low-income Marylanders in need of tax help. Tax controversy is an area of law that any attorney can support with and typically requires limited time, but has a big impact for our clients in need.  Much of it is rules-based and involves gathering the right information to complete a form, and can be easily done in short bursts of time.  

 

MVLS invites all interested attorneys to attend a FREE training session on handling IRS and Maryland tax controversy cases for low-income taxpayers. This course is meant for all attorneys who are new to tax controversy or need a refresher. The training will cover handling tax controversy cases generally, the focus of this session will be on the mechanics of advocating for the taxpayer who is struggling with tax collection issues. Participants will be asked to take one (1) MVLS tax controversy case over the next six months. Continental Breakfast will be served.

 

To register please contact MVLS LITC Attorney Janice Shih, jshih@mvlslaw.org or 443-451-4061


 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Location
Location Name: 
Rosenberg Martin Greenberg
Address1: 
25 S. Charles Street
City: 
Baltimore
State: 
MD
Zip: 
21201
Contact
Name: 
Janice Shih
Phone: 
443-451-4061

Maryland Volunteer Lawyers Service's Celebrate Pro Bono/35th Anniversary Celebration

Date: 
Wed, 10/05/2016 - 6:00pm - 8:30pm

Join Maryland Volunteer Lawyers Service on October 5, 2016 to Celebrate Pro Bono as we honor volunteers, law firms and supporters who have made noteworthy contributions to the delivery of pro bono legal services over the past year.  This annual recognition and awards reception, kicks off MVLS’ participation in the American Bar Association’s national Celebrate Pro Bono Week (October 23-29). MVLS will also celebrate our 35th anniversary of providing quality pro bono legal services to Marylanders. 

Celebrate Pro Bono is free but this will be a seated event with a served dinner and registration is REQUIRED to attend. Please visit www.mvlslaw.org/cpb2016 to register online or contact Kim Lennon at 443-451-4065 or klennon@mvlslaw.org to reserve your seat today.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Location
Location Name: 
Renaissance Baltimore Harborplace Hotel
Address1: 
202 E. Pratt Street
City: 
Baltimore
State: 
MD
Zip: 
21202
Contact
Name: 
Kim Lennon
Phone: 
443-451-4065

Medicare Hospital Insurance trust fund shrinks but Medical Insurance fund in good shape

Both Social Security and Medicare face long-term financing shortfalls under currently scheduled benefits and financing. Lawmakers have a broad continuum of policy options that would close or reduce the long-term financing shortfall of both programs. The Trustees recommend that lawmakers take action sooner rather than later to address these shortfalls.

The Medicare program has two separate trust funds, the Hospital Insurance Trust Fund (HI) and the Supplementary Medical Insurance Trust Fund (SMI). HI, otherwise known as Medicare Part A, helps pay for hospital, home health services following hospital stays, skilled nursing facility, and hospice care for the aged and disabled. SMI consists of Medicare Part B and Part D. Part B helps pay for physician, outpatient hospital, home health, and other services for the aged and disabled who have voluntarily enrolled. Part D provides subsidized access to drug insurance coverage on a voluntary basis for all beneficiaries and premium and cost-sharing subsidies for low-income enrollees.

The Trustees project that the Medicare Hospital Insurance (HI) Trust Fund will be depleted in 2028, two years earlier than projected in last year's report. At that time dedicated revenues will be sufficient to pay 87 percent of HI costs.

For Supplementary Medical Insurance (SMI), the Trustees project that both Part B (which pays doctors' bills and other outpatient expenses) and Part D (which pays for prescription drug coverage) will remain adequately financed into the indefinite future because current law provides financing from general revenues and beneficiary premiums each year to meet the next year's expected costs.

Read more at: https://www.ssa.gov/oact/trsum/

Social Security Trustees issue report on status of Social Security Trust Funds

The Social Security Board of Trustees today released its annual report on the long-term financial status of the Social Security Trust Funds. The combined asset reserves of the Old-Age and Survivors Insurance, and Disability Insurance (OASDI) Trust Funds are projected to become depleted in 2034, the same as projected last year, with 79 percent of benefits payable at that time. The DI Trust Fund will become depleted in 2023, extended from last year’s estimate of 2016, with 89 percent of benefits still payable.

Read more at: https://www.ssa.gov/news/#/post/6-2016-1

Discharge of Student Loans Made Easier for Certain Social Security Disability Recipients

By law, anyone with a severe disability is eligible to have the government discharge their federal student loans. The Department of Education is now taking it upon itself to identify eligible borrowers and guide them through the steps to discharge their loans. The department has been identifying borrowers receiving disability payments and have the specific designation of “Medical Improvement Not Expected,” which indicates they are eligible for the discharge.

Borrowers identified in the match will receive a letter from the government explaining the steps needed to receive a discharge. They will not be required to submit documentation of their eligibility, unlike disabled borrowers who apply for the discharge on their own.

Read more: https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/grade-point/wp/2016/04/12/obama-to-f...

http://www.justiceinaging.org/forgive-student-loan-debt-for-people-with-...

Elder Law Task Force meeting

Date: 
Tue, 02/09/2016 - 10:00am - 1:00pm

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

http://www.mdjustice.org/ElderTaskForceGoToMeeting

Be sure to sign in to see the page.

The meeting dates for 2016 are:

Feb. 19
April 12 -  Joint meeting with the Public Benefits Task Force
June 7
Sept. 1 -  Joint meeting with the Public Benefits Task Force
Dec. 13 

Location
Location Name: 
Maryland Legal Aid offices
Contact
Name: 
Emily Jaskot
Phone: 
410-951-7810
Sponsor: 
Maryland Legal Aid

Caregiver Conference

The Howard County Office on Aging is hosting a conference for people caring for aging loved ones on Saturday, November 14th from 8am-3pm at the North Laurel Community Center in Laurel, MD. Details and registration are here: www.howardcountyaging/org/caregiver and in the attached flier.

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Survey About Mediation in Circuit Court Non-Family Cases

*CLICK HERE TO TAKE THE SURVEY: http://circuitcourtmediation.questionpro.com*

The Salisbury University Bosserman Center for Conflict Resolution is working with the Maryland Judiciary on a survey research project about attorney experience in Circuit Court Mediation Programs for Civil Non-Family Cases. The survey takes on average 7 minutes to complete and any attorney in Maryland that practices in the circuit court is eligible. The purpose is to examine the rate of use and explore issues and concerns that attorneys say enhances or limits the use of mediation.

CLICK HERE TO TAKE THE SURVEY: http://circuitcourtmediation.questionpro.com

This survey research is being overseen by the Maryland Judiciary’s Mediation and Conflict Resolution. The results will be disseminated by MACRO at the conclusion of the project and will be used to improve the use of mediation, when appropriate, in civil non-family cases.

Questions regarding the research can be directed to Brian Polkinghorn, Ph.D., Executive Director, Bosserman Center for Conflict Resolution at bdpolkinghorn@salisbury.edu.

Nearly one-third of Medicare beneficiaries could see record increases in their premiums unless Congress intervenes.

From the NY Times:  The 60 million people on Social Security will not receive any cost-of-living increase in their benefits in 2016, the government said on Thursday, but because of a quirk in federal law, nearly one-third of Medicare beneficiaries could see record increases in their premiums unless Congress intervenes.

Read the full article at http://www.nytimes.com/2015/10/16/us/politics/medicare-premiums-social-security-cost-of-living.html?_r=0

Fact Sheet on Social Security benefits changes for 2016

Follow the link for a fact sheet containing chnges in various Social Security benefit, earnings limits and tresholds for 2016.

http://www.ssa.gov/news/press/factsheets/colafacts2016.html

Breaking Barriers 2015

Date: 
Thu, 09/24/2015 - 5:30pm - 9:00pm

On Thursday, Sept. 24, 2015, Maryland Disability Law Center (MDLC) will hold its signature community event, Breaking Barriers. This year, our central theme will be the 25th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

Breaking Barriers celebrates the achievements of individuals and organizations engaged in the struggle for the legal rights of people with disabilities, while highlighting the work that lies ahead. In recognition and celebration of the ADA’s 25th anniversary, we will screen Independent Lens’ outstanding documentary “Lives Worth Living” chronicling key events leading to the passage of the ADA. A revered leader of the disability rights movement who features prominently in the film given her contributions to the ADA and other achievements, Judith Heumann, Special Advisor for International Disability Rights at the U.S. State Department, will be present to accept MDLC’s “Lorraine Sheehan Lifetime Achievement Award.” Congressman Steny Hoyer who was instrumental to passing this landmark civil rights law will accept the Public Policy Award, Sidley Austin LLP will receive the Legal Advocate Award, and the Grassroots Advocate Award will be dedicated to the late MDLC attorney Gayle Hafner and presented to Thomas Hicks of Helping Other People through Empowerment (HOPE).

Breaking Barriers brings together people from the disability, legal, nonprofit and business communities from across the state. This event will be held at the University of Baltimore’s modern, accessible Wright Theater and Bogomolny Room, conveniently located at Mount Royal and Maryland Avenues in Baltimore. Our event tickets will be reasonably priced to attract a broad audience and include scrumptious food and drink.

For more info, visit: http://www.mdlclaw.org/news-events/breaking-barriers.
For tickets, see: http://breakingbarriers2015.brownpapertickets.com.

Location
Location Name: 
University of Baltimore Student Center
Address1: 
21 West Mount Royal Avenue
City: 
Baltimore
State: 
MD
Contact
Name: 
Virginia Knowlton Marcus or Lea Gilmore
Phone: 
410-727-6352
Sponsor: 
Maryland Disabilty Law Center

New Pro Bono Program From the SSA

A new pro bono program seeks volunteers to act as representative payees.  A flyer is attached.  For more information, go to http://www.socialsecurity.gov/payee/probonopilot.htm.

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Post Judgment Collections Training for Attorneys

Date: 
Thu, 06/25/2015 - 9:00am - 12:00pm

This training will focus on helping consumers collect on judgments, like security deposits, and helping consumers defend against collection. Topics include wage garnishments, bank garnishments, defenses and best practices. There is no fee to attend but each participant will be asked to accept one post judgment case from Maryland Volunteer Lawyers Service over the next year.

Register Online

Location
Location Name: 
University of Baltimore School of Law
Address1: 
1401 N. Charles Street, Room Al102
City: 
Baltimore
State: 
Maryland
Zip: 
21201
Contact
Name: 
Lonni Summers
Phone: 
(443) 451-4064
Sponsor: 
Maryland Volunteer Lawyers Service
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Untangling Titles: Navigating Title Transfers, Deed Issues, and Estate Administration

Date: 
Tue, 06/23/2015 - 9:00am - 4:30pm

Training will cover the following:

  • The probate process
  • Drafting a simple deed
  • Dealing with fraudulent deeds
  • Lease purchase agreements
  • Quiet title auctions

More information and register online

Location
Location Name: 
University of Baltimore School of Law
Address1: 
1401 N. Charles Street, Room Al102
City: 
Baltimore
State: 
MD
Zip: 
21201
Contact
Name: 
Margaret Henn
Phone: 
mhenn@probonomd.org
Sponsor: 
Pro Bono Resource Center of Maryland and Maryland Volunteer Lawyers Service

The Intersection of Family Law and Bankruptcy Training for Attorneys

Date: 
Thu, 06/18/2015 - 9:00am - 12:00pm

This training will bring together a family law practitioner and a skilled bankruptcy attorney to discuss the intersection between these two areas of law. Topics will include bankruptcy 101, property and other asset issues when your client or adverse party files bankruptcy, adverse proceedings – what are they and how do they overlap with the family court matter, drafting settlement agreements to protect your client’s best interests, and post judgment matters including enforcing settlement agreements or court orders.

This training is free, but requires the acceptance of one MVLS Chapter 7 bankruptcy or family law case within a year of the training. Attorneys can choose which legal area they prefer to accept the case.

Register Online

Location
Location Name: 
University of Baltimore School of Law
Address1: 
1401 N. Charles Street, Room Al102
City: 
Baltimore
State: 
Maryland
Zip: 
21201
Contact
Name: 
Susan Francis
Phone: 
(443) 451-4084
Sponsor: 
Maryland Volunteer Lawyers Service
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Tax Controversy Training for Attorneys

Date: 
Fri, 03/20/2015 - 9:00am - 1:00pm

Free training session on handling IRS and Maryland tax controversy cases for low-income taxpayers.  While the training will cover handling tax cases generally, the focus of this session will be on the mechanics of advocating for the taxpayer who is battling with tax collection issues. There is no fee to attend but each participant will be asked to accept one tax controversy case over the next year.  

Register online or contact Cheri Wendt-Taczak at (443) 451-4061 or cheri@mvlslaw.org for details.

Location
Location Name: 
Maryland Volunteer Lawyers Service
Address1: 
201 N Charles Street
Address2: 
Suite 1400
City: 
Baltimore
State: 
Maryland
Zip: 
21201
Contact
Name: 
Cheri Wendt-Taczak
Phone: 
4434514061
Sponsor: 
Maryland Volunteer Lawyers Service

foreclosure

Maryland has 3rd highest foreclosure rate:

New MDJustice Website

Thank you all for letting me present the new MDJustice website at the Task Force meeting. The new MDJustice website can be found at mdjustice.openadvocate.org. Your current MDJustice username/password should be the same. If for some reason you cannot login please email me at mstubenberg@mdlab.org or call me at 410-951-7799.

I encourage everyone to look around the new website and to test it out. Feel free to create a post, add comments, etc. The only caveat is all the material on the new MDJustice website will be erased when it goes live so don't add anything of importance to the new site. Please give me feedback on the new site by posting it here or under the same post on the new MDJustice website. We are still in the phase where we can add and change features on the website. Once the site goes live it will be much more difficult.

Matthew Stubenberg

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