Cases We Take

CMLS Practice Areas

CMLS provides legal advice, brief services, and extended representation to clients with civil legal needs. CMLS cannot assist with any criminal matters, child protection cases, or immigration claims. Case priorities are established to determine what types of cases are accepted. CMLS focuses on legal matters that preserve clients’ basic needs and protect them from abuse.

Family Law

  • Custody
  • Divorce
  • Domestic Violence – Order for Protection/Harassment Restraining Order
  • Parenting Time (ONLY where abuse or neglect is present)
  • Parental Kidnapping
  • Spousal Maintenance and Child Support
  • Mediation
  • Legal Separation (ONLY where either abuse is present or custody is at issue AND the person seeking the separation does not wish to pursue a divorce for religious reasons)

Housing

  • Evictions
  • Access to public or subsidized housing
  • Repair Issues
  • Lock Outs
  • Security Deposits
  • Discrimination
  • Condemnation
  • Foreclosure
  • Cancellation of Contract for Deed

Public Benefits

  • Denial / Loss / Reduction of needs-based and income support programs (SSI, MFIP, SNAP, GA, MA, EA)
  • Overpayments
  • Fraud

Employment

  • DHS Disqualifications
  • Discrimination
  • Wage Claims

Expungement

  • Criminal
  • Housing

Employment Law

  • DHS/MDH license issues
  • DHS maltreatment issues
  • Wrongful Termination
  • Pensions (Loss of benefits and Pension Rights)
  • Wage Claims (Within Conciliation Court limits ONLY)
  • Tax matters

Consumer Debt

  • Consumer/Tort action defense
  • Wrongful Repossession
  • Garnishment
  • Conciliation Court Appeals
  • Chapter 7 Bankruptcy
  • Contract cases

CMLS’ Volunteer Attorney Program

  • Guardianship/Conservatorship
  • Health Care Directives
  • Power of Attorney
  • Simple Wills

 

 

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