With help from his pro bono lawyer, a client secures a $50,000 inheritance

goeckemichaelA 90-year-old Silver Spring man recently recovered nearly $50,000 with the help of Michael J. Goecke, his HPRP pro bono attorney.  The man had come to the Shepherd’s Table civil legal clinic, which is regularly staffed by lawyers from Lerch Early & Brewer in Bethesda, where Mike is a litigation principal.

While assisting the client with an eviction problem and potential lawsuit, Mike spoke to the Personal Representative of the client’s mother’s estate.  The Personal Representative had been trying to find the client, without success.  “So I spoke to the client and told him he was supposed to receive an inheritance,” Mike said. “Soon, he picked up a check for around $50,000. Now he can get the medical treatment he needs.”

Mike enjoyed working with the client.  “He was someone I enjoyed talking to right away—he had a good sense of humor, and I wanted to help him,” Mike said. “Also, this case fell inside my wheelhouse, civil litigation and fiduciary litigation.  It didn’t take up a lot of my time, and I was able to play a small part in helping him receive a significant amount of money, which could make a big difference in his life.  That feels good.”

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