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Megan Good

  • Hosted by Maryland Volunteer Lawyers Service
  • Sponsored by Robyn Lipton and Bruce Kuhlik
  • Service location Baltimore, Maryland
  • Law school University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law
  • Issue area Elder Justice, Racial Justice
  • Fellowship class year 2024
  • Program Design-Your-Own Fellowship

The Project

Megan’s (she/her) project focuses on protecting the family home and building generational wealth in Baltimore’s predominantly Black, low-income communities by increasing resident access to the legal system and advocating for legislative changes that reduce barriers for homeowners to pass property to family members.

When property is not effectively passed by deed or probate, a family home’s title becomes “tangled,” contributing to home loss because homeowners do not qualify for most relief programs when they are not the record owner of the home. Local data suggests there are at least 3,000 tangled title properties in Baltimore, disproportionately impacting Black families. Creating opportunities for low-income families to access the legal system to preserve their home, and working to change laws that keep the recording system out-of-reach for low-income residents is an urgent need in Baltimore City this project seeks to address.

Fellowship Plans

Megan will launch a new Life Estate Deed Clinic and develop a roadmap based on lessons learned to assist other organizations in advancing access to life estate deeds. Megan will also engage in coalition-building to promote statewide legislative changes that reduce barriers for low-income homeowners to pass property.

It is a privilege to help low-income homeowners in Baltimore maintain stable housing and preserve their family wealth by expanding access to basic legal services in historically disenfranchised communities.

Megan Good /
2024 Equal Justice Works Fellow

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