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Ms. Smith contacted the Georgia Legal Services Program for help when she was unable to pay her rent after discovering the bank account she shared with her abusive husband was locked. He was in jail facing 10 felony charges for battering his wife and firing repeatedly at police officers during a 10-hour standoff at their home. While in jail, he had removed his wife from their joint bank account. Ms. Smith was evicted from their ransacked home following her husband's arrest. She feared her husband would be released from jail and find out where she is currently living.

A GLSP lawyer assisted Ms. Smith in filing a Temporary Protective Order with provisions for spousal support and access to the bank account. Her husband refused to comply, and the GLSP lawyer filled a motion for contempt. The lawyer talked to the bank's vice president about Ms. Smith's TPO, and he agreed to unlock the joint account. Ms. Smith was able to pay her rent and other expenses. Without GLSP's involvement, Ms. Smith would have become homeless and penniless.

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