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    The Stephen Project

    Cleveland Man to Donate Funds to Local Charitable Causes as Part of Unique Payment Arrangement With Liner Legal

    Stephen Jones, a local Cleveland man, is partnering with Liner Legal to donate money to local charities as part of a unique payment arrangement for services rendered and to help others during the holiday season.

    Most of Liner Legal’s clients cannot afford to pay for legal services upfront, so the Social Security Administration (SSA) is supposed to hold all legal fees and release them to the lawyer at the end of the case. In a recent case, Jones, age 24, came to Liner Legal looking for help obtaining disability benefits. However, SSA neglected to hold the legal fees and released the entire sum to Jones by mistake.

    In appreciation of the benefits he received, Jones wanted to pay the attorneys in full for representing him. However, Jones and Michael Liner, founder of Liner Legal, created a plan in which Jones will donate the money to help others. Instead of paying Liner Legal $50/month for essentially 3 years ($1800), Jones is committed to donating $36/month for 18 months ($650) to different charities to help better the community. This is a significant contribution on Jones’ part as he lives on a modest $773 per month.

    By partnering on this unique payment arrangement, Jones and Liner Legal hope to raise awareness of each charity and encourage others in the community to donate as well.

    “I am so appreciative of the services provided to me by Liner Legal and that they are allowing me to help others through this unique partnership, especially at the holiday season.”

    Stephen Jones on The Stephen Project

    Featured Charities

    Below is a list of the organizations to which Jones will donate (one per month):

    • Autism Speaks Walk (October 2020)
    • Bethany Baptist Church
    • Boys & Girls Clubs of Cleveland
    • Cleveland Angels
    • Cleveland Public Library
    • Cuyahoga County Public Library
    • El Barrio Workforce Development – The Centers for Families and Children
    • Epilepsy Association
    • Friendship Circle of Cleveland
    • Greater Cleveland Food Bank
    • Lupus Foundation of America – Greater Ohio
    • Make-a-Wish Ohio, Kentucky & Indiana
    • May Dugan Center
    • The Metanoia Project
    • NAMI: National Alliance on Mental Illness
    • National Multiple Sclerosis Society – The Ohio Buckeye Chapter
    • New Life at Cavalry
    • Prayers from Maria

    Donations will begin during the holiday giving season in hopes of raising awareness of organizations and encouraging others to give.

    “We hope that Stephen’s generosity inspires others to donate to these valuable organizations that help so many in our community,” said Liner. “Giving back is important to Liner Legal, so we are thrilled to be able to collaborate with Stephen on this important initiative.”

    Attorney Michael Liner on The Stephen Project

    The public can find updates on the partnership on Liner Legal’s Facebook and Twitter accounts.

    About Liner Legal

    Founded in 2013 by Michael Liner, Liner Legal is located in the Old Brooklyn neighborhood of Cleveland with satellite offices in Akron, Canton, Sandusky, and Youngstown. Liner Legal’s experienced attorneys have handled thousands of disability cases throughout their careers, including social security disabilitydeaf discrimination, and long-term disability cases.