Available Cases

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Probate

  • 16-0038173

    Client and her sister need assistance with a probate matter. They reside in a home titled to their grandmother, who passed away in ­­­1989. They have two other sisters who are also heirs. All siblings agree with client and sister serving as co-administrators of their grandmother’s estate and the transferring of title to client and her sister. An attorney is needed to probate their grandmother’s estate and to transfer title into client and her sister’s name.

    Core Competencies: Administrative Agency Practice, Client Interviewing

  • 16-0038485
    Client lives in a home titled to his deceased mother. His mother died intestate in March 2016. She was unmarried. The only other heirs are client’s two siblings, one of whom lives in Philadelphia and one of whom lives in Puerto Rico. Both have signed renunciations, and both are willing to transfer their interest in the property to client. An attorney is needed to probate client’s mother’s estate and to transfer title into client’s name. Client speaks limited English; his primary language is Spanish. Interpretation and translation services are available upon request. 
    Core Competencies: Administrative Agency Practice, Client Interviewing
  • 111460
    Probate with Orphans' Court litigation
    Client is the beneficiary of a testamentary, special-needs trust created by her father, who died in 1996.  Client’s brother, the trustee, never completed the estate administration, which requires the trustee to establish the special-needs trust for client’s benefit.  The trustee has become unresponsive to Client’s requests for assistance.  With the exception of the house where the client lives, all of the trust assets were spent successfully defending a will contest in Bucks County, PA.  An attorney is needed to follow up on a petition filed in Bucks County Orphans’ Court to seek the termination of the trust and the distribution of the trust property (the house) that is consistent with the purpose of the trust.  Such a distribution would give the client a life estate in the property and name her siblings as the remaindermen.  Client needs her interest in the property clarified so that she can enter into a payment agreement for delinquent real estate taxes.  Client is highly responsive.
    Core Competencies:  Courtroom Experience, Analysis of Statutes
  • 15-0037220
    Client, a senior, seeks assistance with a probate matter. Client resides in a home owned by her deceased husband. He died intestate in 2011, and the other heirs are their five adult children in common. The children are all willing to give their interest in the property to client. Client is Spanish-speaking; interpretation and translation services are available upon request.
    Core Competencies: Administrative Agency Practice, Client Interviewing
     
  • 16-0038247

    Client lives in home titled under her deceased mother. Client is interested in having the deed transferred under her name so she can enter a home repair program with the city. Client will need assistance probating her mother’s estate in order to do this. Client has lived in the home since her mother died intestate in 1997. Client has five other siblings. Three of client’s siblings are willing to sign over their interest to client. Two of client’s sisters are interested in having their names transferred onto the deed.
    Core Competencies: Administrative Agency Practice, Drafting
     

  • 16-0038509

    Client needs assistance with a probate matter. Client and his two minor children (aged 14 and 16) reside in the home owned by his deceased common-law wife. Client's wife died in November 2015 without a will. Client has already obtained Letters of Administration for the estate. The couple’s minor children are the only heirs. The children’s grandmother also passed away in January 2016, and she owned a property. The children are their grandmother’s only heirs. An attorney is needed to transfer client’s wife’s property into the names of the minor children. An attorney is also needed to probate their grandmother’s estate and to transfer her property into the minor children’s names.

    Core Competencies: Administrative Agency Practice, Client Interviewing

  • 15-0038019

    Client needs assistance with a probate matter. Client resides in a home owned by his deceased parents. His mother passed away in June 2011 and his father passed away in December 2013. Client, his four living siblings, and his two nieces are the only heirs. All heirs except one niece have confirmed that they agree with client serving as the administrator of the estate and are willing to transfer their interest in the property to client. An attorney is needed to probate client’s parent’s estate and to transfer at least eleven-twelfths of title into client’s name.

    Core Competencies: Administrative Agency Practice, Client Interviewing

  • 16-0038283

    Client is currently living in deceased mother’s house. Client is seeking assistance probating her mother’s estate and obtaining title to her home. Client’s parents divorced in the 90s. Client’s mother was to receive the house in the divorce agreement the home in the divorce agreement; however, the appropriate deed was never recorded. Client has a copy of the divorce agreement and a copy of the deed. Client’s father died in 2005 and mother died in 2006. Client's siblings have all signed renunciations forms signing away their interest in the house to client.
    Core Competencies: Administrative Agency Practice, Drafting
     

  • 16-0038509

    Client needs assistance with a probate matter. Client and his two minor children (aged 14 and 16) reside in the home owned by his deceased common-law wife. Client’s wife died in November 2015 without a will. Client has already obtained Letters of Administration for the estate. The couple’s minor children are the only heirs. The children’s grandmother also passed away in January 2016, and she owned a separate property. The children are their grandmother’s only heirs. An attorney is needed to transfer client’s wife’s property into the names of the minor children. An attorney is also needed to probate their grandmother’s estate and to transfer her property into the minor children’s names.
    Core Competencies: Administrative Agency Practice, Client Interviewing
     

  • 15-0037967
    Client needs assistance with a probate matter. Client resides in a home titled to her father, who passed away in June 1994. Client’s mother, client, and her three in-common siblings are the only heirs to her father’s estate. Client’s mother obtained Letters of Administration for client’s father, but she passed away in February 2000. Client has three additional siblings who are also heirs to her mother’s estate. Client has obtained Letters of Administration for her mother’s estate.  Client needs assistance with a petition to replace her mother as administrator of her father’s estate and with a deed transfer for the property. All siblings agree to transfer their interest in the property to client.
    Core Competencies: Administrative Agency Practice, Client Interviewing