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19-0043979 Urgent Needs

Submitted on September 10, 2019 in Wills

81-year-old client, who is in the early stages of dementia , seeks assistance with drafting estate planning documents. Client would like to leave her home to her granddaughter, and designate her as agent under a power of attorney as well. Client would also like an advance health care directive. A volunteer is needed to draft these documents.

Core Competencies: Client Interviewing, Drafting

19-0043416 Urgent Needs

Submitted on September 16, 2019 in Collections

Client, a homeowner and single father, seeks assistance with a debt collection matter. Client is being sued by debt buyer, Unifund CCR, LLC, in the Court of Common Pleas for over $18,000. Unifund is claiming to be the third debt buyer and fourth holder a of a debt originating with Citibank, NA. Client recently had a stroke and is unable to work. His disability is pending, but in the meantime, he is unable to enter into a payment plan. The stroke has affected client’s memory, and unfortunately, he also does not remember all of the details of incurring the credit card debt. A previous volunteer assisted client with filing an answer and new matter. The debt collector has responded to the new matter. A volunteer is needed to represent client throughout the case, including the arbitration hearing scheduled for October 2, 2019, at 9:15 am.

Core Competencies: Draft Pleadings, Negotiation Skills

19-0044018 Urgent Needs

Submitted on August 27, 2019 in Collections

Client seeks assistance with a debt collection matter in Municipal Court. Client was unable to make payments on a credit card. Unifund CCR, a debt buyer, purchased the debt and filed a complaint against client on July 24, 2019. The alleged amount is around $2,300. Client can afford a small monthly payment plan, if necessary, but there are possible defenses, particularly since the plaintiff is a debt buyer. An attorney is needed to represent the client in this matter. The hearing is scheduled for September 25, 2019, at 10:00 am. Client is Spanish-speaking; interpretation services are available upon request.

Core Competencies: Courtroom Experience, Negotiation Skills

19-0044111 Urgent Needs

Submitted on September 16, 2019 in Landlord/Tenant

Client seeks assistance with an urgent landlord tenant matter. The eviction complaint seeks (partial) August rent, late fee, attorney fees, court costs, and ongoing rent from the date of filing. Client has been living in the property for two years with his seven-year-old daughter. Client had reported habitability issues to landlord multiple times over the past year and requested they be fixed. Landlord had verbally agreed to decrease rent by $25.00 per month rather than make repairs, but then increased the rent by $80.00 per month a month later. Client sent a written letter listing the habitability issues with the property and requesting the landlord fix them. Client also wrote that he would be withholding August rent until the repairs were made. Client received the eviction complaint a couple weeks later. Defense includes breached implied warranty of habitability. Client would like to remain in the property and have the landlord repair the issues. Landlord is represented by Leonard Mancini, Esq. Eviction hearing is scheduled for September 24, 2019 at 8:45am in Courtroom 3.

Core Competencies: Courtroom Experience, Negotiation Skills

19-0043726 Urgent Needs

Submitted on September 10, 2019 in Custody

Client/father, who is disabled, seeks assistance with a custody matter involving his two children. In August 2018, the children’s mother died, and they began living with opposing party (OP)/maternal grandmother. In October 2018, an agreed-upon order was entered, giving client partial physical custody, and OP primary physical and sole legal custody . Client has struggled with sobriety in the past, but is currently in recovery. In June 2019, client petitioned for primary physical and shared legal custody. After client filed the petition, OP began withholding the children from client. A volunteer is needed to represent client at his upcoming hearing on October 10, 2019, at 9:00 am, before Judge Holly Ford. Client understands that representation may be limited to the upcoming court date and has agreed to sign a pro se entry of appearance at the end of the scheduled hearing.

Core Competencies: Client Interviewing, Courtroom Experience

19-0044007 Urgent Needs

Submitted on August 27, 2019 in Collections

Client seeks assistance with an urgent debt collection matter in Municipal Court. Client is being sued by Synchrony Bank for $2102. The underlying debt is from a credit card that Client opened. She fell behind with her previous payment plan, but is willing to enter into a new one. A volunteer is needed to represent client at her upcoming hearing on September 16, 2019, at 10:00 am.

Core Competencies: Client Interviewing, Courtroom Experience, Negotiation Skills

19-0043998 Urgent Needs

Submitted on September 16, 2019 in Collections

Client seeks assistance with a debt collection matter in Municipal Court. Client is being sued by debt buyer, Portfolio Recovery Associates, for $4,905.78, which includes interest and fees. The underlying debt is from a credit card that client opened with US Bank National in 2009. In 2010, client was unable to continue making payments because he became very ill and had to stop working. Client does not contest the debt and is willing to enter into enter a payment plan. A volunteer is needed to represent client at his upcoming hearing on October 21, 2019 at 1:00 pm.

Core Competencies: Client Interviewing, Courtroom Experience

19-0044104 Urgent Needs

Submitted on September 16, 2019 in Collections

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Client seeks assistance with an urgent debt collection matter in Municipal Court. Client is being sued by LVNV Funding, LLC for a credit card debt originally owned by Credit One Bank in the amount of $882.97. Client was unable to make payments after her husband lost his job. Client now supports herself, her husband, and her three children. Client is willing to enter into a payment agreement. A volunteer is needed to represent client at her upcoming hearing on September 27, 2019 at 10:00 am.

Core Competencies: Courtroom Experience, Negotiation Skills

19-0044053 Urgent Needs

Submitted on September 4, 2019 in Landlord/Tenant

Client seeks assistance with an urgent landlord tenant matter. The eviction complaint seeks attorney fees, court costs, and ongoing rent from the date of filing. Client has been living in the property for seven years with his partner and eleven-year-old son. Client states that issues began when a new staff member was hired by the property management company. After a verbal disagreement with the staff member, client was given a notice to vacate. Complaint states a breach of the lease by allegedly harassing, disturbing, and/or threatening management and allegedly falsifying renewal application. Client was told by the original property management that he did not need to disclose a criminal history that was older than ten years, and client has renewed his lease with the new management twice without an issue. Client would like to stay until the end of his lease in December 2019. Landlord is represented by Robert J. Willwerth, Esq. Eviction hearing is scheduled for September 10, 2019, at 12:45 pm in Courtroom 3.

Core Competencies: Courtroom Experience, Negotiation Skills

19-0044084 Urgent Needs

Submitted on September 12, 2019 in Landlord/Tenant

Client seeks assistance with an urgent landlord tenant matter. The eviction complaint seeks August rent, late fees, court costs, and ongoing rent from the date of filing. Client has been living in the property for over one year with her seven-year-old son. Client states the property has habitability issues of infestations and cracks in the wall. Client verbally asked landlord to make repairs to the property on multiple occasions. Client then told landlord she would begin withholding rent in August 2019 until the repairs were made. Landlord refused so client called L&I who issued seven violations. Defenses include open housing code violations and breach of implied warranty of habitability. Client wants landlord to make repairs to property so she can stay in the property. Landlord is represented by Michael Williams, Esq. Eviction hearing is scheduled for September 16, 2019 at 8:45am in Courtroom 3.

Core Competencies: Courtroom Experience, Negotiation Skills

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