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18-0041900 Urgent Needs

Submitted on September 10, 2018 in Name Change

Sixty-seven-year-old client with declining health requires assistance obtaining a Pennsylvania ID in order to apply for housing, get medical examinations and visit her incarcerated adult son. Client has been using a last name from a common-law marriage for over 40 years on all of her important personal documents, but her birth certificate lists her maiden name. Client needs assistance working with PennDOT to recognize her common law marriage for the purposes of issuing an ID. Alternatively, client may need to file a name change petition in the Court of Common Pleas to formally change her name to the name she has been using.

Core Competencies: Administrative Agency Practice, Draft Pleadings

18-0042363 Urgent Needs

Submitted on October 10, 2018 in Landlord/Tenant

Client seeks assistance in landlord/tenant matter. The eviction complaint seeks rent from August 2018 (partial) through October 2018, a water bill, and unpaid security deposit. Client and her young son both live in the property. Client states there is an insect infestation that has caused both of them to have to sleep in the living room. Landlord has continually harassed the client and Landlord has entered the apartment without warning or permission and client has had to call the police at least once. Defenses include no valid Certificate of Rental suitability for August 2018, no lead safe certificate on file and a breach of the implied warranty of habitability. Client hopes to negotiate back rent owed and have time to move. A hearing is scheduled for Monday, October 22, 2018, at 8:45 am in Room 3. Landlord is unrepresented.

Core Competencies: Courtroom Experience, Negotiation Skills

18-0041669 Urgent Needs

Submitted on October 3, 2018 in Probate

Client seeks title to his home, which is owned by his deceased mother. His mother died testate in March 2018. In her will, she gave the property to client but named her close friend as executrix. The named executrix signed an informal document indicating her lack of interest in being the executrix. There is an estate recovery claim against the estate, and client is in communication with DHS about it. A volunteer is needed to assist client with filing for a hardship waiver with DHS, being appointed the personal representative, administering the estate, and obtaining title to the property.

Core Competencies: Administrative Agency Practice, Client Interviewing, Negotiation Skills

18-0042438 Urgent Needs

Submitted on October 12, 2018 in Collections

Client, a homeowner, seeks assistance with a debt collection matter. Client hired a contractor to fix her patio. She originally paid him by convenience check when the job was partially complete. She felt that he then started taking the job less seriously and worried she was going to be taken advantage of, so she stopped payment on the convenience check that same day. Unbeknownst to client, a check cashing agency still disbursed those funds to the contractor. The contractor then completed the job, and client paid him in cash, not realizing that he had already received payment via the check cashing agency. The check cashing agency has now filed a complaint against client in Municipal Court for $1,769.75, the amount paid to the contractor when he cashed the convenience check plus additional fees. An attorney is needed to represent client in this collections matter. The case is scheduled for October 24, 2018, at 9:15 am.

Core Competencies: Courtroom Experience, Factual Development & Investigation

18-0042275 Urgent Needs

Submitted on October 12, 2018 in Auto Accident

Client seeks assistance with an insurance subrogation matter. Client, who was uninsured, was driving when she allegedly hit a pedestrian on November 11, 2015. The pedestrian collected benefits from the Pennsylvania Financial Responsibility Assigned Claims Plan, and that entity is now suing client for the money as a subrogee. Client filed a pro se answer to the complaint and arbitration was originally scheduled for October 15, 2018 at 10:45 am, but has been continued until December 14, 2018, at 10:45am.

Core Competencies: Client Interviewing, Courtroom Experience

18-0042428 Urgent Needs

Submitted on October 11, 2018 in Landlord/Tenant

Client, mother of three, seeks assistance with a landlord/tenant matter. The eviction complaint seeks rent for August 2018 through October 2018, plus late fees, water, attorney’s fees, and court costs. The property has severe habitability issues that have been unresolved since inception of tenancy in February 2017, and Client has documented extensive correspondence with Landlord about said issues. The habitability issues include a roof leak, leaking basement walls, an uneven floor that caused Client’s 4 year old daughter to injure herself and go the hospital, a mice infestation, and a nonfunctioning washing machine. Landlord told her in writing to withhold all payments until repairs were completed. Defenses include breach of implied warranty of habitability, open L&I violations, failure to provide tenant with a Lead Safe Certificate, and excess security deposit. Client’s goal is more time in the property in order to move, and to avoid a money judgement. Opposing counsel is Kenneth L. Baritz, Esq. The hearing is on October 17, 2018 at 8:45 am in Room 3.

Core Competencies: Courtroom Experience, Negotiation Skills


Submitted on August 8, 2018 in Wills

90-year-old client seeks assistance updating her will and power of attorney (POA) documents. Client would like to designate her daughter and son as her financial and healthcare agents under the POA. Client’s major asset is her real property—owned as tenants by the entireties with her husband, who disappeared 30 years ago. A volunteer is needed to draft a will, general POA, and healthcare POA, and assist client with properly executing these documents.

Core Competencies: Client Interviewing, Drafting


Submitted on September 28, 2018 in Guardianship

Client seeks guardianship of her adult mother. Client’s elderly mother was diagnosed with dementia last February. Client’s mother is unable to make her own financial and medical decisions. Therefore, client wishes to obtain guardianship to ensure that her mother’s needs are met. Client does not expect guardianship to be contested.

Core Competencies: Courtroom Experience, Draft Pleadings


Submitted on May 30, 2017 in Divorce

Divorce with Equitable Distribution

Client seeks assistance with a divorce matter. Client/wife and OP/husband were married in 1990 in a refugee camp in Thailand, and separated in April 2016. OP physically and sexually abused client throughout the duration of their marriage, and client has a PFA against him. The marital estate includes a home titled in OP and their daughter’s names and a possible bank account owned by OP. OP also may have credit card debt. The parties share three minor children and one adult child. OP is employed and client receives public assistance. OP has been paying client a monthly sum in spousal/child support but no official support order is in place. OP is represented by counsel. Client seeks legal representation to file for divorce from OP and to protect her claim to the marital estate. Client is Burmese-speaking and VIP has been working with an interpreter who has agreed to interpret for the duration of the case.

Core Competencies: Discovery Practice, Draft Pleadings


Submitted on September 7, 2018 in Wills

70-year-old client needs assistance drafting a will. Client owns a home and wishes to leave it to her brother who will hold it for the benefit of her two children. Client also seeks a living will.

Core Competencies: Client Interviewing, Drafting

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