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17-0039838 Urgent Needs

Submitted on March 7, 2017 in Landlord/Tenant

Client seeks assistance with an eviction matter. The landlord has filed a complaint seeking 3 months’ rent, $5,700 in water bills, plus fees. Client withheld rent because she was making repairs to the property, and has receipts proving that she made repairs. Client also states that she was paying property taxes for the landlord, who is represented by counsel. Although the lease indicates that client is responsible for water bills, client never received monthly statements or requests from the landlord. The landlord had no license or Certificate of Rental Suitability until late January. He also did not provide a lead safety certificate, and client has two young children. Client wishes to remain in the property for one more month, and to avoid a money judgment. Client speaks Spanish, and a Spanish-speaking law student who has been trained to work on eviction cases by the Penn Housing Rights Project has volunteered to assist with the case. The hearing is scheduled for April 3, 2017, at 8:45 am.

Core Competencies: Courtroom Experience, Negotiation Skills


Submitted on March 6, 2017 in Intellectual Property, Small Business

Client sells vegan desserts to wholesale and retail customers. Client is seeking assistance protecting the intellectual property of their logo and cookbooks. This case has a companion case, #17-0039727, relating to incorporation.

Core Competencies: Administrative Agency Practice, Client Interviewing


Submitted on March 7, 2017 in Miscellaneous, Nonprofit

Client is an established nonprofit organization based in Philadelphia. Client is a deaf advocacy group that supports and assists deaf, deaf blind, late deafened, hard of hearing and hearing communities through self-esteem building, health and wellness, safety and community awareness, multi –cultural events and outreach activities. Client is seeking assistance obtaining appropriate fundraising registrations and creating necessary solicitation policies and documents.

Core Competencies: Client Interviewing, Drafting


Submitted on December 1, 2016 in Probate

Client seeks assistance with a probate matter. Client’s father, mother, and sister died in 1985, 2016, and 2015, respectively. Client’s mother is the record owner of the home, and she died intestate. Client is the sole heir. There is an outstanding mortgage, but the home is not in foreclosure. Client is in need of a loan modification, but the mortgage company will only work with her once the property has gone through probate. Client needs assistance obtaining letters of administration to work with the mortgage company. If client’s housing counselor determines the mortgage is affordable and client can obtain a loan modification, client will also need assistance obtaining title to the house.

Core Competencies: Client Interviewing


Submitted on October 31, 2016 in Probate

Client lives in home titled to her deceased mother. Client is interested in having the deed transferred to her name so she can enter a home repair program with the City. Client needs 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 siblings. Three of client’s siblings are willing to sign over their interest to client. Two of client’s sisters will share title with the client.

Core Competencies: Administrative Agency Practice, Client Interviewing


Submitted on March 10, 2017 in Contracts, Small Business

Client is a small business in Philadelphia. Client is an IT consulting firm focused on providing software design, strategy and execution services to private clients, federal and state governments, and municipalities. Client is seeking assistance drafting contracts with potential clients.

Core Competencies: Client Interviewing, Drafting


Submitted on March 7, 2017 in Probate

Client seeks assistance with probating his grandmother’s estate. Client’s grandmother owned her home when she died intestate. All other heirs are willing to sign over interest in the property to client, who intends to live in the home. There is an estate recovery claim against the estate. Client is not eligible for a postponement or waiver of the claim and understands he must enter a payment plan. He may need assistance negotiating an affordable arrangement. Client’s mother has been active in this case so far and will be the primary point of contact.

Core Competencies: Administrative Agency Practice, Client Interviewing


Submitted on February 8, 2017 in Probate

Homeownership/Probate–16-0038345 (AM2)

Client was the caretaker of the deceased record owner of her home. The record owner passed away in 2012. The record owner’s only heirs are her two sisters, and both are willing to give the house to the client. They have both signed renunciations permitting client to be the personal representative of the estate. VIP believes there may be an estate recovery claim against the estate, and this issue needs to be assessed and addressed prior to probating and administering the estate. Client needs record ownership to remain in a payment plan for delinquent real estate taxes.

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


Submitted on March 2, 2017 in Probate

Client seeks assistance with a probate matter. Client lives in a home titled in her deceased mother’s name. Client is her mother’s only heir. Client seeks title to the property to qualify for home maintenance grants. An attorney is needed to probate the estate and transfer title to client.

Core Competencies: Administrative Agency Practice, Client Interviewing


Submitted on March 3, 2017 in Divorce

Client/wife and OP/husband married in May 2006 and separated in August 2016. The client is a victim of domestic violence and was granted a PFA against OP in October 2016. OP/husband, who is represented by counsel, served client with a divorce complaint in August 2016. Client and OP are both employed, but client still qualifies for legal representation. The marital estate includes a home purchased in 2011 where client is currently living, two cars, bank accounts, and a pension. Client would like legal representation to respond to the divorce complaint and help protecting her claims to the marital estate.

Core Competencies: Discovery Practice, Draft Pleadings

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