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19-0043403 Urgent Needs

Submitted on April 22, 2019 in Landlord/Tenant

Client seeks assistance with a landlord/tenant matter. Eviction complaint seeks April 2019 rent and late fee, ongoing rent, and court costs. Client and her father moved into unit in September 2018. Client gave her father her portion of the rent in cash, but later that month she received a letter from the landlord stating that September rent had not been paid. Client’s father claimed he was withholding rent for repair issues. Client contacted landlord by email and phone to discuss having her name removed from the lease, and landlord agreed to her vacating the property; however, client did not get written confirmation of this agreement. Since vacating the property towards the end of September, client has had limited communication with her father, who has changed the locks. She has since learned that her sister has moved into the unit and that rent has not been paid since September 2018. Client’s father has said he will not appear at the hearing. Client seeks representation exclusively for herself; she wants to avoid a money judgment and have her name removed from the lease. Landlord is unrepresented. Hearing is on Tuesday, April 30, 2019 at 8:45 am in Courtroom 3.

Core Competencies: Courtroom Experience, Negotiation Skills

19-0043317 Urgent Needs

Submitted on April 12, 2019 in Landlord/Tenant

Client seeks assistance with a landlord/tenant matter. The eviction complaint seeks possession based on termination of term and breach of lease conditions (failing to keep property from damage, keeping pets in the property, failing to allow access for inspection or repairs, failing to keep the yard clean), and also seeks ongoing rent. Client moved into property in August 2014 and notified landlord multiple times of habitability issues such as a mice infestation, multiple leaks, broken front door hardware, unsecured windows, and uneven floors. In January 2019, client began withholding rent in a bank account because of unaddressed repairs. L&I inspected in February 2019 and issued 11 violations. Client received a default judgment against her after missing the initial hearing because she did not understand the court documents but went to seek legal assistance and filed a Petition to Open the same day. Defenses include open L&I violations, failure to provide tenant with a Certificate of Rental Suitability and “City of Philadelphia Partners for Good Housing” Handbook, and breach of implied warranty of habitability. Client’s goal is to negotiate as much time as possible to find a new home and avoid a money judgment. Opposing counsel is Michael J. Williams, Esq. The petition to open and eviction hearing is on April 18, 2019, at 2:00 pm in Courtroom 3.

Core Competencies: Courtroom Experience, Negotiation Skills

19-0043336 Urgent Needs

Submitted on April 18, 2019 in Collections

Client seeks assistance with a debt collection matter. Client is being sued for a credit card debt by Capitol One Bank for $22,986.23, which includes interest and fees. Client and her husband opened a credit card with Capitol One Bank, and gave multiple people access to it. Client and her husband both then became ill and stopped making payments. Client does not dispute the debt, but cannot afford to enter into a payment agreement because she is a senior on a fixed income. Client was served with the complaint on February 28, 2019, and has not yet responded. A volunteer is needed to assist client with the response and represent her at the arbitration hearing, which is scheduled for November 20, 2019.

Core Competencies: Courtroom Experience, Negotiation Skills

19-0042889

Submitted on March 21, 2019 in Real Property

Client seeks assistance with a deed transfer. Client lives in a home that is held in a South Philly Trust by her deceased mother as trustee for the benefit of client and her two siblings. Client’s siblings are both deceased and client’s niece is the only other heir. Client has been unable to contact her niece and understands that she will have to remain on title. Client needs title to enter into a payment plan with the water department. A volunteer is needed to draft a deed transferring title to client and her niece.

Core Competencies: Client Interviewing, Drafting

19-0043308

Submitted on April 16, 2019 in Divorce

Divorce Only

Client, who is homeless, seeks assistance with obtaining a divorce. Client/wife and opposing party (OP)/husband were married on October 18, 2008, in Philadelphia, and separated in March 2014. No divorce action has been filed, and client has no interest in either the marital estate or receiving support from OP. Client believes OP will consent to a divorce. A volunteer is needed to file for divorce and represent client throughout the process.

Core Competencies: Client Interviewing, Draft Pleadings

18-0041992

Submitted on April 2, 2019 in Probate

Client seeks assistance with a probate matter. Client lives in a home titled and mortgaged in the name of her deceased fiancé, who died suddenly in a car accident and did not leave a will. Client and her late fiancé share two minor children. Client initially hoped to obtain title to the property in order to continue paying the mortgage and maintain a home for herself and her children. However, as client does not have any legal interest in the property herself, she will instead need to be appointed guardian (likely with a co-guardian) of the minor children’s estate so that title can be transferred to them. Client hopes her deceased fiancé’s father can serve as co-guardian. A volunteer attorney is needed to assist client with administering fiancé’s estate and subsequently petitioning Orphan’s Court to assume title to the property in her capacity as co-guardian of the minor children’s estate.

Core Competencies: Administrative Agency Practice, Drafting

18-0041905

Submitted on March 5, 2019 in Real Property

Client lives with her two grandchildren in a property owned by her late husband who died intestate in 2014. Client has already been named Administrator of her husband’s estate. Client needs her name on the deed to qualify for a basic repairs assistance grant. A volunteer attorney is needed to assist the client with obtaining title to the property.

Core Competencies: Client Interviewing, Draft Pleadings

18-0041306

Submitted on April 10, 2019 in Probate

Client seeks assistance with a probate matter. Client is living in the home owned by her deceased mother. Client’s mother died testate and appointed her friend as executrix of her estate, devising the property to client and client’s sister. The estate was opened in 2007, but the executrix has not finished probating the estate. Title to the property is still in client’s mother’s name. Client has not had any contact with the executrix. She has called her but has not gotten a response. Client would like to substitute herself in as executrix of the estate, in part because client is going through Chapter 13 bankruptcy, with assistance of counsel, and needs to deal with inheritance taxes due on this property. A volunteer attorney is needed to assist client with filing a petition to show cause why she should be appointed as executrix and help to finish probating the estate.

Core Competencies: Administrative Agency Practice, Draft Pleadings

19-0043077

Submitted on April 24, 2019 in Guardianship

Client seeks assistance with obtaining guardianship over her son/ Alleged Incapacitated Person (AIP). AIP has significant disabilities that prevent him from having capacity. Client is currently reaching out to AIP’s physician to complete interrogatories. An attorney is needed to file a petition for guardianship and assist with obtaining guardianship of her son

Core Competencies: Courtroom Experience, Draft Pleadings

19-0043098

Submitted on March 26, 2019 in Custody

Client/Mother seeks primary physical custody of her two 13-year-old sons and 10-year-old daughter. Prior to 2018, client lived in another state and always had primary physical custody of the children. The opposing party (OP)/Father saw the children on a very limited basis and this arrangement worked for several years. In 2018, OP filed for primary custody after receiving notice that he owed several thousands of dollars in child support. OP obtained primary physical custody after a judge ordered the children to relocate to Philadelphia because they were having trouble at school. OP has violated the existing custody agreement by refusing to give the children to client on certain days and failing to inform her about school related matters and doctors appointments. Client has text messages documenting these violations. Client relocated to Philadelphia over a year ago and wants to regain primary custody of her children. Client is especially concerned about the children’s physical safety and emotional well-being while in the care of OP and his girlfriend because her children do not like staying there, the girlfriend has repeatedly yelled and cursed at the children, and the OP doesn’t provide adequate meals for the children. Client has filed a petition for modification seeking primary physical custody of her children. A hearing has been scheduled before Judge Holly J. Ford on June 28, 2019, at 1:30 pm incident to her petition to modify. A volunteer is needed to represent client at this hearing and assist her in modifying the custody order. Client understands that representation may be limited to the upcoming court date and has agreed to sign a pro se entry of appearances at the end of the scheduled hearing.

Core Competencies: Client Interviewing, Courtroom Experience

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