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19-0043461 Urgent Needs

Submitted on August 7, 2019 in Probate

Client seeks assistance with a time-sensitive probate matter. Client’s sewage system requires repairs and she cannot qualify for a HELP loan until she has obtained title to her home. Client’s home is titled in the name of her deceased great-grandmother. Client’s great-grandmother died in 1957, and although client’s grandmother obtained Letters of Administration over 35 years ago, title was never transferred out of record owner’s estate. Great-grandmother’s heirs are client’s two great aunts, her uncle, her three cousins and her mother. Because client’s uncle, and possibly her great aunts as well, cannot be located despite client’s significant efforts, an attorney is needed to file a § 3546 petition for determination of title to the property in Orphan’s Court in order to obtain title for client.

Core Competencies: Administrative Agency Practice, Client Interviewing

19-0043911 Urgent Needs

Submitted on August 16, 2019 in Landlord/Tenant

Client seeks assistance with an urgent landlord tenant matter. The eviction complaint seeks unpaid rent for April, May, June, and July 2019, as well as late fees, attorney’s fees, court costs, and ongoing rent from the date of filing. Client fell behind on rent after financial struggles but is trying to catch up. Client has lived in the unit for over six years with eight-year-old son. Her child was two years old when she moved in and is listed on the lease. There is no certificate of lead safety for the property. Defense includes failure to provide client with a lead safe certificate. Client would like stay in the property with her young son and is currently seeking out rental assistance from local organizations. Landlord is represented by Kenneth Baritz, Esq. Eviction hearing is scheduled for August 21, 2019, at 8:45 am in Courtroom 3.

Core Competencies: Courtroom Experience, Negotiation Skills

19-0043107 Urgent Needs

Submitted on August 16, 2019 in Real Property

Client seeks assistance with an urgent ejectment matter. Client, along with his wife and three children, is living in a property owned by his half-brother’s paternal grandfather. Client is unrelated to the deceased record owner. The deceased record owner died intestate in 2011, leaving his son’s issue as his only heirs. Shortly after, client began living in a property with his half-brother. In 2013, client’s half-brother died intestate, leaving client’s mother as his only heir . In 2014, client and deceased record owner’s step-daughter entered into a verbal agreement in which client would purchase the home from her for $25,000. The agreement was put into writing and signed in 2018. Client paid off all back taxes and outstanding utility bills for the property in order to prevent a Sheriff’s Sale. Client also spent $20,000 repairing the property. In 2016, deceased record owner’s stepdaughter became the administratrix of the estate, despite having no legal intestate interest and without the signatures of all necessary heirs. In January 2019, deceased record owner’s step-daughter improperly transferred the property to herself, becoming the new record owner. She attempted to rescind the lease-to-own agreement with the intent to sell the property. In July 2019, she filed a pro se complaint in ejectment to remove client’s family from the property. Client’s wife was served August 12, 2019 and client has until September 1, 2019 to respond. Client believes all surviving heirs of deceased record owner would be willing to transfer to him their interest in the property. An attorney is needed to defend the ejectment and to assist client in getting title to property.

Core Competencies: Administrative Agency Practice, Client Interviewing

19-0043946 Urgent Needs

Submitted on August 8, 2019 in Landlord/Tenant

Client seeks assistance with an urgent landlord tenant matter. The eviction complaint seeks unpaid rent for June (partial) and July 2019, as well as late fees, attorney fees, water/sewer bill payment, and ongoing rent from the date of filing. Client has been living in the property with her four children for two years. Client has five-year-old twins that are listed on the lease but there is no lead safe certificate for the property. Client fell behind on rent after separating from her husband. Client also stopped paying the water bill last year because she was being charged the bill for the entire property and being led to believe it was just her portion. There has been a cockroach and rodent infestation since last summer which has caused the client and child to have allergic reactions. Client has medical bills for the treatments of their reactions. Defense includes a breach of implied warranty of habitability and failure to provide client with lead safe certificate. Client would like additional time in property to find new housing. Landlord is represented by Corey Baritz, Esq. Eviction hearing is scheduled for August 20, 2019 at 12:45 pm in Courtroom 3.

Core Competencies: Courtroom Experience, Negotiation Skills

19-0043988 Urgent Needs

Submitted on August 14, 2019 in Landlord/Tenant

Client seeks assistance with an urgent landlord tenant matter. The eviction complaint seeks unpaid rent for January (partial) 2019 through July 2019, as wells as late fees, attorney fees, court costs, and ongoing rent from the date of filing. Client has been living in the property with her husband and two children for over two years. Client has three-year-old child but there is no lead safe certificate for the property. Client has been withholding rent since May due to the landlord harassing her and her family and threatening eviction. Client states that the dispute began because she requested her excess security deposit be used towards one month’s rent and the landlord refused. Client has proof of payments from January to April 2019 and text messages from landlord showing her balance is significantly lower than the amount claimed in the complaint. Defenses include that rent requested has been paid, failure to provide client with lead safe certificate, and excess security deposit. Client would like to remain in the property and work out a payment plan. Landlord is represented by Todd Baritz, Esq. Eviction hearing is scheduled for August 21, 2019 at 8:45am in Courtroom 3.

Core Competencies: Courtroom Experience, Negotiation Skills

19-0043983 Urgent Needs

Submitted on August 12, 2019 in Landlord/Tenant

Client seeks assistance with an urgent landlord tenant matter. The eviction complaint seeks unpaid rent for June (partial) and July 2019, as wells as late fees, attorney fees, court costs, and ongoing rent from the date of filing. Client has been living in the property with her five children for five years. Client has a seven-year-old child but there is no lead safe certificate for the property. Client has been withholding rent since March due to a notice of tax foreclosure and the landlord’s refusal to repair habitability issues within the property. Client states that there is a leak in the roof, leaks in the bathroom, and infestations. Client also says that her family experienced freezing temperatures this past winter due to faulty pilot light, holes in the property, and a warped door that does not fully close. Defenses includes a breach of the implied warranty of habitability and failure to provide client with a lead safe certificate. Client would like additional time in property to find new housing. Client is Spanish-speaking; interpretation and translation services will be provided upon request. Landlord is represented by Corey Baritz, Esq. Eviction hearing is scheduled for August 21, 2019 at 8:45am in Courtroom 3.

Core Competencies: Courtroom Experience, Negotiation Skills

19-0043930 Urgent Needs

Submitted on August 15, 2019 in Landlord/Tenant

Client seeks assistance with an urgent landlord tenant matter. The eviction complaint seeks unpaid rent for July 2019, as well as late fees, attorney’s fees, court costs, and ongoing rent from the date of filing. Landlord asked client to move to a vacant apartment while he made renovations to her unit and then raised the rent to $975, as opposed to the agreement upon $755. Client could not afford this increase or to move into another unit because her work situation is unsteady. Property has habitability issues including splintered floors and a leaking roof. Client has lived in the unit for over six years and has a two-year-old child. There is no certificate of lead safety for the property. Defenses include breach of implied warranty of habitability and failure to provide client with a lead safe certificate. Client would like additional time in the property to find new housing. Landlord is represented by David Denenberg, Esq. Eviction hearing is scheduled for August 20, 2019, at 8:45 am in Courtroom 3.

Core Competencies: Courtroom Experience, Negotiation Skills

19-0043904

Submitted on July 25, 2019 in Employment, Small Business

Client is a boutique-style dog walking and pet sitting company in Philadelphia that builds personal relationships with each client. Client serves neighborhoods between Center City and West Philadelphia. Its professional pet sitters and dog walkers will provide cats and dogs with care and attention. Client provides pet care with a personal touch. Client currently needs legal assistance reviewing its current employee handbook and updating it to comply with Philadelphia and Pennsylvania law, as well as updating its client agreement. Client also needs advice around potentially characterizing certain individuals taking overflow work as independent contracts rather than employees.

Core Competencies: Analysis of Statutes, Drafting

18-0042724

Submitted on August 8, 2019 in Name Change

31-year-old client seeks assistance amending her father’s name on her birth certificate. Client’s birth certificate lists only the last name of the man to whom client’s mother was married at the time of her birth. Client recently applied for a passport, but she was denied because the name she listed for her father on the application did not match the name listed for her father on her birth certificate. Client’s father is deceased, but he signed an acknowledgement of paternity in 1988 and paid child support to her mother. Client provided VIP with a certified copy of it. A volunteer is needed to help client amend her father’s name on her birth certificate.

Core Competencies: Courtroom Experience, Draft Pleadings

19-0042867

Submitted on March 13, 2019 in Wills

Client seeks assistance drafting estate planning documents. Client would like to designate his close friend and home health aide as his financial and medical power of attorney. Client seeks advice about possibly preparing an advance healthcare directive as well. Client is Spanish-speaking; interpretation and translation services will be provided upon request. VIP is able to provide free notary services upon request as well.

Core Competencies: Client Interviewing, Drafting

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