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18-0041442 Urgent Needs

Submitted on April 5, 2018 in Custody

A very responsive client seeks assistance with a custody matter. Client/father wishes to regain primary physical custody of his 14-year-old daughter, who had lived with client since 2004. OP/mother, who is represented by an attorney, filed for expedited relief in September 2017. Client was served by mail at an old address, so he was unaware of the rule returnable hearing. A bench warrant for client was issued and a temporary order was entered on November 17, 2017. The order entered gives OP sole legal custody, OP primary physical custody, and client partial physical custody every other weekend. Following the hearing, OP contacted client to let him know she was given primary custody, and she came to pick up their daughter at his home. Both client and OP have been in compliance with the order. During client’s custodial time, his daughter has told him that OP regularly drinks and smokes marijuana at the house and has said she would prefer to live with client. A volunteer is needed to represent client at a hearing scheduled before Judge Fanning on April 30, 2018, at 1:30 pm.

Core Competencies: Courtroom Experience, Negotiation Skills

18-0041392 Urgent Needs

Submitted on April 12, 2018 in Mortgage Foreclosure

Client seeks assistance with an urgent mortgage foreclosure matter. Client lives in a home titled in his deceased mother’s and father’s names and mortgaged in his deceased mother’s name. The mortgage payments became delinquent shortly after his mother’s death in 2015, and the mortgage company stopped communicating with client. Client is his parents’ only heir. An attorney is needed to communicate with the lender to help client assume and modify the loan. Client’s housing counselor is Tippy Laonady of the Korean Center. Client’s next conciliation conference, which will be his seventh, is scheduled for May 10, 2018, at 9:00 am. This case has a companion probate case; a separate volunteer will be asked to assist client in assuming full title to his home, if it looks like client will be able to keep the home.

Core Competencies: Courtroom Experience, Negotiation Skills

18-0041570 Urgent Needs

Submitted on April 13, 2018 in Custody

Client, who is a single working mother, seeks assistance with obtaining a modified custody order of her 17-year-old and 10-year-old daughters. OP/father has anger management issues. The current custody order, which is dated May 23, 2017, gives client and OP shared legal custody, client primary physical custody, and OP partial physical custody. Client filed a petition to modify the current custody order which requests that she have sole legal and primary physical custody and OP supervised physical custody. A volunteer is needed to represent client at her hearing before Master Christine Godwin-Pierce on May 9, 2018, at 1:00 pm on her petition to modify. Client is Spanish-speaking; interpretation services are available upon request.

Core Competencies: Client Interviewing, Courtroom Experience

17-0040054

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 May 2001 and separated in March 2017. OP was verbally abusive and controlling throughout their marriage, and threatened client with violence on numerous occasions. Client obtained a PFA against OP and her stepson in March 2017 following an incident of domestic violence. The parties share two minor children and client intends to file for custody in the near future. The marital estate includes the increase in value of a house purchased by OP two years prior to the marriage and a car they purchased in 2016. OP is not represented by counsel. Client seeks legal representation to file for divorce from OP and to protect her claim to the marital estate. Client is Spanish-speaking; interpretation and translation services will be provided upon request.

Core Competencies: Discovery Practice, Draft Pleadings

17-0040778

Submitted on March 5, 2018 in Probate

Client seeks assistance probating her aunt’s estate. Client’s aunt passed away intestate and her son, client’s cousin, obtained Letters of Administration, but did not transfer title of the home to his name. He has since passed away. Client has obtained Letters of Administration for his estate. Client intends to live in the home and at the time of cousin’s death had sole interest in the property. Client needs title in her name so that she can enter a payment plan for the remaining water balance. A volunteer is needed to help client petition the Register of Wills to substitute her for administrator of her aunt’s estate, draft a deed transferring title of the home to client, and complete the administration of the estate.

Core Competencies: Administrative Agency Practice, Client Interviewing

17-0040728

Submitted on April 10, 2018 in Divorce

Divorce with Equitable Distribution

Client/Wife and OP/Husband married in 2004 in Maryland and separated in May 2015. OP, who is represented by an attorney, has already filed for divorce. Client is employed but still qualifies for legal representation. OP receives disability from the Department of Veterans Affairs. OP’s divorce complaint did not raise economic issues, but client would like to pursue an equitable distribution. Client seeks only a portion of the value of a home purchased during the marriage, which is titled in OP’s and OP’s father’s names. Client has been served with a divorce complaint. Client would like legal representation to help protect her claim to the marital property.

Core Competencies: Discovery Practice, Negotiation Skills

17-0040547

Submitted on December 1, 2017 in Divorce

Divorce with Equitable Distribution

Client seeks assistance with a divorce matter. Client/wife and OP/husband were married in 1999. The parties share three children, ages 15, 19, and 21-years-old. OP has been physically and verbally abusive towards client throughout the marriage. Client was granted a PFA in June 2014, and OP was evicted from their home. OP does not visit with the children, and does not pay child support. The home is in OP’s name and was purchased prior to his marriage to client. However, the property has gone up in value during their marriage and client has invested a lot of money into the property, including paying the mortgage with the help of her family. The client hopes to keep her home because she and her children have no place else to go. No divorce action has been filed to date. A volunteer is needed to file for divorce and represent client throughout the proceedings.

Core Competencies: Discovery Practice, Draft Pleadings

18-0041255

Submitted on March 27, 2018 in Wills

65-year-old client seeks assistance with preparation of a will, advanced healthcare directive, and general power of attorney documents. Client owns her home, and also has a CD and two savings accounts in her name. Client wishes to leave these assets to her son and daughter and to name her son as the executor of her estate. Client needs a volunteer attorney to draft these documents and to advise her regarding the general power of attorney and advanced healthcare directive.

Core Competencies: Client Interviewing, Drafting

18-0041441

Submitted on April 16, 2018 in Incorporation, Small Business

Client is a business in Philadelphia. Client creates and sells natural hair products. Client seeks assistance incorporating as an LLC. This case has companion cases #18-0041605, relating to intellectual property, and #18-0041606, relating to contracts.

Core Competencies: Administrative Agency Practice, Client Interviewing

17-0041161

Submitted on February 7, 2018 in Guardianship

Client seeks immediate assistance obtaining guardianship of her 73-year-old mother. Client’s mother was diagnosed with dementia in 2007. She began receiving in-home hospice care in 2014 with a diagnosis of end stage Alzheimer’s disease but was released in December 2017. She very recently began hospice again and lives with client. Client hopes to be able to make all necessary financial and medical decisions for her mother. The guardianship is not expected to be contested, and a physician will be available to provide written testimony.

Core Competencies: Courtroom Experience, Draft Pleadings

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