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19-0043416 Urgent Needs

Submitted on October 7, 2019 in Collections

Client, a homeowner and single father, seeks assistance with a debt collection matter. Client is being sued by debt buyer, Unifund CCR, LLC, in the Court of Common Pleas for over $18,000. Unifund is claiming to be the third debt buyer and fourth holder a of a debt originating with Citibank, NA. Client recently had a stroke and is unable to work. His disability is pending, but in the meantime, he is unable to enter into a payment plan. The stroke has affected client’s memory, and unfortunately, he also does not remember all of the details of incurring the credit card debt. A previous volunteer assisted client with filing an answer and new matter. The debt collector has responded to the new matter. A volunteer is needed to represent client throughout the case, including the arbitration hearing scheduled for December 2, 2019, at 10:45 am.

Core Competencies: Draft Pleadings, Negotiation Skills

19-0044066 Urgent Needs

Submitted on October 7, 2019 in Guardianship

Client seeks urgent assistance obtaining guardianship over her sister. Client’s sister has cerebral palsy and severe intellectual disabilities, and cannot make decisions for herself. A doctor is available to complete an expert report, and guardianship is not expected to be contested.

Core Competencies: Courtroom Experience, Draft Pleadings

19-0044202 Urgent Needs

Submitted on October 9, 2019 in Landlord/Tenant

Client seeks assistance with an urgent landlord tenant matter. The eviction complaint seeks (partial) May, June, July, and August 2019 rent, water bill, late fees, attorney’s fee, court costs and ongoing rent from the date of filing. Client has been living in the property since March 2019 with her partner and two daughters. Youngest daughter is two months old but client never received a lead safe certificate. Client stopped making payments towards rent after management refused to address mold issue throughout the property for months. Defense includes breach of the implied warranty of habitability and partial defense due to failure to provide lead safe certificate. Client wants landlord to resolve the mold issues so she can remain in the property. Landlord is represented by Howard Ford, Esq. Eviction hearing is scheduled for October 15, 2019 at 8:45am in Courtroom 3.

Core Competencies: Courtroom Experience, Negotiation Skills

19-0044199 Urgent Needs

Submitted on October 8, 2019 in Collections

Client seeks assistance with a debt collection matter in Municipal Court. Client is being sued by debt buyer, LVNV Funding, for $2,922.51, which includes interest and fees. The underlying debt is from a credit card opened with Capital One. Client was unable to continue making payments because she stopped working in January 2019 due to the strenuous physical demands of the position. Client does not dispute the debt and is willing to enter into a payment plan. A volunteer is needed to represent client at her upcoming hearing on October 28, 2019, at 1:00 pm.

Core Competencies: Client Interviewing, Courtroom Experience

19-0043993 Urgent Needs

Submitted on September 26, 2019 in Employment, Nonprofit

Client is an established nonprofit organization associated with a national charter based around a competitive sport. Client provides youth and adult leagues, gives college scholarship money to students, and provides grant money and sports equipment to schools in need. Client is seeking help on a few issues arising from the resignation of one of its employees. First, client seeks guidance as it creates a written record regarding the employee’s resignation. Second, client would like advice on any legal recourse it may have regarding damages caused by the employee, although the volunteer is not expected to pursue any litigation. Third, client seeks assistance with reviewing its employment policies for federal and state compliance. Client’s umbrella organization does not have robust policies or procedures in place to handle adverse situations such as this one, and so client would like to protect itself separately from its umbrella organization.

Core Competencies: Analysis of Statutes, Client Interviewing

19-0043902 Urgent Needs

Submitted on September 4, 2019 in Probate

Client seeks assistance with an urgent probate matter. Client’s home is titled in the name of her deceased mother, who died intestate in 2018, leaving client and her brother as the only heirs. Client has been paying the mortgage since the house was purchased. Client’s brother, who lives in Florida, has agreed to give his interest in the property and his mother’s estate to client. He has already signed and furnished a renunciation. This case is fairly urgent because client’s sewage line is at risk of being severely compromised by encroaching tree roots under the property. However, client cannot qualify for a HELP loan for a repair until she has obtained title to her home. Client’s water is still on, but she wants to address the sewage issue before it develops into a more serious problem. A volunteer is needed to help probate client’s mother’s estate and to draft a deed transferring title to client.

Core Competencies: Administrative Agency Practice, Client Interviewing, Drafting

19-0043714 Urgent Needs

Submitted on October 7, 2019 in Custody

Client/mother seeks assistance with a custody matter involving her 9 and 6-year old children. In March 2014, client and the children moved to Florida to escape abuse by the children’s father and live with maternal grandmother. Client and maternal grandmother have always had a contentious relationship, and, in May 2014, she kicked client out of her house. Client left the children with maternal grandmother while she moved to Philadelphia, with the understanding that she would retrieve the children once she found a place to live. In December 2014, the children came to live with client in Philadelphia against maternal grandmother’s wishes. In 2017, client allowed the children to spend the summer with maternal grandmother, who then filed for custody. The children’s father, who has never been involved in their lives, also filed for custody. Both father and maternal grandmother are represented. A temporary order from March 2019 gives father and maternal grandmother partial physical custody whenever they are in Philadelphia and weekly phone calls with the children, but neither party has visited the children. Client hopes to obtain sole physical and legal custody. A volunteer is needed to represent client at her upcoming hearing on November 15, 2019, at 9:00 am, before Judge Viktoria Kristiansson. Client understands that representation may be limited to the upcoming court date and has agreed to sign a pro se entry of appearance at the end of the scheduled hearing.

Core Competencies: Client Interviewing, Courtroom Experience, Negotiation Skills

19-0044195 Urgent Needs

Submitted on October 8, 2019 in Collections

Client seeks assistance with a debt collection matter in Municipal Court. Client is being sued by TD Bank for $1124.94, which includes interest and fees. The underlying debt is from a credit card that client could not afford to pay off after she went on unpaid maternity leave in 2016. Client does not dispute the debt and is willing to enter into a payment plan. A volunteer is needed to represent client at her upcoming hearing on November 15, 2019, at 1:15 pm.

Core Competencies: Client Interviewing, Courtroom Experience

19-0044030 Urgent Needs

Submitted on October 7, 2019 in Collections

Client seeks assistance with a debt collections matter in Municipal Court. Client is being sued by debt buyer, Portfolio Recovery Associates, for $4,153.08, which includes interests and fees. The underlying debt is from a Capitol credit card. Client stopped making payments when she fell ill shortly after giving birth to her son. Client believes a significant portion of the balance is fees. Client is willing to enter into a payment plan or pay a lump sum of approximately half the debt. Client has already received one continuance. A volunteer is needed to represent client at her upcoming hearing on November 1, 2019, at 9 am.

Core Competencies: Courtroom Experience, Negotiation Skills

19-0044181 Urgent Needs

Submitted on September 30, 2019 in Landlord/Tenant

Eviction hearing scheduled for Tuesday, October 8, 2019 at 8:45 am in Courtroom 3. Landlord is Robert Willwerth, Esq. Case summary coming soon. Please “express interest” by clicking on case number if you are available for representation and would like more information right away.

Core Competencies: Courtroom Experience, Negotiation Skills

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