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17-0041103 Urgent Needs

Submitted on December 21, 2017 in Support

Client/mother seeks assistance defending against an attempt by OP/father to reduce child support payments. Client gave birth to premature daughters, one of whom died shortly after birth. The other daughter suffers from health problems and requires frequent hospitalization. The order for support was recently modified in the client’s favor, but OP now seeks to modify the order again based on alleged changes to his income and his daughter’s SSI payments. OP is represented by counsel. An initial conference is scheduled before Support Compliance Officer Timothy Gerard on January 2, 2018 at 10:15 am.

Core Competencies: Courtroom Experience, Witness Preparation.

Core Competencies: Courtroom Experience, Witness Preparation

17-0041204 Urgent Needs

Submitted on January 3, 2018 in Auto Accident

Client seeks assistance defending against a personal injury suit. Plaintiff was a passenger in a vehicle client was driving when they were involved in an accident. Client states that plaintiff had a mild ankle injury on the scene, and was treated at a hospital. She has filed a complaint against client and the other driver. Client did not have insurance at the time of the accident. Client was served with the complaint on December 3, 2017, and has not yet filed an answer. Client may have evidence showing that plaintiff’s injuries are not as severe as asserted in the complaint.

Core Competencies: Courtroom Experience, Negotiation Skills

17-0040242 Urgent Needs

Submitted on January 16, 2018 in Custody

Client seeks assistance with an urgent custody matter. Client is the maternal grandmother of a fourteen-year-old boy who has epilepsy and developmental delays, over whom she seeks partial physical and shared legal custody. Client cared for the child for eight years, between the ages of five and thirteen, in Puerto Rico. In 2016, the child went to live with OP/Mother in Philadelphia, and OP has withheld all contact from client since then. Though there is no current custody order in Philadelphia, client was granted custody and child support in Puerto Rico in 2008. In June 2016, OP/Mother filed for sole physical and legal custody of the child, naming the child’s father as the defendant. In March 2017, client filed a cross-complaint for partial physical and shared legal custody.. Client does not believe that the child’s father will attend the hearing, as he has not been involved in the child’s life. Client seeks regular communication with the child and partial custody in the form of visits during school vacations. OP is represented by counsel. Client seeks representation at the hearing on OP’s complaint for custody and her own complaint for custody on February 14, 2018, at 9:00am before Judge Maria McLaughlin. Client is Spanish-speaking; Interpretation and translation services will be provided upon request.

Core Competencies: Client Interviewing, Courtroom Experience

17-0040378 Urgent Needs

Submitted on September 22, 2017 in Custody

Client, who is very responsive, seeks assistance obtaining custody of her 7-year-old son. The temporary custody order, which is dated June 2017, gives OP/grandmother and the child’s maternal aunt shared physical custody during the summer and OP/grandmother primary physical custody during the school year. Both client and the child’s father lost custody after an incident in 2011 for which both were arrested. Client and the child’s father have supervised partial physical custody in the presence of the maternal aunt and the OP/grandmother, respectively. OP/grandmother is represented. Father is not named in the custody complaint but is also seeking custody. Client seeks sole legal custody and primary physical custody during the school year because the child has suffered emotionally and has fallen behind a grade in school while in OP/grandmother’s custody. In September 2017, Client filed a Petition for Contempt because OP/grandmother refused to enroll the child in school. In September, client filed a motion for a mental health evaluation of OP and the father. She also filed a Petition to Modify in order to gain unsupervised visits now that her mental health evaluation has been completed. A volunteer is needed to represent client in court on March 6, 2018, at 1:30pm to establish the final custody order.

Core Competencies: Client Interviewing, Courtroom Experience

111164 Urgent Needs

Submitted on January 11, 2018 in Divorce

Client, a survivor of domestic violence, seeks urgent assistance with a divorce matter. Client/wife and OP/husband were married in 2004 and separated in 2012, though they continue to live separate and apart in the same home. OP has been physically abusive and extremely controlling, especially monetarily, throughout the marriage. The marital estate includes a home in Philadelphia, which is their shared residence, an apartment in Israel, and three cars. OP owns and operates his own jewelry store as well. The parties share two minor children. Client was previously represented by a VIP volunteer attorney, who initiated the divorce action against OP in July 2012. The court approved the grounds for divorce in August 2017, pending resolution of the economic distribution issues. A volunteer attorney is needed file a certificate for a master’s hearing for equitable distribution and represent client throughout the remainder of her divorce proceeding.

Core Competencies: Courtroom Experience, Factual Development & Investigation

15-0037773

Submitted on December 1, 2016 in Probate

Client needs assistance with a probate matter. Client resides in a home owned by his deceased wife. Client’s wife left a will giving fifty percent of the property to client with the remaining fifty percent split between two of client’s stepchildren. The will does not name an executor, but client, as the decedent’s husband, has a priority right to serve as the administrator of the estate. Client has a copy of the signed will. An attorney is needed to probate client’s wife’s estate, including filing a petition for citation with the Register of Wills to have a copy of the will accepted for probate. Client is Spanish-speaking; interpretation and translation services are available upon request.

Core Competencies: Administrative Agency Practice, Client Interviewing

17-0040940

Submitted on December 21, 2017 in Nonprofit, Tax

Client is an established nonprofit organization in Philadelphia providing neighborhood revitalization services through community planning, art and youth programing, and housing programs. Client is owed a tax refund from the Department of Revenue. Their refund request has been denied because they have an outstanding balance with the Water Revenue Bureau. Client seeks assistance negotiating an arrangement with the Department of Revenue for their refund to be returned or applied to their outstanding balance with the Water Revenue Bureau and reaching an agreement on the remaining charges.

Core Competencies: Client Interviewing, Negotiation Skills

17-0040995

Submitted on November 20, 2017 in Wills

Client seeks assistance with power of attorney documents. Client would like to designate her daughter as her agent. Client is mentally competent, but her physical health is poor and she is confined to her home. Her daughter can no longer accommodate her at home, and both client and daughter would like to find alternative housing. A volunteer attorney is needed to prepare a power of attorney for client. Client is Spanish-speaking; interpretation and translation services will be provided upon request.

Core Competencies: Client Interviewing, Drafting

17-0040673

Submitted on January 11, 2018 in Divorce

Client seeks assistance with a divorce matter. Client/wife and OP/husband married in November 2010 in Maryland and separated in 2013. OP, who is represented by an attorney, filed for divorce in December 2016. Both client and OP are currently working. The couple’s marital estate includes jointly owned bank accounts, credit cards, and OP’s pension. Since the separation, client has been receiving collections notices for debt that OP incurred in client’s name after their separation. Client filed a counter-affidavit, answer, and counterclaim with VIP’s assistance. The client would like legal representation to help protect her claims to the marital estate. Opposing counsel would like to negotiate a settlement.

Core Competencies: Client Interviewing, Draft Pleadings

17-0040778

Submitted on November 28, 2017 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 and at the time of his death client had sole interest in the property. Client has obtained Letters of Administration for his estate. Client intends to live in the home and at the time of his 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

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