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17-0040378 Urgent Needs

Submitted on August 8, 2017 in Custody

Client, who is very responsive, seeks assistance obtaining custody of her 7-year-old son. The current 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. The client is scheduled for a mental health evaluation and has requested an ATA for OP and father. 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. There is a hearing scheduled before the Domestic Relations Motions Court on August 28, 2017, at 9am regarding the client’s request for an ATA of OP, and there is a court date scheduled for March 6, 2018, at 1:30pm to establish the final custody order.

Core Competencies: Client Interviewing, Courtroom Experience

17-0040557 Urgent Needs

Submitted on August 14, 2017 in Probate

Client seeks assistance with an urgent probate matter. Client lives in a home titled and mortgaged in her deceased mother’s name. Client’s mother left a will naming client’s brother executor of her estate, and naming client the beneficiary of the estate. Client’s brother has since died, and the will does not name a substitute executor. An attorney is needed to assist client in applying for letters d.b.n.c.t.a. with a will attached, such that she can serve as the administrator of the estate. Client only needs to provide the original death certificates of the record owner and the deceased Executor, and an original will in order to become the Personal Representative of her mother’s estate. The lender is requiring that client assume title to her home no later than September 28, 2017. This case has a companion mortgage foreclosure case; a separate volunteer will be asked to represent client at her conciliation conferences in the mortgage foreclosure diversion program.

Core Competencies: Administrative Agency Practice, Client Interviewing

17-0040284 Urgent Needs

Submitted on August 8, 2017 in Torts

Client, who is a homebound senior citizen, seeks assistance with a slip-and-fall matter. In November 2016, plaintiff started an action against the City of Philadelphia and two other defendants. The complaint states that in November 2014, plaintiff slipped and fell on the broken sidewalk at the end of an alleyway. In March 2017, the City of Philadelphia brought a joinder complaint against client and his wife, who are separated but are co-owners of a house on the alleyway. Client resides in this house and does not know the whereabouts of his wife. An attorney is needed to file a response on client’s behalf by September 5, 2017, as well as to defend him in this matter. A deposition of the plaintiff is scheduled for August 31, 2017, at 11:00am. Counsel for one of the codefendants has sent client Discovery requests but has set no response deadline. An arbitration hearing is scheduled for October 27, 2017, at 9:15am.

Core Competencies: Courtroom Experience, Draft Pleadings

17-0040407 Urgent Needs

Submitted on July 24, 2017 in Custody

Client seeks assistance with an urgent custody matter. Client/father and OP/mother share one minor son. In 2011, client moved from the Dominican Republic to the United States, and in 2013, client’s son joined him in Philadelphia with permission from OP. Client recalls signing a document with OP agreeing that their son would move to the United States, but he does not have a copy of this document. The parties do not have a standing custody order in effect in Philadelphia. Client had been sending son to visit OP in the Dominican Republic during the summers, but he did not do so this summer because son’s passport had expired. OP filed for primary physical custody in June 2017, invoking the Hague Convention to argue that client unlawfully kidnapped the child from the Dominican Republic. She then subsequently filed a motion for expedited relief. OP is represented by counsel. An attorney is needed to represent client in at his hearing for Expedited Relief on August 4, 2017, at 9:00am before Judge Thompson. Client will also need representation at his custody hearing on August 21, 2017, at 2:00pm before Master Christine Godwin-Pierce. Client is more comfortable speaking Spanish, but is conversant in English; interpretation and translation services will be provided upon request.

Core Competencies: Client Interviewing, Courtroom Experience

17-0040166 Urgent Needs

Submitted on August 1, 2017 in Probate

Client, a senior citizen, seeks assistance with an urgent probate matter. Client’s water has been shut off due to pipe damage and she requires title to the property to qualify for a repair assistance program. Client resides in a property titled to her mother, who died intestate in 2007. Client has been living in the property since last year. Client and her six siblings are the only heirs of the deceased record owner. Five of client’s six siblings live in Puerto Rico, but all are willing to sign over their interests in the property to client. Client is coordinating the signing of renunciations and will do so again for the deed. A volunteer is needed to assist client with administering the estate and obtaining title to the property. Client is Spanish-speaking; interpretation and translation services will be provided upon request

Core Competencies: Administrative Agency Practice, Drafting

16-0038539

Submitted on October 12, 2016 in Probate

Client, who is very responsive, seeks assistance with a probate matter. Client’s mother and father, the record owners of the property, died in 1986 and 2012, respectively. Client’s father left the property to client and her brother in a will. Client’s disinherited sister fraudulently conveyed the property to herself after their father’s death. Another volunteer assisted the client with a complaint to quiet title, and the property has been conveyed back to the estates of client’s parents. A volunteer is now needed to help client and her brother get Letters Testamentary and obtain title to their parents’ property by petitioning the Register of Wills to accept a copy of their father’s will.

Core Competencies: Administrative Agency Practice, Drafting

17-0040175

Submitted on May 26, 2017 in Mortgage Foreclosure

Client seeks assistance with a mortgage foreclosure case. Client lives in a home titled and mortgaged in her name and her husband’s names. Client initially fell behind on her mortgage payments when she had to make emergency repairs to her home. She received a loan modification in 2016, the permanent modification was never entered. Her housing counselor submitted an updated package for a new modification, but client was denied due to insufficient income. Client is now working to be approved by Liberty Resources as a home health aide for her husband, which would serve as additional income. Her housing counselor will submit a completed financial package by August 12, 2017. An attorney is needed to communicate with the lender to help client modify her loan. Client’s housing counselor is Angelica Alejandro of Nueva Esperanza. The next conciliation conference is scheduled for September 21, 2017, at 9:00am. Client is Spanish-speaking; her housing counselor is available to interpreter and any additional translation assistance will be provided upon request.

Core Competencies: Courtroom Experience, Negotiation Skills

16-0039491

Submitted on June 26, 2017 in Real Property

Client seeks assistance with a quiet title action. In 2006, client entered into an installment sale agreement for a property with a single record owner. Under the agreement, client paid a $10,000 down payment and then was to make monthly payments of $550 until 2021, when title would be transferred to his name. In 2016, client learned that the record owner had added his daughter to the title of the home. They now hold title together, as trustees of his revocable trust. This prompted client to seek assistance from legal services, where he learned that he was being charged a usurious interest rate of 10%. Client has just learned from the record owner that all future communication must go through his daughter, as record owner has left the country for good. Client has a copy of the installment sale agreement and receipts of all the payments he has made since entering into the agreement in 2006. Client would like to sue the record owner to argue against the legality of several clauses within the installment purchase agreement, including the usurious interest rate. An attorney is needed to help client renegotiate the terms of the contract.

Core Competencies: Client Interviewing, Courtroom Experience

17-0040563

Submitted on August 9, 2017 in Nonprofit, Tax

Client is an established nonprofit organization sharing astronomical interest and relating science through public outreach, education, and other observational opportunities. Client facilitates city wide telescope nights and telescope activities as part of Science Week Carnival with the Franklin Institute. Client seeks assistance applying for tax-exempt status.

Core Competencies: Administrative Agency Practice, Client Interviewing

17-0039660

Submitted on July 25, 2017 in Real Property

Client seeks assistance with a deed transfer. The record owner of client’s property is her deceased grandmother, who died in 2010. Client’s father is the record owner’s only heir, and is willing to give the property to the client. Client is in a payment agreement for back real estate taxes, and obtained Letters of Administration for her grandmother’s estate in March 2017. A volunteer is needed to draft a deed giving client title to the property.

Core Competencies: Client Interviewing, Drafting

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