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17-0040581 Urgent Needs

Submitted on October 6, 2017 in Torts

Client seeks assistance with a slip-and-fall matter. Client has been sued as the administrator of his deceased father’s estate, which includes a property. OP claims that in June 2015 she fell on this property. Client does not have insurance and had no knowledge of anyone falling on the property. OP has also sued the City of Philadelphia and has filed a motion to consolidate with their suit against Comcast of Philadelphia II LLC. Client has been given an extension to respond to the complaint until November 6, 2017. Client needs representation to respond to the complaint and defend him in this matter. There is a settlement conference scheduled for January 2, 2018 at 9:00am and a pre-trial conference scheduled for March 5, 2018 at 9:00am. The projected trial date is April 2, 2018 at 9:00am.

Core Competencies: Courtroom Experience, Discovery Practice

17-0040790 Urgent Needs

Submitted on October 20, 2017 in Domestic Violence

Client seeks assistance with a PFA case involving her ex-husband. OP recently threatened client with physical harm if she did not withdraw her petition for child support. In 2016, OP attacked client when she was pregnant with twins, resulting in a miscarriage. He was convicted of aggravated assault of the parties’ unborn child, and incarcerated. OP has also filed a PFA petition, which client believes is an attempt to intimidate her. The case is scheduled for November 8, 2017, at 9:00 am, before Judge Chen.

Core Competencies: Client Interviewing, Courtroom Experience

17-0040554 Urgent Needs

Submitted on September 27, 2017 in Custody

Client seeks assistance with a custody matter. Client is seeking primary custody of her 7-year-old child who lives with client. OP is the child’s father, who is represented. The current temporary custody order, dated June 2017, gives the parties shared legal custody, client primary physical custody, and OP partial physical custody with overnight visits on Saturdays beginning in August. The order also specifies that the paternal grandmother may not be in the presence of the child during OP’s visits because she kidnapped the child in 2014 and has a history of abuse towards the child. Client has learned that during OP’s designated visits in August, the child has stayed at an unknown address alone with OP’s girlfriend. They are also scheduled before Master Vergara on October 4, 2017 at 2:00 pm. An attorney is needed to represent client at the masters hearing and the subsequent judicial hearing.

Core Competencies: Client Interviewing, Courtroom Experience

17-0040721 Urgent Needs

Submitted on October 16, 2017 in Torts

Client seeks assistance with an urgent torts matter. Plaintiff alleges that on March 1, 2015, she slipped on snow and ice that had accumulated on the sidewalk outside of client’s home. The grocery beneath client’s home and a third individual are named as co-defendants. Though client’s daughter once operated the grocery store, it is now run by an extended family member. Client does not own the grocery store and she does not know the other co-defendant. Client owns her home but does not have homeowner’s insurance on the property. An attorney is needed to file an answer on client’s behalf as soon as possible, and to defend her in this matter. Opposing counsel has granted client an extension of time to answer the complaint – an answer is due by November 3, 2017. An arbitration hearing is scheduled for November 6, 2017, at 2:00pm. Client is Spanish-speaking; interpretation and translation services will be provided upon request.

Core Competencies: Client Interviewing, Courtroom Experience

17-0040780 Urgent Needs

Submitted on October 16, 2017 in Collections

Client seeks assistance with negotiating repossession of a vehicle and settling an alleged debt. Client is elderly, legally blind, and has cancer. In October 2016, client’s son leased a car for $27,350 with client as a co-signer. Client’s son called her from the dealership in October 2016 asking for her social security number. Although client did not sign anything, her son approached her three weeks later with a contract showing her signature and listing her as the primary owner. Client has not seen her son since that day. She has tried talking to the dealership directly but they will not take her off title, and the financer, Chrysler Capital, will only void the contract if the dealership agrees. Client receives fixed social security payments and cannot afford to make the $655 monthly car payments. Client’s credit report shows that on October 19, 2016, fifteen different financers declined to give client and her son a loan for the car. Due to the delinquent car payments and credit inquiries, client’s credit score no longer meets the requirements for the apartment where she needs to move. In August 2017, client received a letter saying the car would be re-possessed and that a $572 repossession fees is owed. The vehicle is in client’s possession, and she wishes to return it to the dealership. A volunteer is needed to negotiate the repossession of the vehicle, void the contract, and resolve the derogatory marks on client’s credit history.

Core Competencies: Client Interviewing, Negotiation Skills

17-0040175 Urgent Needs

Submitted on September 8, 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 trial loan modification in 2016, but 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 submitted a new completed financial package in August 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

17-0040828 Urgent Needs

Submitted on October 19, 2017 in Torts

Client seeks assistance with a slip and fall matter. On June 30, 2017, a male at client’s address was allegedly served with a complaint according to the affidavit of service. Client does not know who was served and did not know about the complaint until she received notice of an October 5, 2017 case management conference. Soon after receiving notice of the case management conference, she sought assistance from legal services. The complaint states that in August 2015 OP slipped and fell on the broken sidewalk between two properties, one of which is owned by client. The defendants in this case are client, the owner of the neighboring property, and the City of Philadelphia. An attorney is needed to respond to the complaint, potentially by filing preliminary objections, on client’s behalf as soon as possible, as well as to defend her in this matter. Opposing counsel has not responded to VIP’s request for an extension of time to respond to the complaint. A settlement conference is scheduled for June 4, 2018; a pre-trial conference is scheduled for August 6, 2018; and a trial date is scheduled for September 3, 2018.

Core Competencies: Client Interviewing, Courtroom Experience

17-0040748 Urgent Needs

Submitted on October 4, 2017 in Custody

Client, a single mother of two children, seeks assistance with a custody matter involving her 5-year-old son with cognitive disabilities. OP/father has filed for partial custody; however he has not maintained regular contact or consistently utilized his custodial time over the past 5 years. His pattern is to miss his custodial time and then file contempt petitions against client. A temporary custody order was entered in August 2017 after OP filed a Motion for Contempt. The order gives client primary custody, while OP has overnight visits every Tuesday and Thursday. Client was granted a PFA in September 2017 after OP/father threatened to assault her. Client filed a Petition to Modify Custody requesting that OP’s overnights be scheduled on weekends during the school year, so the child can maintain a routine free of disruption during the school week. Client believes this arrangement would better accommodate the child’s cognitive disabilities and special education needs. A custody hearing is scheduled before Master Alvarez on October 17, 2017, at 9:45 am. A volunteer is needed to represent client at the masters hearing and at the subsequent judicial hearing.

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

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

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