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19-0044372 Urgent Needs

Submitted on November 8, 2019 in Landlord/Tenant

Client seeks assistance with an urgent landlord-tenant matter. The eviction complaint seeks April through October 2019 rent, electric bill, water bill, court costs, and ongoing rent from the date of filing. Landlord was served notice of non-compliance for not having a valid Certificate of Rental Suitability until after September 2019. Client has already begun moving out of the property and is ready to turn over possession of the property. Client would like to avoid a money judgement. Landlord is unrepresented. Eviction hearing is scheduled for November 15, 2019, at 8:45 am in Courtroom 3. Core Competencies: Courtroom Experience, Negotiation Skills

Core Competencies: Courtroom Experience, Negotiation Skills

19-0043306 Urgent Needs

Submitted on November 5, 2019 in Probate

Client, who is living in a home owned by her great-grandmother, urgently needs to get title in her name. Great-grandmother died testate in 2012, devising the property to her granddaughter, client’s mother, and naming granddaughter the executrix. Client’s great uncle is the alternate executor. Client has a copy of the will. Client’s mother died intestate in 2017, never having probated the record owner’s estate. Client and her brother are her mother’s only heirs, and her brother is willing to transfer his interest in the property. Client’s great uncle has been uncooperative in acting as executor. The property is encumbered by a mortgage that is in the Mortgage Foreclosure Diversion Program, and client is working with a housing counselor to get a mortgage modification. Client needs to get letters of testamentary to be acknowledged as a successor-in-interest and enter into a trial modification. A volunteer is needed to file a petition for citation to show cause why a copy of the will should not be admitted and a petition for citation to show cause why client should not be named executrix of the estate of the record owner. After client has been named executrix, the volunteer will need to help client finish probating great-grandmother’s estate, including transferring the property into client’s name and filing the inheritance tax return.

Core Competencies: Administrative Agency Practice, Client Interviewing, Draft Pleadings

19-0044240 Urgent Needs

Submitted on November 4, 2019 in Torts

Client and his wife need assistance with an urgent slip-and-fall case. Client is an elderly gentleman seeking legal representation in the defense of a case where his neighbor is suing him and his wife for allegedly slipping and falling outside of their home in 2016, although client never knew about the incident and never saw the neighbor with any injuries. Other neighbors and the City of Philadelphia were defendants earlier on, whereas client and his wife were only joined recently and served on October 7, 2019. Opposing counsel has been contacted for an extension to respond to the complaint. Client’s wife has cancer, and they are extremely worried about losing their home. An arbitration hearing set for December 16, 2019, and client and his wife are in need of representation for the matter, including the arbitration. Client and his wife are Spanish-speaking; interpretation services are available upon request.

19-0044368 Urgent Needs

Submitted on November 8, 2019 in Landlord/Tenant

Client seeks assistance with an urgent landlord tenant matter. The eviction complaint seeks September 2019 rent, attorney’s fees, water bill, and ongoing rent from the date of filing. Client lost her job in July 2019 and was unable to pay September 2019 rent and fell behind on utility payments. Client will start a new job in mid-November and has entered into a payment plan for the water bill. Client lives with her two daughters, one of whom is pregnant and due in the next couple of months. The complaint lists a monthly rent that is $100 more than what it is on the lease. Client would like until the end of January 2020 to save money and move out. Landlord is represented by Robert Cole, Esq. Eviction hearing is scheduled for November 14, 2019, at 12:45pm in Courtroom 3.

Core Competencies: Courtroom Experience, Negotiation Skills

19-0043888

Submitted on October 17, 2019 in Probate

Client, who is homebound with a disability and is very responsive, seeks assistance with a probate matter. Client’s home is titled in the name of his deceased brother, who died intestate in late 2017. The deceased record owner had no spouse, issue, or parents when he died, leaving his siblings, client and his sister, as his only heirs. Client is currently seeking a mortgage modification. Client’s housing counsellor has determined that the mortgage will be affordable to client upon modification. Client’s sister, who lives in Georgia, has signed and furnished a renunciation electing client to be personal representative of his brother’s estate. A volunteer is needed to help probate client’s brother’s estate, including transferring title to client and filing an inheritance tax return. Mobile notary is available upon request.

Core Competencies: Administrative Agency Practice, Client Interviewing

18-0042793

Submitted on November 6, 2019 in Probate

Client, who has a disability and is very responsive, seeks assistance with a probate matter. Client is living in a property owned by his deceased mother, who died testate in 1996. The Client’s mother had five children, only two of whom are alive. In her will, client’s mother left the entirety of her estate to her children, to be divided evenly among them. She named client’s deceased brother as the executor of her estate but named no alternate executor. There are currently five living heirs besides client. Client has obtained renunciations from four of five heirs electing him personal representative of his mother’s estate, who each agree to ultimately transfer title of the property to client. A fifth heir has not yet signed a renunciation but has indicated he will consider doing so after speaking with his attorney. Client needs title in order to qualify for assistance programs that will conduct repairs and provide accessibility modifications. A volunteer is needed to help client probate his mother’s estate, including transferring title to client and filing an inheritance tax return. If the final renunciation cannot be obtained, the volunteer will need to file a petition for a citation to show cause why petitioner should not be appointed administrator. Mobile notary available upon request.

Core Competencies: Administrative Agency Practice, Client Interviewing

18-0042732

Submitted on June 6, 2019 in Divorce

Divorce Only

Client, who lives in Philadelphia, seeks assistance with a divorce. Client/wife and opposing party (OP)/husband married in May 2006 in Jamaica and separated in August 2014, when OP was incarcerated. Client has no interest in either the marital estate or receiving support from OP. Client believes that OP, who is still incarcerated, will consent to the divorce. A volunteer is needed to file for divorce and represent client throughout the divorce proceedings.

Core Competencies: Client Interviewing, Draft Pleadings

19-0044343

Submitted on November 5, 2019 in Quiet Title

TEST CASE

This neither a real person nor case; please ignore.

19-0044353

Submitted on November 8, 2019 in Wills

Client seeks assistance with estate planning documents. Client would like to leave the home that she co-owns with her son to her daughter and grandson. Client also seeks advice about whether an Advanced Care Directive might be appropriate. VIP is able to provide free notary services upon request. Client’s son also has an estate planning case, 19-0044319, and it is recommended but not required that both cases are taken together.

Core Competencies: Client Interviewing, Drafting

19-0043985

Submitted on October 7, 2019 in Real Property

A client needs assistance obtaining exclusive title to her home. The record owners of the property are client and her ex-husband. The parties were divorced in 2004 after opposing party (OP) was incarcerated for a crime against client’s daughter. Although, one of the divorce filings indicates OP’s intent for client to receive the home, no marriage settlement agreement was executed or incorporated into the decree of divorce. More recently, OP wrote a note stating that he was giving all rights to the property to client. OP is no longer incarcerated. Client is not certain of his whereabouts, but has a copy of a current driver’s license with a recent address. A volunteer attorney is needed to draft a deed transferring property into client’s name alone, to find OP, and ask that he sign the deed transferring title. If OP will not sign the deed, the volunteer may need to file a quiet title action on the basis of the not OP signed.

Core Competencies: Courtroom Experience, Drafting, Negotiation Skills

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