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17-0039670 Urgent Needs

Submitted on February 21, 2017 in Probate

Client seeks assistance with an urgent probate matter. Client’s water has been shut off since mid-January. He seeks title to his deceased mother’s home so he can quality for repair grants from the water department. Client’s mother left a will naming client the executor of her estate and leaving him her home. Client is also facing real estate tax foreclosure on the home and has a hearing scheduled for February 27, 2017, at 1:30pm. Client has applied for an OOPA but has not yet been approved. An attorney is needed to represent client at his real estate tax hearing, probate his mother’s estate, and transfer title to client.

Core Competencies: Administrative Agency Practice, Courtroom Experience

16-0038078 Urgent Needs

Submitted on January 31, 2017 in Custody

Client seeks assistance with a custody matter. Client/mother and OP/father share a 1-year-old daughter. Under the current custody order, OP has primary physical custody and client has supervised visits four times a week. Client and OP share legal custody of their daughter. Client believes that OP smokes marijuana around their daughter and exposes her to unfit living conditions. Client also alleges that OP is verbally abusive. Client filed a petition for modification of the current custody order seeking partial custody or increased supervised physical custody of her daughter. OP is represented by counsel. A volunteer is needed to represent the client in court before Master Diane Thompson on February 14, 2017, at 9:00am regarding her petition to modify. Core Competencies: Courtroom Experience, Client Interviewing

Core Competencies: Client Interviewing, Courtroom Experience

16-0039592 Urgent Needs

Submitted on February 10, 2017 in Mortgage Foreclosure

Client lives in a home titled and mortgaged to his deceased aunt. Client has been living in the home since his aunt’s death in 2013, and made regular mortgage payments for one year before falling behind due to an employment issue. Client’s aunt died intestate and left thirteen heirs in addition to client. Client’s housing counselor is Tippy Laonady of The Korean Community Development Services Center. Client’s next conciliation conference is scheduled for February 16, 2017, at 9:00am. An attorney is needed to either negotiate with lenders’ counsel for more time to probate the estate or for a graceful exit from the Diversion Program.

Core Competencies: Client Interviewing, Negotiation Skills

16-0039569

Submitted on December 27, 2016 in Intellectual Property, Small Business

Client is a small business based in Philadelphia that provides commercial printing, screen print, wide format print and graphic design. Client is seeking assistance trademarking the business name and copyrighting the business logo.

Core Competencies: Administrative Agency Practice, Client Interviewing

17-0039735

Submitted on January 31, 2017 in Real Property, Small Business

Client is an established small business in West Philadelphia. Client provides physical therapy and rehabilitative services, weekly fitness classes, and health and educational workshops. Client rents the space the business operates out of. The rental lease ends in September 2017. Client is seeking assistance renegotiating the rental lease. This case has a companion case, #16-0039595, relating to contracts.

Core Competencies: Client Interviewing, Negotiation Skills

16-0039283

Submitted on February 1, 2017 in Real Property

Client seeks assistance with a deed transfer. Client lives in a home titled in his deceased mother’s name as trustee for him and his brother. Client has procured letters of administration for his mother’s estate. Client seeks assistance transferring title to himself and his brother, as client’s brother is incapacitated and unable to renounce his interest in the property.

Core Competencies: Client Interviewing

17-0039697

Submitted on February 2, 2017 in Nonprofit, Real Property

Client is an established nonprofit faith-based organization based in West Oak Lane. Client is a community church that tries to meet the needs of the community by holding weekly faith-based services, counseling and mentoring, an annual clothing drive, and a food cupboard. Client uses a building for church services. Two board members, as individuals, entered a lease purchase agreement in 2011 with the record owner of the building. The record owner’s daughter took over the record owner’s affair when the record owner became ill. The daughter fell behind on property taxes, and the property is now in tax foreclosure. The court appointed a guardian to handle the record owner’s affairs, who is interested in disposing of the property. The two board members who entered into the agreement are willing to sign over their interest in the property to the nonprofit organization. Client seeks assistance obtaining title to the property and entering a payment plan with Department of Revenue. There is a Rule Returnable hearing scheduled for May 2, 2017. This case has a companion case, #16-0039568, which relates to tax-exempt status.

Core Competencies: Drafting, Negotiation Skills

17-0039622

Submitted on February 17, 2017 in Divorce

Client/Wife and OP/Husband married in February 2008 and have been separated since 2014. The client is a victim of domestic violence. Client is employed but still qualifies for legal representation, and OP is employed as a carpenter. The marital estate includes the increase in value in the house client purchased in 2000 and the marital portions of both parties’ pensions. No divorce action has been filed to date. The client would like legal representation to initiate a divorce action.

Core Competencies: Client Interviewing, Draft Pleadings

16-0039246

Submitted on February 8, 2017 in Real Property

Homeownership/Fraudulent Deed Transfer – 16-0039246 (AM2)

Client seeks assistance with a quiet title matter arising out of a fraudulent deed transfer. Client’s father passed away in 2006 without leaving a will, and his estate included a house. All heirs signed renunciations allowing client’s sister to become administrator of father’s estate. In 2013, sister fraudulently gave herself title to the property without consent from the other heirs. In September 2016, client and sister sought to transfer title to client; however, VIP discovered that the deed giving sister title was done fraudulently. Client needs a volunteer to file quiet title action to void the fraudulent deed and put the property back into the estate of their father. All heirs, including sister who is current record owner and administrator of father’s estate, are willing to sign over their interests in the property. Client does not believe his sister/ the administrator will contest the quiet title action.

Core Competencies: Client Interviewing, Courtroom Experience

16-0039056

Submitted on January 10, 2017 in Probate

Client seeks assistance obtaining title to his home. The record owners of the home are client’s great uncle and grandmother, who died in 1996 and 2001, respectively. Client is his grandmother’s only heir. His great uncle left three heirs, one of whom is willing to renounce her interest in the property. The other two heirs cannot be located. Client seeks assistance becoming the administrator of both estates. His grandmother’s estate has been raised but the administrator has since passed way. His great uncle’s estate has not been opened. An attorney is also needed to file a §3546 petition in Orphan’s Court for determination of title to the property.

Core Competencies: Client Interviewing, Drafting

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