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18-0041834 Urgent Needs

Submitted on August 13, 2018 in Probate

Sixty-five-year-old client seeks assistance with a probate matter. Client’s father, who died in 1983, and client’s mother, who died in July 2016 , are the record owners of client’s home. Client has lived at this property for almost 60 years. Client has one sibling. Client is in an active payment agreement to handle the property’s delinquent real estate taxes. Client is currently attempting to enroll in the Basic Systems Repair Program of Philadelphia Housing Development Corporation due to a roof leak and a wall collapse. An attorney is needed to probate his mother’s estate and help obtain title to the property

Core Competencies: Administrative Agency Practice, Client Interviewing

18-0042150 Urgent Needs

Submitted on August 17, 2018 in Collections

Client seeks urgent assistance with a collections case in Court of Common Pleas. Client took out a personal loan from the Philadelphia Federal Credit Union in 2016 in the amount of $25,000. Client became unable to repay this loan following a family tragedy and subsequent loss of employment. Client was served with the complaint on August 2, 2018, for $22,449.50. Opposing counsel has granted an extension of 15 days to respond to the complaint; a response is due by September 6. An arbitration hearing is scheduled for May 1, 2019, at 9:15 am. Client would like to negotiate an affordable payment plan. An attorney is needed to respond to the complaint and represent client in this matter.

Core Competencies: Courtroom Experience, Negotiation Skills

18-0042066 Urgent Needs

Submitted on August 13, 2018 in Auto Accident

Clients, a husband and wife, seek assistance with an urgent auto accident matter. Husband was driving wife’s vehicle when he crashed with plaintiff’s vehicle. Clients’ three children and mother were all in the vehicle as well. The vehicle was insured at the time, and both husband and wife were covered by the American Independent Insurance Company policy. Plaintiff’s vehicle was insured by Liberty Mutual Group. Plaintiff initiated an action against clients as individuals and plaintiff’s own insurance company. Clients have attempted to contact their insurance company but have been unsuccessful. Opposing counsel has granted an extension of 30 days only to answer the complaint; an answer is due by August 27, 2018. Arbitration is scheduled for April 8, 2019, at 9:15 am. An attorney is needed to help clients get their insurance company to represent them or represent clients directly in this matter. Clients are Spanish speaking; interpretation and translation services will be provided upon request.

Core Competencies: Client Interviewing, Courtroom Experience

18-0042136 Urgent Needs

Submitted on August 3, 2018 in Real Property

A very responsive, seventy-six-year-old client seeks assistance with a deed transfer matter. Client lives in a property titled to her and her husband, who died intestate in 2017. The deed names the grantees as tenants by entireties, making client the sole owner since her husband’s death. A volunteer is needed to prepare a deed of confirmation reflecting client’s sole ownership of the property. Client also has a companion case at VIP for preparation of a will and power of attorney documents; however, VIP can find a separate volunteer to assist with this matter.

Core Competencies: Client Interviewing, Drafting

18-0042130 Urgent Needs

Submitted on August 9, 2018 in Torts

Client seeks assistance with a slip and fall matter. Client was served with a complaint via alternative service about 3 weeks ago. The complaint states that in April 2017, plaintiff slipped and fell on the broken sidewalk outside client’s house. The defendants in this case are client’s deceased parents, who are the record owners of his home, and the City of Philadelphia. Client states there was a water main break near his house around that time, so the water department cracked the sidewalk as they fixed the break. Client says it took the water department two weeks to return and fix the sidewalk. Client had no knowledge of the alleged slip and fall until he received the complaint. An attorney is needed to respond to the complaint on client’s behalf, as well as to defend him in this matter. An arbitration hearing is scheduled for January 16, 2019, at 2:00 pm.

Core Competencies: Courtroom Experience, Draft Pleadings

18-0042192 Urgent Needs

Submitted on August 17, 2018 in Landlord/Tenant

Client seeks assistance in a landlord/tenant matter. Client is a single mother who is battling medical issues and lives in the property with her son. The eviction complaint seeks possession and August 2018 rent, late fee and court costs. Client has paid August rent and the late fee and has a receipt. Landlord has verbally asked for back rent although it is not listed on the complaint. There are multiple repair issues, including a water heater deemed hazardous by PGW. The client has extensive documentation of requests for repairs. Client would like to work something out with the landlord, have the necessary repairs done to the property and stay. Defenses include breach of the implied warranty of habitability, receipts for paid rent and a possibly invalid Certificate of Rental Suitability. Eviction hearing scheduled for Thursday, August 23, 2018, at 8:45 am in Room 3. Landlord is unrepresented.

Core Competencies: Courtroom Experience, Negotiation Skills

18-0042031 Urgent Needs

Submitted on August 6, 2018 in Torts

Client seeks representation for defense of a slip-and-fall matter. Plaintiff claims she fell in a back alleyway, that client has easement rights to, in November 2016. Client does not have homeowner’s insurance and had no knowledge of anyone falling on her property. Plaintiff sued City of Philadelphia in the Court of Common Pleas in December 2016 and has filed a joinder complaint to include client. Client was served on June 22, 2018. An extension request has been made. Client needs legal representation to respond to discovery requests and defend her in this matter. Trial is set for November 5, 2018, at 9:00 am.

Core Competencies: Courtroom Experience, Negotiation Skills

18-0042137 Urgent Needs

Submitted on August 15, 2018 in Landlord/Tenant

Client seeks assistance in a landlord/tenant matter. Client lives in home with two sons, one of whom has medical issues and requires in home nursing care. The eviction complaint seeks June 2018-August 2018 rent, late fees for the past 9 months, attorney’s fees and court costs. Client has receipts for June 2018 and July 2018 rent. There are open L&I violations on the property that have not been repaired despite requests to the landlord and landlord did not ask client to leave until she asked for the repairs to be done. Client would like to leave property but just needs to negotiate some time to stay until she is sure the property she is moving into is ready. Defenses include breach of the implied warranty of habitability. Landlord is represented by Howard Ford, Esq. Eviction Hearing scheduled for Wednesday, August 22, 2018, at 8:45 am in Room 3.

Core Competencies: Courtroom Experience, Negotiation Skills

17-0040313 Urgent Needs

Submitted on July 26, 2018 in Divorce

Divorce with Equitable Distribution

Client seeks assistance with a divorce matter. Client/Wife and OP/Husband married in September 2004 and have been living separate and apart in the same household since the summer of 2013. In December 2015, OP brought client’s step son to live in the residence without client’s consent. Both the step-son and OP have been physically and verbally abusive towards client, and she has been granted a final PFA which evicted the step son. Client filed for a final PFA against OP, which was denied, however he continues to be verbally abusive towards client. Client receives monthly pension payments and is unemployed; OP is employed. The marital estate includes two jointly-titled houses, two automobiles in OP’s name, and OP’s pension. No divorce action has been filed to date. Client seeks legal representation to file for divorce from OP and to protect her claim to the marital estate. Client is Mandarin and Cantonese-speaking; interpretation and translation services will be provided upon request.

Core Competencies: Discovery Practice, Draft Pleadings

18-0042151 Urgent Needs

Submitted on August 15, 2018 in Support

Client seeks assistance with an urgent child support matter. Client/mother and OP/father share two minor children. Client filed for a child support modification in January 2018 to add the parties’ younger child to an existing support order in place for their older child only. In April 2018, an interim order was entered ordering OP to pay client $661/month in child support for both children. Client wishes to dispute this amount as she does not believe it is sufficient to cover both children’s school tuitions and living expenses. OP is represented by counsel. An attorney is needed to represent client at her support Master’s Hearing on August 29, 2018, at 1:15 pm.

Core Competencies: Courtroom Experience, Factual Development & Investigation

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