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18-0042722

Submitted on December 11, 2018 in Public Housing

Client seeks assistance with a landlord/tenant matter. Client has lived in the home, for which she gets a Section 8 subsidy, with her two disabled, adult children since the end of June 2018. She is in a two year lease, but the eviction complaint seeks partial rent from June and August 2018, plus late fees, water fees, a charge for furniture, and court costs, and also alleges unauthorized occupants. There was confusion about the date rent started, which may explain the partial rents due for June and August, but client has receipts to show she is up-to-date in both rent and water payments. Furniture is not a part of the lease. One of client’s children requires around the clock nursing care. If client cannot get nursing care, her boyfriend sometimes stays over at night to help her with her son’s care, which landlord was aware of when client and her children moved in; however, client’s boyfriend maintains a separate residence. Client’s goal is to remain in the property for the remainder of her lease since she has not breached the lease. An additional defense includes failure to deliver a valid certificate of rental suitability. Opposing counsel is Howard Ford, Esq. The hearing is on January 11, 2019, at 8:45 am.

Core Competencies: Courtroom Experience, Negotiation Skills

18-0042210

Submitted on November 7, 2018 in Probate

Client seeks assistance with a probate matter. Client lives in a property titled to his deceased aunt and uncle who died intestate in 1982 and 1973, respectively. Client is one of aunt’s eleven heirs, and he has confirmations or formal renunciations from eight of the other. The remaining two heirs have yet to return the renunciations sent to them, but client is confident that at least one of them will. Client needs assistance probating his aunt’s estate and obtaining title to as much of the property as possible. Client is elderly and disabled, and needs title in order to apply for repair grants from the City.

Core Competencies: Administrative Agency Practice, Client Interviewing

18-0041832

Submitted on December 17, 2018 in Mortgage Foreclosure

Client needs assistance with a mortgage foreclosure matter.. Deceased record owner is client’s mother who left the property to client in her will. Mortgage payments stopped shortly after the record owner died in 2017, and client says he did not know about the mortgage. A conciliation conference is scheduled for January 17, 2019 at 9 am. A volunteer is needed to represent client in this mortgage foreclosure action.

Core Competencies: Courtroom Experience, Negotiation Skills

18-0042098

Submitted on July 30, 2018 in Wills

Fifty-year-old client, who has suffered a stroke, seeks assistance with preparation of Power of Attorney (POA) documents. Client would like to designate his mother as his financial and healthcare POA. Client’s speech and mobility are limited, so a volunteer is needed to consult with him at his residence and prepare POA documents. Notary services can be provided upon request.

Core Competencies: Client Interviewing, Drafting

18-0041242

Submitted on September 28, 2018 in Probate

Client has been living in the property owned by her deceased step-grandmother for fifteen years. Client’s step-grandmother died intestate in 2000, leaving client’s step-father as the only heir. Client’s step-father died in 2003, leaving client’s mother, sister, half-brother, and two step-brothers as heirs. Client’s mother, sister, and half-brother are willing to give up their interests in the property to client. Client has not spoken to her two step-brothers in several years and does not know where they are located. She understands that if she cannot locate them, she must go on title with them. A volunteer attorney is needed to assist client with administering the estate and obtaining title to the property.

Core Competencies: Administrative Agency Practice, Client Interviewing

18-0042598

Submitted on December 11, 2018 in Divorce

A survivor of domestic abuse seeks assistance with a divorce. OP is currently in custody and was arrested twice this year for abusive behavior towards client. Client’s PFA against OP was extended to January 2019 after OP’s second arrest in October. Both parties have been living apart since June 2017 and client says there are no marital assets or debts to divide between the parties. A volunteer attorney is needed to file for divorce and represent the client throughout the divorce process.

Core Competencies: Client Interviewing, Draft Pleadings

18-0041926

Submitted on November 7, 2018 in Probate

Client seeks assistance with a probate matter. Client’s father, who died in January 2018, and client’s mother, who died in 2010, are the record owners of client’s home, leaving property in the father’s estate. Client is father’s only child. Client is in an active installment plan for current real estate taxes. An attorney is needed to probate her father’s estate and obtain title to the property.

Core Competencies: Administrative Agency Practice, Client Interviewing

18-0041741

Submitted on December 17, 2018 in Wills

59-year-old client needs assistance with preparation of a will, a financial power of attorney, and an advanced directive. Client owns her property and would like to leave it to her daughter. Client would also like to designate her daughter as her agent under both financial and healthcare Powers of Attorney. Client’s mobility is limited, so a volunteer is needed to help client execute the documents at her residence. Notary services can be provided upon request.

Core Competencies: Client Interviewing, Drafting

18-0041876

Submitted on December 4, 2018 in Custody

Client seeks assistance regaining custody of her nine-year-old granddaughter. In 2016 client, who is the maternal grandmother, initiated a custody action against mother because she was living with a registered sex offender. In December 2016, client, mother, and father came to an agreement giving client primary physical custody, and partial custody to the father and mother. In April 2017, father/OP, who was represented, filed a petition to modify, and an order was entered in February 2018 giving him primary physical custody. However, father subsequently told client he would like to keep the previous agreement established in December 2016 in which client retained primary custody. The child has continued to live with client and has had regular visits with OP. Client wishes to regain primary custody so the child can maintain relationships with her siblings and participate in community activities near client. A hearing on client’s petition to modify and petition for contempt is scheduled for April 15, 2019 at 1:30 pm before Judge Diane Thompson.

Core Competencies: Client Interviewing, Courtroom Experience

18-0041306

Submitted on October 3, 2018 in Probate

Client is living in the home owned by her deceased mother. Client’s mother died testate and appointed her friend as executrix of her estate, devising the property to client and client’s sister. The estate was opened in 2007, but the executrix has not finished probating the estate. Title to the property is still in client’s mother’s name. Client has not had any contact with the executrix. She has called her, but has not gotten a response. Client would like to substitute herself in as executrix of the estate. A volunteer attorney is needed to assist client with filing a petition to show cause why she should be appointed as executrix and help to finish probating the estate.

Core Competencies: Administrative Agency Practice, Draft Pleadings

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