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19-0042897 Urgent Needs

Submitted on February 8, 2019 in Real Property

Client seeks assistance with a fraudulent deed transfer matter. Client is living in a property that his deceased mother owned. Client’s mother died intestate in 2015. Client is sole heir to the property, as client’s brother – his mother’s only other child – died in 2004 with no children or spouse. Client’s daughter and her immediate family also live in the property. Client recently noticed that his daughter’s name is listed as the property owner on the Office of Property Assessment website. Client’s daughter surreptitiously obtained letters of administration in 2017 naming her administratrix of the estate, and in January 2018 a deed was recorded transferring title to client’s daughter’s name from his mother’s estate. The matter is urgent as client’s daughter is currently trying to sell the property, and the property is listed as “for sale” on real estate websites. A volunteer is needed to quickly record a lis pendens on the property and file a quiet title action to obtain client title to the property.

Core Competencies: Draft Pleadings, Negotiation Skills

18-0042124 Urgent Needs

Submitted on February 11, 2019 in Custody

Client needs representation in a custody matter involving her fourteen-month old son. In the past, client and OP/father observed an informal agreement allowing father to spend time with the child periodically. This amicable arrangement ended last spring when OP assaulted client in front of their son and her other children. A custody master entered an interim order in August of 2018 granting client sole physical and legal custody with supervised visits from OP/father allowed at client’s discretion. A hearing is scheduled before Judge Michael Fanning April 10, 2019 at 9 am.

Core Competencies: Client Interviewing, Courtroom Experience

18-0042553

Submitted on January 8, 2019 in Custody

Client seeks primary physical custody of her ten-year-old daughter. The existing custody order provides OP/father primary custody at his residence in Sicklerville, NJ and requires client, who has no car, to travel from Philadelphia to pick up and drop off her daughter. The current order notes that educational opportunity is greater in Sicklerville than in Philadelphia, or in the school in Minneapolis where client proposed to relocate. However, client’s daughter was frequently truant while in father’s custody because OP does not take her to school regularly. OP, who is represented, also has a history of abusive behavior towards client and daughter. Client has had difficulty complying with the present order, and a contempt hearing is scheduled for June 24, 2019, at 9:00 am before Judge Michael Fanning. A volunteer is needed to file a petition to modify custody and defend client in the upcoming contempt hearing.

Core Competencies: Client Interviewing, Courtroom Experience

15-0037768

Submitted on February 19, 2019 in Probate

Client, who is physically disabled, seeks assistance in obtaining title to her home. Record owner is client’s deceased aunt, who died testate in 2004, with a will leaving the property to clients’ two other aunts. One of those aunts predeceased the record owner, so the living aunt alone inherited the property. This aunt died intestate in 2008 and was survived by only one heir, client’s cousin. Cousin died in 2014 leaving the property to the client in a holographic will. The property has a lien claim from the State of New Jersey against the estate for $27,000, stemming from Medicaid costs in the last month of her life. A request for hardship was filed and denied, though it is unlikely that New Jersey will enforce the claim and force the sale of the property unless the property is sold. Because there are three estates involved, an attorney is needed to file a § 3546 petition for determination of title to the property in Orphan’s Court, and hopefully obtain title for client so she can remain in her home.

Core Competencies: Courtroom Experience, Draft Pleadings

17-0041160

Submitted on February 6, 2019 in Divorce

Client Divorce with Economic Relief

Client seeks assistance obtaining a divorce. The parties have been separated since July 2011 when client came to the U.S. OP/husband lives in Dubai but visits for occasional holidays. Client believes he will consent to the divorce and would sign and notarize any necessary documents and send them back from Dubai. Service may be made by mail consistent with Pa.R.C.P. 404,1930.4. Client would, like to pursue an agreement to pay child support A volunteer attorney is needed to file for divorce and represent the client throughout the process.

Core Competencies: Client Interviewing, Draft Pleadings

18-0042145

Submitted on October 29, 2018 in Wills

Client seeks assistance drafting a will. Client would like to leave her home and the contents of her savings account to her granddaughter. Client seeks advice deciding which additional estate planning documents, if any, she might like. Client is Spanish speaking; interpretation and translation services will be provided upon request. VIP is able to provide free notary services upon request as well.

Core Competencies: Client Interviewing, Drafting

19-0042880

Submitted on February 11, 2019 in Divorce

Divorce with No Assets

Client seeks assistance with a divorce matter. Client/Husband and OP/Wife married in October, 2011 and separated in July, 2012. The parties share two children and are handling custody matters separately. Client says OP also wants a divorce and will consent. Client is employed but still qualifies for VIP services. No divorce action has been filed to date. The client would like legal representation to initiate and obtain a divorce.

Core Competencies: Draft Pleadings, Negotiation Skills

18-0042742

Submitted on January 9, 2019 in Divorce

Divorce Only

Client/wife and OP/husband married in 2005 and separated in 2010. Client works as a freelance graphic designer; she is actively seeking work but does not have income at the moment. Client rents an apartment and lives there with her and OP’s two children. OP is employed. Client and OP both have sizeable debts. Client does not wish to divide the debts or to raise any economic claims. OP stated that he will agree to the divorce. No action has been filed to date. Client seeks legal representation to initiate a divorce action.

Core Competencies: Client Interviewing, Draft Pleadings

18-0042592

Submitted on February 19, 2019 in Guardianship

Client seeks assistance obtaining guardianship of her 18-year-old son. Client’s son was diagnosed with autism and is non-verbal and deaf. He recently turned eighteen, and client wants to be able to continue making medical decisions for him. Guardianship is not expected to be contested and a doctor is available to complete the interrogatories.

Core Competencies: Courtroom Experience, Draft Pleadings

19-0042944

Submitted on February 6, 2019 in Domestic Violence

60-year-old client, who is disabled, seeks assistance obtaining a Protection From Abuse (PFA) against her estranged husband. OP/husband continues to verbally abuse client, and she hopes to obtain a PFA before filing for divorce.

Core Competencies: Client Interviewing, Factual Development & Investigation

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