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19-0043232

Submitted on April 11, 2019 in Divorce

Divorce Only

Client seeks assistance with a divorce. Client and opposing party (OP)/husband were married on September 28, 2017, but OP became incarcerated on that same day. In 2018, OP was released and began abusing client. Client then obtained a PFA in December 2018, and OP is now incarcerated again. No divorce action has been filed, and client has no interest in either the marital estate or receiving support from OP. A volunteer is needed to file for divorce and represent client throughout the process.

Core Competencies: Client Interviewing, Draft Pleadings

19-0043366

Submitted on April 23, 2019 in Landlord/Tenant

Client seeks assistance with an urgent landlord tenant matter. The eviction complaint seeks a judgment of possession and a money judgement for unpaid rent and late fees from February 2019 through April 2019, the alleged cost of repairing water damage that client incurred, attorney’s fees, and ongoing rent. Client began withholding rent in February after landlord repeatedly failed to fix client’s oven following numerous requests. Client called L&I earlier this month because he believed his bathroom lacked proper ventilation; there are now two open violations for this issue, which landlord denies is a habitability concern. Client acknowledges that he caused water damage by using a portable washing machine, but has not reimbursed landlord for the cost incurred to repair the damage because she has failed to provide him with proof of the cost of those repairs. Defenses include a breach of implied warranty of habitability. Client intends to vacate the property before the eviction hearing. Client would like to avoid a money judgment and would like for the lease and his obligation to continue paying rent be terminated as soon as possible. Landlord is represented by Todd Baritz. An eviction hearing is scheduled for Wednesday, May 8, 2019 at 8:45 am in Courtroom 3.

Core Competencies: Courtroom Experience, Negotiation Skills

19-0043084

Submitted on March 27, 2019 in Probate

Client seeks assistance with a probate matter. Client is living in a property owned by her deceased grandmother, who died intestate in 2013. Grandmother had only one child, client’s father. Client’s father wants to give his interest in the property to client. Client needs title in order to qualify for City repair programs that could prevent the home from falling into disrepair. A volunteer is needed to help client probate her grandmother’s estate and to draft a deed transferring title to client’s name.

Core Competencies: Administrative Agency Practice, Client Interviewing

18-0042646

Submitted on April 16, 2019 in Divorce

Divorce Only

Client/wife seeks a divorce from opposing party (OP)/husband. Client and OP were married in 2010 and separated in 2014. The parties have no shared assets. Neither party has filed for divorce. Client believes that OP is amenable to divorce and unrepresented. Client seeks assistance filing for, and obtaining, a divorce. Client is Spanish-speaking; interpretation and translation services will be provided upon request.

Core Competencies: Client Interviewing, Draft Pleadings

19-0043010

Submitted on April 2, 2019 in Wills

Client seeks assistance with estate planning. Client’s sole asset is her home, which she wants to leave to her son. She would also like to create a living will and a power of attorney with her daughter as the agent. 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

19-0043412

Submitted on April 23, 2019 in Real Property

Adverse Possession

Client, who had disabling cancer, has been living in her home since 1993. She moved in under the understanding that the record owner would transfer title to her after she paid off the back real estate taxes of about $16,000. She did this and never heard from the record owner again. Then, in 1999, record owner transferred title instead to his sisters as tenants with joint right of survivorship. She never got permission from the sisters to live in the property, but she kept living there, paying on back real estate taxes and maintaining the property. Client heard that one of the sisters died, but the other sister was still alive last client heard about her. A volunteer is needed to help client file an action to quiet title for adverse possession in June 2019 when she will be eligible to file in order to get title of her home into her name.

Core Competencies: Courtroom Experience, Draft Pleadings

19-0043066

Submitted on April 11, 2019 in Probate

Client seeks help probating the estate of her recently deceased husband. Only her husband is on the most recent deed to the home in which she and her minor daughter currently reside. Client does not owe any back taxes and is up-to-date on the mortgage payments for the property. Client also wishes to name her husband’s niece as guardian of her daughter’s estate so her daughter may receive half of her father’s life insurance policy with Aetna. A volunteer is needed to help client gain title to the home in which she and her daughter live and to assist client with a appointing a guardian to her daughter’s estate. Client has been very responsive and is eager to have this matter resolved.

Core Competencies: Administrative Agency Practice, Client Interviewing

18-0042578

Submitted on March 28, 2019 in Wills

Client seeks assistance drafting a will. Client would like to leave her interest in a family property to her four children. The property is held in a “South Philly Trust”, which lists client’s deceased mother as the trustee and client and her sister as the beneficiaries. Client does not want a deed transfer at this time, but instead wants to leave her share of the property to her children. A volunteer is needed to draft and execute the will.

Core Competencies: Client Interviewing, Drafting

19-0043035

Submitted on April 16, 2019 in Real Property

A volunteer attorney is needed to assist client with obtaining title to her property. Client has been living in a home titled to her deceased mother for the last two decades. Client’s mother died intestate in 1997, leaving client and her five siblings as heirs. All but one of client’s siblings are willing to give up their interest in the property. No one has been able to locate the other sibling; however, client is willing to accept that the missing sibling will remain on title. Client already has letters of administration, but they are in client’s maiden name. A volunteer is needed to draft a deed transferring title from the estate to client and her missing sibling. Additionally, a volunteer would need to include a recital in the deed explaining the change in the client’s name.

Core Competencies: Administrative Agency Practice, Client Interviewing

19-0043322

Submitted on April 5, 2019 in Real Property

Client seeks assistance with a deed transfer. Client currently holds title to his home under a “South Philly Trust” for his two sons as beneficiaries. Client would like a deed that eliminates this trust language and gives him full title, so he can properly proceed with obtaining a will. A volunteer is needed to prepare a deed giving title to client. Client has a companion case, #19-0043033, for his estate planning case. Taking both cases is encouraged, but not necessary.

Core Competencies: Client Interviewing, Drafting

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