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19-0043510

Submitted on June 10, 2019 in Wills

Client, a 66-year-old Vietnam War Veteran, seeks assistance drafting estate planning documents. Client would like a will, advance healthcare directive, and financial and healthcare powers of attorney (POA). Client would like to name his fiancé the executrix of his estate and his agent under his POAs. A volunteer is needed to prepare these advanced planning documents for client and help him to have them executed.

Core Competencies: Client Interviewing, Drafting

19-0043589

Submitted on June 24, 2019 in Wills

Client seeks assistance advance planning documents. Client’s only assets are her car and home. Client wishes to leave these assets to her children. A volunteer is needed to prepare and execute these documents. Philadelphia VIP can provide free notary services upon request.

Core Competencies: Client Interviewing, Drafting

19-0043066

Submitted on May 2, 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 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

18-0042709

Submitted on June 13, 2019 in Probate

Client seeks assistance with a probate matter. Client is living in the property owned by her deceased husband, who died intestate in August 2017. The only other heirs are her husband’s three children, two of whom are client’s biological children. Client is currently collecting the signed letters of renunciation from the three children that will allow client to administer the estate. A volunteer is needed to assist client to open her husband’s estate and get title to the home in which she is living. Swift action should be taken, as the home does not have running water but is otherwise habitable.

Core Competencies: Administrative Agency Practice, Client Interviewing

19-0043310

Submitted on May 30, 2019 in Landlord/Tenant, Small Business

Client is a new small business that will be a neighborhood bagel shop featuring traditional water-boiled bagels and sandwiches, as well as provide a selection of coffee and treats. Client wishes to focus on local food paths and connecting with producers and farmers in our region. Client just recently formed as an LLC and currently sells goods at local farmers’ markets. Client is looking for assistance reviewing commercial lease documents and negotiating appropriate lease terms for a shop in West Philly.

Core Competencies: Drafting, Negotiation Skills

19-0043193

Submitted on April 24, 2019 in Probate

Client, father of four, seeks title to his home, which is owned by his deceased mother. Client’s mother died testate in 2010. In her will, she leaves the property to all five of her children including client. She names another one of her children as executor and all four of her other children as successor executors, with client being the last named successor executor. All of the deceased record owner’s children want client to have their interests in the property and are willing to renounce their right to administer the estate to client. There is an estate recovery claim against the record owner’s estate for approximately $48,000. A volunteer is needed to assist client with administering his mother’s estate and obtaining title to the property. The volunteer is also needed to help client determine what can be done to manage the estate recovery claim and any other debts that exist, including possibly an open mortgage.

Core Competencies: Administrative Agency Practice, Client Interviewing

19-0043450

Submitted on June 11, 2019 in Guardianship

Client seeks assistance obtaining guardianship of her 57-year-old brother. Client’s brother has autism and client wants to continue making medical and financial decisions for him. A doctor is available to complete an expert report, and guardianship is not expected to be contested.

Core Competencies: Courtroom Experience, Draft Pleadings

19-0043557

Submitted on June 24, 2019 in Guardianship

Client seeks assistance obtaining guardianship over her son/allegedly incapacitated person (AIP). AIP has Cerebral Palsy, which has rendered him unable to walk. AIP is also non-verbal. A doctor is available to complete an expert report. A volunteer is needed to file a petition for guardianship and represent the client throughout the process.

Core Competencies: Courtroom Experience, Draft Pleadings

19-0043232

Submitted on May 2, 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 was arrested on that same day. In 2018, OP was released and began abusing client. Client then obtained a PFA against OP in December 2018. OP is currently incarcerated again, but is still threatening client via letters and phone calls. 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

19-0043628

Submitted on June 14, 2019 in Contracts, Nonprofit

Client is an established nonprofit organization. Client’s mission is to improve the overall quality of life in a Philadelphia neighborhood. Client is a Community Development Corporation, offering utility assistance programs, housing counseling, a Neighborhood Advisory Committee, an after school care and summer camp, a community newspaper, and employment counselling. Client controls several parcels of city-owned land and has plans to develop two parcels with a private developer to build a full-service medical facility for seniors. Client seeks assistance negotiating and executing a development agreement and long-term lease with the private developer.

Core Competencies: Drafting, Negotiation Skills

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