19-0044177 Urgent Needs
Submitted on October 7, 2019 in Landlord/Tenant
Client seeks assistance in an urgent landlord/tenant matter. The eviction complaint seeks August 2019 through September 2019 rent plus ongoing rent, and court costs. Client lives in the unit with her three children, one of whom has a serious medical condition. In a prior Court of Common Pleas case with the same landlord, the case was dropped as non pros and escrowed rent was returned to the client. Landlord agreed to let client stay without repairs if she found other housing. However, client has had trouble finding housing because of the prior case the landlord filed. Client will be out of the property by the court date and would like to avoid a money judgment. Landlord is represented by Mark Copoulos, Esq. The hearing is scheduled for October 9, 2019 at 12:45 pm in Courtroom 3.
Core Competencies: Courtroom Experience, Negotiation Skills
19-0044196 Urgent Needs
Submitted on October 7, 2019 in Collections
Client, who has a disability, seeks assistance with a debt collection matter in Municipal Court. Client is being sued by Discover Bank for $3,886.40, which includes fees. The underlying debt is from a credit card that client could not afford to pay off after she stopped working in 2014 due to her disability. Client does not dispute the debt, but cannot afford to enter into a payment plan. A volunteer is needed to represent client at her upcoming hearing on October 18, 2019, at 10:00 am.
Core Competencies: Client Interviewing, Courtroom Experience
Submitted on July 29, 2019 in Divorce
Divorce With Economic Relief
A survivor of domestic abuse seeks assistance with a divorce. Client/wife and opposing party(OP)/husband were married in December 2016 and separated in July 2018. Client is not interested in making any claim to OP’s assets, but she would like to obtain alimony pendente lite. Client’s primary goal is moving on with her life. She owns no assets for OP to seek.
Core Competencies: Client Interviewing, Draft Pleadings
Submitted on September 23, 2019 in Real Property
61-year-old client seeks assistance with a fraudulent deed transfer. Client has held title to her home since 1985. In late July, alleged representatives from a company called JDSC Prime Investments, LLC informed client that they had purchased her home in early July. A recorded deed shows client’s fraudulent signature, but client did not make any agreement to sell her home. A volunteer is needed to assist client with filing a quiet title action to undo this fraudulent transfer.
Core Competencies: Client Interviewing, Draft Pleadings, Factual Development & Investigation
Submitted on October 9, 2019 in Name Change
Client seeks assistance with a name change matter for her two minor children, ages 9 and 11, who were both born in Pennsylvania. Their birth certificates reflect an incorrect last name, and client would like them changed to properly reflect the last name of her and her husband, the children’s father. She tried to get the birth certificates changed administratively, but she was told by the Department of Vital Records that she needed a court order. A volunteer is needed to help client file a name change petition for each of her children. Client is Spanish speaking; interpreter available upon request.
Submitted on August 15, 2019 in Real Property
Client seeks assistance transferring title of his deceased mother’s property into his name. Client’s mother left all of her estate, including the property, to client in a will. A VIP volunteer attorney assisted client with obtaining Letters Testamentary and filing an inheritance tax return for his mother’s estate, but for health reasons this volunteer is unable to finish the case. The Tangled Title Fund has approved funds to pay the principal amount of inheritance tax owed. A volunteer is needed to prepare a deed giving title to client and to request waiver of interest and penalties on the inheritance tax. If the waiver request is denied, a disbursement request for the interest and penalties needs to be submitted to the Tangled Title Fund.
Core Competencies: Administrative Agency Practice, Drafting
Submitted on October 3, 2019 in Guardianship
Client seeks assistance obtaining guardianship over his mother. Client’s mother has both dementia and Alzheimer’s and is no longer able to make decisions for herself. A doctor is available to provide an expert report and the guardianship is not expected to be contested.
Core Competencies: Client Interviewing, Courtroom Experience, Draft Pleadings
Submitted on April 2, 2019 in Probate
Client seeks assistance with a probate matter. Client and his brother are living in their deceased father’s house and want title transferred to their names. Their father died intestate in 2014, leaving five other heirs in addition to client and his brother. Together, client and his brother have a majority interest in the property. Two of the remaining heirs are willing to transfer their interests. The three remaining heirs are either nonresponsive or unable to be located. Client understands that these three remaining heirs will be on title with him and his brother. A volunteer is needed to assist the client with administering the estate and transferring title into their names.
Core Competencies: Administrative Agency Practice, Client Interviewing
Submitted on September 17, 2019 in Wills
61-year-old client seeks assistance with drafting estate planning documents. Client would like an advance healthcare directive and to designate her brother as her agent under a power of attorney. A volunteer is needed to draft these documents.
Core Competencies: Client Interviewing, Drafting
Submitted on August 2, 2019 in Wills
Client seeks assistance drafting estate planning documents. Client would like to leave her home and abutting lot, which she also owns, to her three children equally. She would like to name her eldest daughter Executrix of her estate. Client seeks advice deciding which additional estate planning documents, if any, she would 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