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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

19-0043253

Submitted on April 23, 2019 in Incorporation, Nonprofit

Client is a community organization that connects veterans, who served abroad, to resources in the community. Client was formerly a chapter of a larger nonprofit, but they did not file the necessary paperwork to keep their status. Client now seeks assistance incorporating as their own nonprofit organization and applying for tax-exempt status.

Core Competencies: Administrative Agency Practice, Drafting

18-0042412

Submitted on November 6, 2018 in Mortgage Foreclosure

Client seeks assistance in a mortgage foreclosure matter. Client’s mother and father are the record owners of the property. Mother died in 2011 and father died in 2015, both intestate. After their deaths, client learned that his niece had used improperly obtained Power of Attorney documents to as his mother and father’s agent. Niece took out a reverse mortgage on the property and subsequently defaulted. The lender has filed a foreclosure action on mother’s estate. Client needs a volunteer attorney to continue negotiations with lender at client’s next conciliation conference on November 8, 2018, at 9:00 am, and any subsequent conferences. VIP will look for another volunteer to help transfer title to client from parent’s estate if it seems the mortgage can be satisfied, as client would like to remain in the property even if he has to enter a payment plan to pay off the reverse mortgage.

Core Competencies: Courtroom Experience, Negotiation Skills

19-0043295

Submitted on April 11, 2019 in Probate

Client seeks assistance with a probate matter. Client is living in a property owned by her deceased father. Client’s father died in 1979, and her mother died in 1995. Both died intestate. Neither of client’s parents had any other children; client is sole heir to the property. A volunteer is needed to help client probate her father’s estate and to draft a deed transferring title to client and client’s two children’s names.

Core Competencies: Administrative Agency Practice, Client Interviewing

19-0042833

Submitted on April 4, 2019 in Nonprofit, Zoning

Client is an established non-profit that helps residents organize around zoning and development issues in their neighborhood. Client seeks assistance negotiating a Community Based Agreement (CBA) with the property development company, Center City Construction & Development Co., to ensure that affordable housing and minority employment and business opportunities are considered as part of a new development project. A volunteer is needed to assist with negotiations of the CBA.

Core Competencies: Drafting, Negotiation Skills

18-0042732

Submitted on March 28, 2019 in Divorce

Divorce Only

Client, who lives in Philadelphia, seeks assistance with a divorce. Client/wife and opposing party (OP)/husband married in May 2006 in Jamaica and separated in August 2014, when OP was incarcerated. Client has no interest in either the marital estate or receiving support from OP. Client believes that OP, who is still incarcerated, will consent to the divorce. A volunteer is needed to file for divorce and represent client throughout the divorce proceedings.

Core Competencies: Client Interviewing, Draft Pleadings

19-0043386

Submitted on April 17, 2019 in Miscellaneous, Small Business

Client is a small construction business in Philadelphia. Client completes foundation, bridge, and structural work. Client seeks assistance amending corporate documents to change ownership of the business.

Core Competencies: Client Interviewing, Drafting

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