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19-0044236

Submitted on October 11, 2019 in Landlord/Tenant

Eviction hearing scheduled for Wednesday, October 23, 2019 at 12:45 pm in Courtroom 3. Landlord is unrepresented. Case summary coming soon. Please “express interest” by clicking on case number if you are available for representation and would like more information right away.

Core Competencies: Courtroom Experience, Negotiation Skills

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

19-0043692

Submitted on September 16, 2019 in Wills

Client seeks assistance with estate planning documents. Client would like to prepare a will to leave her home to her daughter, and name her as Executrix of client’s estate. Client also seeks advice about additional estate planning documents. A volunteer is needed to prepare and help client execute these documents. VIP is able to provide free notary services upon request as well.

Core Competencies: Client Interviewing, Drafting

19-0043390

Submitted on July 24, 2019 in Probate

Client seeks assistance with a probate matter. Client is living in a property owned by her great-grandparents. Great-grandfather pre-deceased great-grandmother, who died intestate in 1965. Great-grandparents had three children, including client’s grandmother. Client’s two great aunts died unmarried and with no children. Client’s grandmother died a widow survived by her three children including client’s mother. There are currently three heirs: client, client’s cousin, and client’s brother. Client’s cousin and brother have signed renunciations electing client personal representative of her great-grandmother’s estate. Client needs title in order to qualify for City-run repair programs that could resolve roof leaks in her property. A volunteer is needed to help client probate her great-grandmother’s estate and to draft a deed transferring title to client’s name.

Core Competencies: Administrative Agency Practice, Client Interviewing

19-0043858

Submitted on September 19, 2019 in Contracts, Nonprofit

Client is a newly incorporated nonprofit dedicated to helping women improve their wellbeing through health and wellness resources. Client provides licensed therapy, financial education, and trauma recovery programs. Client seeks assistance with drafting contracts for key vendors that are volunteering their services to support client’s programming.

Core Competencies: Client Interviewing, Drafting

19-0043437

Submitted on October 8, 2019 in Wills

59-year-old client seeks assistance with estate planning documents. Client would like to leave her clothing and accessories to a homeless shelter and her furniture to a close friend. Client would like to designate two additional friends as her agents under a power of attorney and would like to name one of them as the executor of her estate. Client would also like an advance healthcare directive. A volunteer is needed to draft these documents.

Core Competencies: Client Interviewing, Drafting

19-0043956

Submitted on August 13, 2019 in Employment, Nonprofit

Client is an established nonprofit organization whose mission is to increase access to primary healthcare for underserved communities. Client provides health career awareness, training, and mentoring to students in low-performing public high schools. Client also connects healthcare professional students to educational opportunities in vulnerable neighborhoods. Client seeks assistance updating its employee manual to meet federal and state legal compliance.

Core Competencies: Analysis of Statutes, Client Interviewing

19-0044058

Submitted on October 2, 2019 in Custody

A survivor of domestic abuse seeks assistance in a custody matter concerning her two daughters. Client reports that opposing party (OP)/ father chronically withholds the children and screams at them. Client filed a petition for modification and contempt, but failed to show up at the July hearing because she went into the hospital. As a result, her petitions were dismissed, and father was awarded sole physical and sole legal custody. Client filed a motion for reconsideration, which was granted, and a new trial on her petitions for modification and contempt is scheduled January 22, 2020 at 9 am before Judge Elizabeth Jackson. A volunteer is needed to represent the client at the upcoming trial, and to file a motion for expedited relief because client has not seen her children since June of 2019. Client understands that representation may be limited to the currently scheduled court date and any effort to obtain expedited relief in the current matter. Client is willing to sign a pro se entry of appearance at the conclusion of the scheduled trial.

19-0044208

Submitted on October 11, 2019 in Landlord/Tenant

Client seeks assistance with an urgent landlord tenant matter. The eviction complaint seeks attorney’s fee, court costs and ongoing rent from the date of filing. Client has lived in the property with her husband and grown son since 2008. Landlord is claiming tenants breached lease by subletting the property. Client states her grown daughter moved in with her shortly in 2008 and the daughter gave birth to twins in 2009 but they never subletted the property. Client’s daughter moved out a month ago with her children. Client wants to stay in the property. Landlord is represented by Howard Ford, Esq. Eviction hearing is scheduled for October 29, 2019 at 12:45pm in Courtroom 3.

Core Competencies: Courtroom Experience, Negotiation Skills

19-0042867

Submitted on March 13, 2019 in Wills

Client seeks assistance drafting estate planning documents. Client would like to designate his close friend and home health aide as his financial and medical power of attorney. Client seeks advice about possibly preparing an advance healthcare directive as well. 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

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