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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

18-0042505

Submitted on February 12, 2019 in Probate

Client needs assistance getting title to the home in which she has lived for all of her fifty-one years. The deceased record owners are her father who died intestate in 1982, and her mother who died in 1997, also intestate. In addition to client, there are twelve living heirs to the property. Client has contacted all of them, and all of them agree that she should be on title. Client has provided addresses for all heirs and has started gathering notarized renunciations from those who live nearby. Client is eager to obtain letters of administration for her mother so that she will qualify for city programs to fund vital repairs to the property. A volunteer is needed to probate client’s mother’s estate and assist client in transferring title into her name.

Core Competencies: Administrative Agency Practice, Client Interviewing

18-0042607

Submitted on February 6, 2019 in Real Property

Client seeks assistance with a deed transfer. Client is living in a home owned by her deceased mother. The deed is a South Philly Trust. Client’s deceased mother is trustee and the beneficiaries are mother’s three children, including client, and client’s daughter. Client’s mother died intestate, with property transferring to the four beneficiaries. Client’s siblings and daughter are in agreement to give the property to client. A volunteer is needed to draft a deed transferring title to client. Client also has a companion case for a will, but there is no obligation to take both cases.

Core Competencies: Client Interviewing, Drafting

18-0042361

Submitted on November 20, 2018 in Wills

Client, 65-years-old, seeks assistance preparing a will and power of attorney documents. Client owns her property and would like to leave it to her three children. Client seeks counsel on whether or not she should prepare an advanced healthcare directive. Client’s preferred language is Spanish; interpretation services are available upon request.

Core Competencies: Client Interviewing, Drafting

18-0042248

Submitted on February 12, 2019 in Guardianship

Client seeks assistance obtaining guardianship of his 21-year-old daughter. Client’s daughter is non-verbal, severely developmentally delayed, and on the autism spectrum. She cannot perform basic skills, manage her finances, or make her own medical decisions. Client wants to make decisions for his daughter and enroll her in a life skills program. Her doctor suggested that he obtain guardianship and will complete the interrogatories. Guardianship is not expected to be contested.

Core Competencies: Courtroom Experience, Draft Pleadings

18-0042447

Submitted on October 16, 2018 in Nonprofit, Tax

Client is a Philadelphia-based nonprofit organization focused on the health impacts of fossil fuels. Client talks with residents around the South Philadelphia Refinery about the impacts of living near a fossil fuel refinery. Client trains and helps folks build leadership skills to advocate for themselves. Client is engaged with elected officials through advocacy campaigns. Client is a 501c4 organization fiscally sponsored by a 501c3 nonprofit organization. Client receives their grants and tax-deductible donations through their fiscal sponsor. Client seeks assistance understanding IRS obligations as a 501c4, especially around donation documentation.

Core Competencies: Administrative Agency Practice, Client Interviewing

16-0039478

Submitted on February 19, 2019 in Divorce

Divorce Only

Client/Wife and OP/Husband married in 2010 in Vietnam and separated in March 2016. Client is a victim of domestic violence. Client would like legal representation to initiate a divorce action. OP is agreeable to the divorce, and neither client nor OP want to raise any economic claims. An attorney is needed to file for divorce on client’s behalf and represent her throughout the divorce proceedings.

Core Competencies: Client Interviewing, Draft Pleadings

18-0041575

Submitted on February 6, 2019 in Probate

Client seeks assistance with a probate matter. Client is living in property owned by deceased record owner, with whom client had a close relationship. Record owner died testate in 2017, devising the property to his siblings and naming another person as executrix. Client purchased the siblings’ interests in the property, with notarized documentation as evidence of their intent to convey interest, but was unable to get executrix to sign a deed. Although the estate of the record owner was opened and executrix was granted letters testamentary, executrix can no longer be found. All siblings are willing to sign the deed. A volunteer is needed to petition for client to become administrator of the estate and to prepare a deed giving title to the client.

Core Competencies: Administrative Agency Practice, Draft Pleadings

18-0042547

Submitted on November 30, 2018 in Probate

Client seeks assistance with a probate matter. Client is living in the home of his deceased mother, who died intestate in September 2006. She left three heirs, client and his two sisters. Both sisters are willing to transfer their interests in the property to client. A volunteer is needed to assist client with administering the estate and obtaining title.

Core Competencies: Administrative Agency Practice, Client Interviewing

18-0041832

Submitted on February 13, 2019 in Mortgage Foreclosure

Client needs assistance with a mortgage foreclosure matter.. Deceased record owner is client’s mother who left the property to client in her will. Mortgage payments stopped shortly after the record owner died in 2017, and client says he did not know about the mortgage. A conciliation conference is scheduled for February 14, 2019 at 9 am. A volunteer is needed to represent client in this mortgage foreclosure action.

Core Competencies: Courtroom Experience, Negotiation Skills

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