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19-0042892

Submitted on May 3, 2019 in Real Property

Client seeks assistance obtaining a deed to her property. In 1989, client and her then-husband entered into an installment contract with the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to purchase the property. In 1991, the VA transferred its ownership of the property to Banker’s Trust Company as Trustee for the American Housing Trust IX. When client and her ex-husband divorced in 2003, the property settlement agreement awarded the property solely to client, but the ex-husband never transferred his interest in the property to her. Client continued paying on the installment contract. Shortly after client made her final payment in November 2014, Bank of America sent client a deed that transferred ownership to client and her now ex-husband. However, client misplaced that deed before she could record it. In March of 2019, Bank of America recorded a Satisfaction of Mortgage, stating that it now owned the mortgage debt that the VA incurred in 1991 and was marking it satisfied. However, the 1991 document was a deed, not a mortgage, and there is no documentation provided that substantiates Bank of America as a successor-in-interest to Banker’s Trust. As a result, client now needs assistance in getting a new deed from Bank of America, including proper documentation of Bank of America’s interest in the property. Client will also need help applying to the Tangled Title Fund to pay for transfer taxes. Once title is in client’s and her ex-husband’s names, VIP can find another volunteer to enforce the terms of the divorce and have full title put into client’s name.

Core Competencies: Client Interviewing, Drafting

19-0043158

Submitted on August 6, 2019 in Guardianship

Client seeks assistance with obtaining guardianship over her mother/ allegedly incapacitated person (AIP). AIP has dementia, limiting her decision-making capacity. AIP has also suffered significant injuries and has been hospitalized multiple times in the past two years. AIP’s physician is completing an expert report. An attorney is needed to file a petition for guardianship and assist with obtaining guardianship of her mother.

Core Competencies: Courtroom Experience, Draft Pleadings

19-0043990

Submitted on August 15, 2019 in Landlord/Tenant

Client seeks assistance with an urgent landlord tenant matter. The eviction complaint seeks unpaid rent for May (partial), June, and July 2019, as wells as late fees, attorney fees, court costs, and ongoing rent from the date of filing. Client has been living in the property with her eleven-year-old-child for over one year. Client has been withholding rent since the beginning of August due to the eviction notice. Client fell behind on rent due to financial struggles but consistently made payments toward the rent. Client has proof of payments from January to July 2019 and believes her balance is significantly lower than the amount claimed. Defense includes that rent requested has been paid. Client would like to remain in the property and work out a payment plan. Landlord is represented by Alison Demedeiros, Esq. Eviction hearing is scheduled for September 3, 2019 at 8:45am in Courtroom 3.

Core Competencies: Courtroom Experience, Negotiation Skills

19-0043467

Submitted on July 22, 2019 in Name Change

Client seeks assistance drafting an estate planning document. Client owns her home and would like to leave it and all other property to her daughter. A volunteer is needed to prepare and help client execute a will.

Core Competencies: Client Interviewing, Drafting

19-0043980

Submitted on August 8, 2019 in Collections

Client seeks assistance with an urgent debt collections matter. Client opened a credit card several years ago, but she has had trouble paying it off since her substitute teaching position was downgraded by the district. Client owns her own home and is worried about a lien being placed on it. A hearing with Barclays Bank is scheduled for September 9, 2019 at 1:00 pm in Municipal Court. Client has two companion cases: 19-0043953, with a hearing also scheduled for September 9, 2019 at 1:00 pm, and 19-0043935 with a hearing scheduled for September 4, 2019 at 10:00 am. Client is reluctant to enter into a payment plan because she does not have sufficient income. A volunteer is needed to represent her at her upcoming hearing.

Core Competencies: Courtroom Experience, Negotiation Skills

19-0043681

Submitted on August 6, 2019 in Intellectual Property, Small Business

Client is currently running a lifestyle/inspiration blog supporting minority businesses and business owners. Client hopes to expand the business to selling merchandise and hosting events to bring in additional revenue. Client seeks assistance trademarking the blog name.

Core Competencies: Administrative Agency Practice, Client Interviewing

19-0043989

Submitted on August 12, 2019 in Landlord/Tenant

Eviction hearing scheduled for Monday, September 9, 2019 at 12:45 pm in Courtroom 3. Landlord is represented by Robert Craig, Esq. 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

19-0043231

Submitted on May 8, 2019 in Probate

Client seeks assistance with a probate matter. Client is living in a property owned by her deceased grandmother. Client’s grandmother died intestate in 2006, leaving client as her only heir. Client needs title to qualify for a city repair program. A volunteer is needed to assist client with administering her grandmother’s estate and transferring title into her name.

Core Competencies: Administrative Agency Practice, Client Interviewing

19-0043751

Submitted on August 6, 2019 in Wills

Client, who suffers from heart issues and has undergone many surgeries, seeks assistance drafting healthcare and financial powers of attorney. He would like to name his mother as the primary agent, and his sister as the secondary agent, in both advance planning documents. A volunteer is needed to prepare and help client execute these documents.

Core Competencies: Client Interviewing, Drafting

19-0044005

Submitted on August 15, 2019 in Landlord/Tenant

Eviction hearing scheduled for Monday, September 9, 2019, at 8:45am in Courtroom 3. Landlord is represented by Michael J. Williams, Esq. 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

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