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Submitted on November 1, 2018 in Nonprofit, Zoning

Client is an established nonprofit that runs a faith-based, addiction recovery community center in South Philadelphia. Client provides recovery support services including meetings, education, career development, and life skills classes. Client has purchased a home in South Philadelphia to be used as a recovery house. The property is currently zoned as a single-family home. Client seeks assistance applying for a zoning use permit and pursuing an appeal, which will likely be necessary because the current designation is residential.

Core Competencies: Administrative Agency Practice, Drafting


Submitted on December 17, 2018 in Real Property

Client needs assistance with deed transfer. Client, who has lived in the property for nearly 20 years, owns 50% of the property with her deceased husband as tenants by the entirety, and her daughter holds the remaining interest of the property as tenant in common. Daughter is prepared to sign her interest in the property to her mother. Client has made daughter her Power of Attorney and has given us the authority to work with daughter on this case. Client needs to be solely on title to receive weatherization and basic systems repair for the property. A volunteer is needed to prepare a deed giving title to the client.

Core Competencies: Client Interviewing, Drafting


Submitted on December 5, 2018 in Wills

83-year-old client seeks assistance preparing power of attorney documents. Client would like to make her grandson’s wife her agent under healthcare and financial powers of attorney. Client currently has no power of attorney documents. Client’s estranged son previously took advantage of client when she was hospitalized by stealing money from her. Client is eager to have a trusted individual help her with financial and healthcare issues. Client is Spanish-speaking, but her grandson’s wife, who is often with her, is English- and Spanish-speaking; interpretation services are available upon request.

Core Competencies: Client Interviewing, Drafting


Submitted on October 15, 2018 in Guardianship

Client needs assistance with a guardianship matter. Client, with help of home healthcare aids, is the primary caretaker for her 77-year-old mother. Client’s mother has been diagnosed with dementia, and she is no longer able to make decisions for herself. Client is seeking guardianship so that she can continue to care for her mother. The guardianship is not expected to be contested.

Core Competencies: Courtroom Experience, Draft Pleadings


Submitted on December 11, 2018 in Guardianship

Standby Guardianship

Client who is suffering from renal cell cancer seeks legal assistance to appoint guardians for her 10 year-old adopted son who is on the autism spectrum. Client would like to ensure that her son is safely within a loving family before her condition deteriorates further. Son is prone to panic and anxiety, and client would like to spare him from witnessing the worst of her condition. The client has identified a couple whom she would like to appoint as guardians and needs a volunteer to complete the process. The attorney who handled the adoption is available to provide any needed information.

Core Competencies: Client Interviewing, Draft Pleadings


Submitted on November 16, 2018 in Divorce

Client seeks assistance obtaining a divorce. The parties have been separated since July 2011 when Client came to the U.S. OP/husband lives in Dubai and only visits for occasional holidays. Client believes he will consent to the divorce and would sign and notarize any necessary documents and send them back from Dubai. She would, however like to pursue an agreement to pay child support A volunteer attorney is needed to file for divorce and represent the client throughout the process.

Core Competencies: Analysis of Statutes, Draft Pleadings


Submitted on December 5, 2018 in Custody

Client seeks primary physical custody of her ten-year-old daughter. Father/OP is represented and has been unwilling to work with the client to modify the current partial custody arrangement. The existing custody order provides father primary custody at his residence in Sicklerville, NJ and requires client, who has no car, to travel from Philadelphia to pick up and drop off her daughter. The current order notes that educational opportunity is greater in Sicklerville than in Philadelphia, or in the school in Minneapolis where client proposed to relocate. However, client’s daughter was frequently truant while in father’s custody because OP does not take her to school regularly. OP also has a history of abusive behavior towards client and daughter. Client has had difficulty complying with the present order, and a contempt hearing is scheduled for June 24, 2019, at 9:00 am before Judge Michael Fanning. A volunteer is needed to file a petition to modify custody and defend client in the upcoming contempt hearing.

Core Competencies: Client Interviewing, Courtroom Experience


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


Submitted on December 11, 2018 in Real Property

Sympathetic client seeks assistance in fraudulent deed conveyance matter. Client lived in a property he owned since 1999. In 2017, client sought to put title in his daughter’s name. Client approached a purported real estate agent, actually an auto tag agent, to transfer title. The purported real estate agent told client he knew a potential buyer for the property. Buyer offered to pay $8,000 for the property. Client signed a deed conveying the property, which he did not read, though he believed it held the property in a trust until he received payment. After the client signed the deed, the buyer swiftly left without making payment. Client did not receive any consideration, and thus he did not think he sold the property. However, buyer began to harass the client, asking him to leave the property. Client said he did not want to sell the property anymore. In October 2018, the buyer changed the locks on the property and disposed of all of client’s and his daughter’s possessions. Client called police and filed a report. Client is currently living in PHA housing. A volunteer is needed to file a quiet title action to obtain title to the property based on the violation of the statute of frauds, so client and his 6-year-old daughter can move back to their family home.

Core Competencies: Courtroom Experience, Draft Pleadings


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

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