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19-0043304

Submitted on April 30, 2019 in Custody

Client seeks assistance obtaining custody of her grandchildren. Client is the paternal grandmother of two children, ages 7 and 8. Upon both parents’ arrest in 2011, for assault and endangering the welfare of a child, client agreed with both mother and father that she would take the children to Florida to live with a paternal aunt. When the aunt could no longer care for them, client brought the children to live with her in Philadelphia. They have now been with her for the last two years. No custody order was ever established. Mother now asserts that client took the children without her permission. Mother, who is represented, filed for sole physical and legal custody in March 2018, and client cross-filed for sole legal and physical custody in April 2018. Father supports client’s request for custody of the children. A protracted hearing is scheduled October 23, 2019 at 9 am before Judge Christopher Malios. A volunteer is needed to represent the client in that hearing. The client understands that representation may be limited to the scheduled court event and has agreed to sign a pro se entry of appearance upon conclusion of the October 23 hearing.

Core Competencies: Client Interviewing, Courtroom Experience

19-0043325

Submitted on June 13, 2019 in Divorce

Divorce With Equitable Distribution

A survivor of domestic abuse seeks assistance with a divorce. Client/wife and opposing party (OP)/ husband were married in China in 1992 and separated in June 2017. Client has a current PFA against OP, and she reports that she has suffered head injuries as a result of the violence OP inflicted on her. OP was arrested as a result of an altercation with client. OP filed for divorce in March 2019 and a legal services agency filed an answer and counterclaim on client’s behalf seeking equitable distribution and alimony in April 2019. Client is unable to work due to pain from her injuries. Possible marital assets include a laundromat, a small take out restaurant, and a row home. Client is Mandarin speaking. VIP will provide a volunteer interpreter upon request as well as a volunteer to conduct a business valuation. A volunteer attorney is needed to represent client throughout the divorce process.

Core Competencies: Draft Pleadings, Negotiation Skills

19-0043504

Submitted on May 22, 2019 in Custody

A domestic violence survivor seeks assistance modifying the current custody order for her two small children and resolving custody contempt allegations. Opposing party (OP)/father and client/mother have shared physical custody. Client/mother is awarded slightly more time than father. OP/father, who is represented, filed a contempt petition alleging that client refuses to communicate with him about their son’s schooling and failed to make the children available on multiple occasions. Client/mother has cross-filed for contempt citing several late or missed exchanges caused by OP/father. Both parties have also filed petitions to modify custody that have been consolidated with their contempt petitions. A hearing on these matters is scheduled before Judge Doris Pechkurrow on July 8, 2019 at 9 am. Client understands that the scope of representation may be limited to the scheduled court date, and she is willing to sign a pro se entry of appearance after the hearing on July 8th. A volunteer is needed to assist the client in modifying her custody order as well as representing her on the issue of contempt.

Core Competencies: Client Interviewing, Courtroom Experience

19-0043552

Submitted on June 18, 2019 in Divorce

Divorce with Equitable Distribution

Client, who is disabled, seeks assistance with a divorce. Client/wife is blind and a survivor of domestic violence. Client and opposing party (OP)/husband married in 1999 and separated in 2000, when OP moved to the basement. In March 2019, OP attacked client after she suggested selling their house, which they own together as tenants by the entireties. Client then obtained a Protection from Abuse (PFA) order against OP, forcing him to move out. Client would like to sell the house so she can move into a more accessible home. The marital estate also consists of two cars, checking accounts, and client’s and OP’s respective pensions. VIP has a volunteer who will complete the QDRO. A volunteer is needed to file for divorce and represent client throughout the process.

Core Competencies: Draft Pleadings, Negotiation Skills

19-0043191

Submitted on April 10, 2019 in Divorce

Divorce Only

Client seeks assistance obtaining a simple divorce. Client rents her home and is dependent on Social Security Disability income. Client and opposing party (OP)/ husband were married in 2013 and separated in 2016. OP owns his home, but client is not interested in making any economic claims. Client explains “I simply want my freedom.” A volunteer is needed to file for divorce and represent the client throughout the divorce process.

19-0043559

Submitted on June 10, 2019 in Divorce

Divorce Only

Client seeks assistance with a simple divorce. Client and opposing party (OP) married on August 26, 2017, and separated in November 2018. OP also wants a divorce and will consent. Client’s goal is simply to be divorced and regain her freedom and independence. No divorce action has been filed to date. The client would like legal representation to initiate a divorce action.

Core Competencies: Client Interviewing, Draft Pleadings

19-0043668

Submitted on June 21, 2019 in Collections

Client, a homeowner, seeks assistance with an urgent debt collection matter. The complaint from Midland Funding, a debt buyer, seeks $2,329. Client does not dispute the original debt owed to Comentiy Capital Bank from a credit card he obtained in 2016. Client cannot afford to enter into a payment agreement at this time because his work hours were recently reduced. An attorney is needed to represent client at his hearing in Municipal Court on September 4, 2019, at 9:15 am.

Core Competencies: Courtroom Experience, Negotiation Skills

17-0040044

Submitted on April 30, 2019 in Divorce

Divorce with Economic Relief

A survivor of domestic violence seeks assistance with a divorce matter. Client/wife and opposing party (OP)/husband married in 2002 and separated in 2004.There are no assets in the marital estate. Client believes that OP is working, and she would like to pursue spousal support. A previous volunteer filed a divorce complaint, but service was never completed. Client now has a work address for OP. A volunteer is needed to file for spousal support, reinstate and serve the divorce complaint, and represent the client throughout the process of obtaining a divorce.

Core Competencies: Client Interviewing, Draft Pleadings

19-0043490

Submitted on June 13, 2019 in Real Property

Client, who has sole custody of her three-year-old granddaughter, seeks assistance with a deed transfer and inheritance tax filing. Client is living in the property owned by her deceased mother. Client’s mother died in 2016, leaving client as her only heir. Client has received letters of administration for her mother’s estate. Client has recently received a collections letter for delinquent inheritance taxes, and would like to enter into a payment plan. A volunteer is needed to prepare a deed giving title to the client, to file an inheritance tax return and negotiate with the tax collector, and to apply to the Tangled Title Fund to pay for inheritance taxes.

Core Competencies: Administrative Agency Practice, Drafting

19-0043716

Submitted on June 26, 2019 in Torts

Client seeks representation in a slip and fall matter. Plaintiff claims she fell outside client’s house due to a poorly maintained sidewalk. Client does not have homeowner’s insurance and had no knowledge of anyone falling on her property. Plaintiff has now sued client, client’s next door neighbor, and the City of Philadelphia in the Court of Common Pleas. Opposing counsel has granted an extension for client to file an answer until August 19, 2019. Client needs legal representation to respond to the complaint, discovery requests, and to defend her throughout this matter.

Core Competencies: Courtroom Experience, Draft Pleadings

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