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19-0043322

Submitted on May 21, 2019 in Real Property

Client seeks assistance with a deed transfer. Client currently holds title to his home under a South Philly Trust for his two sons as beneficiaries. Client would like a deed that eliminates this trust language so he can devise his property in his will. A volunteer is needed to prepare a deed giving title to client without the South Philly Trust language. Client has a companion case, #19-0043033, for estate planning. Taking both cases is encouraged, but not necessary.

Core Competencies: Client Interviewing, Drafting

19-0043122

Submitted on April 19, 2019 in Divorce

A survivor of domestic abuse seeks assistance with a simple divorce. Client and opposing party (OP)/husband married February 23, 2011 and separated October 20, 2013. After military service in Iraq, client believes OP suffered from PTSD and was violent toward her. She moved to Philadelphia to end the abuse, and the parties have had an amicable separation since then. Neither party owns real estate. Client has no other assets and she is not interested in anything OP may have. Client’s goal is to be divorced and move on with her life.

Core Competencies: Client Interviewing, Draft Pleadings

19-0043190

Submitted on June 4, 2019 in Guardianship

Client seeks assistance obtaining guardianship over her 72-year-old father. Client’s father has dementia and he is no longer able to make decisions for himself. Client wants to continue making medical and financial decisions for him. A doctor is available to provide interrogatories and the guardianship is not expected to be contested.

Core Competencies: Courtroom Experience, Draft Pleadings

19-0043376

Submitted on June 14, 2019 in Probate

Client is living in a home owned by his deceased grandmother. Grandmother died testate in 2018 with a will devising the property to two of her six children and a codicil that devises the property to a third and then a fourth child in the event the first two reject the specific devise. Client does not have a legal interest in the property, as his mother is still alive. Client’s mother is not named in the will and is named an alternative in the codicil, but client has obtained renunciation letters from two of the four named heirs electing him to be personal representative of his grandmother’s estate. Client is in the process of obtaining renunciations from the remaining two heirs, including his mother, who are in agreement to elect him personal representative. The property has an active mortgage foreclosure action. A status conference is scheduled for June 25. Client needs to become administrator of his grandmother’s estate in order for the lender to consider him a successor-in-interest so he can pursue loan assumption. A volunteer is needed to help client probate his mother’s estate and, contingent on how the foreclosure action proceeds, to draft a deed transferring title to client’s name.

Core Competencies: Administrative Agency Practice, Drafting

19-0043147

Submitted on May 1, 2019 in Probate

Client seeks assistance with a probate matter. Client lives in a property owned by his deceased father. Client’s father died intestate in November 2017, leaving client, client’s sister, and client’s mother as his heirs. Client’s sister and mother are willing to transfer their interest to client. Client has an approved payment plan for back real estate taxes. A volunteer is needed to assist the client with probating his father’s estate and obtaining title to the property.

Core Competencies: Administrative Agency Practice, Client Interviewing

19-0043379

Submitted on June 11, 2019 in Guardianship

Client seeks assistance obtaining guardianship of her 19-year-old grandson. Client’s grandson has autism, down syndrome, no upper limbs, and is nonverbal. Client has been his caregiver since he was born and wants to continue making medical and financial decisions for him. Her grandson’s doctor suggested that she seek guardianship and is available to submit an expert report. Guardianship is not expected to be contested.

Core Competencies: Courtroom Experience, Draft Pleadings

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

19-0043325

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

19-0043029

Submitted on April 22, 2019 in Probate

Client seeks assistance with a probate matter. Client is living in a property owned by his two sisters and himself. One sister died intestate in 2015, leaving client and living sister as her only heirs. Client’s living sister agrees to give up her interest in the property to client, and agrees to sign a renunciation that elects client to administer his deceased sister’s estate. Client wants to share title with his wife. A volunteer is needed to help client probate his sister’s estate and to draft a deed transferring title to client and client’s wife.

Core Competencies: Administrative Agency Practice, Client Interviewing

19-0043165

Submitted on June 4, 2019 in Wills

Client seeks assistance drafting a healthcare power of attorney and a financial power of attorney. Client would like to name her sister as the agent for both advance planning documents. A volunteer is needed to prepare and execute these documents for the client.

Core Competencies: Client Interviewing, Drafting

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