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19-0043506

Submitted on July 18, 2019 in Divorce

Client seeks assistance obtaining a divorce. The parties married in March of 2015, and separated in May of 2018. The parties share no children, and neither party makes any claim for economic relief. Client currently has a restraining order against opposing party (OP), which is valid until December 20, 2021. A volunteer is needed to initiate the divorce and assist client throughout the divorce proceedings.

Core Competencies: Client Interviewing, Draft Pleadings

18-0042732

Submitted on June 6, 2019 in Divorce

Divorce Only

Client, who lives in Philadelphia, seeks assistance with a divorce. Client/wife and opposing party (OP)/husband married in May 2006 in Jamaica and separated in August 2014, when OP was incarcerated. Client has no interest in either the marital estate or receiving support from OP. Client believes that OP, who is still incarcerated, will consent to the divorce. A volunteer is needed to file for divorce and represent client throughout the divorce proceedings.

Core Competencies: Client Interviewing, Draft Pleadings

19-0043307

Submitted on July 11, 2019 in Wills

Client seeks assistance drafting a will, healthcare and financial power of attorney documents, and a living will. Client would like to name her son her beneficiary in her will as well as her agent under healthcare and financial powers of attorney. Client owns her home with her mother, who is also seeking assistance drafting estate planning documents through Philadelphia VIP, Case No. 19-0043817. They own the home as joint tenants with right of survivorship and both wish to leave the home to client’s son. Taking both cases is encouraged, but not necessary.

Core Competencies: Client Interviewing, Drafting

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

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

19-0043689

Submitted on July 15, 2019 in Wills

86-year-old client would like to designate her daughter as her agent under a power of attorney. A volunteer is needed to draft this document.

Core Competencies: Client Interviewing, Drafting

17-0041160

Submitted on May 1, 2019 in Divorce

Divorce Only

Client seeks assistance obtaining a divorce. The parties have been separated since July 2011 when client came to the United States. Opposing party (OP)/husband lives in Dubai but visits for occasional holidays and is expected to visit in June. Client believes OP will consent to the divorce and would sign and notarize any necessary documents and send them back from Dubai. Service may be made by mail consistent with Pa.R.C.P. 404,1930.4. A volunteer attorney is needed to file for divorce and represent the client throughout the process.

Core Competencies: Client Interviewing, Draft Pleadings

19-0043193

Submitted on July 10, 2019 in Probate

Client, father of four, seeks title to his home, which is owned by his deceased mother. Client’s mother died testate in 2010. In her will, she leaves the property to all five of her children, including client. She names another one of her children as executor and all four of her other children as successor executors, with client being the last named successor executor. All of the deceased record owner’s children want client to have their interests in the property and are willing to renounce their right to administer the estate to client. There is an estate recovery claim against the record owner’s estate for approximately $48,000. A volunteer is needed to assist client with administering his mother’s estate and obtaining title to the property. The volunteer is also needed to help client determine what can be done to manage the estate recovery claim and any other debts that exist, including possibly an open mortgage.

Core Competencies: Administrative Agency Practice, Client Interviewing

19-0043827

Submitted on July 10, 2019 in Landlord/Tenant

Landlord/Tenant – 19-0043827 (IA)

Client seeks assistance with an urgent landlord tenant matter. The eviction complaint seeks unpaid rent for January through June 2019, unpaid water and sewer for the same period, attorney’s fees, and court costs. Additionally, landlord alleges that client had both an unauthorized person and unauthorized pet in the property. Client claims the unauthorized occupant was his mother, who was displaced following Hurricane Maria and who is moving out this week. The unauthorized pet was in the property temporarily as pest control. Client believes his rent was lower than the amount requested by landlord in the complaint, and there are errors and inconsistencies throughout the lease and complaint. A Notice of Noncompliance was issued because landlord is requesting rent for January through April, but his Certificate of Rental Suitability is dated for the end of April 2019 and therefore only covers the ensuing months. Additional defenses include that rent has been partially paid, a breach of the implied warranty of habitability due to poor conditions of the property throughout the tenancy, and excessive attorney’s fees requested. Client intends to vacate the property before the hearing date. Landlord is represented by Greg Prosmushkin, Esq. An eviction hearing is scheduled for Tuesday, July 30, 2019, at 1:15 pm in Courtroom 5.

Core Competencies: Negotiation Skills, Courtroom Experience

Core Competencies: Courtroom Experience, Negotiation Skills

19-0043438

Submitted on June 10, 2019 in Wills

Client seeks assistance drafting estate planning documents. Client would like to leave his home to his two daughters in equal shares. He would like to name his eldest daughter Executrix of his estate. Client would also like assistance drafting a general power of attorney that designates his eldest daughter as his agent. Client seeks advice reviewing an advance healthcare directive that was prepared for him a few years ago and determining whether he needs a new one. Client is Spanish-speaking; interpretation and translation services will be provided upon request. VIP is able to provide free notary services upon request as well.

Core Competencies: Client Interviewing, Drafting

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