Available Cases

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Divorce

  • 14-0035502
    Divorce with Equitable Distribution

    Client/husband and OP/wife were married in August 2001 and separated in December 2013. They have 3 minor children. The marital estate includes a jointly titled home, with a mortgage currently in default, two cars, modest bank accounts, and debt. OP may also have a retirement account. OP is represented by counsel and initiated a divorce action in March 2014. Client would like legal representation to protect his claims to his share of the marital estate.

    Core Competencies: Courtroom Experience, Discovery Practice

  • 14-0035569
    Divorce with Equitable Distribution

    Client/Wife and OP/Husband were married in June 2002 and separated in February 2014. The client is a senior citizen. The marital estate includes a jointly-titled house, modest bank accounts, motor vehicles, the marital share of OP’s retirement benefits, and credit card debt.  OP is represented by counsel and has already filed a divorce complaint. The client would like legal representation to protect her claims to the marital estate.

    Core Competencies: Draft Pleadings, Discovery Practice

  • 14-0035402
    Divorce with Equitable Distribution

    Client/Husband and OP/Wife were married in September 1997. They are still living in the same house. OP has retained counsel and has filed a divorce complaint which was served on the client in March 2014.  OP also filed a 3301(d) Affidavit alleging an earlier separation date; the client has filed a Counter-Affidavit. There is a hearing on the date of separation scheduled for October 6, 2014 at 9 am before Master Vanore. The marital estate includes the increase in value on the house OP purchased a few years before the parties married. 

    Core Competencies: Courtroom Experience, Factual Development and Investigation

  • 14-0035238
    Divorce with Equitable Distribution

    Client/Wife and OP/Husband were married in June 2003 and separated in August 2012. They do not have any minor children together. Although OP has a PFA against the client, the client is also the victim of physical abuse by OP.  The client receives SSI and OP was previously employed by SEPTA.  The marital estate may include the martial portion of OP’s retirement benefits, at least one car, and the proceeds from a law suit in which OP was involved. OP is represented by counsel and has filed a divorce action. The client would like assistance obtaining her share of the marital estate.

    Core Competencies: Draft Pleadings, Discovery Practice

  • 14-0035085
    Divorce - No Assets

    Client/Wife and OP/Husband were married in September 2008 and separated in June 2013.  The parties are the parents of one minor child, age 3. Although the client is employed, she still qualifies for free legal representation. OP is employed as a cab driver. It is anticipated that OP will be represented by counsel. Client is willing to waive any claim to the increase in value on real estate situated outside the US in order to get a divorce. The client is also a victim of domestic violence.

    Core Competencies: Client Interviewing, Draft Pleadings

  • 110085
    Divorce with Equitable Distribution

    Client/Wife and OP/Husband were married in July 2009 and separated in June 2010. OP works in construction as a day worker and also works at an area restaurant. The client is not employed, but receives SSI. Client suffers from considerable medical problems. The marital estate may include the increase in value in OP’s pre-marital real estate and modest bank accounts.

    Core Competencies: Draft Pleadings, Factual Development and Investigation

  • 13-0034920
    Divorce with Equitable Distribution

    Client/Wife and OP/Husband were married in June 2008 and separated in October 2013. The parties are the parents of one child, age 4; the client also has two other children from a prior relationship.  The marital estate includes the increase in value on OP’s share of an inherited house and the marital portion of any retirement benefits that OP may have. No divorce action has been started to date.  OP may retain counsel.

    Core Competencies: Draft Pleadings, Discovery Practice

  • 14-0035672
    Divorce with Equitable Distribution

    Client/Wife and OP/Husband were married in February 2005. OP filed for divorce in 2012. OP was living with client up until June 8, 2014, when OP moved out of the former marital home; however, OP filed a 3301(d) Affidavit alleging a different date. Divorce decree was entered, but client was able to get decree opened. Client has filed Counter-affidavit and counterclaim.  The client is not currently employed; OP is employed. The marital estate would include the increase in value in OP’s pre-marital real estate and the marital portion of OP’s retirement benefits. OP is represented by counsel.

    Core Competencies: Discovery Practice, Factual Development and Investigation

  • 14-0035358
    Divorce with Equitable Distribution

    Client/Wife and OP/Husband were married in September 2005 and separated in February 2014. The parties are the parents of one minor child, age 7.  The marital estate includes the increase in value in a house purchased by OP prior to the parties’ marriage, a vehicle, modest bank accounts, and the marital portion of OP’s retirement benefits.  The client is currently employed, but still qualifies for free legal representation. OP is currently unemployed and receiving partial disability benefits. OP is represented by counsel and has already filed a divorce complaint. The client would like legal representation to perfect her claims to the marital estate.

    Core Competencies: Draft Pleadings, Discovery Practice

  • 14-0035176
    Divorce with Equitable Distribution

    Client/Wife and OP/Husband were married in March 1973 and separated in December 2013 when OP was evicted from the house incident to a Protection from Abuse Order. Once the PFA order expired in February 2014, OP moved back into the house. The parties are living in separate parts of the house. Neither party is employed; both are senior citizens. OP is currently receiving his pension. The marital estate includes a jointly titled house and the marital portion of OP’s retirement benefits. The client would like assistance in obtaining a divorce. No action has been started to date.

    Core Competencies: Draft Pleadings, Discovery Practice.