Available Cases

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Probate

  • 15-0038042

    Client seeks assistance with a probate matter. The record owner of the client’s house is client’s mother, who passed away in 2013. Client, who is a veteran, is his mother’s only heir. Client was unable to afford the bills for the property, so he has been staying with friends. The Homeless Advocacy Project has helped client apply for benefits, and client plans to move back into the property. The real estate taxes on the property have not been paid since 2011. Client needs assistance to probate his mother’s estate and obtain title so he can enter into a payment agreement.
    Core Competencies: Drafting, Administrative Agency Practice
     

  • 15-0037763

    Client seeks assistance with a probate matter. Client’s grandmother, who passed away in 1998, is the record owner of client’s home. Client’s grandmother had four children including client’s mother. Client’s mother, who had three children including client, predeceased client’s grandmother. The record owner’s heirs are client’s two uncles, client's aunt, client, and client's three siblings. All heirs are willing to give their interest in the property to the client. Client needs title to comply with a payment agreement for back real estate taxes.
    Core Competencies: Drafting, Administrative Agency Practice
     

  • 15-0038015

    Client needs assistance with a probate matter. Client resides in a home jointly titled in his deceased parents’ names. Client’s father died in 1989 and his mother died in 2003. Client and his two living siblings are the only heirs of their mother’s estate. A third sibling predeceased client’s mother. Client’s siblings agree with client serving as the administrator of their mother’s estate. An attorney is needed to probate client’s mother’s estate and to transfer title into client’s name.

    Core Competencies: Administrative Agency Practice, Client Interviewing

  • 15-0037697

    Client needs assistance with a probate matter. Client resides in a property titled to her father. Client’s father died on September 3, 2015 with a Will. The Will appoints client as the executor of her father’s estate and leaves her father’s entire estate to client. An attorney is needed to probate the estate in order to transfer title into client’s name. Client is Spanish-speaking; interpretation and translation services are available upon request.

    Core Competencies: Administrative Agency Practice, Client Interviewing

  • 15-0037773

    Client needs assistance with a probate matter. Client resides in a home owned by his deceased wife. Client’s wife left a Will giving fifty percent of the property to client with the remaining fifty percent being split between two of client’s stepchildren. The Will does not name an executor but client, as the decedent’s husband, has a priority right ti serve as the administrator of the estate. Client has a copy of the signed Will. An attorney is needed to probate client’s wife’s estate, including filing a petition with the Register of Wills to get the decedent’s Will accepted for probate. Client is Spanish-speaking; interpretation and translation services are available upon request.

    Core Competencies: Administrative Agency Practice, Client Interviewing

  • 16-0038498

    Client needs assistance with a probate matter. Client resides in a home owned by her deceased mother.  Client’s mother left a will leaving a life estate to client and the remainder to client’s two children and fiancé. The will names client as the executor and client has the original will.

    Core Competencies: Administrative Agency Practice, Client Interviewing

  • 16-0038450

    Client, who is a disabled senior, needs assistance with a probate matter. Client resides in a home owned by his foster parents as tenants with the right of survivorship. Both parents died testate within six months of each other in 2014. The property was left to client in both of their wills. Client was also named the executor of both estates.  An attorney is needed to probate the estate of the second foster parent to die and to transfer title into client’s name.

    Core Competencies: Administrative Agency Practice, Client Interviewing

  • 16-0038173

    Client and her sister need assistance with a probate matter. They reside in a home titled to their grandmother, who passed away in ­­­1989. They have two other sisters who are also heirs. All siblings agree with client and sister serving as co-administrators of their grandmother’s estate and the transferring of title to client and the sister with whom she lives in the property. An attorney is needed to probate their grandmother’s estate and to transfer title into client and her sister’s name.

    Core Competencies: Administrative Agency Practice, Client Interviewing

  • 16-0038485
    Client lives in a home titled to his deceased mother. His mother died intestate in March 2016. She was unmarried. The only other heirs are client’s two siblings, one of whom lives in Philadelphia and one of whom lives in Puerto Rico. Both have signed renunciations, and both are willing to transfer their interest in the property to client. An attorney is needed to probate client’s mother’s estate and to transfer title into client’s name. Client’s speaks limited English; his primary language is Spanish. Interpretation and translation services are available upon request. 
    Core Competencies: Administrative Agency Practice, Client Interviewing
  • 111460
    Probate with Orphans' Court litigation
    Client is the beneficiary of a testamentary, special-needs trust created by her father, who died in 1996.  Client’s brother, the trustee, never completed the estate administration, which requires the trustee to establish the special-needs trust for client’s benefit.  The trustee has become unresponsive to Client’s requests for assistance.  With the exception of the house where the client lives, all of the trust assets were spent successfully defending a will contest in Bucks County, PA.  An attorney is needed to follow up on a petition filed in Bucks County Orphans’ Court to seek the termination of the trust and the distribution of the trust property (the house) that is consistent with the purpose of the trust.  Such a distribution would give the client a life estate in the property and name her siblings as the remaindermen.  Client needs her interest in the property clarified so that she can enter into a payment agreement for delinquent real estate taxes.  Client is highly responsive.
    Core Competencies:  Courtroom Experience, Analysis of Statutes