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Let's See If We Can Help, Inc.
P.O. Box 8462 Philadelphia, PA. 19101  215-665-8285



www.letsseeifwecanhelp.org                      letsseeifwecanhelpinc@gmail.com

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  Let's See If We Can Help, Inc.
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PAST EVENTS
Iris M Henry-Aiken President
 Master Photography for DWTS of Philadelphia courtesy of 'Paul Lewis Photography' of Philadelphia
Tangled Deed, Property Rights 
and
Estate Planning Workshops
 If you would like us to conduct a free workshop for your church, organization or community, please give us a call at 215-665-8285
First place winners Dexter Carter & Chi Chi Enigwe
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also visit Paul Lewis Photography http://paullewisphotography.zenfolio.com


Spring 2018
 Workshop Series 

Free
Tangled Deed, Estate Planning, Tax and
Property Rights Workshop

All sessions  10:30 am to 12:30 pm


Saturday March 24, 2018
10:30 am -12:30 pm
The Free Library of Philadelphia
Frankford Branch
4634 Frankford Ave.
Philadelphia, PA 


Saturday March 31, 2018
10:30 am -12:30 pm
The Free Library of Philadelphia 
the Lovett Memorial Branch
6945 Germantown Ave.
Philadelphia, PA 


Saturday April 14, 2018
10:30 am -12:30 pm
The Free Library of Philadelphia 
Logan Branch
1333 Wagner Ave.
Philadelphia, PA 


Saturday April 28, 2018
10:30 am -12:30 pm
The Free Library of Philadelphia 
Oak Lane Branch
6614 N. 12th St.
Philadelphia, PA 


Saturday May 12, 2018
10:30 am -12:30 pm
The Free Library of Philadelphia 
Lillian Marrero Branch
601 W. Lehigh Ave.
Philadelphia, PA 


Saturday May 19, 2018
10:30 am -12:30 pm
The Free Library of Philadelphia 
Cecil B Moore Branch
2320 Cecil B Moore Ave.
Philadelphia, PA 

​If you have deed transfer or ​estate planning problems or issues, this is the session for you. Come out and get answers to your questions and resolutions to your problems directly from representatives from the local agencies and organizations relevant to your issues.
Meet with an Philadelphia Department of Revenue, estate attorney, Philadelphia Corporation for Aging, and City of Philadelphia Office of Deeds and Records

Guests enjoying line dancing during intermission
Judges: From left to right:  Otis Lee Clark, Michelle Cunningham and Howard Tucker
Hosts Jenice Armstrong and Mannwell Glenn with Iris Henry
Producer, Director, Choreographer Ms. Kim Bears-Bailey with hosts Jenice Armstrong and Mannwell Glenn
Board members and panelist from left to right: Olivia Stoner, Esq, Bonnie Johns, Iris Henry, Deborah Stephens and Linda Townsel
Tribute to Prince group dance featuring alumni dancers, Olivia Stoner, Deborah Stephens and Adrienne Hudson
Showcase dance with Camille Moten and William Bridges
Showcase dance with Camille Moten and William Bridges
Contestants William bridges and Arlene Smith
Contestants Jordan Postell and William Grazier
Contestants Latik Jefferson and Joy Bender
Contestants Mark Brown Barnes and Andreanna Miller
Contestants Errick Robinson and Yolanda Nicholson
Contestants Chester Stovall and Jordan Postell
Contestants Latik Jefferson and Leslyn Bender
Showcase Dancers Andres Cruz and Sarah Pickel
Producer, Director, Choreographer Ms. Kim Bears-Bailey 
Opening showcase dance featuring Andres Cruz, Andreanna Miller, Jordan Postell, Errick Robinson, Camille Moten and William Bridges
Proud Winners 
  Dancing with the Stars of Philadelphia 2016 
Contest
From Left to right: Third Place winners, Joy Bender and Latik Jefferson, second place winners, Mark Brown Barnes and Andreanna Miller and First Place Winners, William Bridges and Arlene Smith
"Let's Get Ready to Set Sail" 
summer sailing program

Thank you to all of you who braved the cold weather and came out to participate in the neighborhood cleanup on the 600 block of South 59th Street in West Philadelphia.  Your participation was instrumental in making our
 MLK Day 2018 Project 
a success.

We would also like to extend a very big thank you to 
Home Depot
of Oregon Ave
 for their generous donation of equipment and supplies
Contestant Mark Brown-Barnes and producer, director and choreographer extraordinaire, 
               Ms. Kim Bears-Bailey
2017 winners from left to right; First place: William Bridges and Norma Avery, second place: Alexander Hall and Sarah Thomas, third place: Ajia Wilmore and Gus Riley
Contestants Cheryl Talib and David Rubio
Showcase dance: Ani and Her Gentleman.  Andreana Miller,William Bridges, David Rubio, Alexander Hall and Jordan Ricks
Contestants Gus Riley and Ajia Wilmore in Sultry Rumba
Showcase dancer Ms. Nia Bears- Bailey
Contestants Mark Brown-Barnes and Andreana Miller
Third place winners Gus Riley and Ajia Wilmore
Second place winners Alexander  Hall and Sarah Thomas
Judges from left to right Ms. Joan Myers-Brown, Howard Tucker and Otis Lee Clark
2017 First place winners Mr. William Bridges and Ms. Norma Avery
Contestants Louis Decor and Maya Naomi Simmons
Contestants Carlotta Saravia and Jordan Ricks
Host Mr. Arthur Leo Taylor with Hostess Ms. Jenice Armstrong
Showcase dance: 'Couples Treat' - Maya Simmons, Erick Robinson, Andreana Miller, David Rubio, Ajia Wilmore and William Bridges
Organization board members and panelists: From left to right: Bonnie Johns, Linda Townsel, Olivia Stoner, Iris Henry and Yolanda Nicholson
Congratulations to all our 2017 'Dancing with the Stars' of Philadelphia contest winners 
Contestants Sarah Thomas and Alexander Hall
Full cast, Stars and Pros opening dance "The Opening-Say It Gold'
Guests enjoying line dancing during intermission
Sultry Rumba featuring Pros, Maya Naomi Simmons and Erick Robinson

We would like to extend a very, very special thank you to

 Philadanco

for all of the amazing support they have provided over all the years of our 'Dancing with the Stars' of Philadelphia
fundraiser.
  We owe our success and continued growth to you 

Ms. Joan Myers-Brown
 and
Ms. Kim Bears-Bailey

Fall 2018
Workshop Series

​Free

Tangled Deed, Estate Planning, Tax and
Property Rights Workshop

All sessions 11:00 am to 1:00 pm


Saturday September 22, 2018
11:00 am -1:00 pm
The Free Library of Philadelphia
Lucien Blackwell Branch
125 S. 52nd St.
Philadelphia, PA. 19143


Saturday September 29, 2018
11:00 am -1:00 pm
The Free Library of Philadelphia 
Joseph Coleman Branch
68 W. Chelten Ave.
Philadelphia, PA.19144


Saturday October 20, 2018
11:00 am -1:00 pm
The Free Library of Philadelphia 
Charles Santore Branch
932 S.7th St. 
Philadelphia, PA. 19147


Saturday October 27, 2018
11:00 am -1:00 pm
The Free Library of Philadelphia 
Widener Branch
2808 West Lehigh Ave.
Philadelphia, PA. 19132

If you have deed transfer or ​estate planning problems or issues, this is the session for you. Come out and get answers to your questions and resolutions to your problems directly from representatives from the local agencies and organizations relevant to your issues.
Meet with an Philadelphia Department of Revenue, estate attorney, Philadelphia Corporation for Aging, and City of Philadelphia Office of Deeds and Records


Special Winter   Workshop   

Free
Tangled Deed, Estate Planning, Property Rights and Tax Workshop

Saturday January 12, 2019
11:00 am to 1:00 pm

The Free Library of Philadelphia
 Central Branch
1901 Vine St. 
Philadelphia, PA. 19103

If you have deed transfer or ​estate planning problems or issues, this is the session for you. Come out and get answers to your questions and resolutions to your problems directly from representatives from the local agencies and organizations relevant to your issues.
Meet with an Philadelphia Department of Revenue, estate attorney, Philadelphia Corporation for Aging, and City of Philadelphia Office of Deeds and Records
Contestants Fredi Hale and Daniel Palladino
Contestants Roberta Griffin and Eli Alfau
Showcase-'HEART CRY' the Pros
Showcase Tango-Natasha Frazier and Gentlemen
Contestants LeVon Foreman and Amani Ball
Showcase 'Ladies Rule' DWTS Alum Jordyn Postell, with Amani Ball, Natori Blackman, Jaszmin Burton, Allyia Nellons, Amaiya Walker, I'esha Wood
Contestants Denise Ann Smith and Asa Wells
​Contestants Whitney Price and Jaszmin Burton
Group Dance with DWTS Alum; Sarah Shaw-Thomas, Yolanda Nicholson, Bonnie Johns and Cheryl Talib
Contestants Linda C Smith and William Isaac Bridges
Contestants Stephanie Espejo and William Isaac Bridges 
Congratulations to the 2018 Dancing with the Stars of Philadelphia contest winners
The winners circle- From left to right: Third place winners, Eli Alfau and Roberta Griffin, First Place winners Denise Ann Smith and Asa Wells, and Second Place winners, Stephanie Espejo and William Isaac Bridges

2018
 Dancing with the Stars of Philadelphia
  in photos
Judges Mr. Wayne David, Ms. Sarah Shaw-Thomas and Mr. Otis Lee Clark
Left to right: Producer Ms. Kim Bears-Bailey, volunteer, Ms. Linda Townsel and Ms. Olivia Stoner, Esquire
L to R: Kim Bears-Bailey, Linda Townsel, Olivia Stoner, Bonnie Johns,Cheryl Talib, Yolanda Nicholson, Iris Henry
Board Members, Left to right:  Bonnie Johns,  Cheryl Talib, Yolanda Nicholson, Iris Henry
2016 Dancing with the Stars of Philadelphia annual fundraiser
Host Clarence Miller and Hostess Jenice Armstrong
Ballroom Floor
Contestants Stephanie Espejo and William Isaac Bridges featuring Nia Bailey and Asa Wells
Guests enjoying line dancing during intermission

A few helpful pointers to reference when someone dies

Death is a hard pill for most of us to swallow, but each of us will one day have to do it. The key to a smooth transition and easing the burden on your loved ones is preparation. The death of a person can be a very stressful time and often makes it difficult for family and friends to think clearly and concentrate on some of the estate issues that have to be attended to. Whenever possible, it is best to obtain as much information as possible from the soon-to-be decedent about their final wishes, any assets, liabilities and/or other business-related matters that will need to be attended to after their death. Always attempt to know the person’s final arrangement wishes. Though I have not attempted to place the following points in a logical sequence, nor is it complete, some will be highlighted with a (*) to note their level of priority and all should be helpful. Remember that there are people out there that prey on the deceased and their families to make claim to unentitled assets. Avoid hasty decisions and distributions, as this process can take anywhere from six months to years to complete.

Find out if the person had a medical or advance directive*
Notify close family members and friends and if known, their pastor, attorney and /or accountant
Get legal pronouncement of death and arrange to receive multiple copies of death certificate as soon as possible*
Arrange transportation of the body to proper authorities or party*
Secure the persons home directly or through friends and family. Notify police if home will be vacant.
Notify social security office, banks, insurance companies, benefits departments, income sources, utility companies*
If employed, contact person’s place of employment. Ask about employee benefits
Make funeral or cremation arrangements if requested
If person belonged to military, church or other known organizations contact them for notification
Check to see if person has life insurance policies, bank accounts, a will, a trust, titles (i.e., car or house) *
Check to see if person left important papers behind relevant to death such as a will, trust documents or insurance policies*
Contact the local Office of Probate for more directives
If necessary, authorized person should open estate bank account
Try to locate such things as taxes, deeds, bank and investment records, insurance policy, death, birth and marriage certificates, possible estranged spouse and children, trust docs, debts, income sources, safe deposit boxes, computer and phone passwords

Some of the Philadelphia area city and state offices you may want to contact:

Prothonotary Office                       Department of Deeds and Records          Inheritance Tax
City Hall Room 262                          City Hall Room 154                                      City Hall Room 177
215-686-6665                                   215-686-2292                                              215-686-2918


Register of Wills                            Department of Revenue                            PA Vital Records Dept.
City Hall Room 180                         MSB 15th JFK Blvd., Ground Floor             110 N. 8th St., Philadelphia
215-686-6255                                  215-686-9200                                              215-560-2056

MLK Day of Service 2018
MLK Day of Service 2019

What is a "Tangled Title"?  It is ownership or possession of property that does not have a clear title or legal ownership. What this means is that the ownership of the property, such as a home or real estate is not confirmed or definite and may be questionable.  In these situations, ownership can be challenged, as in legal proceedings to determine who is the rightful owner. These situations can be quite costly and time consuming to resolve.

Estate Planning - Is the act of planning or forming a legal directive as to what happens with you and your assets once you pass away.  When that happens, everything you own or owe becomes part of what is called your estate. In your directive, you state who you would like to carry out your final wishes and settle your final affairs. If you fail to leave a will or set up an estate plan, your assets fall into the hands of the state and has to be probated by the courts.

NBC 10 highlights the widespread problem of fraudulent deed transfers leading to stolen property in Philadelphia
 Watch Now
Print copy of  'A few helpful pointers to reference when someone dies'
Print a copy of our handout brochure

Watch as NBC Investigative reporter George Spencer uncovers the ugly side of property theft in some of Philadelphia​'s hottest neighborhoods

Spring 2019 
Workshop Series

Free
Tangled Deed, Estate Planning, Property Rights and Tax Workshop

Saturday March 23, 2019
11:00 am -1: 00 pm
Free Library of Philadelphia 
Haverford Branch
5543 Haverford Ave.
Philadelphia, PA. 19139

Saturday April 6, 2019
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
National Council of Negro Women
The Jesuit School
1800 W. Thompson St.
Philadelphia, PA. 19121

Saturday April 13, 2019
11:00 -  1:00 pm
The Free Library of Philadelphia
Thomas f Donatucci Branch
1935 Shunk St.
Philadelphia, PA. 19145

Saturday April 27, 2019
10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Vine Memorial Baptist Church
5600 Girard Ave. 
Philadelphia, PA. 19131

Saturday May 18, 2019
11:00 am - 1:00 pm
The Free Library of Philadelphia
walnut west Branch
201 s. 40th St.
Philadelphia, PA. 19104

Saturday June 1, 2019
10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Center in the Park
5818 Germantown Ave.
Philadelphia, PA. 19144

​If you have deed transfer or ​estate planning problems or issues, this is the session for you. Come out and get answers to your questions and resolutions to your problems directly from representatives from the local agencies and organizations relevant to your issues.
Meet with an Philadelphia Department of Revenue, estate attorney, Philadelphia Corporation for Aging, and City of Philadelphia Office of Deeds and Records
Journalist Craig R. McCoy explores the crisis in two articles detailing Philadelphia's deed problem
Print two very helpful documents provided by Estate Attorney Ms. Olivia Stoner of Stoner Law Offices
Let’s See If We Can Help, Inc. is a 501 ©(3) non-profit organization incorporated in 2008 whose main mission is to empower lower income Philadelphia residents by providing information and education through financial literacy related initiatives designed to change negative behaviors that adversely impact the economic circumstance of their lives and communities. We do so by providing financial literacy classes and related workshops for both adults and youth through our library, school and recovery program curriculum and helping to inform, assist and educate the adults in matters pertaining to tangled deeds, estate planning and property rights. For adults, we emphasize the importance and impact of good estate planning by offering guidance as it relates to the process. For youth, adults and parents, we address the need and instillation of good money management skills for higher quality of life experiences and expectations. We also reach out to the community to provide help and sponsorship when and where possible. We strongly believe that it should be part of our commitment to be involved and to offer continued support through such additional programs as our “Get Ready to Set Sail” Program, which offers unexposed youth the opportunity to learn and become active and experienced in sailing, our “MLK Day Project”, which assists an individual, family, community or non-profit with needed improvements to their home or primary location and our “Dancing with the Stars” of Philadelphia annual fundraiser which offers advanced dance and arts students in the Philadelphia area the opportunity to hone and showcase their talents while participating as trainers/contestants in our highly anticipated competition.

​                             Fall 2019
Workshop Series

Free
Tangled Deed, Estate Planning,
 Property Rights and Tax Workshop



Saturday 9/21/2019 10:30 am -12:30 pm  
Blackwell Regional Library
125 S. 52nd St 
Philadelphia, PA. 19139


Saturday 9/28/2019 11:00 am - 1:00 pm  
Fumo Family Library
2437 S. Broad St.
Philadelphia, PA. 19148


Saturday 10/5/2015 11:00 am - 1:00 pm  
West Oak Lane Library
2000 E. Washington La.
Philadelphia, PA. 19138


Saturday 10/12/2019 11:00 am - 1:00 pm  
Queen Memorial Library 
1201 S. 23rd St.
Philadelphia, PA. 19146 


Saturday 10/19/2019 11:00 am - 1:00 pm  
Logan Library
1333 Wagner Ave.
Philadelphia, PA. 19141


Saturday 11/9/2019 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
Mercy Neighborhood Ministries
1939 W. Venango St.
Philadelphia, PA. 19140


​If you have deed transfer or ​estate planning problems or issues, this is the session for you. Come out and get answers to your questions and resolutions to your problems directly from representatives from the local agencies and organizations relevant to your issues. Meet with a Philadelphia Department of Revenue representative, estate attorney, The Philadelphia Corporation for Aging, and City of Philadelphia Office of Deeds and Records as well as the city's OIT Department.
Coming Soon

Dancing with the Stars 
of Philadelphia
 annual fundraiser

November 3, 2019
Commodore Barry Ballroom
Philadelphia, PA.


Stay tuned for more information