Welcome to Philadelphia VIP

VIP promotes equal justice for the poor by providing civil legal services not otherwise available, collaborating with other legal services organizations and promoting a culture of volunteerism by educating and exposing attorneys and law students to issues of poverty.


  • VIP in the News


    A Philadelphia VIP client and volunteer Ballard Spahr attorney were recently featured in philly.com's article "Court restricts city's ability to seize homes used by drug dealers." Check out the article highlighting a recent and monumental change made in the Pennsylvania appellate court regarding civil forfeiture. VIP is positive this change will greatly improve the lives of its clients at risk of losing their homes. To read the article, click here



    Thanks to generous support from people like you, VIP provides help to clients like Althea, Joseph, Barbara and the Mantua Civic Association ... Read more.

  • Volunteer of the Month
    Margaret Denton                        

    Philadelphia VIP volunteers are making an impact! Through the direct services of our volunteers, we are accomplishing our mission of providing access to justice for low-income Philadelphians.


Urgent Need Cases

  • 16-0038196

    Client seeks representation to become the legal guardian of husband. Her husband has been living in a nursing home after he suffered incapacitating strokes in September 2015. He is bed-ridden and unable to communicate. The nursing home is no longer being paid by Medicare and now needs client to apply for medical assistance on her husband’s behalf. Client would like guardianship to resolve the billing and insurance issues with the nursing home and to make medical decisions on her husband’s behalf. A physician is available to provide written testimony. Client is Spanish-speaking; interpretation and translation services are available upon request.

    Core Competencies: Draft Pleadings, Courtroom Experience

  • 15-0037792

    Client seeks assistance with obtaining guardianship of her 82-year-old mother. Client’s mother was diagnosed with dementia following a stroke in 2013.  AIP’s grandchildren live in AIP’s home, and client and client’s sister have suspicions of elder abuse and financial exploitation of AIP by the grandchildren. AIP has five children, including client. Client does not expect that her siblings will contest the guardianship. There is a possibility that AIP may contest the guardianship. AIP’s physician agrees that AIP does not have the capacity to manage her own financial matters, and will be available to provide written testimony.
    Core Competencies: Courtroom Experience, Client Interviewing