Available Cases

VIP offers the unique opportunity to positively affect the lives of low income Philadelphia residents. We provide resources to assist you throughout the case, including mentors, interpreters, law students and training materials. VIP has included potential core competencies that staff anticipate volunteer counsel would achieve by taking the case, but these experiences are not guaranteed. Every VIP case provides an opportunity for direct client contact and case management. Join the VIP team by taking a case!

If you are interested in taking one of the following cases, please click on the case number to send an email to the VIP staff. Thank you!

Divorce

  • 15-0038058
    Divorce with Economic Issues
    Client/Wife and OP/husband were married in 1996 and separated in fall or winter 2010. They have two adult children. No divorce action has been filed to date. OP is currently informally paying client $200/month in support. He has agreed to do so until client is 65 and starts receiving income from Social Security. Client seeks a volunteer attorney to prepare documents to formalize this agreement and to obtain a divorce. Client does not wish to pursue equitable distribution. 
    Core Competencies: Interviewing Skills, Draft Pleadings
     
  • 16-0038469
    No Assets Divorce

    Client/Wife and OP/Husband married in December 2004, but separated in February 2012. The parties do not have any children together. Client is employed, but still qualifies for our services. OP is not represented by counsel. OP has a history of domestic violence against client. Client seeks representation to file for divorce.

    Core Competencies: Drafting Pleadings, Client Interviewing

Guardianship

  • 16-0038549

    Client seeks legal guardianship of her husband - who suffers from dementia. Client lives alone with her husband and has to assist him with daily tasks and medical needs. AIP’s physician has encouraged client to seek guardianship of AIP; the physician is available to provide written testimony. The elderly couple has supportive adult children, and guardianship is not expected to be contested.
    Core Competencies: Courtroom Experience, Draft Pleadings
     

  • 16-0038629

    Client is interested in becoming the legal guardian of her brother with severe Down syndrome. Client has taken over as caretaker of AIP since their mother passed away in 2015. Client takes AIP to his regular doctor’s appointment but often runs into difficulties because she is not his legal guardian. A physician is willing to provide written testimony. The guardianship is not expected to be contested.
    Core Competencies:  Courtroom Experience, Draft Pleadings
     

  • 16-0038453

    Client seeks guardianship of her father. AIP suffers from dementia and is currently in a nursing home. AIP is married and has children; the guardianship is not expected to be contested. A physician is available to provide written testimony.

    Core Competencies: Draft Pleadings, Courtroom Experience

  • 16-0038612

    Client seeks guardianship of her father — who suffers from dementia-like symptoms brought on by multiple strokes. AIP lives with Client and can no longer read or write, needs assistance with medical care and activities of daily living, and is often confused. AIP’s wife is currently living in assisted care after brain surgery, and she consents to Client assuming guardianship. Client is an only child; the guardianship is not expected to be contested. A physician is available to provide written testimony.
    Core Competencies: Courtroom Experience, Draft Pleadings
     

  • 16-0038436

    Client seeks representation to become the legal guardian of her mother. Client’s mother moved in with client once her condition worsened. AIP suffers from Dementia and Alzheimer’s. She also has brain damage arising from brain aneurysms in the past. AIP is unable to care for herself or handle her own affairs due to these conditions. AIP’s physician has encouraged client to seek guardianship of AIP; the physician is available to provide written testimony. Client would like guardianship to make medical and financial decisions on her mother’s behalf. Client is Spanish-speaking; interpretation and translation services are available upon request.

    Core Competencies: Draft Pleadings, Courtroom Experience

Probate

  • 15-0037983
    Client seeks assistance with a probate matter. The record owner is client’s mother, who passed away in 2014. Client and her five surviving siblings are the only heirs. All five are willing to give their interest in the property to client. Client suffers from depression, and her brother has been handling her affairs, with her permission. He is very responsive and easy to work with. Client speaks English, but her brother speaks only Spanish. Interpretation and translation assistance is available upon request. An attorney is needed to probate client’s mother’s estate in order to transfer title into client’s name. 
    Core Competencies: Administrative Agency Practice, Client Interviewing
  • 16-0038128
    Client seeks assistance with obtaining title to her home.  Record owner is client’s deceased grandmother who adopted and raised her.  Client has a holographic will naming her as the sole heir to the property.  The intestate heirs would be client’s biological mother and client’s uncle, neither of whom are interested in the property.  Property is in mortgage foreclosure.  Client needs to be personal representative of the estate and to obtain title to save the home.  This case has a companion mortgage foreclosure case; another volunteer attorney is already handling this mortgage foreclosure case.
    Core Competencies: Client Interviewing, Administrative Agency Practice
  • 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