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!

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Divorce

  • 14-0035716
    Divorce with Equitable Distribution

    Client/husband and OP/wife were married in 2005. They have been living apart, but in the same house, for one year. They have three children. OP served client with a divorce complaint for equitable distribution. OP filed a 3301(d) Affidavit alleging separation in January 2010. Client filed a counter-affidavit challenging this date of separation. Client is not a citizen. He has been the victim of domestic violence by OP. OP is represented by counsel. Client is seeking an attorney to represent him in the divorce proceedings. He wishes to remain married and is not interested in obtaining assets. 
    Core Competencies: Negotiation Skills, Factual Development and Investigation

  • 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

  • 13-0034572
    Divorce with Equitable Distribution

    Client/Wife and OP/Husband were married in July 2007 and separated in March 2013. They are the parents of two children ages 5 and 4. The marital estate includes the marital portion of OP’s retirement benefits and debt. No divorce action has been initiated. Client would like assistance in obtaining a divorce and her share of the marital estate. 
    Core Competencies: Draft Pleadings, Discovery Practice

  • 14-0035792
    Divorce with Equitable Distribution
    Client/Wife and OP/Husband were married in June 2012 and have lived separate and apart since November 2013. Client and OP have two minor children. Client has suffered physical and emotional abuse from OP. Client has a PFA against OP. OP is incarcerated because he assaulted client. Client needs assistance in filing for divorce and seeks representation in divorce proceedings. The marital estate includes the increase in the value of the pre-marital home.
    Core Competencies: Negotiation Skills, Courtroom Experience
  • 14-0035978
    Divorce with Equitable Distribution

    Client/wife and OP/husband were married in November 1997 and separated in January 2012. Client and OP have one adult child. Client has suffered physical and emotional abuse from OP. OP is represented by counsel and has initiated a divorce action. Client has filed a 3301(d) affidavit contesting OP's alleged date of separation and a counterclaim seeking division of assets. The marital estate includes a car, bank account, pension, tax debt and the deficiency judgment resulting from the sheriff’s sale of the former marital home.
    Core Competencies: Client Interviewing; Courtroom Experience

  • 14-0035363
    Divorce with Equitable Distribution

    Client/husband and OP/wife were married in September 1997. They have no children. OP retained counsel and filed for divorce in October 2006. However, client claims that they did not definitively separate until 2009. The marital estate includes a house, a mortgage, at least one vehicle, modest bank accounts, a water lien, and credit card debt. Client would like assistance obtaining his share of the marital estate.
    Core Competencies: Client Interviewing, Negotiation Skills

     

  • 14-0036139

    Client/Wife and OP/Husband were married in October 1990 and have been living separately since January 2012. There are no minor children involved. The marital estate includes a house in client’s name and two cars, one in client’s name and one in OP’s. OP currently resides in the marital house with client’s disabled adult daughter but is behind on the mortgage and water bill. Client has been the victim of domestic abuse and currently has a PFA against OP. No divorce action has been initiated. Client would like assistance in obtaining a divorce.
    Core Competencies: Draft Pleadings; Client Interviewing 

     

Employment

  • 14-0035872
    Small Business/Employment

    Client is the owner of a small franchise in New Jersey with a satellite location in Philadelphia. The business hand delivers cookies throughout the Philadelphia region and occasionally requires temporary workers to assist. Client needs the assistance of a volunteer attorney with reviewing the procedures used to on-board temporary help and to draft any necessary contracts to improve this process.
    Core competencies: Factual Development and Investigation

  • 14-0036220
    Nonprofit/Employment

    Client is a nonprofit focused on meeting the needs of women and children impacted by domestic violence. Client provides community education, assists victims develop important independent life skills, and provides assistance in navigating resources available to victims. Client also specializes in art therapy to help survivors cope with traumatic life events. Client would like counsel in navigating ongoing employee negotiations and assistance in creating a standardized employment agreement for the future.
    Core Competencies: Factual Development and Investigation

Guardianship

  • 14-0035977
    Urgent Need

    Clients, an engaged couple, seek guardianship of mother's 18-year old daughter, who has been diagnosed with mental disabilities. Clients need to be appointed guardians to make medical and financial decisions on the AIP's behalf. They also seek to place the AIP in a safe and supportive residential environment. The AIP's doctor has confirmed in writing that he believes the AIP is incapacitated.
    Core Competencies: Courtroom Experience, Draft Pleadings