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

  • 14-0036572

    Client/wife and OP/husband were married in March 1989 and have been separated for several years. The parties disagree on the date of separation with OP filing a 3301(d) Affidavit claiming a separation in January 2005 and the Client alleging a separation in January 2006. Client and OP have two adult children. Client is not currently employed. OP is employed and represented by counsel. He initiated a divorce in November, 2014. The marital estate includes a jointly-titled home, a vehicle and OP's pension. OP has already initiated a divorce action. Client is seeking an attorney to represent her in the divorce proceedings.

    Core Competencies: Discovery Practice, Negotiation Skills

  • 14-0036435
    Divorce with Equitable Distribution

    Client/wife and OP/husband were married in April 2008 and separated in July 2014. They have two minor children, ages 2 and 4. Client is not currently employed. OP is employed and represented by counsel. He initiated a divorce in October 2014. The marital estate includes two vehicles, modest bank accounts, loans, OP’s 401(k), OP’s retirement account, and significant credit card debt. Client is seeking an attorney to represent her in the divorce proceedings.
    Core Competencies: Discovery Practice, Negotiation Skills

Guardianship

  • 15-0036603

    Client seeks assistance obtaining guardianship of her husband who suffered a severe stroke in 2012. Client's husband was in a nursing home for some time and is now cared for at home by client and rotating doctors, nurses, and speech therapists. Client would like guardianship to make financial and medical decisions on her husband's behalf. A physician is available to provide a written testimony on the husband's incapacity. Client speaks Khmer/Cambodian.

    Core Competencies: Draft Pleadings, Courtroom Experience

  • 14-0036218

    Client needs assistance to obtain guardianship of her grandmother.  Client's grandmother has been diagnosed with dementia and is generally unable to bathe herself, feed herself, or manage her own finances. Grandmother lives with client, and client is her primary caretaker.  Client is seeking guardianship so she can make medical and financial decisions for her grandmother.  A doctor is available to provide written testimony.

    Core Competencies: Courtroom Experience, Draft Pleadings

  • 15-0036717

    Client seeks assistance to obtain guardianship of her daugher who was born with cerebral palsy. Daughter cannot read and is unable to make decisions on her own. AIP currently lives with client. A physician is available to provide written testimony.

    Core Competencies: Draft Pleadings, Courtroom Experience

  • 14-0036327

    Client needs assistance obtaining guardianship of her adult son who has autism and was diagnosed with a brain tumor. Client's son suffers behavioral and neurological issues and requires frequent medical treatment. A physician is available to provide written testimony as to the son's incapacity. Client needs guardianship to make medical and financial decisions on her son's behalf.

    Core Competencies: Draft Pleadings, Courtroom Experience

  • 15-0036645

    Client seeks assistance to obtain guardianship of his older brother who was born with cerebral palsy, which has left him uable to make decisions. Older brother currently lives with his elderly parents who are unable to continue caring for him and who agree that client should now serve as guardian. A physician is available to provide written testimony.

    Core Competencies: Draft Pleadings, Courtroom Experience

  • 15-0036692

    Client needs assistance obtaining guardianship of her mother who has dementia. A physician is available to provide testimony as to the mother's incapacity. Client needs guardianship to make medical and financial decisions on her mother's behalf.

    Core Competencies: Draft Pleadings, Courtroom Experience

Incorporation

  • 15-0036709
    Nonprofit/Incorpation

    Client is a nonprofit organization that seeks to improve the East Kensington area through community outreach. Client coordinates neighborhoods cleanups, acts a liaison for citizens to local resources, and builds connections with local government. Client seeks assistance in amending its bylaws.

Intellectual Property

  • 15-0036707
    Nonprofit/Intellectual Property

    Client is a nonprofit organization that provides education about benefits and awareness to veterans and their families. Client recently received its 501(c) (3) status and is eager to begin its program outreach to the community. Client seeks assistance in trademarking its logo.