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

  • 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

  • 14-0036527
    Divorce with Equitable Distribution

    Client/Wife and OP/Husband had been partners for over 18 years before they legally married. They married in December 2009, but separated in January 2010. They continued to live in the same house, but were not intimate with each other. Both parties have a history of domestic violence. The marital estate may include the marital portion of OP’s retirement benefits, bank accounts, the increase in value in a home that OP inherited, and debts. Client is not employed. OP may be employed. Client has filed for spousal support. Client needs assistance with filing for divorce and seeks representation in divorce proceedings to protect her interest in the marital estate.

    Core Competencies: Courtroom Experience, Factual Development and Investigation

  • 15-0036867
    Divorce with Equitable Distribution

    Client/Husband and OP/Wife were married in August 2003 and separated in July 2014. Client and OP both live in Philadelphia and have two minor children. The marital estate may include a jointly-titled home, a vehicle, and bank accounts. OP is employed and represented. OP served Client with a divorce complaint which includes a request for equitable distribution. Client is agreeable to a divorce. Client is seeking an attorney to represent him in the divorce proceedings and to assist the client in obtaining his share of the marital estate.

    Core Competencies: Discovery Practice, Negotiation Skills

  • 15-0036800

    Client/wife and OP/husband were married in 2013. Client has suffered both physical and emotional abuse from OP and got a restraining order against him in 2015. Client now lives in a safe house in New Jersey but is able to come to Philadelphia for meetings and hearings. OP still lives in Philadelphia. There is no known marital estate. Client would like assistance obtaining a divorce.

    Core Competencies: Client Interviewing, Draft Pleadings

  • 15-0036591
    Divorce with Equitable Distribution
    Client/wife and OP/husband were married in November 2011 and separated in August 2014. Client and OP have one young child. Client has suffered physical and emotional abuse from OP. Client is currently employed. The marital estate includes a jointly-titled home, two vehicles, a bank account, and OP's pension. OP is represented by counsel and has filed a divorce complaint.  Client is seeking an attorney to represent her in the divorce proceedings. Client speaks Polish and interpretation assistance is available upon request. 
    Core Competencies: Discovery Practice, Negotiation Skills
  • 15-0036853
    Divorce with Equitable Distribution

    Client/Wife and OP/Husband were married in April 2009. Client and OP both live in Philadelphia and have three minor children. OP is employed and represented. OP served Client with a divorce complaint which includes a request for equitable distribution. OP filed a 3301(d) Affidavit alleging separation in May 2010. Client filed a counter-affidavit challenging this date of separation. The marital estate may include a vehicle, bank accounts, and OP’s retirement account. Client is seeking an attorney to represent her in the divorce proceedings and to assist her in obtaining her share of the marital estate.

    Core Competencies: Discovery Practice, Negotiation Skills

Guardianship

  • 15-0036913

    Client is legal guardian of her 23-year-old son. Son was involved in a car accident in 2009 and suffered brain damage. AIP is now in a wheelchair and has very little mobility. Client would like to access AIP's funds from the car accident in order to provide AIP with a van to take him to and from appointments as well as the stores and parks. Client needs legal assistance to petition the court to release the funds.

    Core Competencies: Draft Pleadings, Client Interviewing

  • 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

Name Change

  • 13-0034844

    Client seeks assistance in obtaining a name change for her 2 year-old son. Father of the child lives in Virginia and does not have a relationship with the child. Client would like to change child's last name to her last name.

    Core Competencies: Draft Pleadings, Client Interviewing

Nonprofit

  • 15-0036946
    Corporate Governance

    Client is a local neighborhood association that manages zoning changes and development in the interests of its residents.  Client seeks advice in tax-deductible donations and assistance in reviewing its Bylaws.

    Core Competencies: Drafting, Client Interviewing