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!


  • 15-0037436

    Client seeks representation to assume the role of legal guardian of her 51-year-old daughter. Her daughter has resided in a rehabilitation facility for several years due to several medical conditions including multiple sclerosis, schizophrenia, depression, and anxiety. Her daughter is unable to care for herself and handle her own affairs due to these conditions. Her daughter had been missing for a year prior to the family learning that she was in a rehabilitation facility. During that time, the facility had a guardian appointed for her daughter. Client would now like to serve as the guardian for her daughter. The current guardian is willing to allow client to become guardian.

    Core Competencies: Draft Pleadings, Courtroom Experience

  • 15-0037603
    Urgent Need

    Client seeks representation to become the legal guardian of his 83-year-old mother. She recently suffered from chronic respiratory failure and was admitted to a nursing home. Now in a vegetative state, she is no longer able to communicate or handle her own affairs. Client has been financially supporting his mother’s household since this incident and has been the only one involved in her care. Client’s brother is willing to allow client to serve as their mother’s legal guardian.

    Core Competencies: Draft Pleadings, Courtroom Experience

  • 15-0037580

    Client seeks assistance obtaining guardianship of her 80-year-old brother, who lacks the ability to comprehend basic questions and concepts.  AIP has extreme difficulty communicating and is unable to perform most daily tasks. Client requires guardianship so that she may permit doctors to perform a spinal surgery on her brother.  Client would like guardianship to make legal decisions on his behalf.  A physician is available to provide written testimony, and the guardianship will be uncontested.

    Core Competencies: Draft Pleadings, Courtroom Experience


  • 15-0037512

    Client is a church in Mantua that facilitates religious education, homework help, summer camp, clothing giveaways and feeding programs. Client is part of a group incorporated in Tennessee, but is looking to incorporate in Pennsylvania. Client is seeking assistance in creating bylaws and incorporating as a non-profit organization in Pennsylvania.
    Core Competencies: Client Interviewing, Drafting, Administrative Agency Practice

Mortgage Foreclosure

  • 15-0037356
    Urgent Need

    Client needs assistance with a mortgage foreclosure matter. Client resides in the property, but is not listed on the mortgage or the deed. The record owners of the property are the client’s deceased grandparents. Her grandfather predeceased her grandmother. A proposal was submitted to the lender before her grandmother passed away, however, because she has since passed away, another package must be submitted. The housing counselor is Luz Lugo from HACE. An attorney is needed to help client communicate with the lender to resubmit a package. The third conciliation conference is scheduled on September 17, 2015 at 9:00am. 

    Core Competencies: Courtroom Experience, Negotiation Skills

  • 15-0037656
    Urgent Need

    Client seeks assistance with a mortgage foreclosure matter. The record owner of the property is Client’s deceased mother. After Client’s mother died, Client’s mother’s partner fell behind on the mortgage payments after he entered the early stages of dementia. Client now resides with her mother’s partner in the home. Client’s sister is the Personal Representative of their mother’s estate.  Client and Sister are working with a housing counselor to seek a loan modification through the Mortgage Foreclosure Diversion Program. Since Client’s mother is still on title to the property, VIP is seeking a separate volunteer for the deed transfer matter. Client needs a volunteer attorney to assist with negotiations for a loan modification. Client’s next Conciliation Conference is October 15, 2015 at 9:00 AM.

    Core Competencies: Negotiation Skills, Courtroom Experience

Name Change

  • 15-0037586

    Client seeks assistance in a name change matter. Client used the same last name her entire life but, due to a mistake, her birth certifcate lists a different last name. Client’s social security card and school records list the name she has always used.  Client currently has no photo identification. Client has been unable to obtain new photo identification because the name on her social security card does not match the name on her birth certificate. Client hopes to change her birth certificate to list the name that she has used her whole life.

    Core Competencies: Administrative Agency Practice, Client Interviewing


  • 15-0037275

    Client is an established nonprofit organization made up of parents, staff, and teachers of a school, with the goal to support the community and maintain a successful and safe environment.  Client is undertaking a large capital improvement project involving installing a new playground.  Client has entered into several agreements and is seeking legal advice on these contracts to fully understand obligations, including indemnification.  A non-profit mentor is available to advise on this case, including indemnification issues.
    Core competencies: Client Service Development


  • 15-0036655

    Client needs assistance with a probate matter. Client and her minor son reside in the home owned by her deceased husband. Client's husband died on October 19, 2013, without a Will. Client and the couple’s minor son are the only heirs. An attorney is needed to probate client’s husband’s estate in order to transfer title into her and the minor son’s names. Client is Spanish-speaking. Interpretation assistance is available upon request.

    Core Competencies: Administrative Agency Practice, Client Interviewing

  • 15-0036641

    Client seeks assistance obtaining title to her home. Record owner is client’s deceased mother. Record owner left her home to client in her will. Client’s sister was named executrix but is willing to let client serve as executrix instead. An attorney is needed to probate her mother’s estate in order to transfer title into client’s name. 

    Core Competencies: Administrative Agency Practice, Client Interviewing