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

  • 15-0037267
    Divorce with Equitable Distribution

    Client/Wife seeks a divorce from OP/Husband. There is currently no divorce action filed. Client and OP were married in December 2010 and separated in May 2015 after OP physically abused client. Client currently has a PFA against OP, which expires in August 2016. The martial estate includes a house jointly purchased in 2010, a vehicle, and bank accounts. Client seeks representation in divorce proceedings to protect her interest in the marital estate.

    Core Competencies: Draft Pleadings, Negotiation Skills

  • 15-0037265
    Divorce with Equitable Distribution
    Client/Wife and OP/Husband were married in December 2005 and separated in April 2015. They have three children together ages 4, 2, and 1. Client has suffered physical and emotional abuse from OP. Client has a temporary PFA against OP. OP is employed. Client is not employed. OP is represented by counsel and filed a divorce complaint in June 2015. The marital estate consists of a car, credit cards, and OP’s retirement fund. Client is seeking an attorney to represent her in the divorce proceedings.
    Core Competencies: Draft Pleadings, Negotiation Skills
     
     
  • 15-0037296
    Equitable Distribution

    Wife/Client and Husband/OP were religiously married in 1999 and civilly married in 2005. Client and OP have two minor children together. Client suffered emotional and physical abuse from OP. Client’s PFA order against OP recently expired. The marital estate may include a business titled to OP, two vehicles, and school debt. OP is represented by counsel and originally filed a divorce complaint in 2007. Client filed a pro se counterclaim on July 16, 2015. Client is seeking an attorney to help represent her in the divorce proceedings.  

    Core Competencies: Draft Pleadings, Negotiating Skills

  • 15-0037216
    Divorce with Equitable Distribution

    Client needs assistance with a divorce matter. Client/wife and OP/husband were married in August 2002 and separated in April 2007. Client and OP have three minor children, all of whom live with client. OP has signed a quitclaim deed giving Client the house they jointly owned. Client seeks to file for divorce in order to qualify for modification of her mortgage. Client is unsure whether there is marital estate to divide as she does not know OP's finances.

    Core Competencies: Discovery Practice, Client Interviewing

  • 15-0036908

    Client/Husband and OP/Wife married in July 2004, but separated in September 2012. They have one teenage daughter in common, who lives with the OP. The marital estate may include the marital portion of OP’s retirement benefits, a jointly-titled home, pension accounts, vehicles, bank accounts and debts. Client and OP are both employed. Client seeks representation in divorce proceedings and to protect his interest in the marital estate. OP is represented by counsel.

    Core Competencies: Discovery Practice, Factual Development and Investigation

Guardianship

  • 15-0037097

    Client seeks assistance obtaining guardianship of her mother who suffers from dementia. Client would like guardianship to make medical and financial decisions on her mother’s behalf. A physician is available to provide written testimony and the guardianship is not expected to be contested.

    Core Competencies: Draft Pleadings, Courtroom Experience 

  • 15-0037082
    Urgent Need
    Guardianship

    Client seeks to gain guardianship of her mother who suffers from dementia and Parkinson’s disease. Client would like guardianship to make medical and financial decisions on her mother’s behalf. Client's mother's home recently entered foreclosure and client needs to become guardian to work with the mortgage company. A physician is available to provide written testimony and the guardianship is not expected to be contested.

    Core Competencies: Draft Pleadings, Courtroom Experience

  • 15-0037272
    Urgent Need
    Client, a working mother of seven, seeks assistance with a guardianship matter. Client would like to obtain guardianship of her adult brother, who suffered a traumatic brain injury in a motorcycle accident and is unable to speak. Client has a background in nursing and has been caring for the AIP in her home since the accident. Client would like to be able to make medical decisions on her brother’s behalf. The case is time-sensitive; client is facing a potential eviction from her PHA housing because the AIP is not on her lease. PHA has asked that client obtain guardianship of her brother. A physician is available to provide written testimony. Client is pleasant to work with and very responsive.
    Core Competencies: Draft Pleadings, Courtroom Experience
     

Mortgage Foreclosure

  • 15-0037290
    Client seeks assistance with a mortgage foreclosure matter. VIP attorneys previously assisted client in obtaining title to her home, but the seller in client’s lease-purchase agreement is still listed on the mortgage. Client became delinquent on the mortgage as a result of expenses related to her mother’s death after a battle with lung cancer. Client has a friend who is willing to pay off the mortgage in exchange for taking title to the home. Client has scheduled an appointment with housing counseling agency HACE. Client needs representation for a conciliation conference on August 27, 2015 at 1 pm. Client’s primary language is Spanish. Interpretation and translation assistance is available upon request. 
    Core Competencies: Negotiation Skills, Courtroom Experience
     
  • 15-0037358

    Client seeks assistance with a mortgage foreclosure matter. Client, who has 3 minor children, has struggled to keep up with bills after a divorce, and is 12 months behind on her mortgage. Client is working with a housing counselor to seek a loan modification through the Mortgage Foreclosure Diversion Program. Client’s ex-husband is on title to the property, and has agreed to give full title to the client. VIP is seeking a separate volunteer for the deed transfer matter. Client needs a volunteer attorney to assist with negotiations for a loan modification. Next Conciliation Conference is scheduled for August 27, 2015 at 1:00 PM.
    Core Competencies: Negotiation Skills, Courtroom Experience