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

  • 15-0036855
    Divorce with Equitable Distribution
    Client/Wife and OP/Husband were married in December 2008, and separated in November 2014.  They have two young children.  Client has suffered physical and emotional abuse from OP.  Client has PFA in place against OP.  Both client and OP are employed, but the client still qualifies for free legal representation.  OP is represented by counsel.  Client currently receives child support from OP.  The marital estate consists of three cars, bank accounts, and credit card debts.  Client is seeking an attorney to represent her in the divorce proceedings.  Client speaks conversational English but would prefer an Arabic interpreter for any legal terminology; interpretation and translation services are available upon request.  
    Core Competencies:  Draft Pleadings, Negotiation Skills
     
  • 15-0037068
    Divorce with Equitable Distribution
    Client/Wife and OP/Husband were married in 1990 and separated in 2012. They have two children, ages 20 and 10. Client is currently receiving child support from OP. Client is not employed; OP is employed.  The marital estate includes a jointly titled house, a car, OP’s pension, an IRS debt, and credit card debt. OP is represented by counsel. Client has filed a 3301(d) counter-affidavit stating that she does not oppose the entry of a divorce decree. Client is seeking an attorney to represent her in the divorce proceedings.
     
    Core Competencies: Draft Pleadings, Discovery Practice
     
  • 15-0036905
    Divorce with Equitable Distribution
    Client/Wife and OP/Husband married in November 2013 and separated in November 2014.  OP has a history of domestic violence against client.  Client has two children from a previous relationship. Client is not employed; OP is employed.  Client is currently in a Chapter 13 bankruptcy for the mortgage on the home that she purchased before the marriage.  OP owns a car and has a 401(k) plan and union pension.  OP has counsel and has filed a divorce complaint. Client is seeking spousal support from OP.  A VIP mentor is available to assist with bankruptcy and family law questions. Client is seeking an attorney to represent her in the divorce proceedings.
    Core Competencies: Discovery Practice, Client Interviewing 
     

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

  • 15-0037097

    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 

  • 15-0036967

    Client seeks representation in a guardianship matter. Client’s ninety-two year old mother suffers from dementia which prevents her from being able to handle her own affairs. Client would like to obtain guardianship of her mother in order to make financial and medical decisions on her behalf. A physician is available to provide written testimony regarding her mother’s incapacity.

    Core Competencies: Draft Pleadings, Courtroom Experience

Incorporation

  • 15-0036846

    Client is a nonprofit organization that runs an athletic program for low-income youth in Philadelphia.  The organization began as a program of a local church in 2005 and now operates independently.  Client needs the assistance of a volunteer attorney to obtain its 501(c)(3) status.
    Core Competencies: Administrative Agency Practice

Mortgage Foreclosure

  • 15-0036912

    Client needs representation for a mortgage foreclosure matter. The mortgage and deed are in the name of client’s deceased mother. The mortgage became delinquent following mother’s death in 2004. Client was living in the home after his mother passed, but was not able to remain current with payments due to a loss of income. VIP is working to find a volunteer to assist with transferring title to the client. Client needs representation at his conciliation conference on May 28, 2015 at 9:00 AM. Housing counselor is Luz Lugo with HACE.
    Core Competencies: Courtroom Experience, Negotiation Skills
     

  • 15-0036970

    Client needs assistance with a mortgage foreclosure matter. Client resides in the property and is the record owner; she is also listed on the mortgage. Client became delinquent after she lost her job due to downsizing. Client has not been able to regain stable employment. Lender is requesting that a new package for a loan modification be submitted before May 14, 2015. The housing counselor is Tony Abata from PUP.  An attorney is needed to assist with the next conciliation conference, which is scheduled on June 18, 2015 at 1:00pm. 

    Core Competencies: Courtroom Experience, Negotiation Skills

Name Change

  • 14-0036496

    Client needs assistance with a name change matter for her minor daughter so that they can travel out of the country. Client and child wish to reunite with the child’s father, who lives in the United Arab Emirates. Child’s birth certificate and passport list her father’s religious name; however he legally never took that name. Due to the inconsistency in names for the father, the client has been unable to renew her daughter’s passport. Client seeks to change the father’s name on the birth certificate to the father’s legal name.
    Core Competencies: Courtroom Experience, Factual Investigation​