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

  • 14-0035793
    Divorce with Equitable Distribution

    Client/wife and OP/husband were married in 2000 and separated in July 2008. They have no minor children. Client has been the victim of domestic abuse by OP. OP filed for divorce in May 2014. Marital property includes a home and two vehicles. There are also significant debts, including credit card debt, student loan debt, and a home equity loan on the marital home. OP is represented by counsel.
    Core Competencies: Client Interviewing, Factual Investigation and Development

  • 14-0036214
    Divorce with Equitable Distribution
    Client/Wife and OP/Husband married in 1993 and currently reside together in a house acquired by client/Wife in 1980. Client/Wife says parties have not lived as husband and wife for several years and have separate bank accounts. Client/Wife filed for a PFA, which was dismissed in August 2014. The marital estate includes increase in value of home client purchased before marriage, OP/husband’s pension, and car titled in OP/husband’s name. Client needs assistance in obtaining a divorce.
    Core Competencies: Draft Pleadings; Client Interviewing
     

Guardianship

  • 14-0035907

    Client seeks guardianship of his mother, who suffers physical and mental disabilities due to dementia. Client needs to become guardian so he can continue to make medical decisions for his mother and pay her bills. A physician is available to provide written testimony.

    Core Competencies: Client Interviewing, Courtroom Experience

  • 14-0036158

    Client seeks guardianship of her mother, who suffers from mental disabilities due to Alzheimer’s and dementia. Client needs to become guardian so she can have financial and medical decision-making authority. A physician is available to provide written testimony.
    Core Competencies: Draft Pleadings; Courtroom Experience

  • 14-0036099

    Client seeks assistance obtaining guardianship of her husband. Client's husband suffered a stroke in December 2013, and was released from the hospital in March 2014, but is unable to make his own decisions. As guardian, client would make financial and healthcare choices for her husband. Client is unable to leave her husband for extended periods of time, so she would prefer to have appointments at her home or by phone.
    Core Competencies: Client Interviewing, Courtroom Experience

  • 14-0036197

    Client seeks guardianship of her mother who suffers from dementia. Client needs to become guardian so she can make medical and financial decisions for her mother. Client’s mother owns a house but is currently living with client in a house client is renting. Client would like to move her and her mother into the mother’s home, but neither one currently has access to it. Client’s daughter was the initial caretaker, but client has not been in contact with her for about two years. Client is concerned that her daughter is still receiving the mother’s pension checks but does not think her daughter will contest guardianship. A physician is available to provide written testimony.
    Core Competencies: Draft Pleadings; Courtroom Experience

  • 14-0036308

    Client seeks assistance to obtain guardianship of her sister who was born with mental retardation. Client would like to become her sister's guardian in order to make medical and financial decisions on her behalf. The guardianship is expected to be uncontested and a physician is available to provide written testimony. Client is deaf, but can easily be reached through an ALS interpretation phone service.

    Core Competencies: Draft Pleadings, Courtroom Experience

  • 14-0036309

    Client seeks assistance to obtain guardianship of her mother who suffered a severe stroke on August 8, 2014 and has been hospitalized since. Client is currently making all of mom's medical decisions and would like to become her legal guardian in order to continue making these decisions, as well as, financial decisions. The guardianship is expected to be uncontested and a physician is available to provide written testimony. Client is deaf, but can easily be reached through an ALS interpretation phone service.

    Core Competencies: Draft Pleadings, Courtroom Experience

  • 14-0036329

    Client seeks assistance to obtain guardianship of his mother who suffers from advanced dementia so he can make medical and financial decisions on her behalf. Client expects the guardianship to be uncontested by his estranged sibling and a physician is available to provide written testimony.

    Core Competencies: Draft Pleadings, Courtroom Experience

  • 14-0036385

    Client needs assistance obtaining guardianship of her elderly mother who suffers from dementia. Client needs to be appointed guardian so that she can continue to handle her mother’s financial and medical matters. Client lives with her mother the majority of the week. Physician is available to testify to the mother’s condition and lack of capacity.
    Core Competencies: Draft Pleadings, Courtroom Experience