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!

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

  • 14-0036272

    Client, a senior, would like assistance obtaining guardianship of her older sister. Client's sister has been in a vegetative state since going into cardiac arrest in August 2014. Client would like to become her sister's guardian in order to make medical and financial decisions on her behalf, including maintaining her sister’s home. A physician is available to provide written testimony.
    Core Competencies: Courtroom Experience, Draft Pleadings

     

  • 14-0036054

    Client seeks guardianship of her adult son, who suffered a stroke in June 2014 and is incapacitated. Client would like to obtain guardianship in order to manage her son's finances and healthcare decisions. 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

Intellectual Property

  • 14-0036039
    Small Business/Intellectual Property

    Client is a small business owner in North Philadelphia with a start-up home health care agency. Client is in the process of creating a website and needs the assistance of a volunteer attorney with protecting her intellectual property, particularly the logo for her business.
    Core competencies: Administrative Agency Practice

  • 14-0036195
    Nonprofit/Intellectual Property

    Client is a nonprofit focused on meeting the needs of women and children impacted by domestic violence. Client provides community education, assists victims develop important independent life skills, and provides assistance in navigating resources available to victims. Client also specializes in art therapy to help survivors cope with traumatic life events. Client needs assistance in copyrighting their logo, website, and printed materials.
    Core Competencies: Administrative Agency Practice

  • 14-0036236
    Small Business/Intellectual Property

    Client is a chef/artist in the North West Philadelphia with a start-up café and food co-op. Client needs the assistance of a volunteer attorney with investigating and possibly filing a provisional patent for a novelty snack. Client also needs assistance in copyrighting their name and logo.
    Core Competencies: Factual Development and Investigation, Administrative Agency Practice

Mortgage Foreclosure

  • 14-0036290
    Urgent Need

    Client fell behind on her mortgage payments in June 2012 after switching from full-time to part-time work. The lender has inaccurate information about client's monthly income. As a result, client's applications for HEMAP and a loan modification were denied, because the lender believes client cannot afford the monthly payments. The lender has not provided any information to client about how she can catch up on missed payments. There has been one conciliation conference in the case. The next conciliation conference is scheduled for November 6, 2014 at 9 am. The housing counselor is Lashana Eason at PCCA.
    Core Competencies: Courtroom Experience, Negotiation Skills

Name Change

  • 14-0035161
    Delayed Birth Certificate

    Client, who was born in South Carolina, needs assistance obtaining a delayed birth certificate.  When client requested a copy of his birth certificate he learned that his birth was never recorded.  Client needs assistance obtaining a court order establishing his birth facts so he can obtain a delayed birth certificate.
    Core Competencies: Courtroom experience, Factual Investigation