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

  • 14-0035281
    Divorce - No Assets

    Client/Wife and OP/Husband were married in June 2004 and separated in February 2013. The parties have one child together, age 9. The parties have worked out all of the economic issues related to their pending divorce. The attorney representing OP prepared an agreement that the parties have already signed. OP’s attorney has already filed a divorce complaint, which has been served on the client. The client would like assistance with ensuring a divorce decree is properly entered in this case. The client’s preferred language is Russian. Translation and interpretation assistance is available upon request.

    Core Competencies: Draft Pleadings, Client Interviewing

  • 11-0030698
    Divorce with Equitable Distribution

    Client/Wife and OP/Husband were married in 1970 and separated in March 2009 after OP allegedly physically and sexually abused Client. The marital estate includes a house in Philadelphia where Client resides, a house in Northumberland County where OP resides, financial accounts, OP’s pension, and considerable debt. Client is currently receiving alimony pendente lite; there is a divorce action pending. OP is represented by counsel.

    Core Competencies: Analysis of Statutes, Factual Development and Investigation.

  • 14-0035716
    Divorce with Equitable Distribution

    Client/husband and OP/wife were married in 2005. They have been living apart, but in the same house, for one year. They have three children. OP served client with a divorce complaint for equitable distribution. OP filed a 3301(d) Affidavit alleging separation in January 2010. Client filed a counter-affidavit challenging this date of separation. Client is not a citizen. He has been the victim of domestic violence by OP. OP is represented by counsel. Client is seeking an attorney to represent him in the divorce proceedings. He wishes to remain married and is not interested in obtaining assets. 
    Core Competencies: Negotiation Skills, Factual Development and Investigation

  • 14-0035672
    Divorce with Equitable Distribution

    Client/Wife and OP/Husband were married in February 2005. OP filed for divorce in 2012. OP was living with client up until June 8, 2014, when OP moved out of the former marital home; however, OP filed a 3301(d) Affidavit alleging a different date. Divorce decree was entered, but client was able to get decree opened. Client has filed Counter-affidavit and counterclaim.  The client is not currently employed; OP is employed. The marital estate would include the increase in value in OP’s pre-marital real estate and the marital portion of OP’s retirement benefits. OP is represented by counsel.

    Core Competencies: Discovery Practice, Factual Development and Investigation

  • 13-0034160
    Divorce with Equitable Distribution

    Client/Husband and OP/Wife were married in 2002 and separated in 2007.  Client and OP have 2 minor children who live with OP. The marital estate includes the marital home, two cars, modest financial accounts, and Client’s credit card debt. OP is represented by counsel and filed a divorce action in 2007 in Philadelphia. Client seeks assistance with obtaining a divorce and division of the marital estate. Client lives in Bucks County, but he is still eligible for VIP services.
    Core Competencies: Analysis of Statutes, Factual Development and Investigation.

  • 13-0034572
    Divorce with Equitable Distribution

    Client/Wife and OP/Husband were married in July 2007 and separated in March 2013. They are the parents of two children ages 5 and 4. The marital estate includes the marital portion of OP’s retirement benefits and debt. No divorce action has been initiated. Client would like assistance in obtaining a divorce and her share of the marital estate. 
    Core Competencies: Draft Pleadings, Discovery Practice

  • 14-0035792
    Divorce with Equitable Distribution
    Client/Wife and OP/Husband were married in June 2012 and have lived separate and apart since November 2013. Client and OP have two minor children. Client has suffered physical and emotional abuse from OP. Client has a PFA against OP. OP is incarcerated because he assaulted client. Client needs assistance in filing for divorce and seeks representation in divorce proceedings. The marital estate includes the increase in the value of the pre-marital home.
    Core Competencies: Negotiation Skills, Courtroom Experience
  • 14-0035978
    Divorce with Equitable Distribution

    Client/wife and OP/husband were married in November 1997 and separated in January 2012. Client and OP have one adult child. Client has suffered physical and emotional abuse from OP. OP is represented by counsel and has initiated a divorce action. Client has filed a 3301(d) affidavit contesting OP's alleged date of separation and a counterclaim seeking division of assets. The marital estate includes a car, bank account, pension, tax debt and the deficiency judgment resulting from the sheriff’s sale of the former marital home.
    Core Competencies: Client Interviewing; Courtroom Experience

Employment

  • 14-0035872
    Small Business/Employment

    Client is the owner of a small franchise in New Jersey with a satellite location in Philadelphia. The business hand delivers cookies throughout the Philadelphia region and occasionally requires temporary workers to assist. Client needs the assistance of a volunteer attorney with reviewing the procedures used to on-board temporary help and to draft any necessary contracts to improve this process.
    Core competencies: Factual Development and Investigation

Guardianship

  • 14-0035977
    Urgent Need

    Clients, an engaged couple, seek guardianship of mother's 18-year old daughter, who has been diagnosed with mental disabilities. Clients need to be appointed guardians to make medical and financial decisions on the AIP's behalf. They also seek to place the AIP in a safe and supportive residential environment. The AIP's doctor has confirmed in writing that he believes the AIP is incapacitated.
    Core Competencies: Courtroom Experience, Draft Pleadings