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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Probate

  • 15-0037763

    Client seeks assistance with a probate matter. Client’s grandmother, who passed away in 1998, is the record owner of client’s home. Client’s grandmother had four children including client’s mother. Client’s mother, who had three children including client, predeceased client’s grandmother. The record owner’s heirs are client’s two uncles, client's aunt, client, and client's three siblings. All heirs are willing to give their interest in the property to the client. Client needs title to comply with a payment agreement for back real estate taxes.
    Core Competencies: Drafting, Administrative Agency Practice
     

  • 15-0038015

    Client needs assistance with a probate matter. Client resides in a home jointly titled in his deceased parents’ names. Client’s father died in 1989 and his mother died in 2003. Client and his two living siblings are the only heirs of their mother’s estate. A third sibling predeceased client’s mother. Client’s siblings agree with client serving as the administrator of their mother’s estate. An attorney is needed to probate client’s mother’s estate and to transfer title into client’s name.

    Core Competencies: Administrative Agency Practice, Client Interviewing

  • 15-0037697

    Client needs assistance with a probate matter. Client resides in a property titled to her father. Client’s father died on September 3, 2015 with a Will. The Will appoints client as the executor of her father’s estate and leaves her father’s entire estate to client. An attorney is needed to probate the estate in order to transfer title into client’s name. Client is Spanish-speaking; interpretation and translation services are available upon request.

    Core Competencies: Administrative Agency Practice, Client Interviewing

  • 15-0037773

    Client needs assistance with a probate matter. Client resides in a home owned by his deceased wife. Client’s wife left a Will giving fifty percent of the property to client with the remaining fifty percent being split between two of client’s stepchildren. The Will does not name an executor but client, as the decedent’s husband, has a priority right ti serve as the administrator of the estate. Client has a copy of the signed Will. An attorney is needed to probate client’s wife’s estate, including filing a petition with the Register of Wills to get the decedent’s Will accepted for probate. Client is Spanish-speaking; interpretation and translation services are available upon request.

    Core Competencies: Administrative Agency Practice, Client Interviewing

  • 16-0038173

    Client and her sister need assistance with a probate matter. They reside in a home titled to their grandmother, who passed away in ­­­1989. They have two other sisters who are also heirs. All siblings agree with client and sister serving as co-administrators of their grandmother’s estate and the transferring of title to client and the sister with whom she lives in the property. An attorney is needed to probate their grandmother’s estate and to transfer title into client and her sister’s name.

    Core Competencies: Administrative Agency Practice, Client Interviewing

  • 16-0038424
    Client seeks assistance getting title to his home. The house is currently in his parents’ name.  His mother predeceased his father and so the property is in the estate of his recently deceased father.  All heirs are willing to sign renunciations and give client their interests in the house. Client will need assistance to complete the probate process and transfer the deed for the property into his name so that he can deal with the City on issues such as property taxes and improvement grants. Client is responsive and already in the process of obtaining the reunciations.
    Core Competencies: Draft Pleadings, Client Interviewing
  • 16-0038128
    Client seeks assistance with obtaining title to her home.  Record owner is client’s deceased grandmother who adopted and raised her.  Client has a holographic will naming her as the sole heir to the property.  Other potential heirs would be client’s biological mother and client’s uncle, neither of whom are interested in the property.  Property is in mortgage foreclosure.  Client needs to be personal representative of the estate and to obtain title to save the home.  Therfore, this case has a companion mortgage foreclosure case with which another VIP volunteer is already assisting client.
    Core Competencies: Client Interviewing, Administrative Agency Practice
  • 16-0038235

    Client needs assistance in a probate matter. The record owners are client’s parents. Client’s mother died in February of 2013 and father died in June of 2013. Client and her brother are the only heirs to the property. Client’s brother lives out of state and is willing to give up his interest in the property to client. Client needs assistance probating and administering her father’s estate, including obtaining title to the home.

    Core Competencies: Administrative Agency Practice, Client Interviewing

Real Property

  • 15-0037738
    Quiet Title/Adverse Possession

    Client and his family live in client’s childhood home. Client has lived in the home since 1982. Client always believed that his mother was the record owner of the property. After client’s mother passed away in 2009, client discovered that his mother was not the record owner. It is believed that the record owner has passed away. Client needs assistance to file a quiet title action to have the property transferred into his name.

    Core Competencies: Draft Pleadings, Client interviewing

Tax

  • 15-0037968
    Client needs assistance assessing and challenging a state inheritance tax appraisement. Client submitted an appeal pro se and will need representation during the rest of the appeal process and in negotiations with the Department of Revenue if needed. Client was the administratrix of her son’s father’s estate. The Department of Revenue is requiring client to pay inheritance tax on a settlement from a lawsuit with wrongful death and survival claims where the funds went to the estate. The estate paid taxes pursuant to the court approved settlement agreement with which the Department of Revenue has taken issue, and the Department of Revenue is holding Client responsible. 
    Core Competencies: Draft Pleadings, Negotiation Skill