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

  • 14-0036435
    Divorce with Equitable Distribution

    Client/wife and OP/husband were married in April 2008 and separated in July 2014. They have two minor children, ages 2 and 4. Client is not currently employed. OP is employed and represented by counsel. He initiated a divorce in October 2014. The marital estate includes two vehicles, modest bank accounts, loans, OP’s 401(k), OP’s retirement account, and significant credit card debt. Client is seeking an attorney to represent her in the divorce proceedings.
    Core Competencies: Discovery Practice, Negotiation Skills

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

  • 14-0036329

    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

  • 14-0036513

    Client seeks assistance with obtaining guardianship over her eighteen-year-old son who has a history of refractory epilepsy, mental retardation, and autism. Son typically experiences multiple seizures per day and client would like to be his guardian in order to make medical and financial decisions on his behalf. Client expects the guardianship to be uncontested and a physician is available to provide written testimony.

    Core Competencies: Draft Pleadings, Courtroom Experience

  • 14-0036280

    A Cantonese-speaking client seeks assistance with obtaining guardianship of her twenty-two-year-old son who has autism. Client would like guardianship to make medical and financial decisions on his behalf. Client expects the guardianship to be uncontested and a physician is available to provide written testimony. The family has a very active social worker and an interpreter is readily available.

    Core Competencies: Draft Pleadings, Courtroom Experience

Incorporation

  • 14-0036536
    Nonprofit/Incorpation

    Client is a student-run, on-line social impact magazine that educates university students on ways to utilize their education to become involved in their communities. Its goal is to provide practical and effective guidance to assist university students to become positive forces in social change. Client is currently seeking assistance in drafting its bylaws and obtaining 501 (c) (3) status. Core Competencies: Drafting, Administrative Agency Practice