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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Guardianship

  • 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

  • 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

Incorporation

  • 12-0031669
    Nonprofit/Tax

    Client is a business association operating on a major corridor in West Philadelphia. It seeks to promote the interests of the businesses on the corridor and facilitate better relations between the businesses and the community. Client seeks assistance obtaining tax-exempt status.
    Core Competencies: Administrative Agency Practice

  • 14-0036371
    Small Business/Incorporation

    Client is the owner of an established daycare in West Philadelphia. Client needs the assistance of a volunteer attorney with advising her on the best was to structure the businesses and filing the necessary paperwork to complete this. Core Competencies: Administrative Agency Practice

  • 14-0036366
    Nonprofit/Incorpation

    Client is a faith-based community organization that provides a variety of services for at-risk persons and children from low-income backgrounds. Client is in the process of creating a new anti-drug program. It seeks assistance in obtaining 501(c)( 3) status and in drafting its by-laws. Core Competencies: Administrative Agency Practice, Drafting

Intellectual Property

  • 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