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

  • 15-0037009

    Client seeks assistance with a divorce matter. Client/Wife and OP/Husband were married on November 2, 2007. Client and OP have two minor children. Client separated from OP in 2008 because of domestic abuse. OP was incarcerated in March 2014 and is serving a 55 year sentence. There is no marital estate. Client is seeking an attorney to represent her in the divorce proceedings.

    Core Competencies: Courtroom Experience, Factual Development and Investigation

  • 15-0036822
    Divorce with Equitable Distribution
    Client needs assistance with a divorce matter. Client/wife and OP/husband were married in March, 2012 and separated on November 11, 2014.  Client and OP have five minor children, four of whom live with the client. Client has suffered physical and emotional abuse from OP. There are PFA orders against both parties. OP, who did not give client access to their finances, was the sole wage earner during the marriage.  Client does not have much information regarding the marital estate.  OP is represented by counsel. Client seeks assistance to file for divorce, and representation in the divorce proceedings. Client’s primary language is Arabic, though she is conversational in English. Translation services are available if needed.
    Core Competencies: Discovery Practice, Draft Pleadings

Employment

  • 15-0037019
    Nonprofit/Employment

    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 in the process of hiring new employees and is requesting assistance in establishing employment contracts and in ensuring compliance with labor law policies.

Guardianship

  • 15-0036603

    Client seeks assistance obtaining guardianship of her husband who suffered a severe stroke in 2012. Client's husband was in a nursing home for some time and is now cared for at home by client and rotating doctors, nurses, and speech therapists. Client would like guardianship to make financial and medical decisions on her husband's behalf. A physician is available to provide a written testimony on the husband's incapacity. Client speaks Khmer/Cambodian.

    Core Competencies: Draft Pleadings, Courtroom Experience

  • 15-0036913

    Client is legal guardian of her 23-year-old son. Son was involved in a car accident in 2009 and suffered brain damage. AIP is now in a wheelchair and has very little mobility. Client would like to access AIP's funds from the car accident in order to provide AIP with a van to take him to and from appointments as well as the stores and parks. Client needs legal assistance to petition the court to release the funds.

    Core Competencies: Draft Pleadings, Client Interviewing

  • 15-0037001
    Client seeks assistance obtaining guardianship of her adoptive daughter, who suffers from a mental delay as a result of cerebral palsy. Client adopted the AIP, who is her biological granddaughter, when the AIP was three years old. Now that the AIP is no longer a minor, client seeks guardianship to continue to make medical and financial decisions on her behalf. A physician is available to provide written testimony.
    Core Competencies: Draft Pleadings, Courtroom Experience
  • Client seeks assistance obtaining guardianship of her deceased boyfriend’s two sisters who both have Down Syndrome. Client has been living with the two AIPs for the past six years. Client would like guardianship to make medical and financial decisions on the women’s behalf. A physician is available to provide written testimony on the women’s incapacity.
    Core Competencies: Draft Pleadings, Courtroom Experience
     

Landlord/Tenant

  • 15-0037014

    Client seeks an attorney to represent him at a landlord tenant hearing on Tuesday, May 12, 2015 at 12:45pm. Landlord's complaint alleges unpaid rent for March and April 2015. Client has the money to pay but has been withholding rent until the landlord makes needed repairs to the property. Client would like to negotiate time to find a new home. Client never received a Certificate of Rental Suitability and is in the process of scheduling a L&I inspection.

    Core Competencies: Courtroom Experience, Negotiation Skills

Mortgage Foreclosure

  • 15-0036912

    Client needs representation for a mortgage foreclosure matter. The mortgage and deed are in the name of client’s deceased mother. The mortgage became delinquent following mother’s death in 2004. Client was living in the home after his mother passed, but was not able to remain current with payments due to a loss of income. VIP is working to find a volunteer to assist with transferring title to the client. Client needs representation at his conciliation conference on May 28, 2015 at 9:00 AM. Housing counselor is Luz Lugo with HACE.
    Core Competencies: Courtroom Experience, Negotiation Skills
     

  • 15-0036970

    Client needs assistance with a mortgage foreclosure matter. Client resides in the property and is the record owner; she is also listed on the mortgage. Client became delinquent after she lost her job due to downsizing. Client has not been able to regain stable employment. Lender is requesting that a new package for a loan modification be submitted before May 14, 2015. The housing counselor is Tony Abata from PUP.  An attorney is needed to assist with the next conciliation conference, which is scheduled on June 18, 2015 at 1:00pm. 

    Core Competencies: Courtroom Experience, Negotiation Skills