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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Auto Accident

  • 14-0036578

    Client, a single mother, received notice that her driver’s license would be suspended on January 15, 2015 due to a default judgment resulting from an alleged auto accident. Client was allegedly involved in an auto accident in 2011 in a parking lot. Client categorically denies her involvement. Client was served with the original complaint in 2012 at her mother’s address, where client had not resided since 2007. Client’s mother accepted service. Client is appealing the license suspension on her own but needs representation to file a petition to open the default judgment in the auto accident and to defend against the action.
    Core Competencies: Courtroom Experience, Draft Pleadings
     

  • 15-0036779

    Client and client's son are being sued in relation to an auto accident that ocurred on February 12, 2014. Client's son, who was 17 years old at the time, was driving the vehicle with a learner's permit. Client was in the passenger seat of the car. A hearing is scheduled for October 28, 2015 at 9:15am. Client seeks representation to defend her in this matter.

    Core Competencies: Courtroom Experience, Client Interviewing

Collections

  • 15-0036774

    Client needs assistance with a debt collection matter. A complaint has been filed against client due to unpaid credit card debt. Client's only source of income is retirement disability. Client fell behind on payments after she lost her job and went through a divorce. There is a hearing scheduled for April 24, 2015 at 1:00 PM.

     

    Core Competencies: Courtroom Experience, Negotiation Skills

Contracts

  • 15-0036858
    Nonprofit/Contracts

    Client is a nonprofit independent school that provides education from pre-kindergarten to fifth grade in North Central Philadelphia. Client is currently searching for larger facilities as part of its five year growth plan. Client seeks assistance in reviewing its purchase documents and representation at closing.
    Core Competencies: Drafting, Real Estate Negotiation

Custody

  • 15-0036791

    Client/Father and OP/Mother are the parents of two children, ages 7 and 6.  The younger child is severely autistic.  Under the current custody order, which was entered in July 2015, Client and OP have shared legal and physical custody of the children with each party having physical custody 50% of the overnights.  Client filed for contempt against OP because OP did not return the children on time after a holiday.  A contempt hearing is scheduled for May 15, 2015 at 9:00 am before Judge Ford.

    Core Competencies: Courtroom Experience, Factual Development and Investigation

     

  • 15-0036593

    Client/Mother and OP/Father are the parents of one child. OP has filed for custody. There is a history of verbal and physical abuse by OP. Client is currently living in Ohio with son after ending her relationship with OP in July 2014. A master's hearing is scheduled for June 16, 2015 at 2:00pm before Master Andreola.

    Core Competencies: Courtroom Experience, Factual Development and Investigation

Divorce

  • 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

  • 15-0036699
    Divorce with Equitable Distribution
    Client/Wife and OP/Husband were married in 1994 and separated in 2009. OP, represented by counsel, has requested a no-fault divorce but client states OP was not faithful (OP has two children born outside the marriage in 2003 and 2009) and was physically abusive. Client assumed all bad debts during the marriage so that OP’s credit would remain clean for obtaining home loans. Client seeks assistance in obtaining a division of the marital estate, which includes disputed proceeds from a refinancing of the marital home, OP’s pension and 401(k), and potentially other properties owned by OP that may have increased in value during the marriage.
    Core Competencies: Draft Pleadings, Negotiation Skills
     
  • 15-0036591
    Divorce with Equitable Distribution
    Client/wife and OP/husband were married in November 2011 and separated in August 2014. Client and OP have one young child. Client has suffered physical and emotional abuse from OP. Client is currently employed. The marital estate includes a jointly-titled home, two vehicles, a bank account, and OP's pension. OP is represented by counsel and has filed a divorce complaint.  Client is seeking an attorney to represent her in the divorce proceedings. Client speaks Polish and interpretation assistance is available upon request. 
    Core Competencies: Discovery Practice, Negotiation Skills

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