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

  • 15-0036905
    Divorce with Equitable Distribution

    Client/Wife and OP/Husband married in November 2013 and separated in November 2014. OP has a history of domestic violence against client. Client is not employed; OP is employed. Client is currently in a Chapter 13 bankruptcy for the mortgage on the home that she purchased before the marriage. OP owns a car and has a 401(k) plan and union pension. OP has counsel and has filed a divorce complaint. Client is seeking spousal support from OP.  Client is seeking an attorney to represent her in the divorce proceedings, which will first include requesting that bankruptcy court lift the automatic stay.  A VIP mentor is available to assist with bankruptcy and family law questions.
    Core Competencies: Discovery Practice, Client Interviewing

     

     
  • 15-0036957
    Divorce with Equitable Distribution

    Client/wife and OP/husband were married in October 1980 and separated in April 2013.  Client and OP have two adult children.  OP is unemployed; client is employed but still qualifies for free legal representation.  OP is represented by counsel.  The marital estate consists of a house, a car, client’s pension, OP’s pension, and debts.  Client is seeking an attorney to represent her in the divorce proceedings.
    Core Competencies:  Client Interviewing, Draft Pleadings
     

  • 15-0037108
    Divorce with Equitable Distribution

    Client/Husband and OP/Wife married in November 2011, but separated in January 2015. The parties have one minor son in common. The marital estate may include client’s vehicle, bank accounts and debts. Client has suffered both physical and emotional abuse from OP. Client seeks assistance with filing for divorce and with divorce proceedings.  
    Core Competencies: Drafting Pleadings, Factual Development and Investigation
     

  • 15-0036800
    Divorce with Equitable Distribution

    Client/Wife and OP/Husband married in June 2013, but separated in October 2014. They have no children in common. The marital estate may include the marital portion of OP’s retirement benefits, bank accounts and debts. Client has suffered both physical and emotional abuse from OP and obtained a protection from abuse order against him in 2015. Client currently lives in a safe house in New Jersey but is able to come to Philadelphia for meetings and hearings. OP still lives in Philadelphia. Client seeks representation in divorce proceedings and to protect her interest in the marital estate.
    Core Competencies: Drafting Pleadings, Factual Development and Investigation

Guardianship

  • 15-0037097

    Client seeks assistance obtaining guardianship of her mother who suffers from dementia. Client would like guardianship to make medical and financial decisions on her mother’s behalf. A physician is available to provide written testimony and the guardianship is not expected to be contested.

    Core Competencies: Draft Pleadings, Courtroom Experience 

  • 15-0037082
    Guardianship

    Client seeks to gain guardianship of her mother who suffers from dementia and Parkinson’s disease. Client would like guardianship to make medical and financial decisions on her mother’s behalf. A physician is available to provide written testimony and the guardianship is not expected to be contested.

    Core Competencies: Draft Pleadings, Courtroom Experience

  • 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

Mortgage Foreclosure

  • 15-0037123

    Client seeks assistance with a mortgage foreclosure matter. Client is the record owner of the home, and her name is listed on the mortgage. Client became delinquent on the mortgage due to health issues. Client needs a resolution with the lender as soon as possible so that her homeowner’s insurance will pay for a roof repair. The housing counselor assigned to this case is Denise Stewart with Esperanza. Client needs representation for a conciliation conference, which is scheduled for July 23, 2015 at 9 AM.
    Core Competencies: Negotiation Skills, Courtroom Experience
     

Name Change

  • 15-0036851
    Responsive client needs assistance with a name change matter. Client needs assistance with changing her last name in order to hide from the child’s father who is abusive. Client seeks to waive the publication notice and have the file sealed for safety reasons. The companion case for the minor’s name change is 15-0037060
    Core Competencies: Court Experience, Draft Pleading
  • 15-0037060
    Client needs assistance with a name change matter for her minor daughter to serve as protection from an abusive father. Client seeks to waive the publication notice and consent by the father and have the file sealed for safety reasons. The companion case for the mother’s name change is 15-0036851.
    Core Competencies: Courtroom Experience, Draft Pleadings