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!

Mortgage Foreclosure

  • 16-0038624

    Client seeks assistance in a mortgage foreclosure matter. The mortgage and deed are in the name of client’s deceased mother. Client is the executor and sole heir of his mother’s will. Client is currently living in his mother’s house and is in a payment plan for the back real estate taxes. Client has faithfully been meeting with a Housing Counselor regarding the mortgage.  At client’s last conciliation conference, lender informed client that his mother had signed a document rendering the mortgage unassumable. Client needs assistance to communicate about this issue with lender and to represent him at the next conciliation conference on Thursday, August 4, 2016 at 9 AM. VIP will have a companion case for the probate matter, but taking the probate case is not necessary to accepting this mortgage foreclosure case.
    Core Competencies: Courtroom Experience, Negotiation Skills
     

Nonprofit

  • 16-0038833 (AM)

    Client is an established nonprofit organization made up of parents and teachers of a school with the mission to assist with physical improvements, the master plan for open space, and educational supports. A grant to benefit the nonprofit organization was deposited at East River Bank. A former board member who was forced off the board changed the nonprofit organization’s incorporation documents and alleges she is now the representative of the nonprofit organization. She attempted to withdraw money from the account. The bank has given a deadline of August 1st for the nonprofit organization to come to an agreement as to what will happen with the funds. Client is seeking a legal assessment about what has occurred and counsel and advice about the best course of action.
    Core Competencies: Analysis, Client Interviewing

Probate

  • 15-0037983
    Client seeks assistance with a probate matter. The record owner is client’s mother, who passed away in 2014. Client and her five surviving siblings are the only heirs. All five are willing to give their interest in the property to client. Client suffers from depression, and her brother has been handling her affairs, with her permission. He is very responsive and easy to work with. Client speaks English, but her brother speaks only Spanish. Interpretation and translation assistance is available upon request. An attorney is needed to probate client’s mother’s estate in order to transfer title into client’s name. 
    Core Competencies: Administrative Agency Practice, Client Interviewing
  • 15-0038042

    Client seeks assistance with a probate matter. The record owner of the client’s house is client’s mother, who passed away in 2013. Client, who is a veteran, is his mother’s only heir. Client was unable to afford the bills for the property, so he has been staying with friends. The Homeless Advocacy Project has helped client apply for benefits, and client plans to move back into the property. The real estate taxes on the property have not been paid since 2011. Client needs assistance to probate his mother’s estate and obtain title so he can enter into a payment agreement.
    Core Competencies: Drafting, Administrative Agency Practice
     

  • 15-0037763

    Client seeks assistance with a probate matter. Client’s grandmother, who passed away in 1998, is the record owner of client’s home. Client’s grandmother had four children including client’s mother. Client’s mother, who had three children including client, predeceased client’s grandmother. The record owner’s heirs are client’s two uncles, client's aunt, client, and client's three siblings. All heirs are willing to give their interest in the property to the client. Client needs title to comply with a payment agreement for back real estate taxes.
    Core Competencies: Drafting, Administrative Agency Practice
     

  • 15-0038015

    Client needs assistance with a probate matter. Client resides in a home jointly titled in his deceased parents’ names. Client’s father died in 1989 and his mother died in 2003. Client and his two living siblings are the only heirs of their mother’s estate. A third sibling predeceased client’s mother. Client’s siblings agree with client serving as the administrator of their mother’s estate. An attorney is needed to probate client’s mother’s estate and to transfer title into client’s name.

    Core Competencies: Administrative Agency Practice, Client Interviewing

  • 15-0037697

    Client needs assistance with a probate matter. Client resides in a property titled to her father. Client’s father died on September 3, 2015 with a Will. The Will appoints client as the executor of her father’s estate and leaves her father’s entire estate to client. An attorney is needed to probate the estate in order to transfer title into client’s name. Client is Spanish-speaking; interpretation and translation services are available upon request.

    Core Competencies: Administrative Agency Practice, Client Interviewing

  • 15-0037773

    Client needs assistance with a probate matter. Client resides in a home owned by his deceased wife. Client’s wife left a Will giving fifty percent of the property to client with the remaining fifty percent being split between two of client’s stepchildren. The Will does not name an executor but client, as the decedent’s husband, has a priority right ti serve as the administrator of the estate. Client has a copy of the signed Will. An attorney is needed to probate client’s wife’s estate, including filing a petition with the Register of Wills to get the decedent’s Will accepted for probate. Client is Spanish-speaking; interpretation and translation services are available upon request.

    Core Competencies: Administrative Agency Practice, Client Interviewing

  • 16-0038498

    Client needs assistance with a probate matter. Client resides in a home owned by her deceased mother.  Client’s mother left a will leaving a life estate to client and the remainder to client’s two children and fiancé. The will names client as the executor and client has the original will.

    Core Competencies: Administrative Agency Practice, Client Interviewing

  • 16-0038450

    Client, who is a disabled senior, needs assistance with a probate matter. Client resides in a home owned by his foster parents as tenants with the right of survivorship. Both parents died testate within six months of each other in 2014. The property was left to client in both of their wills. Client was also named the executor of both estates.  An attorney is needed to probate the estate of the second foster parent to die and to transfer title into client’s name.

    Core Competencies: Administrative Agency Practice, Client Interviewing