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!

Guardianship

  • 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

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

Name Change

  • 14-0035161
    Delayed Birth Certificate

    Client, who was born in South Carolina, needs assistance obtaining a delayed birth certificate.  When client requested a copy of his birth certificate he learned that his birth was never recorded.  Client needs assistance obtaining a court order establishing his birth facts so he can obtain a delayed birth certificate.
    Core Competencies: Courtroom experience, Factual Investigation

  • 14-0035692

    Client needs assistance changing his name so he can obtain a driver's license and other identification documents. Client was raised by his aunt in North Carolina. In 2010, when he attempted to transfer his license from North Carolina to Pennsylvania, client learned that the last name on his birth certificate does not match the last name he has used his entire life. Client would like to change his last name to the one that he has always used, so that all of his identification documents are under the same name.
    Core Competencies: Courtroom Experience, Draft Pleadings

Probate

  • 13-0034144
    Homeownership/Probate

    Client, a senior, is living in the family home titled in his deceased parents’ names. His father predeceased his mother; the property is in his mother's estate. Client’s mother died intestate leaving 9 children, 5 of whom are still living and 4 of whom who are deceased. Client has received statements from all but one family member relinquishing their interests in the home. The remaining heir is estranged from the family but is believed to be living in Philadelphia. An attorney is needed to help client administer his mother’s estate, including filing an Inheritance Tax Return. Client seeks title to the home in order to resolve tax and water bill issues.
    Core Competencies: Administrative Agency Practice, Client Interviewing.

  • 13-0034159

    Client lives in the home titled in her deceased husband's name. Client's husband died intestate in 2004, leaving client as his only heir. Client is intellectually disabled but has a helper who makes several weekly home visits and can assist with communication. Client needs assistance administering her husband's estate, including filing an inheritance tax return.

    Core Competencies:  Administrative Agency Practice, Client Interviewing

  • 13-0034583

    Client, who cares for his disabled sister, lives in the home titled in his deceased mother and living father's names. Client's parents divorced in 1999, which terminated their tenancy by the entirety. Client's mother died intestate in July 2013, leaving client and client's two sisters as her only heirs. Client's mother owned a second home, and client's other sister lives in it.  Client and his siblings agree that client and his disabled sister will become the owners of the first home and that the other sister will become the owner of the second home. Client's father has also agreed to transfer his one-half interest in the first home to client and his disabled sister. All heirs agree that client should be the Personal Representative of their mother's estate. Client needs assistance probating and administering his mother's estate, including transferring title to both properties.  VIP can find another attorney to assist client’s father in transferring his interest, if necessary.

    Core Competencies:  Administrative Agency Practice, Client Interviewing