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!

Employment

  • 15-0037511

    Client is a non-profit organization that enriches the well-being of people infected and affected by HIV/AIDS by providing a broad range of integrative mind, body and spirit services that empower them to develop skills and personal strengths leading to more meaningful lives.  Former executive director resigned from the position effective immediately during a June board meeting.  During that meeting, it was agreed that the possibility of the former executive director returning to the organization in some capacity would be decided at a later date.  Client is seeking advice on whether they are contractually obligated to bring former executive director back.
    Core Competencies: Client Interviewing

Incorporation

  • 15-0037535

    Incorporation 15-0037535 (AM)
    Client is starting a small-business upscale hookah lounge café in North Philadelphia.  Client is seeking assistance in forming an LLC and registering a fictitious name.   
    Core Competencies: Administrative Agency Practice

Mortgage Foreclosure

  • 14-0036290
    Client fell behind on her mortgage payments in June 2012 after switching from full-time to part-time work. At previous conciliation conferences, a VIP volunteer attorney helped the client negotiate a deed-in-lieu with the bank. The volunteer attorney has made numerous unsuccessful attempts to obtain a proper deed-in-lieu that includes a release of client’s debt or an agreement from the bank not to pursue a deficiency judgment. At a recent status conference, Judge Fox ordered that a representative from the bank or lender’s counsel be present and authorized to negotiate the details of the deed-in-lieu at a new status conference on November 17, 2015 at 1:00 pm. The previous VIP volunteer attorney has retired and can no longer continue with the case. Client needs an attorney to help her obtain a proper deed-in-lieu from the bank, before the November 17 conference if the bank is responsive. The housing counselor is Lashana Eason at PCCA. 
    Core Competencies: Courtroom Experience, Negotiation Skills

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
  • 15-0036966

    Client seeks assistance with a name change matter. Client has always used the name given to him when he was baptized, rather than the name on his birth certificate. Client has been unable to obtain a state ID because his birth certificate lists a different name than his social security card. Client would like to change the name on his birth certificate. Client is paraplegic and will need advance notice for meetings to arrange for transportation to appointments.
    Core Competencies: Courtroom Experience, Draft Pleadings
     

  • 15-0037314
    Minor's Name Change

    Client and his wife need assistance with a name change matter for their minor daughter.  The child was born in California and is 7 years old. She was mistakenly issued a birth certificate that transposed her first and last name. Client seeks assistance to obtain a court order to correct his daughter’s name on her birth certificate.

    Core Competencies: Courtroom Experience, Factual Investigation

Nonprofit

  • 15-0036729

    Client is a collective art space in the Kensington/Fishtown neighborhood.  The fully equipped shop rents licenses for use to other artists, promotes and markets space members, and facilitates classes and demonstrations.  Client is operating as a for-profit, but is not yet incorporated.  Client is seeking assistance in deciding whether to incorporate as a non-profit or small business.  VIP can find another volunteer to assist with incorporation if needed.
    Core Competencies: Client Interviewing

  • 15-0037492

    Client is a collective art space in the Kensington/Fishtown neighborhood.  The fully equipped shop rents licenses for use to other artists, promotes and markets space members, and facilitates classes and demonstrations.  Client was a subcontractor on a job and has not been paid by the contractor.  Client is seeking assistance in drafting a letter of intent to lien against the contractor.
    Core Competencies: Drafting Skills

Probate

  • 15-0036655

    Client needs assistance with a probate matter. Client and her minor son reside in the home owned by her deceased husband. Client's husband died on October 19, 2013, without a Will. Client and the couple’s minor son are the only heirs. An attorney is needed to probate client’s husband’s estate in order to transfer title into her and the minor son’s names. Client is Spanish-speaking. Interpretation assistance is available upon request.

    Core Competencies: Administrative Agency Practice, Client Interviewing