Welcome to Philadelphia VIP

VIP promotes equal justice for the poor by providing civil legal services not otherwise available, collaborating with other legal services organizations and promoting a culture of volunteerism by educating and exposing attorneys and law students to issues of poverty.


  • VIP in the News


    A Philadelphia VIP client and volunteer Ballard Spahr attorney were recently featured in philly.com's article "Court restricts city's ability to seize homes used by drug dealers." Check out the article highlighting a recent and monumental change made in the Pennsylvania appellate court regarding civil forfeiture. VIP is positive this change will greatly improve the lives of its clients at risk of losing their homes. To read the article, click here



    Thanks to generous support from people like you, VIP provides help to clients like Althea, Joseph, Barbara and the Mantua Civic Association ... Read more.

  • Volunteer of the Month
    Margaret Denton                        

    Philadelphia VIP volunteers are making an impact! Through the direct services of our volunteers, we are accomplishing our mission of providing access to justice for low-income Philadelphians.


Urgent Need Cases

  • 16-0038423

    Client urgently seeks title to his deceased mother’s home, where he resides. The home’s water is shut off; however, client is unable to enter a payment agreement because he is not listed on the house’s deed. The property is currently titled to his mother in trust for his cousin. Client’s mother passed away in June 2014. Upon mother’s death, title vested in cousin. Client’s cousin is available and willing to sign over her interest to client. A volunteer is needed to draft a deed that confirms that mom has died and title has vested in cousin and that transfers title to client. Client will also need assistance applying to the Tangled Title Fund to pay for the transfer taxes that will be owed.

    Core Competencies: Drafting, Client interviewing

  • 16-0038103

    Client seeks representation to become the legal guardian of her grandmother. Client’s sister consents to client seeking guardianship of their grandmother. AIP resides in a nursing home and suffers from dementia. She is unable to care for herself and handle her own affairs due to her condition. A physician from the nursing home has confirmed that AIP does need a guardian. Nursing home has petitioned for guardianship of the AIP; their petition erroneously states no family member is interested in pursuing guardianship. A hearing has been scheduled for July 26, 2016 at 10:30 am. Client needs assistance from a volunteer to attend the hearing and contest the guardianship petition filed by the nursing home.

    Core Competencies: Draft Pleadings, Courtroom Experience