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

  • 14-0035977
    Urgent Need

    Clients, an engaged couple, seek guardianship of mother's 18-year old daughter, who has been diagnosed with mental disabilities. Clients need to be appointed guardians to make medical and financial decisions on the AIP's behalf. They also seek to place the AIP in a safe and supportive residential environment. The AIP's doctor has confirmed in writing that he believes the AIP is incapacitated.
    Core Competencies: Courtroom Experience, Draft Pleadings

  • 14-0035907

    Client seeks guardianship of his mother, who suffers physical and mental disabilities due to dementia. Client needs to become guardian so he can continue to make medical decisions for his mother and pay her bills. A physician is available to provide written testimony.

    Core Competencies: Client Interviewing, Courtroom Experience

  • 14-0035895

    Client seeks guardianship of her mother, who had a stroke in 2011 and has been incapacitated for almost three years. Client's stepfather was taking care of client's mother until he became ill and passed away this year. Client's mother is unable to make her own decisions, and client seeks guardianship in order to manage her finances and her health. A physician is available to provide testimony.
    Core Competencies: Draft Pleadings, Courtroom Experience

Incorporation

  • 14-0035843
    Nonprofit/Incorporation

    Client is a small, nonprofit organization dedicated to a mission of sharing Catholic, faith-based services through education and contributions to other organizations. Client has been operating for many years, but is only now initiating the process of forming a legal entity. Therefore, they require the assistance of a volunteer attorney with incorporating, filing for tax-exempt status and advising them on any implications of having been operating without a legal structure.
    Core competencies: Administrative Agency Practice, Analysis of Statutes

Intellectual Property

  • 14-0036039
    Small Business/Intellectual Property

    Client is a small business owner in North Philadelphia with a start-up home health care agency. Client is in the process of creating a website and needs the assistance of a volunteer attorney with protecting her intellectual property, particularly the logo for her business.
    Core competencies: Administrative Agency Practice

Name Change

  • 13-0034422

    Senior client needs assistance changing her name so she can obtain a driver's license for employment purposes. Client has been unable to obtain a driver’s license because the name on her birth certificate is spelled incorrectly and does not match her other documentation. Client’s primary language is Spanish. Translation and interpretation assistance is available.
    Core Competencies: Courtroom Experience, Draft Pleadings

  • 14-0035506

    Client lost his birth certificate and social security card. The birth certificate has his mother’s maiden name. His social security card was issued with his mother’s married last name when he was one year old. He was able to obtain a new birth certificate, but has been denied a social security card because the last names are different. Client also has not been able to obtain an identification card, which has made it difficult to apply for higher education and benefits.  Client needs assistance with changing the name on his birth certificate.

    Core Competencies: Courtroom Experience, Factual Investigation

  • 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

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