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!

Nonprofit

  • 14-0036348
    Real Property/Nunc Pro Tunc

    Client is an established, 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to combating poverty through neighborhood services, particularly arts-related programming.  Client is the current owner of a historic theater in North Philadelphia, which they are in the process of restoring and where the majority of their activities take place.  The building lost its tax-exempt status when the client acquired it and is now delinquent on real estate taxes.  Tax exempt status has been restored to the property and the client needs assistance regarding these taxes.  A prior VIP volunteer attorney has filed a nunc pro tunc petition.  This attorney is no longer available and therefore unable to assist this client, but is available to consult.  A continuance has been granted and a letter notifying of next hearing will be sent 30 days from original hearing date (July 7th).
    Core competencies: Courtroom Experience, Negotiation 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

  • 14-0036408

    Client seeks assistance in a probate matter so that she may obtain title to her home. The record owner is client’s deceased mother. Mother had three children including client.  One of client’s brothers is willing to transfer his interest in the property to client.  Her other brother is deceased, and his heirs cannot be located.  Client understands that she will only obtain a 2/3 interest in her mother’s property because of the missing heirs.  Since Renunciations cannot be obtained from all heirs, an attorney is needed to file a Petition for Citation to Show Cause to permit client to be the Personal Representative of her Mother’s estate.  If the petition is successful, client will need assistance probating and administering her mother’s estate, including obtaining a 2/3 interest in the property through a deed.  

    Core Competencies: Administrative Agency Practice, Client Interviewing

  • 15-0036641

    Client seeks assistance obtaining title to her home. Record owner is client’s deceased mother. Record owner left her home to client in her will. Client’s sister was named executrix but is willing to let client serve as executrix instead. An attorney is needed to probate her mother’s estate in order to transfer title into client’s name. 

    Core Competencies: Administrative Agency Practice, Client Interviewing

     

  • 15-0037084

    Client seeks assistance obtaining title to his deceased mother’s home, where he currently lives.  Client’s mother devised the property in her Will to client and his sister in equal shares and named client’s sister as executrix.  Client’s sister is willing to give her interest in the property to client, and she is willing to renounce her right to administer the estate in favor of the client or one of the client’s sons.  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

  • 15-0036980

    Responsive client seeks assistance obtaining title to his home so that he may enter into the Water Revenue Assistance Program (WRAP). Record owner is client’s deceased mother. Record owner was not married and client is her only heir. An attorney is needed to probate his mother’s estate in order to transfer title into client’s name. 

    Core Competencies: Administrative Agency Practice, Client Interviewing

  • 15-0036950
    Homeownership/Probate

    Client seeks assistance obtaining a one-half interest in her home. Client’s stepfather and first wife are record owners of the property, and they became tenants in common when they divorced in 1989. Client’s stepfather has since died and devised his one-half interest in the house to his second wife, client’s mother, in his Will. Client’s mother died in 2010, and client is her only heir. Client’s one-half interest may be obtained either by probating both her mother and stepfather’s estates or by filing a § 3546 petition for determination of title to the property in Orphans’ Court; VIP can discuss strategy further.
    Core Competencies: Draft Pleadings, Client Interviewing

  • 15-0036749

    Client seeks assistance obtaining title to her home. Record owners are client’s aunt and deceased father. Aunt is willing to sign her one-half interest in the home to client.  Aunt has executed an unrecordable quit claim deed giving her interest in the property to client. Client is likely her father’s only heir but more investigation into his family tree is needed.  Client seeks an attorney to clarify the heirs of client’s father and then to file a § 3546 petition for determination of title to the property in Orphans’ Court in order for client to obtain full title to the home.

    Core Competencies: Draft Pleadings, Client Interviewing 

  • 15-0037074

    Client seeks assistance obtaining title to her deceased mother’s home. Mother had six heirs, including client. All are willing to give their interest in the property to client. Two are living in Philadelphia and the other three are living in Haiti. Client is in touch with all of her siblings and has recent contact information for them.  The mortgage is delinquent.  Client needs title in order to work with the mortgage to save the house. An attorney is needed to probate her mother’s estate in order to transfer title into client’s name.

    Core Competencies: Administrative Agency Practice, Client Interviewing 

  • 15-0036597

    Client seeks assistance obtaining title to her home. The home is in the estate of client’s mother-in-law. Mother-in-law died intestate leaving five heirs. Letters of Administration were granted to client’s husband. Client’s husband recently had a severe seizure and remains unresponsive in the hospital.  All heirs are willing to sign renunciations allowing wife to serve as Administrator and to give their interest in the property to client and her husband. (Client and her husband will share title.)  The Department of Public Welfare (DPW) has granted a postponement of its Estate Recovery claim against the estate.  The DPW postponement must be noted in the deed transferring title to client and her husband.  VIP can provide sample language. An attorney is needed to petition the Register of Wills to have client substituted as the Administrator and to assist client with the probate and administration of her mother-in-law’s estate. This client has a second case in our office. Philadelphia VIP is seeking an attorney to help the client become her husband’s legal guardian, as well.

    Core Competencies: Administrative Agency Practice, Client Interviewing