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!

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 its logo, website, and printed materials. Core Competencies: Administrative Agency Practice

Landlord/Tenant

  • 14-0036449

    Client would like an attorney to represent him in a private landlord tenant matter. Client was not expecting to be evicted because he has paid rent every month since moving in on May 5, 2013. Client believes his eviction is a result of his landlord wanting to convert the apartment into a nail salon. Although his lease guarantees him sixty days notice, the client was only given thirty days notice. Client would like representation at his Municipal Court hearing on November 25, 2014 at 1:15pm to negotiate more time to move.

  • 14-0036451

    Client would like representation at his eviction hearing scheduled for Tuesday, December 16, 2014 at 8:45am for non-payment of rent in the amount of $1210.00. Client moved out on August 29, 2014 because his apartment was non handicap-accessible. Client is willing to waive his rights to his security deposit and does not want a money judgment entered against him.

Mortgage Foreclosure

  • 14-0036376

    Client seeks mortgage foreclosure diversion representation. Client, who lives in the home with two other family members, began missing payments a year ago, when he lost his job and was saddled with two hefty medical bills. Other household members have income, and the lender is currently reviewing proof of client's pension. Client is working with housing counselor Alexis Williams at PCCA to obtain a loan modification, and his sixth conference will be held on January 15, 2015 at 1 PM.
    Core Competencies: Courtroom Experience, Negotiation Skills

Name Change

  • 14-0035642

    Client, a recent high school graduate living with her parents, needs assistance with a name change. Client’s Social Security card is in the name she has been using all her life, but her birth certificate lists a different last name. Client hopes to find employment to begin contributing to her family’s income. However, she cannot obtain state-issued photo identification due to the discrepancy between her birth certificate and her Social Security card. Client would like to change her last name to the one she has always used, so that she can correct the discrepancy in her records, obtain photo identification, and enter the workforce.
    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

  • 13-0034567

    Client is living in her deceased mother's house. Client’s mother died intestate in 1999. Client’s siblings and her deceased brother’s children are willing to transfer their interests in the property to client. Client tried to probate her mother’s estate around 2002 with signed renunciations from the other heirs but was unable to afford the filing fee. Client needs assistance in probating her mother’s estate so she can obtain title to her property. Client is currently in a repayment plan for her delinquent real estate taxes. 
    Core Competencies: Administrative Agency Practice, Client Interviewing

  • 14-0035637

    Client lives in her deceased great-grandmother and great-aunt’s home. The great-aunt’s interest in the property passed to the great-grandmother upon her death. The great-grandmother died in 2000 and willed the property to her four sons. One of these sons has agreed to transfer his interest to client. Another son is deceased, and his wife may be willing to transfer her interest to client. A third son is client’s grandfather. His interest in the property passed to his daughter, client’s mother; the mother has also agreed to transfer her interest to client. The fourth son is deceased and left heirs who cannot be located. Client needs assistance in probating both the great-grandmother’s estate and the great-aunt's estate so she can obtain title. This will include filing a Petition to Show Cause with the Register of Wills, since the heirs of the fourth son cannot be found; VIP can provide a sample petition and procedural information on filing.
    Core Competencies: Administrative Agency Practice, Client Interviewing

  • 13-0034582

    Client, a senior citizen, needs assistance in a probate matter. Client is living in her deceased mother's house. Client's mother died in 1992 with a holographic will leaving the house to client. Client has a sister she has not seen since 1992. Client seeks assistance in probating the will, transferring title, and filing an inheritance tax return. Due to client's health condition, she is unable to travel to an office outside of center city.
    Core Competencies: Administrative Agency Practice, Client Interviewing