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!

Small Business

  • 16-0038548 (AM)

    Client is a small business based in Philadelphia. Client is a skateboard deck, apparel, and accessory brand. Client sells skateboards and apparel wholesale to retailers, as well as direct to consumers through the brand’s online store. Client is seeking assistance guaranteeing the LLC was incorporated properly and has proper governing documents. This has a companion case, # 16-0038583, about intellectual property.
    Core Competencies: Administrative Agency Practice, Client Interviewing

Tax

  • 15-0037968
    Client needs assistance assessing and challenging a state inheritance tax appraisement. Client submitted an appeal pro se and will need representation during the rest of the appeal process and in negotiations with the Department of Revenue if needed. Client was the administratrix of her son’s father’s estate. The Department of Revenue is requiring client to pay inheritance tax on a settlement from a lawsuit with wrongful death and survival claims where the funds went to the estate. The estate paid taxes pursuant to the court approved settlement agreement with which the Department of Revenue has taken issue, and the Department of Revenue is holding Client responsible. 
    Core Competencies: Draft Pleadings, Negotiation Skill
  • 16-0038352

    Senior client needs representation in a Municipal Court hearing about his state business tax returns. Client stopped operating his business in 2009 due to health reasons and has not filed any business taxes since. Client needs both hips replaced and may have difficulty attending the hearing. Court accommodations can be requested if needed. His hearing has been postponed to May 16, 2016.

    Core Competencies: Courtroom Experience, Negotiation Skills

Torts

  • 16-0038243
    Premises Liability
    Client seeks representation with regard to a premises liability matter. OP claims to have suffered injuries from a slip and fall incident near client’s property.  However, OP claims client’s property is three houses down from client’s actual property.  Client does not know OP and never heard about any falls on her property or on the street. Client needs representation to file an answer and to defend against the action.  Opposing counsel granted a 60-day extension to respond to the complaint from Feb. 18, 2016.   A Case Management Conference is scheduled on March 14, 2016 at 03:00 P.M. and trial is tentatively scheduled for January 2017.
    Core Competencies: Draft Pleadings, Courtroom Experience