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

  • 14-0036280

    A Cantonese-speaking client seeks assistance with obtaining guardianship of her twenty-two-year-old son who has autism. Client would like guardianship to make medical and financial decisions on his behalf. Client expects the guardianship to be uncontested and a physician is available to provide written testimony. The family has a very active social worker and an interpreter is readily available.

    Core Competencies: Draft Pleadings, Courtroom Experience

Incorporation

  • 14-0036536
    Nonprofit/Incorpation

    Client is a student-run, on-line social impact magazine that educates university students on ways to utilize their education to become involved in their communities. Its goal is to provide practical and effective guidance to assist university students to become positive forces in social change. Client is currently seeking assistance in drafting its bylaws and obtaining 501 (c) (3) status. Core Competencies: Drafting, Administrative Agency Practice

Intellectual Property

  • 14-0036543
    Nonprofit/Intellectual Property

    Client is a student-run, on-line social impact magazine that educates university students on ways to utilize their education to become involved in their communities. Its goal is to provide practical and effective guidance to assist university students to become positive forces in social change. Client is currently seeking assistance in copywriting the name of its magazine. Core Competencies: Administrative Agency Practice

Name Change

  • 14-0036188
    Adult Name Change

    Client, a Spanish speaker, needs assistance with a name change. Client was born in New York. His birth certificate has an incorrect last name and lists his first name as "Male." Client needs assistance changing his name to the name he has been using for his entire life in order to obtain photo ID. Interpretation and translation services are available upon request.
    Core Competencies: Courtroom Experience, Draft Pleadings

  • 14-0035965
    Minor Name Change

    Client seeks assistance with a minor name change. Client’s daughter, age 7, has the last name of client’s ex-husband. A paternity test has proven that client’s ex-husband is not the child’s father. Client has been the victim of domestic violence by her ex-husband. Client is Spanish-speaking, and VIP can provide interpretation and translation services upon request. Client is very easy to work with and responsive.
    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