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!

Name Change

  • 15-0037314
    Minor's Name Change

    Client and his wife need assistance with a name change matter for their minor daughter.  The child was born in California and is 7 years old. She was mistakenly issued a birth certificate that transposed her first and last name. Client seeks assistance to obtain a court order to correct his daughter’s name on her birth certificate.

    Core Competencies: Courtroom Experience, Factual Investigation

Nonprofit

  • 15-0036729

    Client is a collective art space in the Kensington/Fishtown neighborhood.  The fully equipped shop rents licenses for use to other artists, promotes and markets space members, and facilitates classes and demonstrations.  Client is operating as a for-profit, but is not yet incorporated.  Client is seeking assistance in deciding whether to incorporate as a non-profit or small business.  VIP can find another volunteer to assist with incorporation if needed.
    Core Competencies: Client Interviewing

  • 15-0037492

    Client is a collective art space in the Kensington/Fishtown neighborhood.  The fully equipped shop rents licenses for use to other artists, promotes and markets space members, and facilitates classes and demonstrations.  Client was a subcontractor on a job and has not been paid by the contractor.  Client is seeking assistance in drafting a letter of intent to lien against the contractor.
    Core Competencies: Drafting Skills

  • 15-0037488

    Client is a non-profit in North Philadelphia that promotes non-violence through the creation of safe spaces.  Client runs youth programs on Saturdays with activities such as arts and crafts, dance, music, and jewelry making.  Former board treasurer embezzled over $19,000 from the organization.  Client is seeking advice on insurance and appropriate measures to avoid anything similar from happening again.
    Core Competencies: Client Interviewing

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