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!

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Auto Accident

  • 15-0036631

    Client needs assistance with an auto accident matter. Client was involved in a car accident while driving a school bus. Client was covered by the school bus company’s insurance policy at the time of the accident. Since then, the school bus company has gone out of business. Client currently works for another school bus company that bought out her former employer. However, the new company refuses to assist client in defending against the action or contacting the old company’s insurance provider. Client was served with a complaint on December 5, 2014 and filed an answer pro se on January 12, 2015. Arbitration is scheduled for September 2, 2015 at 9:15 am.
    Core Competencies: Courtroom Experience, Draft Pleadings

  • 14-0036578

    Client, a single mother, received notice that her driver’s license would be suspended on January 15, 2015 due to a default judgment resulting from an alleged auto accident. Client was allegedly involved in an auto accident in 2011 in a parking lot. Client categorically denies her involvement. Client was served with the original complaint in 2012 at her mother’s address, where client had not resided since 2007. Client’s mother accepted service. Client is appealing the license suspension on her own but needs representation to file a petition to open the default judgment in the auto accident and to defend against the action.
    Core Competencies: Courtroom Experience, Draft Pleadings
     

  • 14-0035282

    Clients, husband and wife, need representation in an insurance subrogation matter.  Clients were involved in an auto accident in November 2012.  A default judgment was entered against clients in October 2013.  Clients state that they never received service of the complaint or notice of the judgment.  Clients learned of the judgment against them in January 2014 when they received notice that PennDOT was going to suspend their drivers licenses.  Clients need assistance to have the judgment opened and to defend them in this matter.
    Core Competencies: Draft Pleadings, Courtroom Experience

Collections

  • 15-0036716

    Client is a senior who needs assistance with a debt collection matter. A complaint has been filed in Municipal Court against client for $2,635.09 due to unpaid credit card debt. Client had fallen behind in her mortgage due to medical and home repair expenses. She then caught up on her mortgage payments, but that resulted in her credit card payments getting behind. Client has other credit card debt as well. There is a hearing scheduled on April 21, 2015 at 9:15am in Room 6. Client needs representation for this hearing and also preferably some consultation on whether bankruptcy is an appropriate option for her.

    Core Competencies: Courtroom Experience, Negotiation Skills

  • 15-0036713
    Urgent Need

    Client needs assistance with a debt collection matter. A complaint has been filed in Municipal Court against client for $2,193.94 due to unpaid credit card debt. Client had been making regular payments towards the debt but noticed that the balance continued to increase.  Client stopped making payments because she did not believe she was responsible for the additional charges and fees added to the balance. Client was served on January 21, 2015. There is a hearing scheduled on February 20, 2015 at 1:00pm in Room 5.
    Core competencies: Factual Development and Investigation, Negotiation Skills

  • 15-0036680
    Urgent Need

    Client needs assistance with a collections matter. Client is being sued by a financial services company for a credit card debt. Client was served with a complaint on, January 21, 2015. Client was granted a continuance and her hearing is now scheduled for April 24, 2015 at 1:00pm in Room 5.
    Core Competencies: Negotiation Skills, Client Interviewing

Divorce

  • 14-0035970
    Divorce with Equitable Distribution

    Client/Husband and OP/Wife married in February 2006 and separated in September 2009. They have one minor son in common. OP is represented by counsel and has initiated a divorce. Client was served with interrogatories. The marital estate includes a jointly titled house, the increase in value in a pre-marital property titled to the OP, OP’s bank account, the marital portion of OP’s retirement benefits, and debt. Client is currently not employed; OP is employed. Client seeks representation to protect his interest to any marital estate and to explore the possibility of pursuing a claim for spousal support.

    Core Competencies: Courtroom Experience, Factual Development and Investigation

  • 14-0035716
    Divorce with Equitable Distribution

    Client/husband and OP/wife were married in 2005. They have been living apart, but in the same house, for one year. They have three children. OP served client with a divorce complaint for equitable distribution. OP filed a 3301(d) Affidavit alleging separation in January 2010. Client filed a counter-affidavit challenging this date of separation. Client is not a citizen. He has been the victim of domestic violence by OP. OP is represented by counsel. Client is seeking an attorney to represent him in the divorce proceedings. He wishes to remain married and is not interested in obtaining assets. 
    Core Competencies: Negotiation Skills, Factual Development and Investigation

  • 14-0035978
    Divorce with Equitable Distribution
    Client/wife and OP/husband were married in November 1997 and separated in January 2012. Client and OP have one adult child. Client has suffered physical and emotional abuse from OP. OP is represented by counsel and has initiated a divorce action. Divorce grounds have been approved. Client has filed a 3301(d) affidavit contesting OP's alleged date of separation and a counterclaim seeking division of assets. The marital estate includes a car, bank account, pension, tax debt and the deficiency judgment resulting from the sheriff’s sale of the former marital home.  The client would like assistance in obtaining her share of the marital estate. 
    Core Competencies: Client Interviewing; Courtroom Experience
  • 15-0036596

    Client/wife and OP/husband were married in October 2000 and separated in May 2014. They have three minor children, ages 15, 12 and 11. OP is employed and represented by counsel. He initiated a divorce in October 2014. The marital estate includes a home, loans and OP's pension. Client is seeking an attorney to represent her in the divorce proceedings.

    Core competencies: Courtroom Experience, Draft Pleadings and Investigation