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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Adoption

  • 15-0036828

    Client seeks adoption of his fifteen-year old grandson whom client has raised since infancy due to the birth parents' drug and incarceration problems. Client has been the only constant, stable adult in his grandson's life, and client began the adoption process when his grandson told him, "I feel like I don't belong to anybody." Both biological parents and client's grandson have consented to the adoption. Client has already filed a Petition for Adoption, Petition for Father's Consent, and Petition for Mother's Consent and has received his child abuse and criminal clearances. However, the court has alerted client that there was a defect with his filings. Client needs representation to prepare for the Termination of Parental Rights and the Adoption Finalization Hearing scheduled for May 13, 2015 at 9:00 a.m. Client is kind, responsible, responsive, and eager to complete this process.

    Core Competencies: Draft Pleadings, Courtroom Experience

Auto Accident

  • 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
     

  • 15-0036779

    Client and client's son are being sued in relation to an auto accident that ocurred on February 12, 2014. Client's son, who was 17 years old at the time, was driving the vehicle with a learner's permit. Client was in the passenger seat of the car. A hearing is scheduled for October 28, 2015 at 9:15am. Client seeks representation to defend her in this matter.

    Core Competencies: Courtroom Experience, Client Interviewing

  • 15-0036866

    Client seeks assistance in a subrogation matter.  The client was initially sued on November 1, 2013, and entered a judgement by agreement for $4,000 on February 17, 2014. Without the Client’s knowledge, the OP filed a praecipe to vacate the judgement, which was granted on September 10, 2014. On January 29, 2015, the client was served with an amended complaint seeking $15,000 for bodily injury to the other driver.  Client requested, and was granted additional time, to respond to the amended complaint.   Client needs representation to file an answer and defend her in this matter.
    Core Competencies: Courtroom Experience, Negotiation Skills
     

Collections

  • 15-0036774

    Client needs assistance with a debt collection matter. A complaint has been filed against client due to unpaid credit card debt. Client's only source of income is retirement disability. Client fell behind on payments after she lost her job and went through a divorce. There is a hearing scheduled for April 24, 2015 at 1:00 PM.

     

    Core Competencies: Courtroom Experience, Negotiation Skills

Contracts

  • 15-0036858
    Nonprofit/Contracts

    Client is a nonprofit independent school that provides education from pre-kindergarten to fifth grade in North Central Philadelphia. Client is currently searching for larger facilities as part of its five year growth plan. Client seeks assistance in reviewing its purchase documents and representation at closing.
    Core Competencies: Drafting, Real Estate Negotiation

Custody

  • 15-0036796

    Client (Mother) and OP (Father) have one child, age 4.  Under the current custody order, which was entered in 2012, Client and OP have shared legal and physical custody of the child with each party having physical custody on alternating weeks.  Client filed a petition to modify the current custody order in February 2015 because Client is concerned OP may move.  OP is represented.  A master's hearing is scheduled for August 20, 2015 at 3:00pm before Master Andreola.

    Core Competencies: Courtroom Experience, Factual Development and Investigation

  • 15-0036791

    Client/Father and OP/Mother are the parents of two children, ages 7 and 6.  The younger child is severely autistic.  Under the current custody order, which was entered in July 2015, Client and OP have shared legal and physical custody of the children with each party having physical custody 50% of the overnights.  Client filed for contempt against OP because OP did not return the children on time after a holiday.  A contempt hearing is scheduled for May 15, 2015 at 9:00 am before Judge Ford.

    Core Competencies: Courtroom Experience, Factual Development and Investigation

     

  • 15-0036593

    Client/Mother and OP/Father are the parents of one child. OP has filed for custody. There is a history of verbal and physical abuse by OP. Client is currently living in Ohio with son after ending her relationship with OP in July 2014. A master's hearing is scheduled for June 16, 2015 at 2:00pm before Master Andreola.

    Core Competencies: Courtroom Experience, Factual Development and Investigation

Divorce

  • 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