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

  • 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
     

  • 15-0036924
    Urgent Need

    Client seeks assistance with an auto accident matter. Client was involved in a car accident in which both parties' cars were totaled. The plaintiff, an insurance company, is looking to recover $6,400 for the complete loss of the insured's vehicle. No police reports were filed. Client has car insurance, but they are refusing to provide representation. Opposing counsel has agreed to a continuance of the hearing that was originally scheduled for April 17, 2015 at 9:15 am.

    Core Competencies: Draft Pleadings, Courtroom Experience

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

  • 15-0036864

    Client/Mother and OP/Father are the parents of one child, age 1.  Under the interim custody order, which was entered in February 2015, Client and OP share legal custody, Client has primary physical custody, and OP has partial physical custody of the child on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm.  The interim custody order partially conflicts with Client’s PFA order against OP.  In April 2015, Client filed a petition to modify, which has been consolidated with the custody hearing that is scheduled for May 27, 2015 at 9:00 am before Judge Rogers. 

    Core Competencies: Courtroom Experience, Factual Development and Investigation

  • 15-0036975

    Client/Mother and OP/Father are the parents of three children, ages 10, 8, and 6. Under the current custody order, which was entered in 2010, Client has sole physical and legal custody of the children. In December 2014, OP filed a petition to modify for shared physical and legal custody of the children. There is a history of domestic violence. An appearance is scheduled before Master Welkie for July 1, 2015 at 1:00 pm.

    Core Competencies: Courtroom Experience, Factual Development and Investigation

  • 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

  • 15-0036854
    Urgent Need

    Client/Mother and OP/Father are the parents of two children, ages 5 and 1.  The client is the victim of domestic violence; there is a temporary PFA order in effect.  In February 2015, Client filed for primary physical and legal custody, which is scheduled for August 19, 2015 at 3:00 pm before Master Andreola.  OP/Father filed a Petition for Expedited Relief, which is scheduled for April 24, 2015 at 9:00 am before Judge Thompson.  OP/Father is represented.  Client is seeking representation for both court dates.

    Core Competencies: Courtroom Experience, Factual Development and Investigation

     

Divorce

  • 14-0036554

    Client/wife and OP/husband were married in March 2001 and separated in October 2014. Client and OP have one 15-year-old child. Client has suffered physical and emotional abuse from OP. OP is currently employed, client is not employed. The marital estate includes a home titled to OP, a vehicle, a bank account, and credit card debt. Client is seeking and attorney to represent her in the divorce proceedings. Client is Spanish speaking. Interpretation assistance is available.

    Core Competencies: Draft Pleadings, Discovery Practice