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!

Mortgage Foreclosure

  • 15-0036970

    Client needs assistance with a mortgage foreclosure matter. Client resides in the property and is the record owner; she is also listed on the mortgage. Client became delinquent after she lost her job due to downsizing. Client has not been able to regain stable employment. Lender is requesting that a new package for a loan modification be submitted before May 14, 2015. The housing counselor is Tony Abata from PUP.  An attorney is needed to assist with the next conciliation conference, which is scheduled on June 18, 2015 at 1:00pm. 

    Core Competencies: Courtroom Experience, Negotiation Skills

  • 15-0036978

    Client seeks assistance with a mortgage foreclosure matter. Client resides in the property, is the record owner and is also listed on the mortgage. Client became delinquent in 2013 after losing her unemployment benefits. Client is now employed; her son and sister who live with her also contribute to the living expenses. At client’s last conciliation conference, her sixth, she entered into a trial plan with the lender. An attorney is needed to assist with the next conciliation conference which is scheduled for Thursday, June 11, 2015 at 9am. Client’s housing counselor is Darcel McDaniel at West Oak Lane CDC.

    Core Competencies: Courtroom Experience, Negotiation Skills

Nonprofit

  • 15-0036946
    Corporate Governance and Tax
    Client is a local neighborhood association that manages zoning changes and development in order to make the land a more attractive and secure place for residents. Client seeks advice in tax-deductible donations and assistance in reviewing its Bylaws.
    Core Competencies: Analysis of Statutes, Client Interviewing

Probate

  • 15-0036655

    Client needs assistance with a probate matter. Client resides in the home owned by her deceased husband, along with their minor son. Client's huaband died on October 19, 2013 without a Will. Client and the couple’s minor son are the only heirs. Client seeks help in probating her husband’s estate. Client is Spanish-speaking. Interpretation assistance is available.

    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

Real Property

  • 15-0036824
    Conservatorship

    The client is a nonprofit organization that is committed to creating healthy public green spaces for community enjoyment in the Kensington area. The client is interesting in pursuing a conservatorship of two vacant lots that are owned by a defunct nonprofit organization. Properties can come under the Attorney General’s purview due to past owners being defunct. The client needs the assistance of an attorney to determine if these lots have come under the ownership of the city. The client will then need assistance in pursuing a conservatorship of these lots. A mentor is available to help an attorney with this case. VIP can also provide the attorney with contacts at the Philadelphia City Council's Office and the Pennsylvania Office of the Attorney General.

    Core Competencies: Administrative Agency Practice, Drafting

  • 14-0036379
    Quiet Title

    Client seeks assistance evaluating and enforcing a lease-purchase agreement.  The record owner is a nonprofit; client entered into the agreement with parties who identified themselves as agents of the nonprofit. The agreement was written on the back of the receipt for client’s $5,000 deposit on the property.  Client reports he paid the full $23,000 purchase price and has made home improvements.  He has some receipts from payments and a signed but improperly executed deed from the nonprofit transferring title to him.  Client has not been able to locate the agent for the nonprofit. An attorney is needed to evaluate the enforceability of client’s lease-purchase agreement and, if appropriate, file a quiet title action to help client obtain title to the property.

    Core Competencies: Courtroom Experience, Draft Pleadings