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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Probate

  • 15-0037220
    Client, a senior, seeks assistance with a probate matter. Client resides in a home owned by her deceased husband. He died intestate in 2011, and the other heirs are their five adult children in common. The children are all willing to give their interest in the property to client. Client is Spanish-speaking; interpretation and translation services are available upon request.
    Core Competencies: Administrative Agency Practice, Client Interviewing
     
  • 16-0038247

    Client lives in home titled under her deceased mother. Client is interested in having the deed transferred under her name so she can enter a home repair program with the city. Client will need assistance probating her mother’s estate in order to do this. Client has lived in the home since her mother died intestate in 1997. Client has five other siblings. Three of client’s siblings are willing to sign over their interest to client. Two of client’s sisters are interested in having their names transferred onto the deed.
    Core Competencies: Administrative Agency Practice, Drafting
     

  • 16-0038509

    Client needs assistance with a probate matter. Client and his two minor children (aged 14 and 16) reside in the home owned by his deceased common-law wife. Client's wife died in November 2015 without a will. Client has already obtained Letters of Administration for the estate. The couple’s minor children are the only heirs. The children’s grandmother also passed away in January 2016, and she owned a property. The children are their grandmother’s only heirs. An attorney is needed to transfer client’s wife’s property into the names of the minor children. An attorney is also needed to probate their grandmother’s estate and to transfer her property into the minor children’s names.

    Core Competencies: Administrative Agency Practice, Client Interviewing

  • 15-0038019

    Client needs assistance with a probate matter. Client resides in a home owned by his deceased parents. His mother passed away in June 2011 and his father passed away in December 2013. Client, his four living siblings, and his two nieces are the only heirs. All heirs except one niece have confirmed that they agree with client serving as the administrator of the estate and are willing to transfer their interest in the property to client. An attorney is needed to probate client’s parent’s estate and to transfer at least eleven-twelfths of title into client’s name.

    Core Competencies: Administrative Agency Practice, Client Interviewing

Real Property

  • 15-0037738
    Quiet Title/Adverse Possession

    Client and his family live in client’s childhood home. Client has lived in the home since 1982. Client always believed that his mother was the record owner of the property. After client’s mother passed away in 2009, client discovered that his mother was not the record owner. It is believed that the record owner has passed away. Client needs assistance to file a quiet title action to have the property transferred into his name.

    Core Competencies: Draft Pleadings, Client interviewing

Tax

  • 15-0037968
    Client needs assistance assessing and challenging a state inheritance tax appraisement. Client submitted an appeal pro se and will need representation during the rest of the appeal process and in negotiations with the Department of Revenue if needed. Client was the administratrix of her son’s father’s estate. The Department of Revenue is requiring client to pay inheritance tax on a settlement from a lawsuit with wrongful death and survival claims where the funds went to the estate. The estate paid taxes pursuant to the court approved settlement agreement with which the Department of Revenue has taken issue, and the Department of Revenue is holding Client responsible. 
    Core Competencies: Draft Pleadings, Negotiation Skill
  • 15-0037694

    Client seeks representation for a US Tax Court case set for trial on June 6, 2016. Client failed to include income on her 1099 form in 2013. Client has heard from opposing counsel, who stated that client may be due a refund; however, case is set to proceed to trial. Client is looking for advice and representation for her June 6th court date.

    Core Competencies: Draft Pleadings, Negotiation Skills

Wills

  • 16-0038694

    90 year-old client seeks assistance writing a new will and creating advanced planning documents. Client's only asset is her home; she plans to leave the property to her nephew. Client also hopes to give healthcare power of attorney to her sister-in-law. 

    Core Competencies: Client Interviewing, Drafting

  • 16-0038598
    Powers of Attorney
    Client seeks assistance with obtaining healthcare and financial powers of attorney for her daughter to help her make all financial and health care decisions. Client suffers from vascular dementia and relies on her daughter’s care. Physician has specifically recommended that client not be in charge of her own financial decision-making; however, discussions with client and her daughter have shown client to be competent to sign the powers of attorney.  Client and her daughter are both disabled so traveling for meetings may be difficult.
    Core Competencies: Client Interviewing, Drafting
  • 16-0038544

    Client seeks assistance with preparing estate planning documents. Client would like to prepare a Will leaving her house to her three children. She would also like to prepare advance directives appointing her son to make medical decisions on her behalf. 

    Core competencies: Drafting, Client Interviewing