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!

Divorce

  • 14-0036065
    Divorce - No Assets

    Client/Husband and OP/Wife are the parents of one minor child. The parties married in December 2011 and separated in June 2013. There is no known marital estate. The client has been the victim of domestic violence. The client would like assistance in obtaining a divorce from OP. No divorce action has been started to date.

    Core Competencies: Client Interviewing, Draft Pleadings.

  • 14-0035341
    Divorce with Equitable Distribution

    Client/Wife and OP/Husband were married in August 1992 and separated in May 2006. They are the parents of three children, one of which is a minor.  The marital estate includes a house in OP’s name, modest bank accounts, credit card debt, and retirement benefits. A divorce action has already been started. OP is represented by counsel.
    Core Competencies: Discovery Practice, Factual Development and Investigation

  • 13-0034160
    Divorce with Equitable Distribution

    Client/Husband and OP/Wife were married in 2002 and separated in 2007.  Client and OP have 2 minor children who live with OP. The marital estate includes the marital home, two cars, modest financial accounts, and Client’s credit card debt. OP is represented by counsel and filed a divorce action in 2007 in Philadelphia. Client seeks assistance with obtaining a divorce and division of the marital estate. Client lives in Bucks County, but he is still eligible for VIP services.
    Core Competencies: Analysis of Statutes, Factual Development and Investigation.

Employment

  • 14-0035872
    Small Business/Employment

    Client is the owner of a small franchise in New Jersey with a satellite location in Philadelphia. The business hand delivers cookies throughout the Philadelphia region and occasionally requires temporary workers to assist. Client needs the assistance of a volunteer attorney with reviewing the procedures used to on-board temporary help and to draft any necessary contracts to improve this process.
    Core competencies: Factual Development and Investigation

Guardianship

  • 14-0035623

    Client, a senior, seeks assistance obtaining guardianship of her grandson, who has just turned 18. Client’s grandson suffers from Prader Willi syndrome and is unable to care for himself. Client is her grandson’s sole caretaker. Client needs to be appointed guardian to continue to make medical and financial decisions on her grandson’s behalf. A physician is available to provide testimony.
    Core Competencies: Court Experience, Draft Pleadings

  • 14-0035977
    Urgent Need

    Client seeks guardianship of her 18-year old daughter, who has been diagnosed with mental disabilities. Client needs to be appointed guardian to make medical and financial decisions for her daughter. In the past, she has checked herself out against doctor’s orders. Daughter has been in the hospital for five weeks, but the hospital will discharge her unless client is appointed guardian. The doctor thinks she is a danger to herself and is willing to provide written testimony.
    Core Competencies: Courtroom Experience, Draft Pleadings

Incorporation

  • 14-0035779
    Small Business/Incorporation

    Client is an entrepreneur starting a film production business. Client requires the assistance of a volunteer attorney with incorporating the business as an LLC.
    Core competencies: Administrative Agency Practice

  • 14-0035843
    Nonprofit/Incorporation

    Client is a small, nonprofit organization dedicated to a mission of sharing Catholic, faith-based services through education and contributions to other organizations. Client has been operating for many years, but is only now initiating the process of forming a legal entity. Therefore, they require the assistance of a volunteer attorney with incorporating, filing for tax-exempt status and advising them on any implications of having been operating without a legal structure.
    Core competencies: Administrative Agency Practice, Analysis of Statutes

  • 14-0035844
    Small Business/Incorporation

    Client is the owner of three small child care facilities in Philadelphia. Client needs the assistance of a volunteer attorney with advising her on the best was to structure the businesses and filing the necessary paperwork to complete this.
    Core competencies: Factual Development and Investigation, Administrative Agency Practice

Intellectual Property

  • 14-0036039
    Small Business/Intellectual Property

    Client is a small business owner in North Philadelphia with a start-up home health care agency. Client is in the process of creating a website and needs the assistance of a volunteer attorney with protecting her intellectual property, particularly the logo for her business.
    Core competencies: Administrative Agency Practice