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Ways to Get Legal Help

VIP leverages the resources of Philadelphia’s legal community to expand access to justice for low-income Philadelphians.

Legal Help for Small Businesses and Nonprofits

Promoting community economic development is one of VIP’s core priorities, and Philadelphia’s small businesses and nonprofits are critical players in that mission. We offer free legal assistance to eligible small businesses and nonprofits to help them achieve their goals with safety and security.

VIP accepts direct applications for legal assistance from small businesses and nonprofits.

Legal Help for Individuals and Families

Except for matters involving wills and estate planning, VIP only accepts individual clients through other legal services organizations, meaning people cannot apply directly to VIP for legal assistance. If you are an individual who would like assistance with estate planning, please visit our wills and estate planning initiative page.

For other legal issues, your first step in seeking legal help is to contact one of our partner organizations. A team member (usually a paralegal or lawyer) will speak to you about your legal needs and the options available to you. If your case is eligible for assistance from VIP, your case file will be sent to us and we will contact you.

Deciding where to start can be overwhelming. Please click the button below to learn which organization handles your specific legal need.

Where to Get Help