HOW do I apply for a volunteer lawyer from Philadelphia VIP for myself or my family?
A: For families or individuals, the first step is to go to a direct legal services agency for intake, as VIP takes individual and family clients by referral only and does not do direct intake. Two direct legal services agencies who partner with Philadelphia VIP to refer clients are Philadelphia Legal Assistance and Community Legal Services. Most of our referrals come from these two agencies.
WHAT happens after I go through an intake – am I automatically referred to VIP?
WHAT happens after I am referred to Philadelphia VIP?
WHAT if Philadelphia VIP can’t find a volunteer attorney for my legal problem?
A: Philadelphia VIP tries hard to recruit as many volunteers as possible to help with as many critical civil legal needs as people might face. There are, unfortunately, far more people who seek free legal help than there are volunteers ready at any given time to take a case, particularly in certain areas where there is an extremely high need for lawyer assistance, like divorce. If we can’t find you a volunteer attorney, you may refer to “self-help” resources linked on this page at PALawHELP.org or on the websites of Community Legal Services or Philadelphia Legal Assistance.