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Practical Probate Skills Training (2022)

On October 4, 2022 from 12-1:30pm, VIP’s Senior Staff Attorney Mike Jones and Staff Attorney Erin Agnew answered all of your probate questions and explained how to take a probate case.

Custody Q&A: You Can Do It – July, 2022

Have you considered taking a pro bono custody case, but felt unprepared or anxious about the stakes or time commitment? Then this training is for you: you can do it! Watch our recording from July 26, 2022 as VIP’s Supervising Attorney and Family Law expert Denise Lynch, as well as our volunteer custody experts Lise Fisher, Lee Schwartz, and Sarah […]

Probate Training (2022)

This training, led by Senior Staff Attorney Mike Jones, will introduce volunteers to the probate process and empower them to resolve low-income clients’ homeownership issues. Viewers will also hear from Diane Zilka, a veteran VIP probate volunteer who had no experience probating estates before learning the process from VIP.

Guardianship Training Video

VIP volunteers help families obtain guardianship over their loved ones, enabling them to provide lifelong care and support. This training, led by Kathy Ochroch of Blank Rome LLP and Timothy Holman of Smith Kane Holman, LLC, will address the processes and procedures for initiating and completing an adult guardianship petition in Philadelphia County.

Debt Collection Practice 101 (2021)

As a follow-up to our recent seminar on the impact of debt collection on people living in poverty, this training will introduce new volunteers to the nuts and bolts of debt collection practice and procedure in Philadelphia’s Municipal Court and Court of Common Pleas, and refresh current volunteers on this high-impact practice area.

Consumer Debt Seminar April 2021

This seminar will discuss the impact of debt collection lawsuits on the most vulnerable in our communities and will address the need for adequate legal representation.

Landlord/Tenant Training: March 2023

Learn the basics of landlord/tenant procedure in Philadelphia and practical information on counseling your client, going to Municipal Court, and understanding Philly’s evolving housing landscape. This free training was led by Jonathan Gaynor of Dechert and Tiffany Holland-McAnany of Community Legal Services. This training was presented by Philadelphia VIP and Dechert.

Estate Planning Training – October, 2021

At this training, attendees will learn to preserve family wealth and empower end-of-life dignity for people living in poverty using simple wills, powers of attorney, and advanced healthcare directives.