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Custody Training Video

This training, “The Custody Hearing and Client Management,” was given on October 24, 2023 and was led by family law attorneys Lee Schwartz and Megan Watson.

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.

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.

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.

Probate in the Time of COVID Training, May 2020

In this training, VIP volunteer Brian Gilboy (Gilboy & Gilboy LLP) and VIP Staff Attorney Mike Jones will walk attendees through the probate process, answer questions about handling a VIP case during the COVID-19 pandemic, and empower volunteers to help clients overcome their tangled title issues.