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Philadelphia VIP

1500 Walnut St, Suite 400, Philadelphia, PA 19102
215-523-9550 (phone)
215-564-0845 (fax)
https://www.phillyvip.org/
phillyvip@phillyvip.org
  • Intakes for most legal issues are accepted as referrals from other legal services and social services agencies; see "Intake Process," below. For information, visit https://www.phillyvip.org/get-legal-help/ or call (215) 523-9550.
  • Philadelphia VIP leverages the powerful resources of the community to provide quality volunteer legal services and ensure access to justice for low-income Philadelphians.
  • For INDIVIDUALS: Total household income is less than 200% of federal poverty level (400% for COVID-related Healthcare Workers Initiative). Value of individual’s assets does not exceed $10,000, excluding primary residence. Individual is a Philadelphia resident with a civil, non-fee generating legal problem (non-residents eligible if case is in Philadelphia courts).

    For NONPROFITS: The organization can demonstrate that hiring an attorney would significantly impair its finances. The organization is located in or primarily serves Philadelphia. The organization seeks transactional legal help.

    For SMALL BUSINESSES: Total household income of all owners is less than 300% of the federal poverty level. The business is located in Philadelphia. The business seeks transactional legal help.
  • Most cases must be referred to VIP by other legal services agencies that complete VIP-provided intake forms. Exceptions below.

    Philadelphians seeking estate planning services can apply online at https://www.phillyvip.org/get-legal-help/wills/.

    Nonprofits and small businesses can apply online using the links at https://www.phillyvip.org/get-legal-help/.
  • VIP provides direct legal services through referrals to volunteer counsel in non-fee generating civil matters, including:

    Family Stability: Adoption, Custody, Divorce, Support, Guardianship

    Preventing Homelessness: Landlord/Tenant, Probate, Real Estate Litigation (Quiet Title: adverse possession, lease/purchase, fraudulent conveyance), Real Estate Transactions (deed transfers), Mortgage Foreclosure

    Maintaining Income: Tax, Name Change/Birth Certificate Amendment, Auto Accident Defense, Tort Defense, Estate Planning

    Community Economic Development: Transactional legal services for nonprofits and small businesses
  • VIP provides referrals for pro bono legal representation in cases from adoption to zoning. VIP’s focus is on areas of critical legal need for low-income Philadelphians; to maintain or increase income, to stabilize families, to prevent homelessness, and to support community economic development.

    VIP’s LawWorks Project provides referrals for pro bono representation for eligible nonprofit organizations and small businesses that benefit low-income communities and low-income homeowners seeking clear title to their homes.
  • Rida Haq
  • Kelly J. Gastley, Esq.
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