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Philadelphia VIP

1500 Walnut St, Suite 400, Philadelphia, PA 19102
215-523-9550 (phone)
215-564-0845 (fax)
  • Intakes are accepted from other legal services and social services agencies, see INTAKE PROCESS, below. For information, 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.
  • Income guidelines: Up to 200% of federal poverty level; Asset guidelines: no more than $10,000, excluding primary residence; Geographic guidelines: Philadelphia resident with a civil, non-fee generating legal problem (non-residents eligible if case is in Philadelphia courts). Eligibility criteria differ for nonprofits and small businesses seeking transactional legal help; see LawWorks application for more details.
  • VIP does not handle direct intake; cases must be referred by other legal services agencies that complete VIP-provided intake forms. Exception: nonprofits and small businesses seeking transactional legal help submit applications directly to VIP. Questions regarding intake should be directed to the Managing Attorney.

  • 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

    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. 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.
  • Sophie Bryan, Esq.