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We proudly support and promote the voluntary pro bono legal representation of the Chicago area's poor and working poor.

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Our team will stand by you - free of charge.

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We recognize we are all stronger together.

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We Treat Each Client With Understanding & Dignity

When you have a legal problem or your legal rights are in question, remember that you do have someone to turn to.

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    Probate Assistance

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    Title & Property Claims

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Upcoming Events

SW Housing Protection Webinar

Come hear about resources and update for tenants, landlords, and homeowners that protect your housing. There will be small group discussions with attorneys in English, Spanish, Mandarin, and Cantonese.

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Early Resolution Program Training

Trained volunteers will be matched with appropriate clients for legal advice, including information about alternatives to litigation such as rental assistance, mediation, and repayment plans. Volunteers will also be able to represent clients in Zoom mediation sessions, and if necessary, prepare settlement agreements or court documents.

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Minor GAL Training

Debi Martin, staff attorney for the Guardian ad Litem (GAL) for Minors program, will cover the skills required to be a successful GAL for a minor as well as the issues that may come up during the case. This training is for licensed attorneys interested in working as pro bono Guardians ad Litem for children through CVLS. No prior experience is necessary.

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GAL for Disabled Adults Training

Lisa Murphy, CVLS Guardian ad Litem for Adults staff attorney, will cover the skills required to be a successful GAL for adult guardianship cases and the issues that may arise during adult guardianship cases. This training is for licensed attorneys interested in working as pro bono Guardians ad Litem for adults through CVLS. No prior experience is necessary.

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Seminar: Preparing Your 2021 Income Taxes

Best Thinking integrates three evidence-based strategies for improving judgment and decision-making by combining proven psychological and cognitive therapies that produce practical solutions that can be employed in ‘the heat of battle.’

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Child Representative Training

Often in contested child custody cases in divorce or parentage court, the court or parties will seek the appointment of a child representative to assist in the custody determination. Learn the court process when a child representative is appointed and the role and duties of the child rep from our distinguished panel of presenters.

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Minor GAL Training

Debi Martin, staff attorney for the Guardian ad Litem (GAL) for Minors program, will cover the skills required to be a successful GAL for a minor as well as the issues that may come up during the case. This training is for licensed attorneys interested in working as pro bono Guardians ad Litem for children through CVLS. No prior experience is necessary.

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New Volunteer Orientation

Sit down with a CVLS staff attorney as they take you through the ins and outs of being a Chicago Volunteer Legal Services volunteer.

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Advanced Adult GAL Training

A panel will cover the skills required to be a successful GAL for advanced adult guardianship cases and the issues that may arise during adult guardianship cases.

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