Probate Court Assistance Program

CVLS’ pro bono program pairs decedent’s estate attorneys with pro se parties in Cook County’s Probate Court.

Probate Court Assistance Program (PCAP) volunteers provide pro bono representation to low-income individuals referred by Probate Judges and screened by CVLS. Clients include people who filed a decedent’s estate but can’t proceed on their own and clients who don’t know what to do when a relative dies owning a home. Volunteers litigate estate cases or find extra-judicial solutions to marshal family assets, saving time and headaches for the clients and the court.


We are currently looking for new volunteers!

We provide

  • Online training materials, sample pleadings and forms
  • Screened cases
  • Online research
  • Malpractice Insurance coverage
  • Free accredited live, webcast and on-demand CLE seminars
  • Access to our online case management system
  • Unlimited access to CVLS' Loop office, including workspace with a computer and telephone, docketing, clerking and reception*

*COVID19 restrictions currently in place. Appointment required for onsite access.

  • One-on-one personal help from CVLS' experience staff attorneys
  • Immediate client contact and courtroom experience in a safe, controlled setting
  • An opportunity to learn new skills and master new case types
  • The GOOD FEELING that comes from helping those in need

Contact Jami Schlafer at for more information on volunteering.

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