Probate Court Assitance Program

CVLS' new 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 ...
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The following Board members are completing their 2nd term and are not eligible to run again or have chosen to retire: Janic Dantes Sharief El-Gabri Diana Karnes Donald Moon Nick Niles Lindsay Scheidt The following board members are completing their first term and are eligible to run for a second ...
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Cook County Residential Eviction Filing Procedures

If tenants are current on rent and do otherwise not meet the requirements of a "health and safety" eviction, Landlords cannot commence an eviction at this time. Nonpayment Evictions Eviction Complaint Eviction Complaint: standard statewide form (735 ILCS § 5/9-106) Landlords who want to file nonpayment cases after July 17, ...
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The Team Grows

New Faces to Help Run Housing and Debt Program In order to deal with the housing and debt crisis caused by COVID-19, the Cook County Legal Aid for Housing and Debt (CCLAHD) initiative was formed. Community partners, such as CVLS, are providing free legal aid, mediation services, and connections to ...
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Board Elections

New Leadership Takes Stage It's that time of year when we hold board elections and welcome a new set of board members, as well as goodbye and thank you to our retiring board members. Congratulations to Nikki Bhargava, Loeb & Loeb, David Chernoff, Elaine Sit, Law Office of Elaine Sit, ...
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Vet’s License on the Line

CVLS Helps With a Fresh Start Glenn served his country in the Navy, but now he was having a hard time. He had very little income, and, when the City suspended his Driver's License for parking tickets he could not afford to pay, he came to CVLS for help. Thanks ...
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Getting to the Facts

The Strength of a GAL A storied volunteer with CVLS, Kevin Hanbury is no stranger to handling complex probate matters. In this case, he was asked to act as Guardian ad Litem (GAL) for a 22-year-old nonverbal adult with autism. The adult's father had filed a petition seeking guardianship, and ...
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14-Year Student Loan Saga

Simple Advice Provides Sizable Relief! Like many young borrowers, Whitney took out student loans that she is now struggling to repay. In Whitney's case, she took out these loans in 2006. Fourteen years later, her debt was sent to a collection agency, and she was sued for more than $8,000. ...
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Adult GAL Stars

It's no secret that CVLS volunteers are the backbone of Chicago Pro Bono. Without their sacrifice and dedication, thousands of people would needlessly suffer without representation. We'd like to recognize our amazing Adult GAL volunteers who have signed up for new cases in the last couple months: Shannon K. Briggs ...
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Divorced (Again)

Schiff Hardin Attorneys Achieve Stellar Outcome for Wife with Disability E is a woman in her 50s with a disability. In 1995, her husband fraudulently obtained a divorce while they were still living and raising their children together. The relationship finally fell apart in 2013, they separated, and E tried ...
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