CVLS Empowers Mother to Advocate for Daughter with Down Syndrome. CVLS’s partnership with the Consulate General of Mexico in Chicago proved to be invaluable in assisting Maria in obtaining guardianship of her adult daughter Mila, who has Downs Syndrome. Maria was referred to CVLS for help and her case was successfully petitioned in Cook County. …



CVLS’ immigration staff attorney, Massiel Tarango, has earned high praise for her persistence and dedication in helping a client obtain a crucial U Visa certification. When the police department initially balked at issuing the certification, Massiel took it upon herself to contact the Deputy Chief and explain the ins and outs of U Visa certification, emphasizing the role of the law enforcement agency and clarifying the client’s eligibility.

Once Upon a Legal Challenge

Once upon a time, in the magical city of Chicago, there lived a young couple who were facing a legal challenge they didn’t know how to overcome. They had heard of the wise and noble attorneys of Chicago, but they feared they couldn’t afford the help they needed. Thankfully, a wise an noble CVLS volunteer was there to save the day.

The Need for Legal Aid

Families in Cook County need your help Legal aid is an essential service for individuals facing legal issues who cannot afford legal representation. In Illinois, there is a growing need for legal aid as many people struggle to navigate the complexities of the legal system on their own. Without legal assistance, individuals may face dire …

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Adult Guardianship 101 – Representing a Petitioner

Lisa Murphy, Director of the CVLS Guardian ad Litem for Adults Program, will cover the steps involved in representing a petitioner in an adult guardianship case from start to finish. This CLE will also cover new training requirements for guardians in Cook County. This training is for licensed attorneys interested in representing clients in adult guardianship matters through CVLS. No prior experience is necessary.

Storage Unit Struggles

In 2018, Patricia started renting a storage unit. The contract obligated Patricia to make monthly payments in exchange for using the unit, and she paid extra for an insurance policy to protect her stored belongings. She paid rent consistently and on-time, using the storage unit to store things like furniture, clothing, and other personal items.

Amicus Poloniae Client Receives Fresh Start through Bankruptcy

Bankruptcy offers a fresh start to clients who are overwhelmed by their debts. There are several options for bankruptcy, each with different filing requirements and legal ramifications. An attorney is recommended, but many people cannot afford to pay an attorney if they are already struggling to pay their bills.

Divorce Case Settled!

In order to address the issue of child support and move on to the next chapter of her life, Mary filed for divorce with the help of CVLS Volunteer Meredith R.W. DeCarlo of ArentFox Schiff LLP. In response to the filing, Mary’s husband retained his own lawyer, and a contested divorce case began in 2018.

Furnace Fix

A broken appliance at home can range from mundane annoyance to client’s worst nightmare. Reba experienced this firsthand when her furnace stopped working in the middle of the winter. Fortunately for Reba, the furnace was covered by warranty, so she reached out to the company to have it fixed. Unfortunately for her, the story didn’t end there.