Estate Planning

This seminar is meant to provide a solid foundation in estate planning so that volunteers can properly advise clients and create an estate plan that best suits their needs. Explore topics to include the importance of a comprehensive intake and complete client information, wills, trusts, powers of attorney and other advanced directives, and more!

COVID-19 Mortgage Relief

In March, Congress passed the CARES Act, which gives critical mortgage relief to homeowners affected by COVID-19. Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, the FHA, and the VA have rolled out new guidance as well. CVLS Staff Attorney Matt Hulstein will review these new mortgage options and address some legal issues that may arise.

Cook County Property Taxes

Cook County property taxes can be extremely complicated to figure out. From buying property, to appealing property taxes, to reviewing a mortgage servicer’s calculation in an escrow analysis, understanding the basics is essential. There is a wealth of free information readily available on various county websites. This CLE will focus on how to obtain that information and then how to make sense of it.

Zoom in the Time of COVID-19

COVID-19 has forced many judges to start holding remote hearings over Zoom. In this seminar, Carol Casey will discuss how to prepare your clients for a Zoom hearing, and how to prepare yourself for a remote contested hearing. It isn’t likely that Zoom will be going anywhere soon, and these skills will be crucial for attorneys for the foreseeable future.

Medicaid Planning Basics

This presentation will cover the basics of Medicaid eligibility and also touch on some advanced Medicaid planning topics that CVLS volunteers may encounter.

Foreclosure and Probate

The incapacity or death of a mortgage borrower creates mass confusion for everyone involved. The borrower’s family doesn’t know their options and cannot speak with the lender. The lender cannot identify who has authority on the account. And everyone’s lawyers are stuck in the middle. Matt Hulstein of CVLS will speak on probate/foreclosure crossover cases and help identify the best path forward for your clients.

Subsidized Housing Issues

Issues in Subsidized Housing. We will cover the three main types of HUD subsidies: Public Housing, Section 8 Voucher, and Section 8 Project-Based Programs. We will also briefly cover contesting a voucher termination through an administrative hearing/judicial review action.

How to Represent a Detained Immigration Client in a Bond Hearing

Attorneys from the National Immigrant Justice Center will train interested attorneys to represent detained immigrants in bond hearings through a new partnership between CVLS, the National Immigrant Justice Center, and the Chicago Chapter of AILA. This is a short-term pro bono opportunity, as attorneys commit to a limited scope representation of the client for the purposes of the bond hearing only. All cases are heard in downtown Chicago. All cases are pre-screened and eligible for an immigration bond. Guidance and mentorship are available during the case. All are welcome—no prior immigration experience required.

Special Immigrant Juvenile Status: Virtual Pro Bono Clinic

Special Immigrant Juvenile Status (SIJS) is a pathway to US citizenship for eligible immigrant children who have been abused, abandoned or neglected by one or both parents. SIJS cases involve two parts: (1) a state court custody or guardianship case that places the child in the legal care of a parent or guardian, followed by (2) an immigration application for SIJS. For these cases, CVLS and the NIJC seek volunteers willing to represent the parents or guardians in uncontested custody and guardianship cases in Cook, Lake, Kane and Will Counties. Once the state court “predicate order” is obtained, the NIJC will take over the case for the immigration application.

Real Estate Closings

In this seminar, Kathleen will guide you through real estate transactions start to finish including short sales. This is a perfect starter or refresher course for any attorney interested in real estate law. Come join us and learn from an expert.

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