Basics of Landlord-Tenant Law in Cook County

In our first training in this new series, experienced housing attorney and CVLS volunteer Wayne Shapiro and Staff Attorney Martin Cozzola will cover the rights and responsibilities of landlords and an overview of the eviction process, including recent permanent changes to Illinois Supreme Court Rule 139 and Chicago’s Fair Notice Ordinance.

Chapter 7 Bankruptcies

With COVID-19 and the economic downturn, many people will need to file for Bankruptcy. CVLS volunteers Sal Lopez and Justin Storer will review the basics of Chapter 7 Bankruptcies, including pre-filing considerations, alternatives, using Best Case, handling a trustee meeting, and more. When the training is over, you’ll be ready to take your first Chapter 7 case!

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.

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