Sealing Old Eviction Files

Many tenants with an eviction in their background struggle to find affordable, quality housing. Landlords often refuse to rent to anyone with an eviction filing on their record. These eviction cases are often years old and offer no insight to the quality of the tenant today. A recent amendment to the Eviction Act makes it easier to seal old eviction files.

Administration of Small, Uncontested Decedent Estates

This seminar provides an overview for attorneys as to how to open, close, and assist in the administration of small, uncontested Decedent Estates in Cook County, Illinois. Updated for 2021, Steve will also explain how to approach the Probate Court both during the pandemic and after it passes.

Special Needs Trust

The presentation will focus on special needs planning, including a basic overview of public benefits, eligibility for those benefits, and the creation of supplemental needs trusts and ABLE Accounts to facilitate benefits eligibility. The goal is to help attendees understand the two different types of supplemental needs trusts and when they are appropriate to be used. The presentation will also address the role of supplemental needs trust in divorce and the role of the probate court in approving and/or overseeing supplemental needs trusts for individuals subject to a guardianship.

Trauma Informed Care and Working with Survivors

This presentation will focus on a brief introduction to trauma, relational traumas, why trauma informed care is important, and what to consider when providing services to clients who have experienced trauma. This workshop will bring in evidence based suggestions and themes on providing trauma informed care.

Resolving Eviction Cases through Mediation and Agreed Orders

The Supreme Court recently released a new suite of agreed eviction orders. The orders offer a variety of agreements, with the tenant staying, leave, and perhaps paying back rent. CVLS Staff Attorneys Matt Hulstein and Marty Cozzola will review this suite and share some good ideas for mediating and resolving eviction cases.

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.