Each of the following online seminars can be viewed at absolutely no charge. These seminars are intended for the use of CVLS volunteers who have agreed to provide pro bono services.

CVLS is an accredited provider of Illinois MCLE courses and all of the seminars listed here are approved for Illinois MCLE credit only. You may apply for CLE credit for viewing one of the following seminars in its entirety. This CLE credit can be applied to the minimum continuing legal education requirements for Illinois attorneys. To receive CLE credit for viewing a seminar, submit the request form on the individual seminar's page.

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A Free Tool for Any Case – Mediation at the Center for Conflict Resolution (CCR)

Did you know that parties involved in nearly any civil dispute can receive free mediation services from the Center for Conflict Resolution? CVLS frequently refers cases to CCR for mediation, and you can too! Come learn about how to utilize this amazing, free, local resource in your pro bono and private cases, what matters are appropriate for mediation, and what to expect from the process.

A Guardian’s Duty to Pursue Benefits: Medicaid Planning in Guardianship

This presentation will discuss Medicaid benefits and eligibility requirements generally with a focus on various Medicaid planning tools available within the context of a guardianship.

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.

Adoption

There is no more rewarding and enjoyable of a case type to handle for an attorney than an adoption. But despite the often pleasant and cooperative proceedings, the adoption process can be paperwork intensive and complicated. Come hear from Phil Mohr, CVLS’ Deputy Director, and Tiffany Horstein, JEP Attorney, about the Ins and outs of an adoption matter. Bring your questions.

Advance Health Care Directives and Property Power of Attorney

Presenter Denise Kaplan will review the basics of Powers of Attorney for healthcare and property in Illinois. The seminar will cover the requirements for the Illinois Statutory Short Form Power of Attorney documents and step-by-step instructions for meeting with clients and drafting these documents.

Advanced Adult GAL Training – Beyond the Basics

A panel of experienced GALs and Adult Guardianship judges will cover the skills required to be a successful GAL for advanced adult GAL cases and some of the potential issues that may arise. Panelists will cover tips and tools for acting as GAL in contested adult guardianship matters, settling cases, appearing at trial as a GAL in an adult guardianship matters, and more!

Allocation Judgments

Undoubtedly you will meet with a client, or uninformed attorney, who is unknowingly using antiquated terms. They may tell you they want sole custody, and that they want to limit or restrict the other parent’s visitation. With amendments to the Illinois Marriage and Dissolution of Marriage Act effective January 1, 2016, we said goodbye to sole custody, joint custody, and visitation and ushered in the era of allocation of significant decision making responsibilities, and allocation of parenting time.

An Overview of Mental Health Services for CVLS Clients

A presentation on available mental health services for CVLS clients. Detailed information will be discussed about the most commonly utilized services by referrals from CVLS and the Domestic Relations Court.

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.

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