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.

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  • Adoption
  • Adult Gaurdianship
  • Bankruptcy
  • CCR
  • Child Rep
  • Children
  • Clinic
  • Court & Hearings
  • COVID
  • Divorce
  • E-Filing
  • Employment
  • Estate Planning
  • Family
  • Foreclosure
  • General
  • Guardian ad Litem
  • Guardianship
  • Health
  • Housing
  • Immigration
  • Mediation
  • Medicaid
  • Mental Health
  • Mortgage
  • Probate
  • Professional Responsibility
  • Substance Abuse
  • Taxes
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Bankruptcy Part 2 – Preparing the Bankruptcy Filing

CVLS invites you to join our new Chapter 7 Bankruptcy Program! Bankruptcy is a powerful tool that can provide a family with a much-needed fresh start. However, few people know how or when to file for bankruptcy. CVLS volunteers will advise potential clients of whether bankruptcy is appropriate and, if it is, assist them in filing for and securing their bankruptcy. A typical CVLS bankruptcy case will involve filling out and reviewing the petition and schedules, using special software on CVLS computers, attending a creditors’ meeting, and reviewing and negotiating any reaffirmation agreements.

Bankruptcy Part 3 – From Filing to Discharge

CVLS invites you to join our new Chapter 7 Bankruptcy Program! Bankruptcy is a powerful tool that can provide a family with a much-needed fresh start. However, few people know how or when to file for bankruptcy. CVLS volunteers will advise potential clients of whether bankruptcy is appropriate and, if it is, assist them in filing for and securing their bankruptcy. A typical CVLS bankruptcy case will involve filling out and reviewing the petition and schedules, using special software on CVLS computers, attending a creditors’ meeting, and reviewing and negotiating any reaffirmation agreements.

Child Representative Training

Often in contested child custody cases in divorce or parentage court, the court or parties will seek the appointment of a child representative to assist in the custody determination. Learn the court process when a child representative is appointed and the role and duties of the child rep from our distinguished panel of presenters.

Complex Issues with U Visas

This CLE will focus on complex U Visas, including how to come up with qualifying crimes that are not necessarily on the I-918B, identifying when your client needs a waiver, and how to overcome your client’s inadmissibility issues.

Conflicts: Not Just During a Family Thanksgiving

This month Mary will bring her practical knowledge to CVLS volunteers, focusing her discussion on conflicts of interest — a great bugaboo with which attorneys often grapple. She will provide an in-depth analysis of the relevant Illinois Rules of Professional Conduct, along with hypotheticals to enhance our understanding of those Rules.

Consular Processing Overview and Recent Developments

This presentation will provide a high-level overview of Consular Processing for new immigration practitioners, and will touch on recent trends and developments following the November 2016 election. Topics will include:

The role of the Department of State in the immigration process
Non-immigrant visa applications
Immigrant visa applications
Waivers and other considerations
Pitfalls and best practices
Consular Processing in the Trump Administration and emerging trends

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.

Decedent’s Estate Training / PCAP

Probate Court Assistance Project Training. This presentation on decedent’s estates is intended for attorneys interested in volunteering in CVLS’ Probate Court Assistance Project (PCAP) in which pro bono practitioners represent low income petitioners in decedent’s estate cases.

PCAP’s champion, Rich Campbell is a partner at Mayer Brown and veteran Probate practitioner. His work with the PCAP program has garnered him CVLS’ coveted Court of Honor Award and the accolades of the Court. Because of his hard work and the success of PCAP we have more cases than expected and need more volunteers in this area..

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.

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