Early Resolution Program Training

Trained volunteers will be matched with appropriate clients for legal advice, including information about alternatives to litigation such as rental assistance, mediation, and repayment plans. Volunteers will also be able to represent clients in Zoom mediation sessions, and if necessary, prepare settlement agreements or court documents.

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.

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.

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.

Seminar: Using Agreed Orders to Resolve Eviction Cases

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.

Seminar: Basics of Filing for Eviction

CVLS is recruiting and training a new generation of attorneys to assist and advise families who are experiencing financial difficulties as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Through these new projects, CVLS volunteers will serve scores of new clients, including: homeowners struggling with mortgage payments, landlords who can’t pay their bills without rent, and people trying to collect on judgments or debts.

Seminar: 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!

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.

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