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About 1 in 4 Cook County residents qualify for legal aid today. Studies show that half of those who qualify will have a legal need in a given year. Fewer than half of them will receive help due to lack of resources. Help us change those numbers by taking a case with CVLS and changing the life of one our neighbors in need.

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  • 03 Contract/Warranties
  • 30 Adoption
  • 31 Custody/Visitation
  • 32 Divorce/Sep./Annul.
  • 33 Minor Guardianship / Conservatorship
  • 38 Support
  • 39 Other Family
  • 63 Private Landlord/Tenant
  • 69 Other Housing
  • 82 Mental Health
  • 90 Chancery
  • 94 Torts
  • 95 Decedent Estates
  • 96 Estate Planning / Advanced Directives

Case #20-0155413

(Security Deposit Return – Intermediate) Client paid over $900 in a security deposit for his rental. He moved out in Oct., 2020 after he bought a home. His lease, plus state and local law require his landlord to give him a written statement about whether any of the security deposit would be withheld and for …

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Case #21-0156089

(Intermediate) ESTATE PLANNING. PC would like to draft will leaving his assets to his daughter. PC’s assets include a home, bank account, and life insurance policy. PC is married but separated. PC has 4 children but wishes to leave his property to only one of his daughters. The volunteer should be sure to confirm PC’s …

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Case #21-0156289

(Advanced) MODIFICATION OF PARENTING JUDGMENT. Spanish-speaking attorney preferred. PC is Spanish-speaking. PC seeks to modify a parenting judgment. PC is divorced and has a 6-year-old child. Pc shares parenting time and decision-making responsibilities with his ex. The child resides with AP a majority of the time. In March, AP left the child unsupervised, which led …

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Case #21-0156530

(Simple) DIVORCE-PETITIONER. Client is a 34-year-old woman seeking a divorce from her husband. The parties were married in 2009 and had two children together (currently ages 16 and 17). There is no property or debt, client is not seeking maintenance, and the husband already pays child support through an existing support order. Client seeks sole …

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Case #21-0156676

(Intermediate) ADOPTION. The clients, maternal grandmother and her husband, are seeking to adopt their one-year-old grandson. Mother will consent; there is no legal father. There is a known biological father as this child resulted from a sexual assault of mother by father. The biological father is wanted on several criminal charges, but his whereabouts are …

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Case #21-0156785

(Intermediate) EVICTION SEALING. Client missed rent payments due to her hours at work getting severely cut. After receiving the initial notice Client paid the missing amount. Client had an established payment plan set up with the previous Landlord, but it was not continued with the new Landlord. This caused her to miss payments and resulted …

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Case #21-0157000

(Intermediate) EVICTION SEALING. Client lost his job after he developed sciatica. Due to a delay in disability payments, he fell behind on rent and was evicted. Client wants to move to a better neighborhood when his current lease ends in December; however, his old eviction will likely prevent him from doing so.

Case #21-0157007

(Intermediate) EVICTION SEALING. Client has had multiple evictions. She lost her job after the employer let go of newer employees. Client barely had money to pay off the lease because her then-husband would control her finances and spend her money. The money she had left she would use to care for her two children. Client …

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Case #21-0157008

(Simple) ESTATE PLANNING. Spanish-speaking attorney preferred. PC seeks assistance with an estate plan. PC would like to draft an estate plan, including Will and Powers of Attorney, to clearly communicate her wishes, distribute her assets and estate among her adult children, and to allow family members to act on her behalf regarding medical and financial …

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Case #21-0157010

(Intermediate) EVICTION SEALING. Client has two eviction cases on her record, one in 2007, another in 2013. During the 2007 eviction, the Client was trying to contact her landlord regarding the poor maintenance of the building and eventually left the lease under these circumstances, but always paid rent on time. The 2013 eviction was a …

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Case #21-0157044

(Intermediate) EVICTION SEALING. Client’s apartment flooded six times in three months. Floods damaged the client’s furniture and created black mold. Client withheld rent because the landlord would not address damage. Client’s landlord took him to court, but Client could not move right away due to delays with Section 8. Client’s wife also had a stroke …

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Case #21-0157071

(Intermediate) EVICTION SEALING. Client has two eviction cases on her record. Both evictions were filed by the same Landlord in 2013. Client lost her job and does not recall receiving any unemployment payments and did not have enough money to pay rent. Landlord didn’t want to set up a repayment plan. Client has a good …

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