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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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  • 31 Custody/Visitation
  • 32 Divorce/Sep./Annul.
  • 38 Support
  • 39 Other Family
  • 62 Homeownership/Real Property (Not Foreclosure)
  • 63 Private Landlord/Tenant
  • 82 Mental Health
  • 90 Chancery
  • 94 Torts
  • 95 Decedent Estates
  • 96 Estate Planning / Advanced Directives
  • 99 Other Miscellaneous

Case #19-0152136

(Simple) DEC ACTION (INSURANCE) Client is being sued by her insurance company to void car insurance coverage. Client sold her car to a new person, who then got into an accident. A volunteer will help Client assert a declaratory action counterclaim to find she did not own the car at the time of the accident …

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Case #20-0153953

(Simple) CHILD SUPPORT MODIFICATION. Client seeks to establish a repayment plan for past-due child support in order to restore a suspended driver’s license. Child had been living with client before child turned 18, so the will need to be some investigation as to the exact amount owed.

Case #20-0153995

(Intermediate) ADULT GAL APPOINTMENT, INITIAL PETITION. Pro Se petition filed by mother for guardianship of the person only of 34 year old son with schizophrenia. They reside together on the south side of Chicago. Next Court Date TBD.

Case #20-0154094

(Intermediate) ALLOCATION OF PARENTAL RESPONSIBILITIES – RELOCATION. Client would like to relocate to Minnesota with her three minor children by two fathers. The father to the two oldest has not had contact with the children since 2016, and the other father is an alcoholic against whom client has had an Order of Protection (OP).

Case #20-0154229

(Intermediate) RENTAL HOUSING ISSUE. Client pays rent for an apartment under a lease, which includes access to and use of a shared laundry room. Landlord has restricted client’s access to the laundry room in violation of the lease. Client has also been charged for utilities in common areas, an obligation which is not her responsibility …

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Case #20-0154257

(Intermediate) ALLOCATION OF PARENTING TIME / RESPONSIBILITIES. Client (US Navy Veteran) needs CVLS’ assistance in obtaining an order establishing his parentage of ten-year-old Daughter, in addition to setting up a formalized allocation of parental responsibilities arrangement with Mother. Mother has refused to allow Client to see Daughter except in a few minor instances since the …

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Case #20-0154262

(Simple) ESTATE PLANNING. Client would like an attorney to draft a will and give advice on estate planning options. He owns a home and condo that he would distributed among his wife and three children. Client is Spanish-speaking.

Case #20-0154303

(Intermediate) DECEDENT’S ESTATE. The potential client is a 60-year-old adult whose sole source of income is Social Security Disability. His parents passed away, leaving him and his three siblings the family home. The siblings are in agreement with client taking title to the property as he has been diligently paying the taxes and insurance. There …

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Case #20-0154324

(Simple) GUARDIANSHIP OF ADULT – PETITIONER. Spanish-speaking attorney preferred. Client seeks guardianship of adult son with Down syndrome. No one expected to contest.

Case #20-0154434

(Intermediate) ENFORCEMENT OF POA. PC wants help enforcing a Power of Attorney for Property and Healthcare to get Annuity Administrator to release annuity payments to her mother, the Principal under the POAs. PC needs help from an attorney to communicate with Annuity Administrator and get them to recognize POAs.

Case #20-0154450

(Simple) CHILD SUPPORT/CUSTODY. Client wants to file for child support and sole decision-making authority. Parties not married.

Case #20-0154497

LANDLORD EVICTION (Intermediate) Client wants legal assistance evicting his brother (the a/p.) Client is the owner of the home and lives there. A/p has lived in the home around a year. A/P does not contribute to the household in any way and has become threatening to Client and his family. There is no lease or …

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