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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.
- 01 Bankruptcy/Debtor Relief
- 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
- 82 Mental Health
- 94 Torts
- 95 Decedent Estates
- 96 Estate Planning / Advanced Directives
(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 …
(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 …
(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 …
(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 …
(Simple) DIVORCE—Client, a current member of the US Air Force, is seeking assistance with a pending divorce case. The parties do not have any children together, nor do they own any real estate. The only point of contention is maintenance.
(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 …
(Simple) ADULT GUARDIANSHIP – PETITIONER. PC seeks assistance in obtaining guardianship of her daughter, age 18. PC’s daughter has a diagnosis of Autism and bipolar disorder; a CCP-211 supports the need for guardianship. Daughter lives in a care facility. PC does not expect anyone to contest.
(Intermediate) TORT DEFENSE. Client is being sued for defamation after she made Facebook posts regarding conditions at an animal shelter in Chicago Ridge. The shelter has been under scrutiny lately due to poor maintenance of their facility and use of an unlicensed veterinarian.
(Intermediate) DIVORCE-RESPONDENT and CHILD SUPPORT – PC is Spanish-speaking. PC seeks assistance in responding to Divorce and filing for maintenance and child support for two daughters, ages 14 and 13. PC originally filed for child support and A/P responded by filing for divorce. PC believes AP will contest custody, parenting, and will not agree to …
(Simple) WILLS/TRUSTS/ADULT GUARDIANSHIP: Client would like help setting up POAs and a will. Client wants all her possessions (mainly a home) to be left to her sister. Client would like her sister to also serve as her POA. Client has an adult daughter whom is under guardianship with Client serving as the guardian. Client would …
(Intermediate) DECEDENT’S ESTATE. Client’s father passed away in August 2021 without a will, leaving behind a home to his wife and seven children. All family members are in agreement that client should be named administrator and that the home should be inherited by the decedent’s wife. Client and the wife have signed a joint representation …