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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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  • 09 Other Consumer/Finance
  • 31 Custody/Visitation
  • 32 Divorce/Sep./Annul.
  • 36 Paternity
  • 39 Other Family
  • 63 Private Landlord/Tenant
  • 67 Mortgage Foreclosures (Not Predatory Lending/Practices)
  • 82 Mental Health
  • 94 Torts
  • 96 Estate Planning / Advanced Directives

Case #20-0154954

(Simple) ADULT GUARDIANSHIP – PETITIONER. Spanish-speaking volunteer preferred. PC seeks guardianship of adult son with diminished mental capacity. CCP-211 dated 9/20/2021 supports guardianship. PC does not expect anyone to contest her appointment.

Case #20-0155362

(Advanced) INSURANCE COVERAGE. Client was involved in an accident–a hit and run. His car was totaled. He put in a claim with his insurance, but it was denied. The insurance company claims his license was expired (which was true when he took out the policy) but he renewed it later. Volunteer would file a breach …

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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 #21-0155717

(Simple) ESTATE PLANNING. Client wants help drafting a will to distribute his personal items. He has no real property and few assets of much value. He is also interested in learning more about an advance POA for healthcare decisions.

Case #21-0156026

(Intermediate) PARENTAGE. PC seeks parentage and parenting time order for 10-year-old child. Child’s father has been in and out of child’s life and tries to intimidate PC and child. PC has cared for the child on her own for 10 years and is not concerned with child support but seeks the protection of an established …

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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 #21-0156120

(Intermediate) ESTATE PLANNING. Spanish-speaking attorney preferred. PC wishes to create an estate plan, including a Will and appointment of a Standby Guardian for her adult daughter with a disability. Volunteer should plan to assist PC with both drafting a Will and filing the necessary court paperwork to appoint a Standby Guardian. Volunteer should also advise …

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Case #21-0156201

(Intermediate) TORT DEFENSE. Client is being sued in a dog bite case because plaintiff claims the client owns the property where dog bite occurred. Client sold the property to the current owners in 1999 according to the Recorder of Deeds. A volunteer will seek to get Client dismissed from the lawsuit, perhaps voluntarily out of …

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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 #21-0156342

(Intermediate) ESTATE PLANNING: Client, who is 90 years old, wants assistance in drafting a new Will. Her goals for the Will are to distribute her assets (a home and some personal property) to her three children equally. She also hopes to help them avoid probate. As a result, a Transfer on Death Instrument (TODI) might …

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Case #21-0156456

(Intermediate) FORECLOSURE. Client (Vietnam War veteran) seeks to save condo from foreclosure. After falling behind on mortgage, client received a loan modification and made several payments on Trial Payment Plan before a mix-up canceled permanent modification. Client hopes to save home and likely can through a modification.

Case #21-0156526

(Intermediate) UNIFORM TRANSFER TO MINORS ACT. PC seeks assistance setting up an account under the UTMA for funds received on behalf of a minor child by a community organization after her father died. The community raised funds for the father’s funeral costs but raised more than expected. There is approximately $11K left over that the …

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