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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)
  • 69 Other Housing
  • 82 Mental Health
  • 94 Torts
  • 95 Decedent Estates
  • 96 Estate Planning / Advanced Directives

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 #21-0156089

(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 #21-0156289

(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 #21-0156456

(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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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 #21-0156785

(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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