There's a neighbor in need
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.
- 31 Custody/Visitation
- 32 Divorce/Sep./Annul.
- 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
(Intermediate) DIVORCE – PETITIONER. Client seeks divorce from husband. Couple has four children. Client seeks primary decision-making, child support, and spousal support.
(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 …
(Intermediate) ALLOCATION OF PARENTAL RESPONSIBILITIES. The client is the father of a two-year-old daughter with significant medical issues, including a defective heart and developmental delays. Client currently has possession of the child and wants to pursue majority parenting time. The child’s mother is attending law school in Virginia, and client alleges that she is incapable …
CONDO DISPUTE – NEGOTIATION (Simple) Client needs assistance in dealing with her Condo Board and their lawyers. Client was cited by the Board for noise violations on 2-3 instances in 2019– violations she unequivocally denies. Client denied the violations in writing and asked for a hearing, but no hearing ever took place. The fines total …
(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.
(Advanced) BREACH OF CONTRACT / EVICTION: Client (owner) and Adverse Party (tenant) entered into a “rent to buy” agreement for Client’s home in 2011. The agreement was drafted by an attorney and subsequently modified to lower payments in 2013, but the other terms remained in place. Adverse Party has made sporadic payments for the life …
(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.
(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).
(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 …
(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 …
(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.
(Intermediate) CHILD REP. This is a Child Representative appointment for a three-year-old girl. In late 2019, Father was alleged to have inappropriately touched the child. A subsequent DCFS investigation was unfounded, and now Father is seeking parenting time. Father is represented by private counsel; Mother is represented by a legal aid organization. Until further order …