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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.
  • 39 Other Family
  • 63 Private Landlord/Tenant
  • 67 Mortgage Foreclosures (Not Predatory Lending/Practices)
  • 82 Mental Health
  • 90 Chancery
  • 94 Torts
  • 96 Estate Planning / Advanced Directives

Case #20-0154746

(Advanced) DIVORCE-PETITIONER. Spanish-speaking attorney preferred. Client seeks divorce from husband. Two minor children, one with special needs. No joint property. Client has plenary criminal OP against AP.

Case #20-0155388

(Simple) ALLOCATION OF PARENTING TIME. Client is a veteran of the U.S. Military who is seeking parenting time with his six-year-old daughter and eight-year-old son. He and the children’s mother separated in 2018 after Client’s struggles with service-related PTSD and other mental illness. The mother has since started a new relationship and moved in with …

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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 #20-0155532

(Intermediate) DIVORCE – PETITIONER. Spanish-speaking attorney preferred. PC seeks divorce from AP and parenting agreement for their 2-year-old daughter. The parties separated on November 5, 2020 at which time AP left the marital residence with the child and went to Ohio without PC’s permission. PC’s primary concern is getting parenting time with is daughter as …

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Case #21-0155593

(Intermediate) POST-DECREE DIVORCE. Client (U.S. Marine Corps Veteran), who is now retired, was divorced from his ex-wife in 2000. At that time, the parties verbally agreed to divide the martial portion of client’s VA pension. No order regarding division of the pension was ever entered, so client seeks to have such an order drafted and …

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Case #21-0155607

(Simple) DIVORCE- PETITIONER. Spanish-speaking attorney preferred. PC seeks help with a divorce. She and her husband have been separated since 2008 and no longer have contact. PC and AP have lived separate lives for some time, and PC would like to make things official. No joint property. No custody issues. The parties have 3 children …

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Case #21-0155665

(Intermediate) EDUCATION/ADMIN REVIEW. Client seeks to be restored to their college after expulsion over an honest mistake. Client was studying to be an X-ray technician before accidentally mixing two wrong chemicals together at his field placement costing the clinic a lot of money. A volunteer will help restore client to his college so he can …

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Case #21-0156000

(Intermediate) TORT DEFENSE. Client needs help defending a negligence case filed against him after he rear-ended a car. Client admits the accident was his fault, but it occurred at very low speeds, and Client doubts there was any real damage. No police report was filed. Unfortunately, Client’s insurance lapsed a few days prior to the …

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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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