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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.
  • 38 Support
  • 39 Other Family
  • 62 Homeownership/Real Property (Not Foreclosure)
  • 63 Private Landlord/Tenant
  • 67 Mortgage Foreclosures (Not Predatory Lending/Practices)
  • 82 Mental Health
  • 90 Chancery
  • 94 Torts
  • 95 Decedent Estates
  • 96 Estate Planning / Advanced Directives
  • 99 Other Miscellaneous

Case #19-0152136

(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 …

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Case #20-0153392

(Simple) CHILD REP. The child in this case is an 11-year-old girl, and you are her Guardian ad Litem (GAL) in a post-decree divorce matter. Mother moved to Louisiana in Spring/Summer 2019 and seeks to have the child relocate. Father has had exclusive possession of the child since Mother’s move to Louisiana. Both parties are …

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Case #20-0153626

(Intermediate) TORT DEFENSE: Client needs representation in a frivolous intentional tort lawsuit filed by her Aunt, who has a mental health disorder and is unrepresented. This is one of a number of lawsuits Aunt has filed against Client over the last five years, and Client’s goal is to obtain an order prohibiting Aunt from continuing …

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Case #20-0153724

FORECLOSURE- DECEASED BORROWER (Simple): CL inherited property after mother died in Jan., 2019. She is the sole heir. The mortgage is an FHA-loan with around $74k left and a home value of $160k. According to CVLS’s calculations, CL is eligible for an FHA modification. A separate probate volunteer will handle probating the estate and transferring …

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Case #20-0153953

(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.

Case #20-0153995

(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.

Case #20-0154094

(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).

Case #20-0154159

FORECLOSURE – DECEASED BORROWER (Simple): Client inherited the property at issue when his mother died in 2011. He is a disabled veteran who lives in the property. A number of other disabled family members live there as well—a haven of sorts for their community. CVLS will be representing the family in probating Client’s mother’s estate …

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Case #20-0154229

(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 …

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Case #20-0154257

(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 …

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Case #20-0154262

(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.

Case #20-0154303

(Intermediate) DECEDENT’S ESTATE. The potential client is a 60-year-old adult whose sole source of income is Social Security Disability. His parents passed away, leaving him and his three siblings the family home. The siblings are in agreement with client taking title to the property as he has been diligently paying the taxes and insurance. There …

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