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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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  • 30 Adoption
  • 31 Custody/Visitation
  • 32 Divorce/Sep./Annul.
  • 38 Support
  • 39 Other Family
  • 63 Private Landlord/Tenant
  • 67 Mortgage Foreclosures (Not Predatory Lending/Practices)
  • 82 Mental Health
  • 95 Decedent Estates
  • 96 Estate Planning / Advanced Directives

Case #19-0151806

(Intermediate) DIVORCE – PETITIONER. Client seeks divorce from husband. Couple has four children. Client seeks primary decision-making, child support, and spousal support.

Case #19-0152908

(Intermediate) ADOPTION – Client (US Army Veteran) seeks representation so that her Husband can formally and legally become Father of Client’s biological Daughter. Daughter is 14 and will consent to the adoption. Father has not visited Daughter or paid child support to Client for several years. Client and Father are in communication and Father has …

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Case #19-0153257

(Simple) FORECLOSURE – REVERSE MORTGAGE. Client is an 80 yr old widow with a reverse mortgage against her house. Due to some memory lapses, Client forgot to renew some property tax exemptions, which led to her taxes shooting up to unaffordable levels. She default, and the Reverse Mortgage company paid them on her behalf. Since …

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Case #20-0153329

(intermediate) FORECLOSURE – Client’s father owned family home and died this past Feb. A CVLS probate volunteer will work on probating estate and recording necessary docs. Home is in foreclosure on an FHA mortgage. The balance is around $160k, with the home worth approx. as much. Foreclosure volunteer will defend foreclosure while also applying for …

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Case #20-0153383

(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 …

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Case #20-0153643

(Intermediate) FORECLOSURE – Client inherited the property with her three siblings when her mother passed. There is an FHA mortgage against the house, which is in default and foreclosure. The loan balance is around $150k, and the property is worth around $130, but family still wants to keep it. They should be eligible for a …

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Case #20-0153644

(Simple) FORECLOSURE – Client is in foreclosure on his own FHA forward mortgage. Client fell behind when he was injured on his job with the city. He won his case, but it is now on appeal, and his reward is held up. In the meantime, he is working for Amazon with enough income to modify …

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Case #20-0153859

(Simple) CHILD REP. Your clients are a two-year-old girl and a five-year-old boy. Father is struggling to exercise parenting time, and Mother appears to be uncooperative. Father also claims that the children are in danger because Mother’s new boyfriend is engaged in illegal activity. Both parties are pro se.

Case #20-0153862

(Intermediate) DECEDENT ESTATE WITH CLAIM. Client is the sole heir of his deceased mother. She left him her house intestate. The house is paid off, but HFS put a lien against it for the cost of mom’s end-of-life care. Client already opened the estate with another lawyer but ran out of money to pay him. …

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Case #20-0153917

DIVORCE WITH CHILDREN (Advanced): Client (U.S. Air Force Veteran) needs representation in a divorce filed by Wife. Client lives in Chicago, Wife lives in North Carolina with Daughter. The primary issue in the divorce will be which parent is allocated the majority of parenting time and responsibility for the Daughter as the parties cannot come …

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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 #20-0153964

(Intermediate) CHILD REP. Your clients are a 14-year-old boy and 16-year-old girl. The older child has severe mental health diagnoses, including bipolar disorder with psychotic features, major depressive disorder, and ADHD. Having spent three years in a residential treatment facility, she and her brother now live with Mother and have no contact with Father. According …

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