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.
- 01 Bankruptcy/Debtor Relief
- 03 Contract/Warranties
- 30 Adoption
- 31 Custody/Visitation
- 32 Divorce/Sep./Annul.
- 33 Minor Guardianship / Conservatorship
- 39 Other Family
- 63 Private Landlord/Tenant
- 81 Immigration/Naturalization
- 82 Mental Health
- 90 Chancery
- 94 Torts
- 95 Decedent Estates
- 96 Estate Planning / Advanced Directives
(Simple) DIVORCE-PETITIONER. Potential client (PC) speaks basic English and has translation aid at home. PC seeks help with filing for a divorce. PC and her husband (AP) were married in 1990 in Chicago, IL and separated in 2013. PC has not had any contact with AP since the date of separation and does not know …
(Simple) DIVORCE. Client is an active-duty member of the United States Navy. She and her husband were married in February 2020 and separated in July 2021. The parties did not have children together and did not acquire any significant marital property or debt. The client is not seeking maintenance from her spouse.
CVLS is appointed by the Domestic Relations Court, in low income cases, as a Child Representative or Guardian ad Litem (GAL) for the purpose of representing a child’s best interests. Your client is a child whose parents are engaged in a contested Allocation (custody/parenting time) or Divorce case, whether pre- or post-decree. Pro bono attorneys …
(Intermediate) CHANCERY ACTION. PC seeks assistance in filing suit against his insurance company relating to an automobile accident PC was in. PC was taking his two children, ages 16 and 10, to school on the morning of the accident. PC ran into the rear end of the other automobile. Neither driver, nor either of client’s …
[SIMPLE] Client recently granted legal status based on abuse/abandonment/neglect now eligible for employment authorization document. Requires assistance with form preparation, supporting evidence, and simple petition assembly.
[INTERMEDIATE] U Nonimmigrant Visa petition to USCIS. Prospective Client’s minor child CSA victim with long term physical and mental harm resulting from crime.
(Intermediate) CHILD REP. This is a Child Representative appointment by Judge Bowes for a 13-year-old girl and 15-year-old boy in a pre-decree divorce case. The girl lives with Mother in Homewood, Illinois, whereas the parties’ son started residing with Father in November 2022. The parties have noticed an improvement in the son’s grades and agree …
(Intermediate) ADULT GAL APPOINTMENT, INITIAL PETITION. Pro Se petition filed by aunt for co-guardianship of the person only of 35 year old nephew with schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. He resides with his sister on the south side of Chicago. Next Court Date 6/12/2023.
(Advanced) APPOINTED ATTORNEY FOR RESPONDENT IN ADULT GUARDIANSHIP CASE. Pro Se petition filed by sister for guardianship of the person only of 76 year old sister with dementia. Respondent is objecting to the appointment of a guardian. She resides with an adult child on the west side of Chicago. Next Court Date 6/27/2023.
(Simple) ADULT GAL APPOINTMENT, INITIAL PETITION. Pro Se petition filed by mother for guardianship of the person only of 18 year old daughter with autism. They reside together in Matteson, IL. Next Court Date 7/19/2023.
(Advanced) ADULT GAL APPOINTMENT, POST-ADJUDICATION. Appointed GAL on the Court’s own motion to investigate allegation of abuse. Adult Protective Services caseworker sent a letter to the Judge stating the Guardian has been substantiated as an abuser of the Ward. The 58 year old Ward has intellectual disability and was adjudicated disabled in 1985. Last known …