LAF (Legal Assistance Foundation)
LAF (formerly the Legal Assistance Foundation of Metropolitan Chicago) provides free civil legal services to individuals and families in Chicago and suburban Cook County who are unable to afford an attorney. Households with limited assets and income at or below 150% of the federal poverty line may qualify for free legal help.
We have higher income limits for homeowners at risk of foreclosure, seniors, veterans, people living with HIV-AIDS, and domestic violence survivors seeking protection from an abuser.
In addition, a person must be a:
We can provide limited services for
While we cannot provide legal assistance in all immigration cases, we can talk to you to find out what kind of help you might need, and refer somewhere where we think you can get that help.
The Domestic Violence Legal Clinic serves survivors of domestic violence who need legal assistance.
We use our location at the Cook County Domestic Violence Courthouse (555 W. Harrison, Chicago) to provide same-day services for people who need Orders of Protection. Our intake hours are Monday - Friday, from 8:30-1:30 (or until we reach capacity). To apply for our Order of Protection services, come to our office during our intake hours to complete an intake. We suggest arriving as close to 8:30 as possible. We cannot guarantee that we will be able to represent you.
DVLC also provides comprehensive family law services and representation for undocumented domestic violence survivors seeking relief under VAWA or through a U-VISA. To apply for family law or immigration assistance, please call our office at 312-325-9155.
The Justice Entrepreneurs Project (JEP) is a network of independent, private attorneys who are committed to making quality legal services accessible and affordable for regular people. Many JEP lawyers offer fixed fees and flexible representation options (like unbundled, a la carte services). For example, they may charge less to help in one small part of your case that may be more complicated.
You can request to be connected with a JEP lawyer online at www.jepchicago.org/requestalawyer.