Helpful Organizations

Helpful Organizations

Free or Reduced Fee Legal Aid

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LAF (Legal Assistance Foundation)
120 S. LaSalle St.
Suite 900 Chicago, IL 60603| View map
Phone: 312-341-1070
TTY: 312-431-1206
Toll-free: 800-824-4050
Languages: American Sign Language, Cambodian, Arabic, Chinese/Mandarin, English, Farsi, French, French Creole, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Laotian, Polish, Russian, Spanish, Tribal Languages, Urdu, Vietnamese
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LAF (formerly the Legal Assistance Foundation) 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:

  • U.S. citizen
  • Lawful Permanent Resident
  • Asylee, Refugee, or a person who has been granted Withholding of Removal
  • An Adjustment of Status applicant who also has a U.S. citizen spouse, parent, or child (under 21)
  • A victim of human trafficking
  • A victim of domestic battery (including domestic violence), sexual assault, extreme mental cruelty, or a number of other crimes which are included in the U visa laws

We can provide limited services for

  • H2A (agriculture) or H2B (forestry) workers
  • Lawful temporary residents
  • Individuals seeking assistance under the Hague Convention (related to child abduction)

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.

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Domestic Violence Legal Clinic
555 West Harrison Street
Suite 1900 Chicago, IL 60607| View map
Phone: 312-325-9155
Languages: English, Spanish
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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.

 

 


3.

Chicago Legal Clinic, Inc. - The Virtual Advice Desk
Bridgeview Courthouse – Law Library
20220 S. 76th Avenue Bridgeview, IL 60455| View map
Phone: 773-731-1762
Languages: English
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The Virtual Advice Desk (Desk) is a free legal service that provides legal advice to individuals by computer and telephone.  Areas of law include: family law, housing law, and consumer law.  Individuals register in-person at the Bridgeview Courthouse Law Library with the assistance of a library employee. An attorney conducts the interview with the individual "virtually" by computer and telephone.

Days and Hours:  Alternate Tuesdays from 9:00 a.m. to Noon.  Individuals should call the Bridgeview Law Library for the specific Tuesdays that the Desk will be open: 708-974-6201. 

The Chicago Legal Clinic, Inc. (Clinic) provides low cost legal representation from its four offices to financially disadvantaged individuals in the Chicago area.  Attorney's fees are charged on a sliding scale based on household income.

Areas of law  include:  collection defense, debt counseling, environmental law, expungement of criminal records, family law (adoption, child support, divorce, paternity, visitation, and assistance to victims of domestic violence), guardianships of disabled adults, immigration, and social security disability claims.

Clinic offices areAustin Office: 118 North Central Avenue, Chicago, IL  60644, Downtown Office, 211 West Wacker Drive, Suite 750, Chicago, IL 60606, Pilsen Office: 1914 S. Ashland Street - Lower Level, Chicago, IL  60608, and South Chicago Office: 2938 E. 91st Street, Chicago, IL  60617.

For an appointment at a Clinic office, individuals should call:  773-731-1762.

The Clinic operates the following Advice Desks that provide free legal assistance: Chancery Advice Desk:  Richard J. Daley Center, 50 West Washington Street, Concourse Level, Room CL-16, Chicago, IL  60602, Parentage and Child Support Pro Se Advice Desk:  Richard J. Daley Center, 50 West Washington Street, Concourse Level, CL-24, Chicago, IL  60602, Collection Defense Advice Desk, Markham Courthouse, Law Library, 16501 Kedzie Avenue, Markham, IL 60428, Virtual Advice Desk, Bridgeview Courthouse, Law Library, 20220 S. 76th Ave., Bridgeview, IL  60455.

Additionally, the Clinic operates the Domestic Violence Program, Environmental Law Program, Foreclosure Substantive Representation Program, the Municipal Program, and the Pro Bono Program.  Qualifying individuals receive free legal assistance from those program.

 


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Chicago Legal Clinic, Inc. - The Collection Defense Advice Desk
Markham Courthouse - Law Library
16501 Kedzie Avenue Chicago, IL 60428| View map
Phone: 773-731-1762
Languages: English
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The Collection Defense Advice Desk (Desk) is a free legal service that helps individuals who are defendants in collection cases at the Markham Courthouse.  Individuals are given advice on the legal process and how to present their cases in court.  Collection cases are also reviewed for possible violations of the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA).  Desk attorneys do not provide in-court representation.

The Desk is located in the law library and staffed by Chicago Legal Clinic attorneys and volunteer attorneys.

Days and Hours:  Wednesdays from 9:00 a.m. to Noon. 

The Chicago Legal Clinic, Inc. (Clinic) provides low cost legal representation from its four offices to financially disadvantaged individuals in the Chicago area.  Attorney's fees are charged on a sliding scale based on household income.

Areas of law  include:  collection defense, debt counseling, environmental law, expungement of criminal records, family law (adoption, child support, divorce, paternity, visitation, and assistance to victims of domestic violence), guardianships of disabled adults, immigration, and social security disability claims.

Clinic offices areAustin Office: 118 North Central Avenue, Chicago, IL  60644, Downtown Office, 211 West Wacker Drive, Suite 750, Chicago, IL 60606, Pilsen Office: 1914 S. Ashland Street - Lower Level, Chicago, IL  60608, and South Chicago Office: 2938 E. 91st Street, Chicago, IL  60617.

For an appointment at a Clinic office, individuals should call:  773-731-1762.

The Clinic operates the following Advice Desks that provide free legal assistance: Chancery Advice Desk:  Richard J. Daley Center, 50 West Washington Street, Concourse Level, Room CL-16, Chicago, IL  60602, Parentage and Child Support Pro Se Advice Desk:  Richard J. Daley Center, 50 West Washington Street, Concourse Level, CL-24, Chicago, IL  60602, Collection Defense Advice Desk, Markham Courthouse, Law Library, 16501 Kedzie Avenue, Markham, IL 60428, Virtual Advice Desk, Bridgeview Courthouse, Law Library, 20220 S. 76th Ave., Bridgeview, IL  60455.

Additionally, the Clinic operates the Domestic Violence Program, Environmental Law Program, Foreclosure Substantive Representation Program, the Municipal Program, and the Pro Bono Program.  Qualifying individuals receive free legal assistance from those program.

 

 

Private Attorney Referrals

1.

Justice Entrepreneurs Project

Phone: 312-546-3282
Languages: Chinese/Mandarin, English, Polish, Spanish
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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.

At the JEP's webpage, you can learn more about the Project, see JEP participant attorneys and sort by practice area, and/or fill out a contact request form.