Helpful Organizations

Helpful Organizations

Free or Reduced Fee Legal Aid

1.

Prairie State Legal Services, Inc. - McHenry Office
5320 W. Elm Street McHenry, IL 60050| View map
Phone: (815) 344-9113
Toll-free: (877) 480-3020
Languages: American Sign Language, Arabic, Cambodian, Chinese/Mandarin, English, Farsi, French, French Creole, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Laotian, Polish, Russian, Spanish, Tribal Languages, Urdu, Vietnamese
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Prairie State Legal Services, Inc. is a non-profit law firm that provides free civil legal aid to people who cannot afford an attorney. Prairie State serves 36 counties in northern and central Illinois, outside of Cook County. Your eligibility for help from Prairie State Legal Services will depend on whether:

  • You meet our income and asset guidelines, or are age 60 or older.
  • We have no ethical conflict of interest regarding your legal issue.
  • You live within Prairie State's service area, or have a civil legal problem in one of the counties in our service area.
  • You meet the citizenship or immigration requirements established by Congress. Immigrants who are fleeing domestic violence or trafficking are eligible for legal help regardless of immigration status in matters to address the abuse.
  • Government regulations do not prohibit Prairie State from handling your type of legal problem.
  • You have a legal problem that can be addressed by Prairie State's attorneys and that fall within our established priorities.

Types of Legal Help

Due to high demand for our services, our staff is able to provide representation in certain areas of civil law designated as a priority. The following kinds of problems are examples of cases that we might be able to help with (not an exclusive list):

High Priority Cases

  • Family Law: Protection from abuse or exploitation for domestic violence victims, elderly, children and persons w/disabilities; divorce and related relief for domestic violence victims.
  • Housing Law: Evictions and lock-outs; foreclosure defense; loss or denial of subsidized housing benefits; loss or denial of essential public utilities; substandard housing conditions cases that cannot be addressed by other agencies.
  • Health Care: Loss or denial of medical or nursing home care; loss or denial of medical benefits (Medicaid, Medicare).
  • Needs-based government assistance: Loss or denial of SSI, GA, TANF, VA, food stamps.
  • Other income benefits where alternative representation is unavailable: Loss or denial of unemployment insurance, Social Security Disability benefits.

Other cases we might be able to handle

  • Family Law: Child support, custody, guardianship, visitation, parental rights, divorces for non-domestic violence victims.
  • Housing: Rent issues; security deposits; unit size; discrimination.
  • Education: admission, expulsion, special education & related services.
  • Health care and people with disabilities: powers of attorney and other health care documents; discrimination and reasonable accommodations.
  • Income or benefits: overpayments of government assistance; health insurance matters; employment issues.
  • Consumer Law: Bankruptcy or other debt relief; consumer fraud; protection of exempt income and assets; unfair debt collection practices; repossession; contract defenses.
     

 

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2.

Turning Point
P.O. Box 723 Woodstock, IL 60098| View map
Phone: 815-338-8081
TTY: 815-338-8081
Toll-free: 1-800-892-8900 (24 hour crisis line)
Languages: English, Spanish
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McHenry County Turning Point provides legal advocacy to victims of domestic violence at the McHenry County Government Center, McHenry County, IL. Specially trained legal advocates advise victims about their rights under the law, assist in obtaining Orders of Protection, provide support in court to victims in abuse related cases, and provide referrals and linkage to other social service programs.

Other programs and services include:

    * 24-hour Crisis Intervention and Response
    * Emergency Shelter
    * Individual and Group Counseling
    * Trauma-Based Mental Health Services
    * Children’s Individual and Group Counseling
    * Partner Abuse Intervention Program
    * Adolescent Alternatives
    * Parenting Program
    * Latino Bilingual/Bicultural Services
    * Legal and Non-Legal Advocacy
    * L.E.A.P (Law Enforcement Advocacy Partnership)
    * Information and Referral
    * Prevention and Community Education
    * Emergency Food and Clothing Pantries


3.

BENNU Legal Services
28835 N. Herky Dr. Ste. 104 Lake Bluff, IL 60044| View map
Phone: 847-478-8200
Languages: Chinese/Mandarin, English, Japanese, Korean, Spanish
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BENNU Legal Services NFP is a nonprofit company that works with Chicago area suburban-based immigrants, as well as entrepreneurial businesses, to build stronger and healthier communities. BENNU Legal provides legal and business counseling services to families and small-business entrepreneurs on a sliding-fee scale, often on a "low bono" basis. Through its services, BENNU Legal helps families to obtain legal benefits available under US immigration law, as well as to create jobs and assist entrepreneurs in realizing the "American Dream."


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Farmworker and Landscaper Advocacy Project (FLAP)
33 N. LaSalle, Suite 900 Chicago, IL 60602| View map
Phone: 847-668-2114
Languages: English, Spanish
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The Farmworker and Landscaper Advocacy Project (FLAP) provides legal representation to the thousands of landscapers, migrant and seasonal farmworkers who work planting and harvesting crops, detasseling corn, and cultivating nursery products.

The vast majority of these migrants are Spanish speakers who migrate to Illinois from Texas or Mexico for 6-9 months. The primary focus is on migrants living in Northern Illinois. The FLAP represents farmworkers and landscapers, regardless of their immigration status, in disputes over wages and working conditions.