Prairie State Legal Services, Inc. - St. Charles Office
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:
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
Other cases we might be able to handle
Administer Justice is a charitable, non-profit organization providing low-income legal, financial and conflict resolution services. Our mission is to Administer Justice through a program of education, legal assistance, financial counseling and conflict resolution, to empower the powerless, give hope to the hopeless, and show mercy and compassion to those in need.
The Kane County Law Library & Self Help Legal Center in partnership with Administer Justice and the Kane County Bar Association have created a program to assist qualifying low income individuals with their Kane County legal needs. The program will offer limited services to those who have a Kane County Civil case. Attorneys volunteer their time to provide legal coaching, document review, and referrals for qualifying individuals.
To see if you meet the specific criteria for assistance, you must visit the Kane County Law Library & Self Help Legal Center in person.
Individuals must meet specific criteria below:
• Qualifying individuals must be of low income and sign a “Certification of Finances” acknowledging that they meet specific economic guidelines as set forth by the volunteering agencies (Kane County Bar Association, Administer Justice)
• The legal matter(s) for which the individual is seeking assistance must be occurring in Kane County.
• Individuals must provide a $5 refundable cash deposit.
• Individuals may not utilize the “Lawyer in the Library” service more than three times for the same legal matter.
Other services: The Kane County Law Library & Self Help Legal Center combines print, internet, and database resources to better meet the various access needs of our patrons. Along with free pamphlets there is a selection of self-help legal publications available for check out.
Mutual Ground (MGI) provides services to victims of domestic violence; victims are provided safety, shelter and support services while they learn they have the power to change their lives. Services include 24-hour crisis hotline, confidential counseling, court advocacy, social service referrals, and an emergency shelter for women and their minor children who are victims of domestic violence. MGI does not provide legal services.
Domestic violence services available at the Community Crisis Center include: a 24-hour crisis intervention hotline staffed by professional counselors; emergency shelter for women and their children needing a safe place to stay; on-call trained volunteer advocates who meet with victims in area emergency rooms to offer support and information about services; help obtaining Orders of Protection and Legal advocacy to assist in civil and criminal cases; individual counseling; weekly support groups for women victims of domestic violence, with concurrent children's groups available, and; information and referral services.
Lawyers provide pro se litigants with information, advice and brief legal assistance at the Bankruptcy Help Desk staffed by the Legal Assistance Foundation of Metropolitan Chicago. Help Desk lawyers cannot represent litigants in court, but can help pro se litigants file a bankruptcy case, answer questions about completing schedules and make referrals to lawyers, legal aid hotlines, government agencies, or social service agencies that can offer further help. The Help Desk also provides pro se litigants with access to a computer to find online legal information, forms and resources.
Hours are Monday, Wednesday and Friday, 9:30 am to 12:30 pm. Help is available on a first come, first served basis.
This Desk was developed as a partnership between the U.S. Bankruptcy Court, The Chicago Bar Foundation, LAF, Illinois Legal Aid Online and the Pro Bono Bankruptcy Subcommittee of the Chicago Bar Association Bankruptcy and Reorganization Committee.
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.
Kane County Law Library & Self Help Legal Center
Located on the second floor of the Kane County Judicial Center, the Kane County Law Library & Self Help Legal Center supports the general public and those in the legal professions with their quest for governmental and legal information.
It is the vision of the Kane County Law Library & Self Help Legal Center to openly advocate for and fiercely support equal access to justice through:
• Assisting the public in their efforts to understand and use the legal system effectively and efficiently
• Creating informed consumers with realistic expectations of the legal system
• Ensuring equal access to legal and governmental information in the most cost effective manner
• Creating positive contacts and experiences between the public and the legal system
The Kane County Law Library Self Help Legal Center gives the public a place to learn about the legal system and the steps involved in going to court in Kane County. Professional librarians are on staff to guide patrons to resources and teach them how to use the materials effectively and efficiently. Additionally, the Kane County Law Library & Self Help Legal Center has the following goals:
• To better serve the needs of pro-se litigants
• To provide additional user friendly materials to pro-se litigants that will help increase efficiency in the court system
• And to assist and educate the public on how to use available legal resources.
The Kane County Law Library & Self Help Legal Center uses a combination of print, internet, and database resources to better meet the various access needs of its patrons. Along with free pamphlets there is a selection of self-help legal publications available for check out.
The Kane County Bar Association's online "Find A Lawyer" Search Tool is a free service designed to help people find a Kane County Lawyer or Law Firm whose specialty fits their legal needs. This service is provided free of charge and individuals can search as many times as they wish.
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.