Prairie State Legal Services, Inc. - Rockford 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
The Clinic provides representation to senior citizens and persons of limited means who would not otherwise be able to afford a lawyer. Legal representation is provided by NIU College of Law students under the supervision of a licensed attorney.
We assist senior citizens with wills, powers of attorney, living wills, consumer fraud, guardianship, and elder abuse.
We also help domestic violence victims with orders of protections.
ZGLC offers a Pro Se Civorce Clinic several times a year, which teaches people to obtain a divorce without the use of an attorney.
The Juvenile Justice Clinic represents juveniles in delinquency proceedings.
Remedies is the local domestic violence program. Remedies services include; a 24 hour crisis hotline, emergeny shelter, walk in counseling, women's support groups, children's services, Boone County services, legal advocacy and medical advocacy. Remedies also provides presentations and professional training within the Winnebago and Boone County area.
The Domestic Violence Assistance Center is located in the lower level of the Winnebago County Courthouse. This is a Remedies office staffed with two legal advocates who can assist people who qualify with an order of protection.
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.
The Winnebago County Bar Association Lawyer Referral provides referrals to members of the bar for those who can afford a reasonable fee for legal advice. Those seeking a lawyer can have a brief consultation for a fixed fee. If additional legal services are required the fee will be based upon agreement between the attorney and the client.
Those seeking legal help are first interviewed over the telephone by Bar staff, and then referred to a member of the bar who has agreed to participate in the service. Bar staff asks the nature of the legal service required and then contacts the attorney whose name appears first in the index, and who has agreed to handle that type of case. If the attorney agrees to accept the referral, the client is advised to contact the attorney's office to set up an appointment. A charge of $35.00, payable in advance, covers a first meeting of not more than one-half hour. Compensation for further services will be set by agreement with the client and the attorney.
The areas of law are covered by the WCBA Lawyer Referral are listed at http://www.wcbarockford.org/referalCat.asp.