Helpful Organizations

Helpful Organizations

Free or Reduced Fee Legal Aid

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Land of Lincoln Legal Assistance Foundation - Central Regional Office
8787 State St.
Suite 101 East St. Louis, IL 62203| View map
Phone: 618-394-7300
Toll-free: 877-342-7891
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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We provide free legal help to low-income people in 65 counties in central and southern Illinois. We have five regional offices in Alton, Carbondale, Champaign, East St. Louis, and Springfield. We also have three satellite offices in Decatur, Charleston, and Mt. Vernon. We have a telephone intake, advice and referral center, the Legal Advice and Referral Center (LARC), which serves all 65 counties.

Our lawyers may be able to help you with:

  • Housing: evictions, foreclosures, lock-outs, utility shut-offs, contract for deed problems or trouble getting the landlord or housing authority to make repairs.
  • Family - cases for victims of domestic violence, such as orders of protection and divorce; custody cases when the parent who has been child's caretaker is in danger of losing custody; and some divorces. In some areas, we offer self-help clinics on divorce.
  • Consumer - debt collection, repossession, garnishments, home improvement problems, and consumer fraud.
  • Public Benefits and Health - TANF, SSI, General Assistance, Food Stamps, or Medicaid.
  • Other Services for Senior Citizens and Disabled Persons - Wills and powers of attorney for persons age 60 and over and persons who are HIV positive. Nursing home quality of care issues. (in some counties)
  • Education - cases for children with disabilities and for wards of DCFS.

Clients may be eligible for free legal assistance if they are low income or age 60 or over.


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Violence Prevention Center of Southwestern Illinois
P.O. Box 831 Belleville, IL 62222| View map
Phone: 618.235.0892
TTY: 618.233.0741
Toll-free: 800.924.0096
Languages: English, Spanish
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The Violence Prevention Center of Southwestern Illinois (VPC) provides free, confidential services for anyone who is a victim of domestic violence: women, men, children and the elderly. VPC also specializes in assisting Spanish speaking clients by providing bilingual legal advocacy services and assistance. Any woman who is being abused/battered may seek temporary shelter at the VPC; alternative arrangements for safe shelter are made for male victims. The shelter is equipped with facilities for persons with disabilities. The shelter primarily serves residents of St. Clair, Monroe and Randolph Counties. Services available at the shelter include: crisis stabilization, self-esteem building, self-sufficiency skills, individual counseling, support groups, and court advocacy.  Bilingual services are provided to clients at the shelter, primarily in Spanish.

VPC provides the following services to domestic abuse victims: a 24-hour crisis hotline, emergency shelter for battered women and their children, children's services, counseling and court advocacy services, and prevention and education services. VPC is not a provider of legal representation.