Helpful Organizations

Helpful Organizations

Free or Reduced Fee Legal Aid


Land of Lincoln Legal Assistance Foundation - Southern Regional Office
Old National Bank Building
509 South University Avenue
3rd Floor Carbondale, IL 62901| View map
Phone: 618-394-7300
Toll-free: 877-342-7891
Languages: English, French, Polish, Russian, Vietnamese, German, Italian, Japanese, Chinese/Mandarin, Spanish, American Sign Language, Tribal Languages, Korean, Cambodian, French Creole, Laotian, Urdu, Farsi, Arabic
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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, 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.

This office has a satellite location at 1004 Main Street, Mt. Vernon, IL 62864.



People Against Violent Environments (PAVE)
P.O. Box 342 Centralia, IL 62801| View map
Phone: 618.533.7233
TTY: 618.533.9003
Toll-free: 800.924.8444
Languages: English
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People Against Violent Environments (PAVE) provides crisis services to victims of domestic violence in Clinton, Jefferson, and Marion Counties. PAVE does not provide legal services.

Legal Self-Help Center


Jefferson County Legal Self-Help Center
C.E. Brehm Memorial Public Library
10 South Seventh Mount Vernon, IL 62864| View map

Languages: English
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The Jefferson County Legal Self-Help Center provides legal information to Jefferson County residents about their legal rights and responsibilities, instructions on how to handle common legal problems, assistance with some legal documents and forms, and referrals to free and low-cost legal services.

The Legal Self-Help Center does not provide legal advice to its patrons. Instead, it offers legal information to customers on such topics as instructions for available forms, answers to general legal questions, and information on court procedures