Volunteer Opportunities


Adult Guardianship Help Desk


Center for Disability and Elder Law


Richard J. Daley Center
50 West Washington Street, Room 1202
Chicago, IL 60602



CDEL administers the Pro Se Adult Guardianship Help Desk (“Help Desk”) at the Daley Center, assisting pro se petitioners file. Volunteering at the Help Desk is a great way to learn the Guardianship process, preparing pleadings, Summonses and Notices of Motion. CDEL welcomes those who wish to obtain valuable practical experience, as well as those seeking academic credit or volunteer hours for public interest programs.

Join us for a training session, or to learn about the basics of an uncontested guardianship proceeding in Cook County. No experience in probate or guardianship law is necessary. Part one of the training is an overview of guardianship law in Illinois. Part two of the training explains the process of filing a petition at the Daley Center, how to complete the pleadings, and how volunteers assist pro se petitioners at the Help Desk.

2.0 of MCLE credit available.

Next training Thursday April 5, 10a-12p

Email: volunteer@cdelaw.org, subject "Help Desk Training"

About the organization

The Center for Disability and Elder Law (CDEL) provides high-quality, pro bono legal assistance to persons marginalized by poverty, age and/or disability.

CDEL’s organizational structure consists of a modest in-house staff which supports a network of hundreds of volunteer attorneys and paralegals. CDEL volunteers provide legal representation in a wide range of civil practice areas including: guardianship, simple estate planning, landlord/tenant, consumer fraud, civil rights, elder abuse and real estate. CDEL has also developed a number of limited engagement opportunities for those volunteers that are unable to handle cases that require long-term client commitments.