Free Legal Assistance Resources

Organization, Contact Information and Hours

Type of Legal Assistance

Notes : 

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Police Station Representation Unit, Law Office of the

Cook County Public Defender

(844) 817-4448

2245 West Odgen Avenue,

Chicago, IL 60612

24 hours a day / 7 days a week.

Free legal representation to anyone who is arrested and detained by law enforcement in Cook County.  Arrestees and/or their family and friends can make a toll-free call to 844-817-4448, and an attorney will be dispatched to the police station to assist the individual in asserting his or her rights.   

To Request Legal Assistance:

  • Call: 844 817-4448

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Arrestees or their family members should make initial call requesting representation.

 

Access Living

Disability

115 West Chicago Avenue

Chicago, Illinois 60654

(312) 640-2100 voice

(312) 640-2102 TTY

Intake: (312) 640-2106

www.accessliving.org                             

Hours:

Monday through Friday

8:30am – 5:30pm

Disability Discrimination – Denied Access To:

  • Housing
  • Government services, programs, and activities, including access to public education
  • Businesses that are open to the public

 

To Request Legal Assistance:

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Must be an individual with a disability

Tips:

  • Access Living also provides housing services, home and community based services and youth programming

 

Ascend Justice

Family, Domestic Violence/Sexual Assault

Emergency Services

Domestic Violence Courthouse

555 W. Harrison St., Suite 1900

Chicago, IL 60607

(312) 325-9155

Extended Services

17 N. State St., Suite 1390

Chicago, IL 60602

(312) 971-5932

www.ascendjustice.org  

 

Family, Child Welfare,

Immigration, Housing and

Employment, Crime Victim

Compensation Applications

and Other Economic Justice Issues

Additional Information – Child Welfare:

Ascend Justice assists parents,

caregivers, and professionals who

work with children with legal

services related to:

  • Ongoing DCFS investigations

for child abuse or neglect, including safety plans and intact services

  • Administrative expungement appeals of DCFS indicated findings
  • Civil rights cases on a case-by-case basis.

Formerly Domestic Violence

Legal Clinic and The Family

Defense Center

To Request Legal Assistance:

Call: (312) 971-5932

Online Form: https://dev.ascendjustice.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/07/Ascend-Justice-Potential-Client-Intake-Form.pdf

Tips:

  • Extended Services are by appointment only
  • Individuals can receive same-day service for Orders of Protection
  • Walk-in; no appointment necessary.
    • 8:30am on weekdays at 555 West Harrison 

Beyond Legal Aid

Immigration, Family, Labor/Employment, Housing, Criminal Records, Education, Consumer

Visit https://www.beyondlegalaid.org/summary-of-cala-programs for information regarding locations and hours of legal services

https://www.beyondlegalaid.org/about

Immigration, Family,

Labor/Employment, Housing,

Criminal Records, Education,

Consumer

NOTE:

Legal services are

provided in clinic settings at

various community

law offices.

 

Formerly Community Activism

Law Alliance (CALA)

 

To Request Legal Assistance:

Immigration Helpline:

(872) 267-2252

For more information, visit https://www.beyondlegalaid.org/summary

-of-cala-programs

Eligibility Requirements:

Visit https://www.beyondlegalaid.org/summary-of-cala-programs

Tips:

  • Call made to immigration help line will be returned within 7 days

Cabrini Green Legal Aid (CGLA)

Criminal, Expungement and Sealing

6 S. Clark St. Suite 200

Chicago, IL 60603

(312) 738-2452

www.cgla.net

 

Hours:

Monday through Friday

9:00am – 5:00pm

Criminal Records Relief, Juvenile Expungement, Parole Revocation (juvenile and adult), Defense (limited), Housing, Family, Civil Asset Forfeiture, Arrest Record Discrimination (for employment)  

Additional Information – Criminal Records Relief:

  • Expungement
  • Sealing
  • Health Care Worker Waivers
  • Certificates of Good Conduct
  • Executive Clemency
  • Licensing

NOTE: CGLA represents respondents in Orders of Protection

To Request Legal Assistance:

  • Call: (312)738-2452.

 

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Live in Cook County
  • Household income at or below 150% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines
  • If seeking assistance for a civil legal matter, the civil legal issue must be related to a criminal legal issue

 

Tips:

  • For immediate assistance, clients can visit one of CGLA’s Help Desks located at the Daley Center and Markham Courthouse (see below)
  • Advise client that they may have to leave a message and an attorney or intake specialist will call them back.

CARPLS (Coordinated Advice and Referral Program for Legal Services)

Housing, Employment, Consumer, Family, Estates, Personal injury, Benefits, Health

Free Hotline: (312) 738-9200

https://www.carpls.org/

Daytime Hours:

Monday through Friday

9:00am – 4:30pm

Additional Evening Hours:

Mondays and Wednesdays

4:30pm – 7:30pm

Landlord-Tenant, Foreclosure, Employment, Education, Consumer Debt, Divorce, Guardianship, Estates, Personal Injury, Property Damage, Public Benefits and Health Care

To Request Legal Assistance:

  • Call: (312) 738-9200
  • Calls are answered on a first come, first served basis.
  • Wait time will not exceed 20 minutes.
  • A booking fee of $25 will be charged (refundable if service is denied or appointment is canceled at least 1hr before scheduled appointment).
  • A CARPLS attorney will contact a client within 30mins of the scheduled appointment.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Resident of Cook County
  • Household income at or below 350% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines
  • No conflict of interest with another CARPLS client

Catholic Charities Legal Assistance

Family, Housing, Immigration

721 N. LaSalle St.,

Chicago, IL 60654

(312) 948-6821

https://www.catholiccharities.net

 

 

Family, Housing, Consumer and Immigration

Immigrant Survivors Project:

Immigrant survivors of domestic violence or other violent crimes in family law matters (orders of protection, child support and maintenance, child custody and visitation and civil no-contact orders.) CCLA partners with Catholic Charities Department of Immigration and Naturalization Services, Taller de Jose and Mujeres Latinas Accion to provide comprehensive immigration, legal, social and counseling services.

Special Immigrant Juvenile Status Project:

Adults hoping to establish custody or guardianship of minor immigrant children who have been abused, neglected or abandoned, ultimately enabling the child to obtain lawful permanent residency.

Immigration and Naturalization Services: Assistance withfFamily reunification applications, completing applications for extensions of visitor’s visas, religious workers, work permits, replacement/renewal of permanent residence cards, naturalization/citizenship, and inquiries for status of cases at the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) offices, as well as, American embassies/consulates abroad.

  • Contact Information:

205 W. Monroe, Chicago, IL 60606

(312) 427-7078

Hours: 2pm –  4pm

To Request Legal Services:

  • Call: (312) 948-6821

Eligibility Requirements:

  • CCLA will provide free services to clients who have a foreclosure related issue and whose income is below 400% of the federal poverty guidelines
  • Individuals who do not qualify for free legal services may be charged a minimal fee

Tips:

  • Legal services are available in Spanish
  • Citizenship status does not matter

 

Center for Disability and Elder Law (CDEL)

Disability, Veterans, Seniors

205 W. Randolph, Suite 1610

Chicago, IL 60606

(312) 376-1880

https://www.cdelaw.org/

Adult Guardianship, Collections, Divorce – Uncontested, Estate Planning - Powers of Attorney, Simple Wills, Living Will Declarations, Eviction, Financial Elder Abuse, Foreclosure, Landlord-Tenant, Property Tax and Title Issues

Veterans:

Monthly Clinics at Jesse Brown VA Medical Center and Edward Hines Jr. VA Hospital

To Request Legal Assistance:

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Live in Cook County
  • Household income at or below 150% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines

AND

  • Be 60 years of age or older; OR
  • Live with a permanent disability

Center for Economic Progress/Ladder Up

Tax

350 N. Orleans St., Ste. C2-100

Chicago, IL 60654

(312) 252-0280

Intake: (312) 630-0241

https://www.economicprogress.org/

Audits, Past-Due Tax Returns, Collections, Employee v. Independent Contractor Disputes, Innocent Spouse and Cancelled Debt

To Request Legal Assistance:

Eligibility Requirements:

Tips:

  • Individual should have IRS and Illinois Department of Revenue Letter when calling to request assistance

Centro Romero

Immigration

6216 N. Clark St.

Chicago, IL 60660

(773)508-5300

https://centroromero.org/

Hours:

Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays

10:00am – 4:00pm

Immigration (Direct Service Representation, Immigration Education, and Advocacy Services)

To Request Legal Assistance:

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Reside in Illinois

Tips:

  • Legal services are available in Spanish
  • The legal system used by Centro Romero charges $30 to open a case, so although Centro Romero offers free consultation services there is a $30.00 fee (non-refundable) for the consultation.

Chicago Alliance Against Sexual Exploitation

Domestic Violence/Sexual Assault, Commercial Sexual Exploitation (Trafficking)

307 N. Michigan Ave., Suite 1818,

Chicago, IL 60601

(773)244-2230

http://caase.org

Hours:

Monday – Friday

9:00am – 5:00pm

Civil No Contact Orders (sexual assault), Orders of Protection (domestic violence), Monetary Damages or Injunctive Relief under the Gender Violence Act, Civil Damages and Remedies under the Predator Accountability Act and Vacating Convictions under the Illinois Justice for Victims of Sex Trafficking Crimes Act

Additional Information – Student Survivors of Sexual Assault or Harassment:

CAASE can help students (age 13+) with:

  • Requesting extensions of deadlines, the opportunity to make up schoolwork, and/or the ability to switch classes
  • Moving to new housing and/or changing work schedules
  • Reporting the incident to their school and/or participating in the school disciplinary process
  • Accessing mental health services
  • Requesting a no-contact directive or safety plan from the school
  • Appealing a school disciplinary decision
  • Filing a complaint against the school if the case was mishandled
  • Pursuing a protective order in civil court
  • Making a police report and navigating the criminal justice system
  • Other accommodations and remedies

To Request Legal Assistance:

 

Eligibility Requirements:

  • 13yrs of age or older
  • No income restrictions

Tips:

  • All personal information left via voicemail will be kept confidential. 
  • An appointment is necessary for in-person assistance

 

 

  • Moving to new housing and/or changing work schedules
  • Reporting the incident to their school and/or participating in the school disciplinary process
  • Accessing mental health services
  • Requesting a no-contact directive or safety plan from the school
  • Appealing a school disciplinary decision
  • Filing a complaint against the school if the case was mishandled
  • Pursuing a protective order in civil court
  • Making a police report and navigating the criminal justice system
  • Other accommodations and remedies

 

CBA Senior Citizens Will Program

Estates

 

 

Wills, Durable Powers of Attorney and Living Wills

To Request Legal Assistance:

And call a listed center to make an appointment

Eligibility Requirements:

  • 60yrs of age or older
  • Annual income cannot exceed:
    • $15,000 for singles
    • $20,000 for couples

Tips:

  • Depending on the legal service provided, costs range from $50 to $125

Chicago Coalition for the Homeless

Housing, Education

70 E Lake St.

Chicago, IL 60601

(312)641-4140

https://www.chicagohomeless.org/programs-campaigns/legal-aid/law-project/

 

Education, Civil Rights, Access to Health Care and Public Benefits and other civil legal issues affecting homeless individuals

Streetlight Chicago Smartphone App:

Mobile app for homeless youth (through age 24) and social service providers. The app provides timely information about resources to help youth who are homeless and living on their own. Listings include health care services, overnight shelters, drop-in centers, and legal aid programs that serve Chicago youth. The app also sends push notifications for weather emergencies, program closings, and other issues vital to youth on the street.

To Request Legal Assistance:

  • Call: 1 (800) 940-1119 (staffed by a case intake specialist)

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Homeless (adults and youth)
  • Live in Illinois

 

 

Chicago Lawyer’s Committee for Civil Rights Under Law

Civil Rights, Housing, Education, Community Law, Voting

100 North LaSalle Street, Suite 600,

Chicago, IL, 60602

(312)630-9744

https://www.clccrul.org

Community law issues of starting or operating a nonprofit or representation for a community coalition, Housing, Education, Hate Crimes, Voting Rights

Pro Se Litigant’s Settlement Assistance Program:

Provides meaningful access to justice to the thousands of indigent litigants who file federal civil rights lawsuits without the benefit of counsel. The Court refers a broad variety of cases to the Settlement Assistance Program - employment discrimination (all bases), prisoners’ constitutional rights (medical care, conditions of confinement, safety and excessive force), fair debt collection, predatory lending and a raft of other types of cases. Program staff reviews the cases and matches the pro se litigants with volunteer attorneys who then represent them through a settlement conference.

To Request Legal Assistance:

Tips:

  • Walk-in intakes are not available

Chicago Legal Clinic

Family, Expungement and Sealing, Housing, Immigration, Benefits

South Chicago Office 

2938 E. 91st Street

Chicago, Illinois 60617

(773) 731-1762

Austin Office 

118 N. Central Avenue

Chicago, Illinois 60644

(773) 854-1610

Pilsen Office 

1914 S. Ashland Avenue

Chicago, Illinois 60608

(312) 226-2669

Downtown Office 

211 W. Wacker Drive, Suite 750

Chicago, Illinois 60606

(312) 726-2938

Hours:

Monday – Friday

9:00am – 5:00pm

Adoption, Child Custody and Support, Criminal Records, Divorces, Domestic Violence Prevention, Environmental Issues, Foreclosure Defense, Guardianship, Immigration, Real Estate Transactions, and Social Security Benefits

 

To Request Legal Assistance:

  • Call: (773) 731 1762

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Must call the intake specialist

Tips:

  • Some legal services are free but CLC will charge attorneys fees on a sliding scale based on income on some matters
  • For immediate assistance with child support, collections defense, eviction defense, foreclosure defense, and parentage matters - https://clclaw.org/get-legal-help/

Chicago Volunteer Legal Services (CVLS)

Family, Housing, Estates, Probate,

 Consumer, Bankruptcy, Immigration, Veterans

33 North Dearborn Street, Suite 400,

Chicago, Illinois 60602

(312) 332-1624

https://www.cvls.org

Adoption, Divorce, Minor and Adult Guardianship, Child Support Enforcement, Landlord Disputes, Tenant Eviction, Mortgage Foreclosure, Probate Assistance Rescue Fraud, Title and Property Claims, Wills and Advanced Directives, Consumer Problems, Chapter 7 Bankruptcy, Immigration

The Illinois Armed Forces Legal Aid Network:

CVLS is a partner with The Illinois Armed Forces Legal Aid Network (IL-AFLAN). IL-AFLAN is a statewide hotline that provides legal information, advice, brief services (including the preparation and review of legal documents), and referrals to veterans, service members, national guard, reservists, and their spouses and dependents.

Uniform eligibility guidelines: 80% of Chicago Area Median Income (applies statewide), no dishonorable discharges, spouse or dependent can't use service in legal action adverse to veteran/service member.

To Request Legal Assistance:

Tips:

  • The fastest way to receive legal assistance is to call the intake line at (312) 332-1624.
  • Eligibility will be determined when speaking with an intake specialist

Equip for Equality

Disability, Education

Main Office

20 North Michigan Avenue, Suite 300

Chicago, IL 60602

(312) 341-0022

(800) 537-2632 (Voice)

(800) 610-2779 (TTY)

https://www.equipforequality.org

Access to Assistive Technology, Disability Discrimination, Education – Special Education or Early Intervention, Education – Post-Secondary Education, Employment Discrimination, Guardianship (Being My Own Guardian), Housing (Fair Housing Discrimination), Living in the Community, Rights in Institutions – Abuse & Neglect, Rights in Institutions – Other than Abuse & Neglect, Transportation, Voting

 

To Request Legal Assistance:

Eligibility Requirements:

  • The issue is related to disability;
  • The case has merit;
  • There is a definable client case objective;
  • The client is willing to participate actively and cooperate in the case resolution process, as appropriate;
  • The client would not likely prevail without assistance from Equip for Equality;
  • An unfavorable outcome would have a significant negative impact on the individual or the disability community;
  • There are few or no appropriate referrals, and
  • Equip for Equality has sufficient resources to devote to the matter.

Tips:

  • After contacting Equip for Equality, an individual can expect to hear back within three business days
  • After contacting Equip for Equality, an individual can expect to hear back within three business days

 

Indo-American Center

Immigration

6328 N. California Ave

Chicago, IL 60659

(773) 973-4444

https://indoamerican.org

Hours:

Monday – Saturday

10 am – 5 pm

Immigration and Assistance with Acquiring Public Benefits

To Request Legal Assistance:

Tips:

 

James B. Moran Center for Youth Advocacy

Juvenile Law, Criminal, Expungement and Sealing, Education

1900A Dempster

Evanston, IL 60202

(847) 492-1410

https://moran-center.org/about

Juvenile justice, criminal law (age 18-26), Expungement and Sealing, School Discipline, Restorative Justice

School-Based Civil Legal Clinic:

the clinic provides free information and legal assistance on a wide variety of non-criminal topics including adoption/guardianship, family law, housing, public benefits, immigration, consumer protection, etc. The civil legal clinic serves families with children attending Evanston/Skokie School District 65. https://moran-center.org/what-we-do/school-based-civil-legal-clinic/

To Request Legal Assistance:

  • Call: (847) 492-1410

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Age 26 and under
  • Reside in Evanston

Tips:

  • For assistance with expungement and sealing, visit the Moran Center’s Help Desk located in the Skokie Courthouse on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10am-12pm

Lambda Legal

LGBTQ

Midwest Regional Office

(312) 663-4413

https://www.lambdalegal.org/

 

Employment, Fair Courts, Family, Health Care, HIV, Immigration, Latino Outreach, Police & Criminal Justice, Racial Justice & Low-Income Advocacy, Religious Exemptions, Seniors, Teens & Young Adults, Transgender

To Request Legal Assistance:

Call

Online Form: https://www.lambdalegal.org/helpdesk

Tips:

For immediate assistance, click on the link for additional information - https://www.lambdalegal.org/helpdesk

Latinos Progresando

Immigration

3047 W Cermak Rd
Chicago, IL 60623
(773) 542-7077 Ext: 10

Weekdays:

DACA Only

Tuesdays,

Wednesdays and

Thursdays

9:30am – 3:00pm

Non-DACA

Tuesday and Thursday

9:30am

(registration begins)

Weekends:

Saturday

7:00am

(registration begins)

Immigration

VAWA Project:

The project provides full-service, completely free legal support to immigrants surviving domestic violence and sexual assault.

 

 

 

To Request Legal Assistance:

  • Walk-In; No Appointment Necessary
  • For additional information call: (773) 542-7077 Ext: 10

Tips:

  • Legal services are available in Spanish
  • Advise clients to arrive early because space is limited
  • The agency is recognized by the Department of Justice (DOJ) and staffed by DOJ-accredited representatives

Lawndale Christian

Legal Center (LCLC)

Juvenile Law, Criminal

1530 S. Hamlin Ave.

Chicago, IL 60623

(312) 762-6381

http://lclc.net

Hours:

Monday – Friday

9:00am – 5:00pm

Full representation on criminal or juvenile delinquency matters for youth and young adults in the North Lawndale community, paired with case management and other social services. 

NOTE: LCLC is currently participating in a randomized controlled study to help LCLC learn what it is doing well and what it can do better. As a result, individuals meeting the above eligibility requirements will be randomly selected for representation and accompanying social services.

To Request Legal Assistance:

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Live in North Lawndale
  • Ages 24 and under
  • Pending juvenile delinquency or adult criminal case
  • Willingness to work with not just a lawyer, but also a case manager, who supports client with non-legal goals such as school or work.

Tips:

  • Does NOT have to be Christian.
  • For individuals participating in the READI program, eligibility requirements are different. People who are participating in the READI program should identify themselves when calling.

Lawyers’ Committee for Better Housing

Housing

33 North LaSalle, Suite 900
Chicago, IL 60602

(312) 347-7600

https://lcbh.org 
Hours:
Monday – Friday

9am – 5pm

Eviction, A building foreclosure, Housing discrimination, Unsafe apartment conditions (i.e. bed bugs, mold or lead paint), An unresponsive landlord, Utility shut-off by your landlord, Issues with your landlord requiring the help of an attorney

 

To Request Legal Assistance:

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Lower income renters

Tips:

  • If you are living in a foreclosed building, call LCBH’s Tenants in Foreclosure Helpline at (312) 784-3507
  • 24/7 Online Assistance is available through Rentervention https://www.rentervention.com

Legal Aid Society of Metropolitan Family Services

Family, Domestic Violence, Housing, Commercial Sexual Exploitation (Trafficking)

1 North Dearborn, 10th Floor
Chicago, Illinois 60602

(312)986-4200

https://www.metrofamily.org/legal-aid-society/about-las/

 

Safety & Family: domestic violence, divorce, child custody, child support and prevention of abuse and financial exploitation of seniors.

Health, Housing, & Economic Stability: evictions, housing voucher terminations, non-return of security deposits, substandard housing, utility, and other housing issues.

Individual Rights & Social Justice: human trafficking, immigrant victims of crime, and assisting individuals with certain employment law matters. 

To Request Legal Assistance:

  • Call: (312)986-4200

 

 

Legal Aid Chicago

Family, Housing, Consumer, Employment, Health, Seniors, Disability, Benefits, Immigration, Veterans

120 S. LaSalle Street, Ste. 900,

Chicago, IL 60603

(312) 341-1070 

https://www.legalaidchicago.org

Family & Safety: Orders of Protection and No Contact Orders for victims of domestic or sexual violence and elder abuse, Custody and Divorce, DCFS Investigations of Parents and Caregivers, Special Education and School Discipline

Housing: Eviction or termination from subsidized housing and the Housing Choice Voucher Program, housing discrimination for tenants in subsidized housing or with special legal needs, Foreclosure defense, Utilities, Transfer on Death Instruments

Money & Debt: Bankruptcy, Student loans, Car title and payday loans, Unfair debt collection, Consumer fraud, Driver’s license restoration for debt-related suspension, Financial exploitation of older adults, Power of attorney for financial/property

Worker’s Rights & Employment: Unemployment Insurance benefits, Wage claims, Employment discrimination, Expungement and sealing of criminal records, migrant agricultural and landscape workers, services for victims of human trafficking

Health, Disability & Benefits:  Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), Medical Assistance (Medicaid, Medicare), Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and Social Security, Veterans Benefits, Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), Crime Victims Compensation, long term care residents, Healthcare Power of Attorney and Living Wills

Immigration: obtaining protected status for victims of crime 

To Request Legal Assistance:

Eligibility Requirements:

  • At or below 150% of the federal poverty level
    • EXCEPTION: higher income limits for homeowners at risk of foreclosure, seniors, veterans, people living with HIV, survivors of domestic or sexual violence with legal issues relating to their victimization, and victims of human trafficking
  • U.S. citizen; Lawful Permanent Resident; Victim of human trafficking, domestic violence, sexual assault, or other crimes included in the U visa laws; Asylee or refugee; Person who has been granted Withholding of Removal; Adjustment of Status applicant who also has a U.S. citizen spouse, parent, or child (under 21)
    • LIMITED SERVVICES: H2A (agriculture) or H2B (forestry) workers and Lawful temporary residents
  • Service Areas: Chicago and Suburban Cook County, Statewide for migrant agricultural and landscape workers and victims of human trafficking, Lake County for long term care residents

Tips:

  • Advise clients to call the intake line by 8:30am

Legal Council for Health Justice

Health, Education, Benefits, Seniors, Immigration

17 N. State St., Suite 900

Chicago, IL 60602

(312) 427-8990

https://legalcouncil.org

 

Children & Family: Access to health insurance, Medicaid, Children’s SSI, Early Intervention, Special Education

HIV/AIDS: Confidentiality & Testing, Insurance Disputes, Debt collection, Discrimination, Employment (return to work), Public Benefits, including SNAP and Social Security

Homeless Outreach: Public Benefits

Seniors: Access to health coverage, Medically-necessary care

Additional Legal Services: Future planning, Health screening and immigration

Formerly AIDS Legal Council of Chicago

To Request Legal Assistance:

  • Call: (312) 427-8990

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Low income

 

 

Life Span Center for Legal Services and Advocacy

Domestic Violence/Sexual Assault, Family, Immigration

Chicago

70 E. Lake Street Suite 600
Chicago, IL 60601
Tel: (312) 408-1210
Email: life-span@life-span.org

Des Plaines

701 Lee Street #700
Des Plaines, IL 60016
Tel: (847) 824-0382

https://life-span.org/legal-services-and-advocacy/

Hours:

Monday – Friday

9:00am – 5:00pm  

Divorce, Allocation of Parental Responsibilities and Parenting Time, Child and Spousal Support, Orders of Protection, Civil No Contact Orders, Other Family Law Cases, including post decree matters and appellate work

Immigration Assistance 

Legal Advocacy in Criminal Court, Legal Advocacy with Issues Stemming from the Sexual Assault, Crime Victims Compensation Act (CVC) Advocacy, Victims’ Economic Security and Safety Act (VESSA) Advocacy, Illinois Safe Homes Act Advocacy

To Request Legal Assistance:

  • Call: (312) 408-1210

Tips:

  • Legal services are available in the following languages: Spanish, Polish, Arabic, Urdu, Hindi, Telagu, Russian, and Bengali.
  • Life Span also offers counseling services. For more information, call: (847) 824-0382

 

Metropolitan Tenants Organization

Housing

1727 S. Indiana Ave, Ste. 3G,

Chicago, IL 60616

(773) 292-4988

https://www.tenants-rights.org

Hotline Hours:

Monday – Friday

1:00pm – 5:00pm

Tenant’s Issues

To Request Legal Assistance:

Eligibility Requirements:

Tips:

 

National Association of the Deaf: Law & Advocacy Center

Disability

https://www.nad.org/about-us/law-advocacy-center/

Attorneys represent deaf and hard of hearing individuals in disability discrimination civil rights cases

 

To Request Legal Assistance:

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Deaf and Hard of Hearing
  • No income eligibility requirements
  • Membership in NAD is not required

Tips:

  • NAD attorneys also consult with lawyers who are representing deaf or hard of hearing clients

National Immigrant Justice Center

Immigration

224 S. Michigan Ave., Suite 600,

Chicago, IL 60604

(312) 660-1370

https://www.immigrantjustice.org

General Immigration, Asylum, Detained Immigrants, Human Trafficking, LGBTQ Immigrants, Unaccompanied Immigrant Children

Immigration Court Helpdesk:

FREE legal information to unrepresented individuals scheduled for a hearing at the Chicago Immigration Court. At the help desk, NIJC attorneys provide the following information on the following topics and more:

  • Overview of the immigration court hearing process
  • Forms of relief available to for individuals fighting their cases in court
  • Referrals to obtain legal representation*
  • How to change your address or change the location of your court hearing

NOTE: The NIJC Immigration Court Helpdesk does not provide legal advice or representation.

To Request Legal Assistance:

Call: (312) 660-1370

Online Form: https://www.immigrantjustice.org/

Tips:

  • Legal services are available in Spanish
  • When completing the online form, individuals must request an appointment for a legal consultation

 

Roger Baldwin Foundation of the ACLU, Inc.

Civil Rights

150 N. Michigan Ave., Suite 600

Chicago, IL 60601
(312) 201-9740

https://www.aclu-il.org/en/aclu-illinois-and-roger-baldwin-foundation

 

 

LGBTQ and HIV Advocacy, Women’s and Reproductive Rights, Criminal Justice Reform, First Amendment Advocacy, Police Practices and racial Justice, Voting Rights, Institutionalized Persons, Immigration, Government Accountability and Personal Privacy

To Request Legal Assistance:

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Incident at issue occurred in the state of Illinois OR the individual seeking assistance must be a resident of Illinois

Tips:

  • Does not provide general legal services; the ACLU litigates cases where a person’s civil rights were violated, primarily by the government
  • After submitting a request for legal services, an individual may have to wait up to two weeks for a response

SUFEO (Stand Up For Each Other!)

Education

 

25 E. Pearson St.

Chicago, IL 60611

(773) 800-0338

https://www.luc.edu/law/academics/

Hotline Hours

Monday – Friday

8:00am – 10:00pm

 

 

School Discipline

Stand Up for Each Other Chicago (SUFEO) is an initiative led by law students to address school suspensions of pre-K through high school students in the Chicago area. SUFEO advocates and teaches parents how to communicate with administrators effectively and coaches parents on their rights. Through SUFEO, law students also advocate for students in the suspension appeal and school reintegration processes. 

SUFEO Chicago is a joint project of the Civitas ChildLaw Clinic and the Chicago Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law.

To Request Legal Assistance:

  • Call: (773) 800-0338

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Students, K-12, must be facing a school discipline issue

Tips:

  • The phone number listed is a hotline for parents to receive assistance
  • Faculty Supervisor: Miranda Johnson, Clinical Professor of Law
    Director, Education Law and Policy Institute

Uptown People’s Law Center

Prisoners’ Rights, Housing, Benefits

4413 N. Sheridan

Chicago, Illinois 60640

(773) 769-1411

https://www.uplcchicago.org

 

Prisoners denied their basic human rights, Tenants facing eviction, Individuals seeking Social Security disability income

 

To Request Legal Assistance:

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Housing: Must reside in Chicago
  • SSDI: call after you have filed an application for benefits with your local Social Security office.

Tips:

  • UPLC might be able to assist if your client was mistreated in Cook County Jail.

Affordable Legal Assistance

Lawyer Referral Service – The Chicago Bar Association

Hours:

Monday – Friday

9:00am – 4:45pm

Adoption, Appellate, Attorney

Registration & Disciplinary

(ARDC), Aviation, Bankruptcy,

Church Law, Civil Rights

discrimination, Commodities,

Computer Law, Consumer Law,

Copyright / Trademark,

Corporate Law, Criminal Law,

Customs/International Trade

Law, Domestic Relations,

Domestic Relations - Flat Fee

Uncontested Divorce,

Education / School Law,

Elder Law, Employment –

Civil Service, Employment –

Fair Labor Standards Act,

Employment - Family

Medical Leave Act, Employment

 - Non Union, Employment –

Union, Entertainment,

Environmental, Estate

Planning and Probate,

Family Law/Domestic

Relations, Federal Aviation

, Franchise, Health and

Hospital Law, Immigration,

Insurance, Legal Malpractice,

Interstate Commerce

Commission / Freight /

Trucking, Juvenile Law,

Legal Malpractice, Medical

Malpractice, Mental Health,

Municipal Law-Ordinance,

Nursing Home Malpractice,

Patent, Pensions and Profit

Sharing, Personal Injury,

Property Damage, Real Estate –

Commercial, Real Estate –

Litigation, Real Estate –

Residential, Real Estate Tax,

Securities, Sexual Abuse,

Social Security, Tax –

Federal and State, Unemployment

Compensation, Workers

Compensation, Zoning Law

For more detailed information, visit https://lrs.chicagobar.org/

To Request Legal Assistance:

 

 

Justice Entrepreneurs

Project (JEP)

Housing, Immigration,

Consumer, Family,

Business, Criminal,

Estates, Probate, Civil

Litigation, Education, Benefits

208 S Jefferson, Suite 204
Chicago, IL 60661

(312) 546-3282

https://jepchicago.community.lawyer

House/Apartment,

Immigration, Money/

Debt, Family/Matrimonial,

Business/Work, Crime/

Traffic/Tickets, Estate

planning, Probate, Civil

Litigation, Education Law,

Social Security Disability

 

To Request Legal Assistance:

Call: (312) 546-3282

Online Form: https://jepchicago.community.lawyer   

Tips : JEP attorneys are independent attorneys dedicated to ensuring quality

 legal services are accessible for regular people. JEP lawyers help to achieve

this goal by offering fixed fees and

choices for flexible representation (like limited scope, a la carte legal services).

Resources for Self-Represented Litigants (Help Desks)

For information regarding Help Desks in Courthouses, please visit the following websites:

Below is additional information regarding specific help desks and information for help desks not listed in the above resources.

Help Desk, Contact Information and Hours

Type of Legal Assistance

Notes

Administrative Hearings Advice Desk

Civil Asset Forfeiture, Ordinance Violations

400 W. Superior, Room 121

Chicago, IL 60654

Hours:

Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday 

9:00 AM – 4:30 PM

Assist pro se respondents facing ordinance violations including, but not limited to, building code violations and car impoundments.

 

Legal Services Provider: CARPLS

To Receive Legal Assistance:

  • Walk-ins only; no appointment necessary.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Free services for low- and middle-income residents of cook county

Adult Guardianship Help Desk

Richard J. Daley Center

Room 1202

50 West Washington Street

Chicago, IL 60602

Hours:

Monday through Friday (on all days that Court is in session)

9:00am – 1:00pm

 

 

 

 

Assist self-represented litigants in proceedings for adjudication of disability for an alleged disabled adult and appointment of a personal guardian.

 

Staff provides directions for:

  • Filing the Petition
  • Calendar, Judge and Courtroom Assignment
  • Scheduling a Hearing
  • Issuance and Service of Summons
  • Service of Notice 

 

Staff explains the procedures for the:

  • Hearing
  • Entry of the Order(s)
  • Issuance of the Letters of Office and
  • Annual Reporting

Legal Services Provider: CDEL

Tips:

  • Advise clients to arrive by 11:00 a.m.
  • The process may take 1 to 2 hours to complete and file the necessary paperwork.

Expungement Help Desk

Expungement and Sealing

Richard J. Daley Center

10th Floor, Room 1006

50 West Washington Street

Chicago, IL 60602

Hours:

Monday through Thursday

9:00am – 1:00pm

Markham Courthouse

1st Floor, Room 102J

16501 South Kedzie Parkway

Markham, Illinois 60428

Hours:

Wednesdays

9:00am – 2:00pm

 

Research of criminal history and, if eligible, prepare cook county expungement and sealing petitions.

Legal Services Provider: CGLA

To Receive Legal Assistance:

  • Walk-ins only; no appointment necessary.
  • First come, first serve and limited to first 15 people

Eligibility Requirements: None

Tips:

  • Advise to arrive by 8:30am
  • If arrested by Chicago Police Department, client must bring copy of CPD RAP Sheet
  • Obtain from Police Headquarters at 35th and Michigan in the Access and Review Division from 8am-12pm.
  • Individuals will have to return to Police Headquarters one week later with pink receipt to pick up RAP sheet.
  • Individuals will also receive a copy of their Illinois State Police report via mail

If client has 20+ cases, the client will receive a date to return to the help desk to pick up their completed expungement and sealing petitions

Minor Guardianship Assistance Desk

Guardianship

69 W. Washington

Room 1020

Chicago, IL 60602

(312) 603-0135

Hours:

Monday through Friday (excluding court holidays)

8:30amam – 4:30pm

Application for guardianship of a minor, Free assistance in preparing court documents, Referrals for more complex cases

 

To Receive Legal Assistance:

  • Walk-in or call for an appointment

 

 

Bankruptcy Assistance Help Desk

Bankruptcy

Dirksen Courthouse

Room 625

219 South Dearborn Street

Chicago, IL

(312) 229-6359

Hours:

Monday, Wednesday and Friday.

Begins at 9:00 am

Brief consultations and help filling out paperwork for people who have filed or are considering filing chapter 7 or chapter 13 bankruptcies that do not currently have an attorney.

 

To Receive Legal Assistance:

  • Walk-ins only; no appointment necessary.
  • First come, first serve and limited to 8-10 people

 

 

Service Providers

Organization, Population Served, Contact Information and Hours

Service Provided

Notes/Direct Contacts

 The Dovetail Project

Family, 17-24 African American Fathers

Chicago

7300 S. Cottage Grove,
Chicago, IL 60619
Tel: (773) 952- 4255
Email: info@thedovetailproject.org

Hours:

Monday – Friday

9:00am – 6:00pm  

Providing high-risk young men with the tools they need to be better fathers and men.

      Supplemented with frequent guest speakers, the program educates fathers about the roles, rights and responsibilities of fatherhood as well as their importance in the lives of their children. The one-of-a-kind program also includes a strong component addressing Felony Street Law to help these young men avoid incarceration and stay present in their kids’ lives.      

 

 

 

 Safer Foundation

Individuals with arrest and conviction records of any type  (Reentry)

Chicago

571 W. Jackson Blvd,
Chicago, IL 60661
Tel: (312) 922-2200
Email: 

Hours:

Monday – Friday

9:00am – 6:00pm  

Focuses on helping our clients secure and maintain employment because we understand that employment offers the best chance at successful reentry.

 

 

Darren B. Easterling Center for Restorative Justice

Behavioral health  

 Chicago

Chicago, IL
Tel:
Email: 

 

Hours:

Monday – Friday

 9:00am – 6:00pm  

The Darren B. Easterling Center for Restorative Practices (The Center) is a behavioral health services organization serving Chicago’s most underserved communities, founded on the belief that no one's legacy should ever be defined by their worst mistake. Our mission is to transform the individual behaviors we believe to be at the core of gun-violence by offering trauma-centered recovery services to women and children impacted by the loss of a loved one because of violent crime who was either a victim or an offender.

 

Ldaniels@dbefoundation.org (Lisa Daniels)

NAMI Chicago

Family, 17-24 African American Fathers

Chicago

1801 W Warner Ave Suite 202,
Chicago, IL 60613
Tel: (312) 563- 0445

Helpline: (833) 626-4244
Email: info@namichicago.org

Hours:

Monday – Friday

9:00am – 8:00pm  

NAMI Chicago provides the services needed to support wellness in our community, from lending a listening ear to a concerned family member, to working with individuals long-term connecting to resources for legal and housing assistance. Our Helpline is the heartbeat of this work, serving the community 7 days a week, connecting individuals, families and providers with the right resources for mental health support. Callers dial 833-NAMI-CHI to connect to a live clinician or peer for referrals, guidance and expertise.

NAMI Chicago also offers peer-led support groups and classes in various locations across Chicago.

 

tony@namigc.org

Olive Branch Mission

Reentry  

Chicago

6310 S. Claremont Ave,
Chicago, IL 60636
Tel: (773) 476- 6200
Email: 

Hours:

Monday – Friday

9:00am – 6:00pm  

Olive Branch Mission in the business of human development, providing opportunity for recovery, restoration, reinstatement and re-entry unto a productive life. Olive Branch Mission remains a place where lost, injured, broken and desperate lives can freely, safely and unconditionally receive help, love and care! 

 

kcoleman@obmission.org

Katrina Coleman (director of operations)

No Adults Left Behind

Education, Reentry   

Chicago

6020 S. Halsted St,
Chicago, IL 60621
Tel: (773) 982-7204
Email: noadultsleftbehind@gmail.com

Hours:

Monday – Friday

9:00am – 6:00pm  

No Adults Left Behind Educational & Resource Center (NALB) is a non-profit entity, whose exclusive purpose is to provide support services to enhance the community-at-large. Offers personalized assistance to aid in completion of H.S diploma, employment, and job training programs. NALB was started due to of an increasing demand of community members requesting resume assistance and employment research.

"No Adults Left Behind" also helps clients in need of public assistance, food stamps and Medicaid through information and referrals.

 

 

Lincoln Park Community Services 

Shelter, Homeless,    

Chicago

 1521 N. Sedgewick St,
Chicago, IL 60610
Tel: (773) 549-6111
Email: lpcsinfo@lpcsonline.org

Hours:

Monday – Friday

9:00am – 8:00pm  

LPCS brings communities together to empower individuals facing homelessness and poverty to secure stable housing and make sustainable life changes

 

 

Build Chicago   

Housing     

Chicago

 5100 W. Harrison St,
Chicago, IL 60644
Tel: (773) 549-6111
Email: 

Hours:

Monday – Friday

9:00am – 5:00pm  

BUILD (Broader Urban Involvement & Leadership Development) is one of Chicago's leading gang intervention, violence prevention, and youth development organizations. Their mission is to engage at-risk youth in schools and on the streets to help them realize their potential and contribute to our communities.

 

ashleymiller@buildchicago.org

(Ashley Miller)

Institute for Nonviolence Chicago

Chicago

 819 N Leamington Ave,
Chicago, IL 60651
Tel: (773) 417-7421
Email: tarad@nonviolencechicago.org

Hours:

Monday – Friday

9:00am – 5:00pm  

Outreach and conflict mediation, case management, victim services, nonviolence training

 

Teamwork Englewood

Chicago

 815 W. 63rd St #2,
Chicago, IL 60644
Tel: (773) 488-6600
Email: 

Hours:

Monday – Friday

9:00am – 5:00pm  

Quality of life program, re-entry resource center, Woman’s initiative, AF AM male initiative

 

Hamdard Healthcare

Chicago

 1542 W. Devon Ave,
Chicago, IL 6060
Tel: (773) 465-4600
Email: 

Hours:

Monday – Saturday

9:00am – 8:00pm  

Behavioral health, community health centers

 

Heartland Alliance Health

Chicago

 5100 W. Harrison St,
Chicago, IL 60644
Tel: (773) 275-2586
Email: 

Hours:

Monday – Friday

8:30am – 5:00pm  

Heartland Alliance Health is the leading healthcare provider for the homeless, poorest, and sickest people in Chicago

 

 

Mercy Home for Boys and Girls

Chicago

 5100 W. Harrison St,
Chicago, IL 60607
Tel: (312) 738-7560
Email: 

Hours:

Monday – Friday

8:00am – 6:00pm  

Youth Housing

 

All Chicago

Chicago

 651 W Washington Blvd #504,
Chicago, IL 60661
Tel: (312) 379-0301
Email: 

Hours:

Monday – Friday

9:00am – 5:00pm  

Emergency financial assistance

 

Haymarket Treatment Center

 

Chicago

 932 W. Washington Blvd,
Chicago, IL 60607
Tel: (312) 226-7984
Email: 

 

Hours:

Open 24 hours   

Drug and Alcohol detox and rehabilitation

 

A Safe Haven Foundation

Chicago

 2750 Roosevelt Rd,
Chicago, IL 60608
Tel: (773) 435-8300
Email: 

Hours:

Monday – Friday

8:30am – 5:00pm  

At Safe Haven, we help homeless people that are in sudden or chronic social and financial crisis address the root causes of their problems and we help them achieve sustainable self-sufficiency.

 

 

Lilac Tree

Evanston

1123 Emerson St,
Chicago, IL 60644
Tel: (847) 328-0313
Email: 

Hours:

Monday – Friday

9:00am – 5:00pm  

The Lilac Tree helps individuals navigate the world of separation and divorce through our educational, counseling and referral options