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Free/Low Cost Legal Services

Local organizations that offer free or low cost legal services are listed below.

To find organizations that can address your legal question or issue, select from the topics at right.


Access Living
(800) 613-8549 voice
(888) 253-7003 TTY
www.accessliving.org

Bankruptcy Assistance Desk

Dirksen Federal Building
219 S. Dearborn
(312) 435-6032 
www.ilnb.uscourts.gov/bankruptcy-assistance-desk

Monday-Friday 9:30a.m.-12:30p.m.
Call or visit
Advice and help with forms only


Between Friends

Third Municipal District Courthouse
2121 Euclid, Lower Level
Rolling Meadows, Illinois 60008

Hours: Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Advocates from the “Between Friends” social service agency assist petitioners seeking orders of protection.


Cabrini Green Legal Aid

740 North Milwaukee
Chicago, IL 60642
(312) 738-2452
www.cgla.net


CARPLS
(312) 738-9200
www.carpls.org

Hours: Mon. & Wed.      9:00am - 7:30pm
           Tue., Thu., Fri.  9:30am  - 4:30pm

CBA Senior Citizens Will Program
(312) 554-2001
lrs.chicagobar.org/pages/senior-wills

At various Chicago area senior centers; costs range from $50 to $125

Center for Conflict Resolution Eviction Mediation

Mediators from the Center for Conflict Resolution provide trained mediators to litigants in eviction matters. Mediation is a voluntary, confidential process where an impartial mediator helps parties generate ideas to settle their conflict. Mediation services are provided to parties free of charge, and are provided at the times and locations listed below.

Richard J. Daley Center
50 W. Washington, Chicago, IL 60602
When: Monday-Friday, 9:00 a.m. – 12:00

Fifth Municipal District Courthouse
10220 S. 76th Avenue, Bridgeview, IL 60455
When: Tuesday, 9:15 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. &
Wednesday, 9:15 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Sixth Municipal District Courthouse
16501 S. Kedzie Parkway., Markham, IL 60426
When: Tuesday, 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Thursday, 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.


Center for Conflict Resolution Small Claims Mediation

Mediators from the Center for Conflict Resolution provide trained mediators to litigants in small claims, pro se court. Mediation is a voluntary, confidential process where an impartial mediator helps parties generate ideas to settle their conflict. Mediation services are provided to parties free of charge, and are provided at the times and locations listed below. 

Richard J. Daley Center
50 W. Washington, Chicago, IL 60602
When: Monday-Friday, 9:00 a.m. – 12:00

Second Municipal District Courthouse
5600 Old Orchard Road, Skokie, IL 60077
When: Monday, 1:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Third Municipal District Courthouse
2121 Euclid Avenue, Rolling Meadows, IL 60008
When: Friday, 8:45 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Fourth Municipal District Courthouse
1500 Maybrook Drive, Maywood, IL 60153
When: Monday, 1:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Fifth Municipal District Courthouse
10220 S. 76th Avenue, Bridgeview, IL 60455
When: Tuesday mornings, 9:15 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. &
          Wednesday, 9:15 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Sixth Municipal District Courthouse
16501 S. Kedzie Parkway., Markham, IL 60426
When: Tuesday, 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
          Thursday, 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.


Center for Disability and Elder Law
(312) 376-1880
www.cdelaw.org

  • Employment discrimination based on age or disability
  • Monthly clinics at Jesse Brown VA Medical Center and Edward Hines Jr. VA Hospital

Chicago Bar Association Bar Attorney Program
(312) 554-2001 voice
(312) 554-2055 TTY
https://lrs.chicagobar.org/

Chicago Coalition for the Homeless
(312) 641-4140
(800) 940-1119 toll free
www.chicagohomeless.org

Chicago Legal Clinic
(773) 731-1762
www.clclaw.org

Charges fees based on ability to pay

Chicago Volunteer Legal Services
33 N. Dearborn, Suite 400
Chicago, IL 60602
(312) 332-1624
www.cvls.org

Re: Eviction/Landlord-Tenant, represents both landlords and tenants

Court Facilitator Program

Third Municipal District Courthouse
2121 Euclid
Rolling Meadows, Illinois 60008

Domestic Relations Courtroom
Hours: Tuesday and Thursday, 10 a.m. to 12 noon

Parentage/Parentage Courtroom
Thursday, 10 a.m. to 12 noon


Department of Child and Family Services
(800) 572-2390
https://www2.illinois.gov/dcfs/lovinghomes/adoption/Pages/default.aspx

For families adopting children from the foster care system

Domestic Violence Advocates Office
Maywood Courthouse
1500 Maybrook Drive
Maywood, Illinois 60153
2nd floor
Hours: Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Advocates assist petitioners in filling out court forms seeking orders of protection.

Equip for Equality

(312) 341-0022 
(800) 537-2632 voice
(800) 610-2779 TTY
www.equipforequality.org


Equip for Equality Special Education Helpline
1 (866) KIDS-046 (1-866-543-7046)

Help getting appropriate education services

Family Defense Center
(312) 251-9800
www.familydefensecenter.net

  • Child abuse and neglect
  • For families in the child welfare system
  • Charges fees based on ability to pay

Federal Defender Program
(312) 621-8300

First Defense Legal Aid
Call 1 (800) LAW-REP4
or   1 (800) 529-7374
Before appointment of a lawyer
www.first-defense.org

Health & Disability Advocates
(312) 223-9600 voice
(866) 584-8750 TTY
www.hdadvocates.org

Illinois Armed Forces Legal Aid Network
(855)  IL-AFLAN  (855-452-3526)
https://ilaflan.org/

For veterans' benefits

Illinois Department of Human Rights
(312) 814-6200 voice
(866) 740-3953 TTY
http://www2.illinois.gov/dhr

James B. Moran Center for Youth Advocacy
For youth 26 and younger in Evanston

(847) 492-1410
www.moran-center.org

John Marshall Law School Veterans Legal Clinic
(312) 427-2737
www.jmls.edu/veterans

Veteran benefit claims

LAF (formerly Legal Assistance Foundation)
(312) 341-1070
www.lafchicago.org

  • Child abuse and neglect
  • Public benefits, employment discrimination and special education
  • Evictions and voucher terminations for people with Housing Choice (Section 8) Vouchers and people living in public housing or project-based Section 8 housing
  • Juvenile expungement

Latinos Progresando

(773) 542-7077 Ext. 10
www.latinospro.org


Lawyers for the Creative Arts
(312) 649-4111
www.law-arts.org

  • For artists and arts-based organizations
  • For organizations with an arts focus

Legal Council for Health Justice
(312) 427-8990
www.legalcouncil.org
  • For individuals with or impacted by HIV/AIDS
  • Employment discrimination based on HIV/AIDS

Minor Guardianship Assistance Desk
69 W. Washington, Room 1020
Walk-in or call for an appointment
(312) 603-0135

National Association of the Deaf: Law & Advocacy Center
Videophone
301-587-1788 (ZVRS)
301-328-1443 (Sorenson)
301-338-6380 (Convo)
301-453-2390 (Purple)

301-587-1789 TTY

301-587-1791 FAX

Law & Advocacy Center

Civil Rights

Northwestern University School of Law
Bluhm Legal Clinic, Center on Wrongful Convictions
375 East Chicago Avenue
Chicago, Illinois 60611-3069
Phone: (312)503-8576
Fax:     (312)503-8977
TDD:    (312)503-4472
www.law.northwestern.edu/legalclinic
[email protected]

Languages: English and Spanish
PHONE CALLS ONLY
NO-WALK-INS ARE ACCEPTED
Call in hours: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Representation for:
  • adult criminal cases in Cook County (case-by-case basis; fees apply)
  • juvenile delinquency
  • juvenile record expungement
  • immigration claims for women and children fleeing violence
  • investor protection
  • removal of juvenile names from Illinois Sex Offender Registry
  • start-up businesses/nonprofit groups (modest fee)
  • wrongful convictions of inmates currently serving time (no post-release work or sentence reduction)

Pro Bono Attorney Program

Fifth Municipal District Courthouse
10220 South 76th Avenue
Bridgeview, Illinois 60453
Lower Level, Cafeteria
Tuesdays only, 8 a.m. to 12 noon
Phone: (708) 371-4930

Legal assistance provided by the Southwest Suburban Bar Association

for:

  • Landlord/tenant disputes
  • Breach of contract claims
  • Small claims matters
  • Filing of wills
  • Orders of protection
  • Expungement paperwork review
  • Limited matters relating to divorce/custody/parentage 

Referrals to an attorney also available.

The Pro Bono attorney cannot represent clients in court.


Pro Se Court Program

Third Municipal District Courthouse
2121 Euclid
Rolling Meadows, Illinois 60008
Area outside of Courtroom 206
Hours: Friday only, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Volunteer attorneys from the Northwest Bar Association assist pro se litigants (people without lawyers) with preparation of documents and answer general questions regarding:

  • small claims;
  • landlord/tenant matters; and
  • other civil cases.

The Community Law Project
(312) 630-9744
www.clccrul.org/community-law-project/

Small businesses and non-profits

U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
(800) 669-4000 voice
(312) 869-8001 TTY
www.eeoc.gov

Uptown People’s Law Center
(773) 769-1411
www.uplcchicago.org

Volunteer Attorney Program

Maywood Courthouse
1500 Maybrook Drive
Maywood, Illinois 60153

Hours: Mondays, only while court is in session

A volunteer attorney from the West Suburban Bar Association
is available in court to assist pro se litigants in drafting court orders in civil matters.


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