Provides income-based assistance for housing, employment, education, consumer debt, divorce, guardianship, estate, public benefits and health care. They only provide advice; they do not provide in-court representation.
Phone: (800) 331-0617
Provides services, based on age or income, for those where a legal solution can remedy the issue such as utility shut-off, abuse, and denials of essential medical care. Other services address assisting eligible individuals to meet basic needs, medical care, housing and government benefits.
The SIU Self Help Center offers packets covering common issues for a self-represented party. Some of the issues cover include, but are not limited to, child support / visitation, housing and property, court proceedings and mediation.
We CAN talk to you about the Center’s self-help forms and information packets and can mail you sets if you are not able to download them or come to the Center to pick up what you need. We can also answer questions about the meaning of words and phrases used in a form and the meaning of the form itself, but you should look through the information packets for definitions and explanations that are included there before asking such questions.
If you are unable to understand the forms/packets and/or how to use them even after we answer a few of these sorts of questions you should probably not be trying to represent yourself.
Student volunteer staffing at the Self Help Legal Center office is dependent on availability of law student volunteers.
This link provides information on expungment and sealing of records. From the site's FAQ:
What is Expungement?
Expungement is the process of legally destroying, obliterating or striking out records or information in files, computers and online databases relating to criminal charges.
What is Sealing?
Sealing is the process of removing criminal records from general review. Records are not destroyed, but cannot be viewed by the general public – for example, those considering you for employment or a loan. Records can only be viewed when allowed by court order.
Also note that Champaign County holds an expungement event once a year, Here is a link to the information for 2017 in anticipation of another event in 2018. Copy and paste: http://champaigncircuitclerk.org/forms-and-resources/expungement-and-sealing/expungement-and-record-sealing-summit/
When disaster strikes, the legal issues add stress to already stretched safety net. The ABA provides a listing of resources and disaster specific resources. This site is a good place to start when dealing with legal issues and damaging events such as hurricanes, tornadoes, and fires.
(800) 758-0559 (Southern Illinois)
(800) 758-0464 (Central Illinois)
(800) 758-6869 (Northwestern Illinois)
(800) 537-3632 (Chicago, Main Office)
Provides advice, referral and some representation services to persons with disabilities. Addresses issues arising from disability, including but not limited to, public benefits, education, employment, housing discrimination and special education.
We provide self-help services at your specific direction. We are not a law firm or a substitute for an attorney or law firm. We cannot provide any kind of advice, explanation, opinion, or recommendation about possible legal rights, remedies, defenses, options, selection of forms or strategies. We assist with helping you find resources. We are NOT your attorney.
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Listing of Illinois Legal Assistance Organizations