Prairie State Legal Services, Inc. - Joliet Office | View website
5 W. Jefferson Street, LL Joliet, IL 60432 |View map
Languages: American Sign Language, Arabic, Cambodian, Chinese/Mandarin, English, Farsi, French, French Creole, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Laotian, Polish, Russian, Spanish, Tribal Languages, Urdu, Vietnamese
Prairie State Legal Services, Inc. is a non-profit law firm that provides free civil legal aid to people who cannot afford an attorney. Prairie State serves 36 counties in northern and central Illinois, outside of Cook County. Your eligibility for help from Prairie State Legal Services will depend on whether:
- You meet our income and asset guidelines, or are age 60 or older.
- We have no ethical conflict of interest regarding your legal issue.
- You live within Prairie State's service area, or have a civil legal problem in one of the counties in our service area.
- You meet the citizenship or immigration requirements established by Congress. Immigrants who are fleeing domestic violence or trafficking are eligible for legal help regardless of immigration status in matters to address the abuse.
Government regulations do not prohibit Prairie State from handling your type of legal problem. You have a legal problem that can be addressed by Prairie State's attorneys and that fall within our established priorities.
Types of Legal Help
Due to high demand for our services, our staff is able to provide representation in certain areas of civil law designated as a priority. The following kinds of problems are examples of cases that we might be able to help with (not an exclusive list):
High Priority Cases
- Family Law: Protection from abuse or exploitation for domestic violence victims, elderly, children and persons w/disabilities; divorce and related relief for domestic violence victims.
- Housing Law: Evictions and lock-outs; foreclosure defense; loss or denial of subsidized housing benefits; loss or denial of essential public utilities; substandard housing conditions cases that cannot be addressed by other agencies.
- Health Care: Loss or denial of medical or nursing home care; loss or denial of medical benefits (Medicaid, Medicare).
- Needs-based government assistance: Loss or denial of SSI, GA, TANF, VA, food stamps.
- Other income benefits where alternative representation is unavailable: Loss or denial of unemployment insurance, Social Security Disability benefits.
- Other cases we might be able to handle
- Family Law: Child support, custody, guardianship, visitation, parental rights, divorces for non-domestic violence victims.
- Housing: Rent issues; security deposits; unit size; discrimination.
- Education: admission, expulsion, special education & related services.
- Health care and people with disabilities: powers of attorney and other health care documents; discrimination and reasonable accommodations.
- Income or benefits: overpayments of government assistance; health insurance matters; employment issues.
- Consumer Law: Bankruptcy or other debt relief; consumer fraud; protection of exempt income and assets; unfair debt collection practices; repossession; contract defenses.
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Guardian Angel / Groundwork
168 N Ottawa St, Joliet, IL 60435| View map
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Groundwork works to support victims of domestic violence, adults and their children, to break the cycle of family abuse. The organization operates an emergency shelter, providing a safe temporary residence for abused women and their children with 24-hour accessibility. It also provides assistance and supportive services to victims as well as legal advocacy. Groundwork is not a provider of legal services.
Farmworker and Landscaper Advocacy Project (FLAP)| View website
33 N. LaSalle, Suite 900 Chicago, IL 60602|View map
Languages: English, Spanish
The Farmworker and Landscaper Advocacy Project (FLAP) provides legal representation to the thousands of landscapers, migrant and seasonal farmworkers who work planting and harvesting crops, detasseling corn, and cultivating nursery products.
The vast majority of these migrants are Spanish speakers who migrate to Illinois from Texas or Mexico for 6-9 months. The primary focus is on migrants living in Northern Illinois. The FLAP represents farmworkers and landscapers, regardless of their immigration status, in disputes over wages and working conditions.
Private Attorney Referrals
Will County Bar Association Lawyer Referral Service
167 N. Ottawa Street, 2nd Floor Joliet, IL 60432| View map
Phone: 815-726-0383 or 815-726-1015
The Will County Bar Association Lawyer Referral Program can provide a referral to a participating local attorneys. If you make an appointment with the attorney, the attorney will charge you $15.00 for 1/2 hour of legal advice. Hours are 9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.