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Additional Benefits and Resources: Legal Services

Free legal services are available for those who qualify:


(Cook County)
120 S. LaSalle St., Suite 900
Chicago, IL 60603

Land of Lincoln Legal Assistance Foundation

(Southern and part of Central Illinois)

Prairie State Legal Services

(Northern and part of Central Illinois)

Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law

If you have specific questions about this guide, email We will respond to your request as soon as possible; we will answer general questions and offer referrals. The Shriver Center’s attorneys can also provide assistance on specific issues:

Health care:

Stephanie Altman

Housing issues related to domestic violence, sexual assault, stalking, and dating violence, and for other discrimination-related housing issues:

Kate Walz


The Coordinated Advice and Referrals Program for Legal Services (CARPLS) Legal Aid Hotline can help you obtain information, advice, and brief services including the preparation and review of legal documents on civil legal problems, or referrals to legal and social service providers for more complex legal issues if you live in Cook County.

The Hotline service is free to low-income residents of Cook County. Clients who do not qualify for free services may be charged a $25 fee. The CARPLS Hotline is open Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and on Monday and Wednesday evenings until 7:30 p.m. Hotline: 312-738-9200

Online Legal Resources

You can find out more information about legal services and help on public benefits questions at

Find referrals to other helpful organizations here.

If you are Spanish-speaking, visit

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