Financial & Legal Aid

Organization Name
Phone Number
312-655-7700
Description

Catholic Charities fulfills the Church’s role in the mission of charity to anyone in need by providing compassionate, competent and professional services that strengthen and support individuals, families and communities based on the value and dignity of human life.

Address
565 West Adams Street, Suite 600, Chicago, IL
60661
Phone Number
(312) 906-5050
Fax
(312) 906-5299
Description

The Law Offices of Chicago-Kent is a teaching law firm with a dual mission—to provide high-quality clinical education to more than 150 student interns and externs who enroll each semester, and to deliver outstanding and competitively priced legal services to our clients.

We offer client legal services in the following practice areas – please note that all of the attorneys charge legal fees for their services:

Criminal Defense Litigation
Plaintiffs Employment Discrimination
Civil Rights Litigation
Entrepreneurial Law
Family Law
Immigration Law
Vaccine Injury Law
Open Government
Tax Law

Our office hours are 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Organization Name
Address
20 N. Michigan Ave., Suite 300, Chicago, IL
60602
Phone Number
312-341-0022, 800-537-2632; TTY: 800- 610-2779
Fax
312-541-7544
Description

Equip for Equality is an independent, private, not-for-profit organization designated by the Governor in 1985 to implement the federally mandated Protection and Advocacy (P&A) System in Illinois. The mission of Equip for Equality is to advance the human and civil rights of children and adults with disabilities in Illinois. It is the only statewide, cross-disability, comprehensive advocacy organization providing self-advocacy assistance, legal services, and disability rights education while also engaging in public policy and legislative advocacy and conducting abuse investigations and other oversight activities. Equip for Equality provides free legal services and self-advocacy assistance to people with disabilities in the areas of discrimination, assistive technology, special education, guardianship defense, abuse and neglect, and community integration. Equip for Equality provides self-advocacy training to people with disabilities and family members on topics including the Americans with Disabilities Act, employment, transportation, voting, Ticket to Work, special education and guardianship.

For legal help, click here.

To report abuse, neglect or exploitation to authorities, click here.

Address
Bureau of Consumer Protection
Federal Trade Commission
600 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington, DC
20580
Phone Number
toll free 877-FTC-HELP (382-4357)
Parent Organization
Description

Information source for consumer frauds and scams, recalled products, filing a consumer complaint, reporting identity theft, getting your free credit reports, registering for the Do Not Call list, and other consumer issues.

Public Notes

Midwest Region
Federal Trade Commission
55 West Monroe Street, Suite 1825
Chicago, IL 60603

Address
Crime Victim Services Division, Office of the Attorney General, 100 W Randolph Street, 13th Floor, Chicago, IL
60601
Phone Number
312-814-2581
Parent Organization
Description

The Illinois Attorney General Office Crime Victim Services Division offers programs to support victims and families of violent crime in order to help them meet their challenges and regain peace of mind. These programs include:

The Illinois Crime Victim Compensation Program, the Domestic Violence Fund, the Violent Crime Victim Assistance (VCVA) Program, the Automated Victim Notification (AVN) System, the Statewide Victim Assistance Program, the Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner Program, and the Illinois Victim Assistance Academy. Other resources include workshops, training & conferences, downloadable resources, and links.

For more information, visit the website at http://www.illinoisattorneygeneral.gov/victims.

Address
One Natural Resources Way, Suite 100, Springfield, IL 62702-1271
Phone Number
800-252-8966 – 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday-Friday; 1-888-206-1327 (TTY)
Fax
217-785-4477
Parent Organization
Description

Professional staff briefly assess needs, send literature and write referrals for a range of services such as case management, Long-Term Care Ombudsman program, legal services, transportation, employment and nutrition services .

Organization Name
Phone Number
312-341-1070
Fax
312-341-1041
Description

Free legal aid for low income people in Cook County. Legal Aid Chicago offers a range of legal services in five main areas of law:

Family and Safety
House & Apartment
Money & Debt
Work & Employment Rights
Health, Disability & Basic Needs
Immigration

LEGAL AID CHICAGO CLINICS
Legal Aid Chicago partners with volunteer attorneys and community organizations to offer free community-based legal clinics throughout the city of Chicago. Learn more about our upcoming walk-in clinics by calling 312-423-5938.

LEGAL AID CHICAGO COURT-BASED HELP DESKS

Legal Aid Chicago partners with volunteer attorneys and community organizations to offer free help desks inside the federal and municipal courthouses. Learn more about our help desks here.

Website Address
Phone Number
800-MEDICARE (63342273)
Organization Name
Address
8822 Niles Center Road, Suite 101, Skokie, IL
60077
Contact Person
Jackie Melinger, Owner
Phone Number
847-581-6476
Description

Formerly Sprau Advocate Group.  Helps seniors in Chicago and the Chicago suburbs maintain their independence by assisting them with household and daily money management, insurance claims, records organization, tax issues. Services are available on an hourly or a per project basis.

Public Notes

Client advocates can assist in tax organization, bill paying, coordination of health insurance claims, troubleshooting with vendors, setting up file systems, following through on consumer complaints, managing calendars, scheduling appointments, daily money management, navigating Medicare and many other tasks based on individual need.

Website Address
Address
1577 Spring Hill Road, Suite 220, Vienna, VA
22182
Phone Number
703-942-5711
Fax
703-563-9504
Description

Professional association of attorneys dedicated to improving the quality of legal services provided to seniors and people with special needs. Elderlaw Membership Directory can be used for referrals.

Address
Adult Guardianship Division, Domestic Relations Division 69 W. Washingon St., 7th flr Chicago, IL 60602
Juvenile Division, 2245 W. Ogden Ave., 4th floor, Chicago, IL 60612
60602
Phone Number
312-433-4300
Description

The Office of the Cook County Public Guardian represents those persons routinely ignored by society. We have three divisions devoted to championing for the rights of children and adults.  In our Juvenile Division, we act as lawyers for abused and neglected children. In our Adult Guardianship Division, we act as guardian for adults with disabilities and their estates. Our third division, the Domestic Relations Division, focuses on representing children in highly contested custody cases.

Address
9511 Harrison St. Des Plaines, IL
60016
Phone Number
847-294-4264 or 1-866-274-8023 (If outside the State of Illinois: 1-708-338-7500)
Description

The Illinois Guardianship and Advocacy Commission protects the rights and promotes the welfare of persons with disabilities. By providing legal representation, investigating complaints of rights violations and providing state guardianship for Illinois’ population with disabilities, the Commission has given voice to those who have previously gone unheard.

Address
City of Evanston Senior Services, 300 Dodge Ave (Levy Ctr.); Evanston IL
60202
Contact Person
Audrey Thompson
Phone Number
847-448-8173
Fax
847-869-6183
Parent Organization
Description

Through the Illinois Department on Aging, the state long term care ombudsman protects and promotes the rights and quality of life for people who reside in long term care facilities (nursing homes). This is done through regional ombudsmen who have a hands–on working relationship with the residents and staff of the facilities within their program areas.

Contact
For more information on the Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program, contact…

the Illinois Department on Aging Senior HelpLine;
a Regional Long-Term Care Ombudsman​ Program;
a Regional Home and Community Ombudsman​ Program.
For more information on the Pioneer Approach to Long Term Care and the Illinois Long Term Care Ombudsman program, see also:

Publications related to the Long Term Care Ombudsman Program

Address
2116 Green Bay Rd. Evanston, IL
60201
Phone Number
1-800-772-1213
Parent Organization
Description

Supplemental Security Income (SSI) is a Federal income supplement program funded by general tax revenues (not Social Security taxes). It is designed to help aged, blind, and disabled people who have little or no income; and it provides cash to meet basic needs such as food, clothing, and shelter.

Eligibility Criteria: Take the online Benefit Eligibility Screening Tool linked at www.ssa.gov to see if you are eligible for SSI. Low income adults over 65 are eligible even if not disabled. Disabled adults with substantial work experience are eligible for Social Security Disability (SSD).

Address
118 North Clark Street 
Room #320
 Chicago, IL
60602
Phone Number
312-443-7550
Description

Hours of Operation: 8:30 am-5:00 pm

Organization Name
Address
747 N. Church Rd., Suite C3
Elmhurst, IL
60126
Phone Number
(630) 530-2868
Description

Wisdom Eldercare provides home care and care management services, including the following live-in and hourly caregiver support services: personal care; assistance with bathing and dressing; nutritious meal preparation; grocery shopping; light housekeeping and laundry; medication reminders; escort to medical appointments; Alzheimer’s care; individualized daily activities; structured daily routine; written care plans; regular on-site caregiver supervision; socialization and companionship; hospice care support.

Public Notes

Eligibility Criteria: We usually see that a husband or wife caring for their spouse, or an adult child caring for their parent(s) contacts us for geriatric care management services. Professionals such as bank trust officers, attorneys, financial advisors, physicians and social service providers also utilize our services on behalf of their clients.
Fee Policy: Our fees vary based upon the needs of each client. Please contact us at (800) 562-5555 and ask for a Client Services Coordinator to discuss your particular situation.

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