DuPage Bar Legal Aid Service and Prairie State Legal Service Offer Free Legal Assistance to residents of DuPage County.
DuPage Bar Legal Aid Service:
Legal Aid is a function of the DuPage Legal Assistance Foundation, taking Family Law cases as well as Chapter 7 Bankruptcy in cases where medical expenses have caused the financial difficulty. They also assist with non-profit start-up.
Telephone screenings or "intakes” from applicants seeking pro bono (free) legal services are conducted daily, Monday through Friday, from 9:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. The Intake Coordinator conducts interviews on the telephone to determine whether the applicant meets the financial and subject matter guidelines of Legal Aid. This screening process may result in assignment to a pro bono attorney, assignment to an in-house attorney, referral to another source for legal assistance, or rejection for failure to meet guidelines. To be screened, call (630) 653-6212, during the hours indicated. For website information, see the DuPage Legal Aid site.
Applicants who reside outside of DuPage County, but are applying for pro bono legal assistance with a case under the jurisdiction of the DuPage County court must first apply through their local Legal Aid service. If qualified by the local service, the case will be referred to DuPage Bar Legal Aid.
If you are an attorney who would like to volunteer your services or contribute financially to DuPage Bar Legal Aid, please call (630) 653-6212. You may also find information and forms required by attorneys for DuPage Legal Aid cases on this website - DCBA member login is required.
Prairie State Legal Services:
For pro bono legal assistance for a different type of case, you may call Prairie State Legal Services of DuPage at (630) 690-2130. A screening and financial qualification are also required. For Prairie State offices outside of DuPage County, see their website.
For More information on pro bono services in Illinois click on the Illinois Legal Aid Online website.
DCBA Lawyer Referral Service:
The attorneys provided by the LRS are NOT free, however the service can provide you with a referral to an attorney for up to one half hour free of charge. Beyond that the attorney will charge regular fees, as discussed during the consultation. The referral service can be reached by phone, Monday - Friday, 9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Call 630.653.9109. A short, taped message will explain how the service works before ringing through to a bar staff member who will take your information and give you a referral. You can also obtain an online referral 24 hours a day, seven day a week by clicking here.