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Justice without Jargon
Join ILAO and the Administrative Office of the Illinois Courts for our “Justice without Jargon: Plain Language Writing” webinar by registering on IllinoisLegalAid.org.  Justice without Jargon is a free CLE offered as a thank you to ILAO’s amazing volunteers to celebrate National Volunteer Month. Even if you haven’t volunteered with ILAO before, you are welcome to join the CLE to learn more about how ILAO uses plain language writing to increase access to justice, and how you can help.
Other Resources
The AOIC is providing training for court navigators, LSHC, and community advocates. The link below allows you to attend the pieces of training every Monday at !:00 P.M. during March.
https://zoom.us/j/99180863385?pwd=ZGNXRnR3MHVXelJVSHV2WTVaVEZhQT09.

I need help filing my taxes
Find free tax help services for people with limited incomes. Find out where people can go for help or how to file online.

Understand how to qualify and apply for Earned Income Tax Credits
This article helps people understand the basic eligibility for federal and state earned income tax credits, how to apply for them, and special rules.
New Court Forms
The Illinois Supreme Court Commission on Access to Justice just launched three statewide standardized court forms in the new redesign format. We linked to them below so you can check out the new style: The Civil Fee Waiver formThe Adult Name Change and Minor Name Change forms. These were also updated to comply with law changes (read more about the changes in the Illinois Courts Connect article). Register for an upcoming training session to learn more about the form redesign, rollout plan, and procedures for accepting old and new versions of the statewide forms:Wednesday, January 17th – Register here
Reminders  ILAO’s Get Legal Help tool guides people to the best available legal service or resource. New Leaf Illinois is a statewide network of legal aid organizations that provide free legal representation or legal information to people who want their cannabis convictions off their record. ILAO’s Cannabis Expungement Guides:English: Cannabis legalization and expungement basics Polish: Podstawowe informacje nt. legalizacji marihuany i zatarcia kary Spanish: Aspectos básicos sobre la legalización del cannabis y la eliminación de antecedentes criminales

Business & Work

If I am laid off, what are my rights?

Describes what an employee who is laid off or expecting to be laid off deserves, like benefits compensation or notice.
Federal Employer Identification Number or FEIN

Explain a Federal Employer Identification Number (FEIN) and how to get one.

What can a potential employer ask? New

Explains what a potential employer can and cannot ask you when you are applying for a job.

Day and temporary laborer rights New

Explains the rights of day and temporary laborers and the obligations of agencies who place and the clients who employ them.
Court & Hearings

Motion to continue or extend time (Easy Form)

A program to help you ask to reschedule your hearing date or give you more time to do something. Not for evictions or criminal cases.

Motion (Easy Form)

A program to help you complete the forms to ask a judge to do something in a case you are involved in.

Interpreter request (Easy Form)

A program to help you request an interpreter to help you or someone else understand what is being said in court.

Serving a summons

Information about what a summons is and how to serve someone in a civil case.

Citizens & Immigration

Voting basics

Explains the right to vote in Illinois and when elections happen.

Government benefits for immigrants

Describes the different government assistance programs available for immigrants and the qualifications for those.

Chicago CityKey ID card

The Chicago CityKey is an optional ID that residents of Chicago can get to access city services. This helps people who are undocumented or experiencing homelessness who might have problems getting or maintaining an ID.

Reminders

 Get Legal Help guides users to the best available service or resource

👉 Celebrate Disability Pride Month with these resources from ILAO 

Family & Safety

Request to change child support

A program to help you create the forms to ask the court to increase or decrease your current child support order. This is called child support modification.

Are common law marriages legal?

Common law marriages are not valid in Illinois, but a common law marriage from another state is recognized in Illinois.

House & Apartment

Buying and owning a home

Describes how to budget, get a loan, home inspections, homeowner’s insurance, taxes, and your rights.

Business & Work

If I am laid off, what are my rights?

Describes what an employee who is laid off or expecting to be laid off deserve, like benefits compensation or notice.

Day and temporary laborer rights New

Explains the rights of day and temporary laborers and the obligations of agencies who place and the clients who employ them.

Nonprofit annual reporting requirements New

Explains what reporting needs to be done on an annual basis to keep a nonprofit active and in good standing.

Health & Benefits

Getting All Kids health insurance

Describes the All Kids health insurance program for children.

Reminders

Get legal help is a tool to guide you to the best available service or resource. Remind them of this resource when they’re looking for additional assistance. 

Money & Debt

Citation to discover assets to debtor

A program to create forms to help you collect on a money judgment.

Collect a judgment from debtor’s bank or employer

A program to create forms to help you collect on a money judgment from a bank or an employer.

Business & Work

Protecting your rights as a worker with a disability

Steps to document unfair treatment at work from writing down interactions to requesting a copy of your personal file.

Protecting workers with disabilities

Workers with disabilities cannot be discriminated against for their disabilities.

Court & Hearings

How to get copies of your court records

Explains how to look up information on court cases at the courthouse and online.

Submitting a state FOIA request

Steps to submit a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request to a state agency and appealing the request, if necessary.

Where should I file my lawsuit?

This article goes over some general guidelines for where to file a lawsuit. However, this decision can be complex and filing in the wrong court could be costly and time consuming. Talk to a lawyer first about where to file your case.

Serving a summons

Information about what a summons is and how to serve someone in a civil case.

Reminders

 ILAO has a whole new way to search. You can find content you need quicker than ever. 

👉 Take advantage of our cannabis expungement resources on YouTube.

Marcin Gulik | Promotion and Translation Manager | Illinois Legal Aid Online
120 S LaSalle St, Suite 900 | Chicago, IL 60603 | 708.407.4034