WELCOME TO ADMINISTER JUSTICE! We are glad you have connected with us. Administer Justice is a legal aid organization providing free legal services and other services to low-income individuals. Our name comes from a verse in the Bible: “This is what the Lord Almighty says: Administer true justice; show mercy and compassion to one another.” As a Christian organization, we may offer to pray for you during your appointment. Prayer is completely optional and voluntary. We consider it a privilege to serve you! If we determine that your qualifying income is within 250% of the current Federal Poverty Guidelines, you will qualify for an initial private consultation with an attorney. If your income is within 125% of the current Federal Poverty Guidelines, you would qualify for pro bono representation in court should that become necessary. HOWEVER, because our attorneys are volunteers, we cannot promise or guarantee you that a pro bono attorney will take your case. We will do our very best to find you one. If that isn’t possible, then we can help you prepare the court documents you need to present your case to a judge for yourself, known as “pro se” representation. See below for income guidelines.
Before you call Administer Justice to make an appointment, please gather the following information: (IMPORTANT!)
1. The number of people living in your household for whom YOU are financially responsible.
2. Your income (either weekly, monthly, or annually)
3. If there is a husband, wife, or significant other who helps pay the bills for your family, we will need to know their income (even if they don’t live in your house).
4. If there is any other person or organization that contributes to your family, we will need to know the amount they give you.
5. The name of the person (or company or organization, etc.) with whom you are having a dispute (known as the “adverse party).
6. An address and/or a phone number for the adverse party identified in #5 above.
7. If the adverse party has an attorney, we need to know the attorney’s name and phone number if it has been given to you.
For an appointment call 847-844-1100 or toll free 877-778-6006.
Note: Our Elgin office has a handicap accessible entrance on the West side of the building.
Am I Eligible for low income assistance?
When you call to make your appointment, the intake specialist you speak with will be asking you some specific questions about your income situation. The current Federal Poverty Guidelines are as follows:
If # of people in household is 1, income is limited to $14,558 for possible pro bono, or $29,175 for initial consultation.
If # of people in household is 2, income is limited to $19,663 for possible pro bono, or $39,325 for initial consultation.
If # of people in household is 3, income is limited to $24,738 for possible pro bono, or $49,475 for initial consultation.
If # of people in household is 4, income is limited to $29,813 for possible pro bono, or $59,625 for initial consultation.
If # of people in household is 5, income is limited to $34,888 for possible pro bono, or $69,775 for initial consultation.
If # of people in household is 6, income is limited to $39,963 for possible pro bono, or $79,925 for initial consultation.
If # of people in household is 7, income is limited to $45,038 for possible pro bono, or $90,075 for initial consultation.
If # of people in household is 8, income is limited to $50,113 for possible pro bono, or $100,225 for initial consultation.
For a household of 9 or more, add $5,075 per person for possible pro bono, or $10,150 for initial consultation.
How Much Will This Cost?
Most of our services are free. However, we will ask you to pay a one-time administrative fee of $20 when you arrive for your first appointment. This is NOT compensation for your attorney; this covers certain office costs associated with reviewing your case. You may pay by cash, check or money order. We are sorry but we do NOT accept credit or debit cards.
After that first appointment, we do our best to continue to help you at no additional charge. However, there may be extra costs related to solving your particular issue such as court costs, documentation fees or penalties. These will be your responsibility.
NOTE: If you are late to your appointment, we may need to reschedule you.
If you live in Kane Co. click on this link for information on other social services available:
Kane Co. Guide. org
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If you live in DuPage Co. click on this link for information on other social services available:
DuPage Community Resource Info