Personal Legal Services: Clients are given a private appointment with an attorney to assess their need and help the client develop a plan for resolution. The only restriction is financial: the income level for the household must fall below 250% of the poverty guideline for our preliminary advice or document assistance, and below 125% to qualify for pro bono representation. We offer intake appointments to people from any county; we offer court-related services within Kane & DuPage Counties.
Tax Controversy Resolution: We are one of only two Low Income Taxpayers Clinics (LITC) who serve multiple suburban communities outside of Chicago. Some tax clients are having their meager wages garnished by the IRS and are accruing insurmountable interest and penalties. Our LITC tax attorneys also advocate for widows who are being fined for penalties caused by their spouse’s filing errors, as well as victims of identity theft whose social security number has been used fraudulently.
Financial Counseling: Clients can meet with a trained financial planner to assist them with money management, budgeting, debt reduction, etc. Our budget counseling is patterned after Crown Financial Ministries and teaches sound financial responsibility based on Biblical principles.
Conflict Resolution: The effects of poverty and legal problems can be devastating to personal and professional relationships. Some staff members and volunteers attend training for conflict coaching that can help clients see the big picture and take action on those things they can control while letting go of the things they cannot. In addition, we provide Christian mediation services with mediators who have been trained through Peacemakers Ministries aimed at resolving relational conflict from a Biblical perspective.
Free Legal Workshops: We believe that knowledge is the key to self-sufficiency. We host free workshops hosted by attorneys during which such topics as foreclosure, custody, and immigration are discussed. Many attendees then schedule appointments to meet privately with an attorney about their specific situation.
Bi-Lingual Community Outreach: It is estimated that 75% of the poor who qualify for free legal assistance either aren’t aware that they are eligible for it, or don’t even know that such a service exists. That’s why we attend as many public awareness events, community fairs, and other types of outreach events to spread the word about Administer Justice. Booths are manned by bi-lingual attorneys and volunteers who can provide general information and encourage visitors to schedule appointments.