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We've Changed our Name

Why the Change?

“Legal Aid Society” currently remains the most used, most recognized name for free legal services across the country. Our name now will better identify our services within the industry. As an old name made new again, the “Legal Aid Society” takes us back to our roots and offers renewed clarity as we continue our very important mission of providing equal access to justice. 

The Legal Aid Bureau is now the Legal Aid Society of Metropolitan Family Services. We are reclaiming our name from an earlier time in our rich and storied history.

Mission

"...and justice for all." This basic belief inspires the Legal Aid Society of Metropolitan Family Services to defend our most vulnerable citizens regardless of income.
 
The mission of the Legal Aid Society is to protect and strengthen families by providing equal access to justice for our most vulnerable citizens, including those who are impoverished, the elderly and victims of domestic violence.
 

How We Help

Domestic Violence

Almost one in every three women in America have reported being physically or sexually abused by a husband or boyfriend, and thousands of women in Illinois have suffered such abuse, according to the Illinois Attorney General's office. 

Elder Abuse and Exploitation

Along with Metropolitan Family Services, we provide multiple services that help empower older adults by protecting or removing them from abusive situations and connecting them with legal counsel and other resources that help them maintain their dignity and independence.

Housing

From landlord/tenant disputes and Section 8 terminations to homeowners dealing with mortgage foreclosures and unfair home repair or other predatory loans, we represent clients on various housing issues. 

Consumer Fraud

We provide education, advice and representation for clients who are victims of unfair debt collection practices and predatory lending (including payday loans), who need help with public utility bills and need to protect their credit.
 

Making an Appointment

Call 312-986-4200 Monday - Friday, 9 a.m. - noon or 1 p.m. - 4 p.m. to determine if you qualify for an assessment. Spanish-language assistance is available. Appointments are available in several Chicago neighborhoods as well as in the Loop.

How You Can Help

Pledge Financial Support 

Get Involved

Where Your Dollars Go

  • $500 pays for service of process on 6 abusive spouses
  • $1,600 obtains an order of protection for a victim of domestic violence or elder abuse
  • $5,000 pays for staff training for one year
  • $10,000 supports litigation expenses for one year
  • $20,000 covers malpractice insurance for two years
  • $50,000 supports one Poverty Law Project paralegal for one year
  • $105,000 allows the Legal Aid Society to expand legal services to one new community center

How to Find Us

Main Office

Legal Aid Society of Metropolitan Family Services
One North Dearborn, Suite 1000
Chicago, IL 60602
 
If you are seeking legal services, call 312-986-4200

If you are a current client or need to contact one of our staff members, call: 312-986-4015

 

In the Community

Domestic Violence Issues as well as Consumer, Renters and Homeowners Issues

Metropolitan Family Services Calumet Center
235 East 103rd Street
Chicago, IL 60628
773-371-3697
 
Metropolitan Family Services Midway Center
3843 West 63rd Street
Chicago, IL 60629
773-884-2290

Domestic Violence Issues

Metropolitan Family Services North Center
3249 North Central Avenue
Chicago, IL 60634
773-371-3700