Eligibility

Legal Aid Society clients must meet specific residential and income criteria to receive services. If individuals do not qualify we work to connect them with other referrals and resources.

Legal Aid Society Service Areas

  • Domestic Violence
  • Family Law (Divorce, Custody, Support)
  • Elder Abuse and Financial Exploitation of Elders
  • Elder Law
  • Housing and Consumer Issues

Service Area Eligibility

To receive services, you must live in Cook County or have a pending case at one of the following locations:

  • Daley Center, 50 W. Washington St., Chicago, IL
  • Domestic Violence Courthouse, 555 W. Harrison St., Chicago, IL

Financial Eligibility

To request services, call 312-986-4200.

In determining financial eligibility, please remember that these figures are only guidelines. If there is an important client need which cannot otherwise be met, please call us to discuss. Ongoing and necessary expenses such as health care, day care and court-ordered support that is actually paid are considered in determining financial eligibility.

Household SizeAnnual IncomeMonthly Income
1$18,090$1,507
2$24,360$2,038
3$30,630$2,552
4$36,900$3,075
5$43,170$3,597
6$49,440$4,120
For each additional
person add
$6,276$523

Referrals from other Metropolitan Family Services programs, the Victim Legal Assistance Network, and human trafficking clients have a higher eligibility scale:

Household SizeAnnual IncomeMonthly Income
1$24,120$2,010
2$32,484$2,707
3$40,840$3,403
4$49,200$4,100
5$57,564$4,797
6$65,920$5,493
For each additional
person add
$8,360$697