Legal Services

CDEL coordinates the provision of quality legal services, pro bono, to low-income seniors and/or persons with disabilities in Cook County.  CDEL focuses its legal services on systemic issues which have a disparate impact on our clientele, specifically issues related to financial stability, housing, end of life planning, and financial exploitation and abuse.  CDEL’s goal is to provide legal assistance in an effort to proactively avoid future, and potentially more serious, legal issues or to provide legal intervention as soon as possible after the problems have arisen.

CDEL is a non-profit legal services organization which serves a special clientele:

See Eligibility for Services for more information.

CDEL delivers legal services in several ways:

  • Through representation by an attorney, pro bono, in a range of legal areas regarding a specific legal issue.

In addition to offering services from CDEL's main office located in downtown Chicago, CDEL also offers its services at Senior Legal Assistance Clinics Iocated throughout suburban Cook County and the Chicago city limits. 

  • Through Initiatives - programs specifically developed to address a single legal issue:

          See Senior Center Initiative (SCI) and Senior Tax Opportunity Program (STOP) for more information.

  • Through providing assistance to persons who are representing themselves (pro se) in proceedings for the appointment of a legal guardian for an adult with a disability.

          See Adult Guardianship Help Desk for more information.

  • CDEL's newest program seeks to address Elder Financial Abuse, by providing direct representation and community outreach about this serious and growing legal problem

          See Stopping Adult Financial Exploitation (SAFE) for more information.


Civil Practice Areas

  • Adult Guardianship
  • Collections
  • Consumer Fraud
  • Divorce - Uncontested
  • Estate Planning - Powers of Attorney; Simple Wills; Living Will Declarations
  • Elder Financial Abuse
  • Eviction
  • Landlord-Tenant
  • Mortgage Fraud
  • Property Tax and Title Issues