Pro Se

Pro Se

Access to Justice

Request for Public Housing Authority Review
A form preparation program to help you create a letter to the public housing authority asking for an informal review because your application for public housing was denied.

Communities

Asistencia Legal para Gente en Deuda: ¿Cómo Obtengo Ayuda?
Información de contacto para las organizaciones de ayuda legal que puede ayudarle si usted está en deuda.

Legal Assistance for Debtors: How Do I Get Help?
Contact information for legal aid organizations who can help if you are in debt.

Courthouse Advice Desks

Are Places That Provide Legal Forms Reliable?
Information on legal forms and where to find them

Bankruptcy Project Pro-Se Help Desk Volunteer Training Video
Training on the Bankruptcy Project's Pro-Se Help Desk at the Dirksen Federal Building

Courts

Estoy Siendo Demandado por $10,000 o Menos Guide Me [HTML Version]
Explica el proceso para responder a una demanda en la corte de reclamos menores de Illinois

I Am Being Sued for $10,000 or Less Guide Me [HTML Version]
Explains the process for responding to a lawsuit in small claims court in Illinois

Law Basics: Courtroom Basics Video
A short video on basic things to know about the courtroom.

Pro Se Court at the Daley Center: Filing a Complaint Video
A video that gives information to people wanting to sue someone for $3000 or less including: how to write a complaint, filing a complaint, and paying filing fees.

Pro Se Court at the Daley Center: For Defendants Video
A video that provides information to someone defending against a lawsuit including: how to file an appearance, paying filing fees, hiring a lawyer, and going to court.

Pro Se Court at the Daley Center: If the Defendant was Not Served Video
A video giving information about what to do if you were not able to give someone notice of a lawsuit on the first attempt.

Pro Se Court at the Daley Center: Mediation Video
A video describing the benefits of working with a mediator to try to reach an agreement with the other side as opposed to going to trial.

Pro Se Court at the Daley Center: Overview Video
A video describing what types of cases are heard at the Pro Se Court.

Pro Se Court at the Daley Center: Serving the Defendant Video
A video giving information about how to give a person legal notice that a case has been filed against them.

Suing Someone for $10,000 or Less Guide Me [HTML Version]
Explains the process for suing in small claims court in Illinois

Ethics

Reporting an Illinois Lawyer for Misconduct
Explains how to request that an Illinois lawyer be investigated for misconduct

Forms

Are Places That Provide Legal Forms Reliable?
Information on legal forms and where to find them

Filing Court Papers for Free Guide Me [HTML Version]
Explains how to ask the court to file court papers for free.

Preparing, Filing, and Presenting Motions in Court Guide Me [HTML Version]
Explains how to prepare, file and present a motion and notice of motion in court

Required Court Forms for Chapter 7 Bankruptcy
Actual court forms needed to file bankruptcy, along with Instructional and Sample court forms with explanations to help you complete your bankruptcy paperwork.

Guidelines/Recommendations

Getting Sued by Mistake Guide Me [HTML Version]
Explains what you should do if someone sues you by mistake, when the plaintiff meant to sue someone else

Going to Court in Illinois Guide Me [HTML Version]
Answers common questions about court procedures and representing yourself in court.

Going to Court on Your Own Video
Video on important things to know and do when representing yourself in a case and going to court

Going to Daley Center Eviction Court Video
Video on the procedures of going to eviction court in Cook County and the Daley Center in Chicago

Going to Small Claims Court Video
Video on the procedures, parties, documents and other things about going to smalll claims court

Mental Health Self-Advocacy PDF
Information and tips on how to protect your rights if you are receiving mental health treatment

Preparing, Filing, and Presenting Motions in Court Guide Me [HTML Version]
Explains how to prepare, file and present a motion and notice of motion in court

Pro Se Court at the Daley Center: For Defendants Video
A video that provides information to someone defending against a lawsuit including: how to file an appearance, paying filing fees, hiring a lawyer, and going to court.

Pro Se Court at the Daley Center: If the Defendant was Not Served Video
A video giving information about what to do if you were not able to give someone notice of a lawsuit on the first attempt.

Pro Se Court at the Daley Center: Mediation Video
A video describing the benefits of working with a mediator to try to reach an agreement with the other side as opposed to going to trial.

Pro Se Court at the Daley Center: Overview Video
A video describing what types of cases are heard at the Pro Se Court.

Pro Se Court at the Daley Center: Serving the Defendant Video
A video giving information about how to give a person legal notice that a case has been filed against them.

Responding to a Lawsuit Guide Me [HTML Version]
Explains the process for filing an appearance and answer

Suing Someone for $10,000 or Less Guide Me [HTML Version]
Explains the process for suing in small claims court in Illinois

Tips for Going to Court Video
Video on going to court, including what to wear, when to arrive and how to conduct yourself

Top 10 Things to Remember When Going to Court On Your Own
Explains the main things to remember when handling your own court case

Lawyers

Asistencia Legal para Gente en Deuda: ¿Cómo Obtengo Ayuda?
Información de contacto para las organizaciones de ayuda legal que puede ayudarle si usted está en deuda.

How to Find a Lawyer If You Can't Afford One Video
Information about legal aid programs in Illinois.

Legal Assistance for Debtors: How Do I Get Help?
Contact information for legal aid organizations who can help if you are in debt.

Legal Issues

How to Find a Lawyer If You Can't Afford One Video
Information about legal aid programs in Illinois.

Self-Help Centers

Are Places That Provide Legal Forms Reliable?
Information on legal forms and where to find them

Asistencia Legal para Gente en Deuda: ¿Cómo Obtengo Ayuda?
Información de contacto para las organizaciones de ayuda legal que puede ayudarle si usted está en deuda.

Law at the Library: How to Find a Lawyer If You Can't Afford One Video
Information about finding an attorney if you cannot afford to pay for legal assistance

Legal Assistance for Debtors: How Do I Get Help?
Contact information for legal aid organizations who can help if you are in debt.

Self-Help Resources in the Daley Center and Around Chicago
Information about help desks in and around the Daley Center Courthouse in Chicago

State Specific Resources

Going to Court in Illinois Guide Me [HTML Version]
Answers common questions about court procedures and representing yourself in court.

Training and Education

How to Find a Lawyer If You Can't Afford One Video
Information about legal aid programs in Illinois.

Your Day in Court in American Sign Language Video
Video on some of the basic procedures of going to court, including an introduction to the parties you will encounter

Helpful Organizations
The following organizations may be able to help you with Pro Se

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