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If you need an attorney, call us for an appointment, contact us by email and/or download our intake and privacy release form and return to us. All information is confidential.

Eligibility Requirements

Clients must provide proof of residency or employment in Highland Park or Highwood to receive services.

In general, residents with incomes at 250% of the federal poverty level are eligible for pro bono services.* Households receiving public assistance (free or reduced lunch, food stamps, etc.) will be automatically able to qualify for services. Special circumstances may be taken into account at the discretion of the Managing Attorney and Executive Director.

*There are no income requirements for those who seek an emergency order of protection or plenary order.

Immigration

The Highland Park-Highwood Legal Aid Clinic (HPHLAC) is accredited through the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA) and provides immigration legal services to eligible immigrants seeking help with:

  • Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)
  • U-Visas
  • Citizenship applications
  • Certain waivers
  • Family-based permanent resident status and citizenship

To set up an appointment, please call 847-926-1867 or email us at info@hphlegalaid.org.  We have volunteer attorneys and non-attorneys who are fluent in Spanish. Immigration status is irrelevant to eligibility for our pro bono services.

Eligibility for Immigration Services: There are no income requirements for those who attend public workshops to prepare applications for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA),  or Citizenship applications. However, clients must be income qualified to receive private legal assistance on other immigration issues.

Housing

HPHLAC assists with problems arising from landlord & tenant relations, including:

  • Evictions
  • Return of security deposits
  • Code violations and lease disputes
  • Lockouts, wrongful retaliation

Eligibility for Housing Services: In general, those who live or work in Highland Park or Highwood with incomes at or below 250% of the federal poverty level (click here to see if your family qualifies) are eligible for pro bono services. Those individuals or families that receive public assistance (free or reduced lunch, all kids, etc.) will be able to have this waived. Special circumstances may be taken into account at the discretion of the Managing Attorney and Executive Director.

You can view Highland Park Housing Ordinances by looking under Client Resources

Domestic Violence

HPHLAC focuses on cases that involve personal safety form victims of domestic violence and their children, including:

  • Emergency Orders of Protection and Plenary Orders of Protection
  • Custody and visitation where there is a risk to personal safety

Eligibility for Domestic Violence Services: In general, those who live or work in Highland Park or Highwood with incomes at or below 250% of the federal poverty level* (click here to see if your family qualifies) are eligible for pro bono services. Those individuals or families that receive public assistance (free or reduced lunch, all kids, etc.) will be able to have this waived. Special circumstances may be taken into account at the discretion of the Managing Attorney and Executive Director.

*There are no income requirements for those who seek an emergency order of protection or plenary order.

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