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Legal Assistance (CCLA)



Catholic Charities Legal Assistance (CCLA)

651 W. Lake St.
Chicago, IL 60661

Phone: 312-948-6821
Fax: (312) 559-1530

Catholic Charities Legal Assistance (CCLA) provides legal services to low income individuals who are not represented by a lawyer. Our telephone advice line assists clients who are representing themselves by advising them of their rights and responsibilities as well as how to navigate the legal process when necessary. CCLA also offers a variety of other legal services, including representation in a limited number of areas and advice desks for face to face consultations. Please see the “Services” section of this website for specific information.

CCLA’s services are offered in both English and Spanish without regard to a person’s citizenship status or religious affiliation. Most of our services are provided free of charge. Clients who do not qualify for free services may be charged a minimal fee. CCLA will provide free services to clients who have a foreclosure related issue and whose income is below four hundred percent of the federal poverty guidelines.

Services are available in Spanish.

En Español

Caridades Católicas Asistencia Legal (CCLA) proporciona servicios legales a clientes viviendo con un ingreso bajo. Nuestros servicios incluyen asesoramiento jurídico, servicios de expedientes, la representación directa o referencias a cualquier abogado de nuestra red pro bono o de otros proveedores de servicios legales en función de los asuntos del cliente y sus necesidades. Además, el CCLA opera varios asesoramientos legales a través del área de Chicago cada mes y realiza seminarios educativos periódicamente.

Los clientes pueden llamar a nuestra línea telefónica de ayuda durante las horas de 9AM -12:30PM de lunes a jueves. Las llamadas son tomadas y los mensajes se devuelven en el orden en que se reciben. Un formulario de datos iniciales del cliente es apuntada seguida de una consulta realizada por un miembro del personal o un abogado voluntario.

Nuestros servicios son gratuitos a clientes de bajos ingresos. Los clientes que no califican para recibir servicios gratuitos cuyos ingresos sean inferiores a 400 por ciento del nivel federal de pobreza se puede cobrar una cuota de $25 o $35 dependiendo de sus ingresos.

Servicios están disponibles en Español.


Legal Assistance:

Success Stories:

Outcome: CCLA staff attorneys contacted the company, negotiated a refund and ensured that the money was returned to clients’ bank account.
  • Husband received a phone call telling him that he had won a trip to Disney World. The caller asked to “confirm” the digits of client’s credit/debit card.
  • The caller read a few digits; our client corrected the erroneous digits.
  • The company, which sells “English as a Second Language” lessons, debited amounts from client’s bank account, totaling approximately $600.
  • The company refused to refund client’s money, and threatened even more transactions.
Outcome: Mother was granted sole custody of her children; visitation with father was restricted and ordered to be supervised.
  • CCLA represented single mother from Mexico who sought to protect her children from their abusive father.
  • CCLA also connected her to Catholic Charities' Casa Catalina food pantry and basic human needs center so client could obtain food and clothing for her children.
  • Catholic Charities Immigration assisted with immigration services.
Outcome: Pro bono network attorney was able to obtain SSDI benefits for client, including retroactive award.
  • Client was unable to work due to lupus and had no other source of income.
  • Client twice applied for Social Security Disability Income benefits but was denied.
  • CCLA sought assistance from our Pro Bono Network to help client appeal the denial of benefits.

Our Affiliates:

The Chicago Bar Foundation