The DuPage Bar Legal Aid Service is located at the DuPage County Bar Center, 126 S. County Farm Road, Wheaton. Individuals seeking legal assistance may complete a telephone screening or “intake” daily, Monday through Friday, from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. During the screening process, potential clients are asked a series of questions by Intake Coordinator to determine if their legal situation meets the financial and case-type guidelines to receive free legal assistance with our program. A written application is required by each individual to be submitted with the proper documentation to verify the individual’s eligibility and to complete the application process.
Once approved, the applicant is assigned to a staff attorney or a member of the DuPage County Bar Association who are required by the DCBA bylaws to represent indigent persons or to otherwise support the provision of legal services to the indigent upon request. Applicants who are denied, but fit other criteria, may be referred to the State’s Attorney’s office, Prairie State Legal Services, the Lawyer Referral Service, the DCBA’s Modest Means program or a No Retainer attorney.
The DuPage Legal Assistance Foundation is a 501(c) (3) organization and it oversees the activities of the DuPage Bar Legal Aid Service. The Foundation was incorporated as an Illinois not-for-profit corporation on October 10, 1975 for the following purposes:
A. To assist natural persons and community organizations to secure legal protection against injustice and to obtain due process of law and the equal protection of the laws;
B. To promote knowledge of the law and of legal process, rights and responsibilities among the poor and the public generally; and,
C. To study the use of law and legal process to combat poverty and living conditions among the poor and to provide counsel to natural persons and groups seeking these ends.
The Board consists of six attorneys and five lay members from the community. The Board meets quarterly. Members of the DCBA are invited to become active in the DCBA Legal Aid Committee which meets monthly. If you are interested in participating, please contact Legal Aid at (630) 653-6212.
To Make a monetary donation the the Legal Assistance Foundation, please click here or contact Legal Aid at the number above for more information.