Free legal advice available Saturday

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As consumer and employment complaints relating to COVID-19 surge in Chicago, attorneys with the Chicago Bar Association’s Call-A-Lawyer Program will be taking calls from the public and offering legal advice Saturday, April 18 from 9 a.m. to noon.

Calls will be accepted at (312) 554-2001 for the Call-A-Lawyer program, which enables citizens to explain their situation to an attorney who will then suggest self-help strategies or provide advice to help resolve their issues.

If callers need further legal services or have questions beyond the scope of the attorney’s practice area, they will be advised to contact the CBA Lawyer Referral Service during the week for a referral to an attorney in the appropriate area of law.

There is no charge to the public for the initial call, and in response to the COVID public health crisis, the bar association is waiving for the month of April the $30 administrative fee it charges if a consumer later meets with the attorney for a consultation.

The bar association’s lawyer referral service has more than 200 pre-screened, qualified lawyers experienced in almost every area of law who offer their services to the public. 

When contacting the lawyer referral service during normal business hours Monday through Friday, callers can be referred to attorneys practicing in numerous areas of law, including:

— Employment law, including wrongful termination, harassment and discrimination.

— Estate planning, including will and trust drafting, probate and will contest.

— Domestic relations, including divorce, custody, support and other family law matters.

— Personal injury, including auto accidents, slip and falls, products liability, wrongful death, malpractice and other types of injury cases.

— Real estate, including buying or selling real estate, foreclosure defense and landlord/tenant issues.

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