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Prairie State Legal Services

What We Do

We provide legal assistance in civil cases.

We provide assistance in areas of law affecting basic human needs.

Prairie State focuses its resources on legal problems that help clients secure and protect their basic needs. Due to high demand for our services, our staff is only able to provide representation in certain areas of civil law. The following are examples of the kinds of cases that we may be able to help with:

Public Benefits (Needs-based government assistance)

  • Loss or denial of SSI, TANF, Veterans Benefits, SNAP (food stamps)


Family Law:

  • Protection from abuse or exploitation for persons facing domestic violence, elderly, children and persons w/disabilities
  • Divorce and related relief for persons facing domestic violence

Housing Law:

  • Evictions and lock-outs
  • Foreclosure defense
  • Loss or denial of subsidized housing benefits
  • Loss or denial of essential public utilities
  • Substandard housing conditions cases that cannot be addressed by other agencies


Health Care:

  • Loss or denial of medical or nursing home care
  • Loss or denial of medical benefits (Medicaid, Medicare)
  • Guardianships and Powers of Attorney
  • Other income benefits where alternative representation is unavailable:
  • Loss or denial of unemployment insurance
  • Social Security Disability benefits


Tax Law

  • Disputes or audits with the IRS
  • Appeals and cases in court
  • Protection from Collection
  • Innocent Spouse Relief
  • Tax-related Identity Theft
  • State tax issues (if a related federal tax issue)
  • Education Issues

We only provide limited services, typically telephone advice, for many areas of law, including:

Family Law

  • Custody and visitation cases
  • Child support
  • Divorce where there is no domestic violence
  • Consumer Law
  • Debt collection
  • Bankruptcy
  • Repossession
  • Consumer fraud
  • Employment Issues


We do not handle:

  • Criminal
  • Immigration
  • Personal injury
  • Malpractice
  • Workers’ Compensation
  • Traffic violations
  • Probate

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