|Our Current Projects|
Illinois Legal Aid Online's (ILAO) legal content, technology, outreach and multimedia teams are always working on innovative tools, resources and services. Here are some of our current programs and projects:
On January 23, 2012, ILAO and Legal Assistance Foundation (LAF) launched a free, Spanish-language, legal information website with over 200 legal resources in more than 24 areas of civil law.
AyudaLegalIL.org, which is a mirrored version of the award-winning IllinoisLegalAid.org, provides zip code-based referrals to local legal services programs across the state and free, plain language legal information and resources for common legal problems. Interactive, Spanish-language legal guides contain frequently asked questions and answers, easy-to-understand definitions, step-by-step instructions, interactive forms, and videos on specific legal issues. The website makes navigating a confusing legal system easy and free to lower-income Spanish-speakers facing legal issues like domestic violence, mortgage foreclosure, wage theft, immigration and more.
There’s an App for That … and its FREE!
In the fall of 2011, ILAO launched two free apps, available for iOS and Android devices:
COMING SOON – the “Ayuda Legal Illinois” app – a mobile app for the new Spanish-language website!
“LiveHelp” on IllinoisLegalAid.org and AyudaLegalIL.org
"LiveHelp" is an instant messaging service that allows visitors to IllinoisLegalAid.org and AyudaLegalIL.org to communicate for free with a remote operator who can help them find the resources they need to better resolve their legal issues. On IllinoisLegalAid.org, operators provide direct person-to-person help between 9 a.m. and 9 p.m., Monday through Thursday, and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday. On AyudaLegalIL.org, operators assist website users Monday and Wednesday from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m., and Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Since its launch in October 2009, volunteer operators have chatted nearly 19,730 times a year, for an average of 77 people per day who are helped through this service.
Watch our video below to learn how Beverly S. of Joliet used LiveHelp and hear what law students from the University of Chicago and DePaul have to say about volunteering. "It was just great to have a live person interacting with me immediately and being so helpful," Beverly says. "Knowing it was a live person made such a difference."