County Builds Legal Help Website for Low-Income Residents

As a resource for low-income residents in Macoupin County, Ill., the Illinois Equal Justice Foundation initiated funding for a legal self-help website.

by / September 18, 2012
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Low-income residents in Macoupin County, Ill., have a new resource when they need legal help. Macoupin County and Carlinville Public Library officials announced a free, online self-help website that can be used to guide users through complicated legal situations, The State Journal-Register reported.

The service, which is available through, allows users to search for a problem like “collecting a debt or judgment in Illinois” and then choose from a list of common questions including “What is a citation to discover assets to a third party?” or “What happens when the debtor pays off the judgment?” The user is given a list of local organizations with associated contact information based on their search terms that could be helpful. The website also has non-court related legal help such as information on Social Security, Medicare and unemployment compensation.

The website's creation was funded by the Illinois Equal Justice Foundation and an appropriation from the Illinois General Assembly.