Links and Resources


U.S. Department of Justice

Links and Resources pertinent to the Probate Issues:

Courts and Governmental Agencies:

Clerk of the Circuit Court of Cook County, Illinois

Clerk of the Circuit Court, DuPage County, Illinois

19th Judicial Circuit Court, Lake County, Illinois

16th Judicial Circuit Court, Kane County, Illinois

Clerk of the Circuit Court, Will County, Illinois

Illinois Supreme Court

Chicago Bar Association

DuPage County Bar Association

Illinois State Bar Association

Cook County Recorder of Deeds

Cook County Vital Records


Illinois Agencies and Resources:

Illinois Department on Aging  

Illinois Department of Health and Family Services  Administrator of the Medicaid program for Cook County

Illinois Department of Public Health  Investigative body for nursing home care; regulation, licensure and inspections of nursing homes.  Hotline phone:  (800) 252-4343

Illinois Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program  Department of Illinois Department on Aging which advocates for nursing home residents.  Also investigative body for nursing home complaints.  Provides guidance and education for residents and families about residents rights and nursing home care.  Phone:  (800) 252-8966

Illinois Citizens for Better Care  Source for nursing home information and public advocacy for nursing home residents.  Phone:  (312) 663-5120


National Agencies – Elder law issues:

Department of Health and Human Services, Administration on Aging:   The federal agency dedicated to policy development and planning, and the delivery of supportive home and community-based services to seniors and caregivers.

Alzheimer’s Association  Non-profit organization, information and support services to patients and families.  Also funds research efforts to find a cure for Alzheimer’s, and provides information on caregiving.  Hotline: (800) 272-3900

Children of Aging Parents  Another non-profit organization dedicated to the provision of services to families and caregivers of seniors.  Phone:  (800) 227-7294

Medicare and Medicaid Services  – the federal agency which administers health insurance through Medicare and Medicaid.  The regulatory body for hospitals, nursing homes and home halth care agencies.  Medicare hotline:  (800) 633-4227

Center for Medicare Advocacy   A national non-profit organization dedicated to the provision of education, training, advocacy and legal assistance to Medicare beneficiaries, patients with chronic conditions, and long-term care recipients.  Phone:  (860) 456-7790

Medicare Rights Center  National non-profit organization offering assistance to seniors and people with disabilities.   Offers free educational materials on Medicare and Medicaid programs and services.  Hotline:  (800) 333-4114

Eldercare Locator  A nationwide directory assistance service, dedicated to assisting seniors and caregivers locate appropriate local support and services.  Funded by the Administration on Aging.  Toll free phone:  (800) 677-1116

National Senior Citizens Law Center   Offers assistance to legal aid offices and private lawyers working on behalf of lower-income seniors and disabled perople.  Acts as a clearinghouse for information on issues such as age discrimination, social security issues, pension plans, Medicaid, Medicare, nursing homes and protective services.

The National Consumer Voice for Quality Long-Term Care  Non-profit organization which provides information on nursing home reform.    Dedicated to improving quality standards and empowering residents.  Provides information on community-based, consumer/citizen action and long-term care ombudsmen groups.  Published information on nursing homes and long-term care provided upon request.


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