There are more changes now in motion in Illinois meant to help the do-it-yourselfer navigate the legal system. The Illinois Supreme Court recently loosened the noose around judges, allowing them to offer guidance as to where pro se' litigants can go to find the proper place to research the law without fear of being in violation of ethics laws. Now, lawyers have more leverage to offer their services at different levels.
One lawyer is advertising his services as "unbundled," meaning he can be brought in by a pro se' litigant to help out in some of the tougher to understand areas, without being obligated to see the case through, according to Land of Lincoln Attorney Joan Spiegel.
She says this is just the latest step in trying to ease the legal burden on the public. Spiegel reminds there is legal assistance available in Madison County through the Third Judicial Circuit Pro Bono Committee and its Legal Advice Clinic.