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Julia Linares

  • Hosted by Legal Aid Chicago
  • Sponsored by State Farm
  • Service location Chicago, Illinois
  • Law school University of Chicago Law School
  • Issue area Housing/Eviction
  • Fellowship class year 2024
  • Program Design-Your-Own Fellowship

The Project

At Legal Aid Chicago, Julia (she/her/hers) will work with low-income Cook County families to avoid losing their homes when the original owner dies, and the “tangled title” makes it difficult for the heirs to maintain and preserve the property.

This project seeks to reduce the racial wealth gap through effective property transfers. For most low-income and middle-income families, the home is the largest asset. By getting heirs on title, the project protects this asset through an improved ability to negotiate mortgage modifications and access to tax savings plans and homeowner tax exemptions.

As the first lawyer in her lineage, Julia’s parents sacrificed to give her a better life than they had known. Through this Fellowship, Julia hopes to use her newfound stability to advocate for others seeking it.

Fellowship Plans

During her Fellowship, Julia will address housing title issues both proactively and reactively. She will host community clinics and presentations on low-to-no-cost estate planning mechanisms to help individuals transfer their property. For individuals who have a right to the house they live in and are not on the deed, Julia will work to get them on the deed. Once on, Julia will assist individuals with accessing programs and services that will keep the housing affordable, and ultimately, preserve their housing and wealth.

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