Irving H. and Jane W. Goldberg Legal Services at CJE


Irving H. and Jane W. Goldberg Legal Services at CJE offers free legal consultation, advice, referrals, and drafting legal documents for older adults and those caring for them. Our team is available for in-person, telephone, or zoom appointments to assist with civil legal matters.


Services are available to those age 60+ and residing in Illinois.

Services include:

  • Advance Care Planning
    Ask us about The Binder!
    Powers of Attorney
    Last Will and Testament
    Living Will/Medical Directive
    Landlord/tenant questions
    Mortgage guidance
    Bankruptcy information
    Community legal referrals
    Advocacy and problem solving


To schedule an appointment, contact us at or 773.508.1000.

This program is generously funded by The Albert and Lucille Delighter and Marcella Winston Foundation, Irving H. and Jane W. Goldberg Legal Services at CJE, Niles Township Government, and RRF Foundation for Aging, a national foundation dedicated to improving the quality of life of older people.


Legal Notes

Power of Attorney

The conversations to start, and the documents to have, so your healthcare wishes are honored throughout your lifetime.

How to Complete Legal Documents

People who have healthcare advance directives have better health outcomes. But deciding who should be your power of attorney can be a difficult choice. Tamara Kushnir Groman, Manager of the Irving H. and Jane W. Goldberg Legal Services at CJE, walks you through the issues to consider when choosing a power of attorney and completing the legal forms.



List of Legal Documents

 CJE Guide to Healthcare Advance Directives

CJE Guide to Healthcare Advance Directives



 Living Will Declaration

 Illinois Statutory Short Form Power of Attorney for Health Care

Learn About CJE Legal Services Leaders


Tamara Kushnir Groman, JD Senior Life Educator

Tamara Kushnir Groman, JD.,  Manager, Irving H. and Jane W. Goldberg Legal Services at CJE and Benefits Services

Tamara Kushnir Groman is a licensed attorney and has a practice background in legal services with the Legal Assistance Foundation of Metropolitan Chicago. She also worked as a judicial law clerk to the Honorable James Epstein. Tamara received her BA in Politics, Philosophy and Economics from the University of Pennsylvania and her law degree from Loyola University Chicago.


Ellen Cushing, JD., Attorney

Ellen Cushing, JD.

Ellen Cushing, JD is a licensed attorney who received her law degree from Loyola University of Chicago.  She clerked for Illinois Appellate Court Justice Mel R. Jiganti and has a practice background in civil litigation.  Ellen’s experience with social service agencies includes Board work and municipal commission appointments in the field of affordable housing and support for people experiencing homelessness.



Sam Goldstein, JD., MPA, Paralegal

Sam Goldstein

Sam Goldstein, JD, MPA, is a Paralegal with the CJE Legal Services and CJE Benefits Services Teams at CJE Senior Life.  Sam comes from Los Angeles, CA where he volunteered at Bet Tzedek Legal Services assisting clients from intake to solution of the legal matter.  Sam also was a Law Clerk at the Los Angeles County Counsel, Probate division while in law school where he gained invaluable experience in the area of probate law.  Sam received his BA in Political Science from University of California, Riverside and his law degree from Arizona Summit Law School. He obtained a Master of Public Administration from California State University, Long Beach, prior to law school.  Sam is dedicated to using his background and experience to serve older adults.


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