Q: Where are you located?
A: My office is located at 9959 S. Roberts Road in Palos Hills, IL.
Q: I'm looking to buy (or sell) a house. Do I need an attorney?
A: It is strongly recommended that you retain an attorney as real estate transactions can get very complicated and very stressful. Aspects such as attorney review, inspections, negotiations during the attorney review period, working with a lender and working through the various closing documents can be overwhelming and confusing. With my experience in real estate transactions, I would be glad to help you whether you are buying or selling.
Q: I think I need an attorney but my schedule makes it very difficult for me to make an appointment at your office. What can I do?
A: I realize that lives can get hectic and it isn't always feasible or convenient for someone to take time out of a busy schedule to come to the office. Keeping this in mind, I am more than willing to come to you at work, home or any other place that would be convenient for you.
Q: I got a DUI. What should I do?
A: Give me a call. The consequences of a DUI conviction are severe in Illinois. Along with the repercussions of a DUI conviction in court, there is also the statutory summary suspension issued by the Secretary of State. If you receive a conviction, your license will be revoked and you can be assessed stiff fines, probation and even jail time in some instances. However, I will scrutinize your case starting from the initial stop and going through the point of your release from the station. Sometimes the police make mistakes or breath testing equipment malfunctions. Court supervision is also an option for first time offenders. If successfully completed, you do not receive a conviction on your record. Of course, ever case is heavily scrutinized and all options are discussed with the client.
Q: Do I need a will?
A: This is a bit of a loaded question. I believe that everyone should have estate planning of some kind. A will is not the beginning and end of estate planning. Certainly a will is beneficial in helping make sure that your designated beneficiaries receive the assets you wish for them to receive. However, there are also alternatives that avoid probate like life insurance and trusts. It is often beneficial to keep assets out of the probate process. Estate taxes on both the state and federal level also need to be taken into account. There are also options like powers of attorney for property and/or healthcare and living wills. In short, a will is a great estate planning tool but it is not the only tool available. I would be happy to sit down with you and discuss all the tools available to you during the estate planning process.