Naperville Divorce Lawyer
Donald M. Phelan joined the law firm of Fay, Farrow & Associates, P.C. in 2008 after 24 years as partner in the Naperville/Joliet law firm of Schenk, Duffy, McNamara, Phelan, Carey & Ford, Ltd.
Don’s legal experience gives him a multi-faceted perspective to pursue a resolution that will benefit the client. He has successfully resolved hundreds of divorces by settlements or by favorable trial decisions for custody, support and property for his clients. He understands legal problems can be stressful for the client and takes the time to explain his legal analysis and the client’s options to help reduce the level of anxiety and emotional stress commonly found when one faces divorce.
Don graduated from Northern Illinois University, College of Business, and received his Juris Doctor Degree from DePaul University College of Law. He was admitted to the Illinois State Supreme Court and the United States District Court For The Northern Illinois District Of Illinois, and is affiliated with the professional associations: DuPage, Will and Illinois State Bar Associations.
Don was born in Joliet and now resides in Naperville with his wife, Sandy where they raised their three children.
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- Comfort Level
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- - How long has the lawyer been in practice? Has the lawyer worked on other cases similar to yours?
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