Joliet Estate Planning Lawyer
MARK E. HANSON: Born Joliet, Illinois, April 16, 1952; admitted to Bar 1977, Illinois and U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois. Education: University of Notre Dame (B.S., cum laude, 1974); Loyola University of Chicago, (J.D. 1977). Member: Will County and Illinois State Bar Associations; Provena St. Joseph Medical Center Foundation Board; Provena St. Joseph Medical Center Foundation Board Chair; Provena St. Joseph Medical Center Board of Directors; Provena St. Joseph Medical Center Board Chair; Provena Health Board of Directors; Provena Health Board Chair; Presence Health Board (merger of Resurrection Health Care and Provena Health in November 2011); Partnership for a Healthier Community, Will County, Executive Committee. Mr. Hanson has tried in excess of 30 jury trials. Mr. Hanson concentrates his practice in the areas of estate planning, probate, corporations, real estate, guardianships, elder law and transactional work.
How do I choose a lawyer?
Consider the following:
- Comfort Level
- - Are you comfortable telling the lawyer personal information? Does the lawyer seem interested in solving your problem?
- - How long has the lawyer been in practice? Has the lawyer worked on other cases similar to yours?
- - How are the lawyer's fees structured - hourly or flat fee? Can the lawyer estimate the cost of your case?
- - Is the lawyer's office conveniently located?
Not sure what questions to ask a lawyer?
Here are a few to get you started:
- How long have you been in practice?
- How many cases like mine have you handled?
- How often do you settle cases out of court?
- What are your fees and costs?
- What are the next steps?
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- Determine the seriousness of complaints/issues which could range from late bar fees to more serious issues requiring disciplinary action.