Chicago Family Law Lawyer
• During a hotly contested divorce proceeding, Richard sought and obtained three court orders holding the adverse party in contempt of court for failure to comply with financial discovery. Richard took the case to trial, and passionately and skillfully argued for his client’s position. Richard won. At the conclusion of the trial, the Judge awarded everything that the client asked for, including sole custody of the children, maintenance, child support, 75% of the proceeds of the sale of the marital home, 401k and retirement plan assets, and an additional $80,000 of the marital assets. Moreover, the Judge ruled that the adverse party was obligated to pay all of the marital debt in the amount of $160,000.
• In a post decree matter, Richard’s client, a loving dad of four grown children, was served with a Petition for college expenses in which the adverse party alleged that she was owed $400,000 for their children’s college costs and expenses. Their divorce decree stated that both parents were responsible 50/50 for college expenses. The adverse party waited to pursue this claim until after all of their children graduated from college. On behalf of his client, Richard sought and obtained from the adverse party a detailed accounting and documentation of the various colleges’ invoice statements, and the adverse party’s bank records, checks and receipts of all of the expenses that she claimed she had paid. Richard’s thorough analysis of all of the financial records revealed that, in fact, the adverse party was not even entitled to most of the expenses she claimed. For example, she attempted to get Richard’s client to reimburse her for items that she never even paid for. Moreover, she inflated the amount that she said dad owed by submitting duplicate and triplicate receipts for the same item. Through Richard’s skillful analysis and argument, the Court was convinced that his client was only responsible for a small fraction of the $400,000 in expenses that the adverse party had claimed was due from Richard’s client.
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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- Gain an understanding of his or her historical disciplinary record, if any.
- Determine the seriousness of complaints/issues which could range from late bar fees to more serious issues requiring disciplinary action.