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Lara Legal, LLC
from 9 reviews
  • 8 years in business
  • 4 hires on Thumbtack
Peter C.
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I recommend Lara Legal, LLC to anyone that needs a real estate attorney without reservation. They provide competent legal counseling at a fair price with a high degree of professionalism and are very responsive to your individual needs. Mark and Roland are two of the greatest attorney's in Chicago-land and I can attest to the awesome service and friendly nature. Based upon my recent real estate transaction, I would not hesitate to return to Lara Legal for my own personal future needs beyond real estate.

Sherwood Law Group
from 8 reviews
  • 8 years in business
  • 6 hires on Thumbtack
Scott G.
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I have used Jason Sherwood and Sherwood Law Group for both general litigation and real estate. Sherwood Law Group is a firm you can trust to work for you and always keep your best interests in mind.

from 7 reviews
  • 4 hires on Thumbtack
Dominique S.
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Cortne is amazing! She's very thorough and responds to all of my questions. She fast in replying to emails and writing reports. She makes the process smooth and pleasant. I recommend her to anyone buying a home and looking for a real estate attorney.

Lisa A. Copland, P.C.
from 6 reviews
  • 13 years in business
  • 12 hires on Thumbtack
Laura M.
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Ms. Copland took our intentions and formed wills for my husband and I, including several revisions. She was very patient with us, and did everything quickly and efficiently.

Law Office of Corey Rybka
from 3 reviews
    Phyllis B.
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    We appreciate that Corey went above and beyond to make sure our Real Estate transactions went smoothly. She was easy to contact and always returned our calls, emails and text messages in a timely manner. We highly recommend her and appreciate all her help.

    • 63 years in business
    • 4 hires on Thumbtack
    Robert G.
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    He is helping me with my real estate legal issues in Joliet, IL I hope to sell the house in early March. Robert Greenly


    We are a full-service estate planning law firm located in Naperville, Illinois, serving clients throughout the greater Chicagoland area. Since 1995, our firm has been dedicated to representing clients in setting up wills, trusts and powers of attorney. We also handle trust administration, probate and guardianship needs of our clients. We attribute much of our success to our understanding that we are in a service industry. Our philosophy stems from the belief that our clients deserve personal attention, ethical treatment and exceptional representation. When the time comes to make legal decisions that will affect your future, you can rely on us.


    The Law Offices of Sameer Chhabria concentrate on the practices of estate planning and related business planning. Committed to bringing clients the finest estate planning advice and documentation possible, the Law Offices of Sameer Chhabria have handled both simple and complex estate planning cases involving trusts, negotiations, business entities, charitable organizations and probate. The Law Offices of Sameer Chhabria present seminars on the topic of estate planning for the public and various private organizations. In addition to creating new estate plans, the Law Offices of Sameer Chhabria can review and modify existing estate planning documents.


    We are a probate, estate and small business law firm. We can help businesses with all their legal needs. It is important to be in good standing in order to grow your business.


    Our firm is dedicated to providing you with quality estate planning resources, so you can become familiar with all of the existing options. When you visit or call our office, we want you to feel comfortable discussing such an important issue concerning both you and your family. We want to arm you with the information you need to make an informed decision about your family's future. If you have a well-drafted estate plan in place, you'll ensure that your estate passes to whom you want and when you want, and is carried out in the manner you've chosen.

    • 81 years in business

    To help people build strong financial futures through comprehensive planning based on individual needs is what I do. It is my priority to offer clear and customized strategies to help attain my clients goals. My services include investment planning, retirement planning, 401(k) rollovers, education funds, life insurance, long-term care insurance, and basic estate planning.


    While nobody wants to think about death or incapacity, establishing an estate plan is one of the most important steps that you can take to protect your children and loved ones in the event that the unthinkable happens. In fact, taking steps now is the best investment and gift you can make to the ones who matter most. Proper estate planning not only puts you in charge of your finances, it will also spare your loved ones the expense, delay and frustration associated with managing your affairs upon your death. More importantly, estate planning enables you to ensure that your spouse, children and loved ones will be provided for and protected no matter what life may bring.


    I focus on getting the job done correctly and timely.


    Family Plan: $39.90/month ($19.95 LegalShield + $19.95 IDShield) Individual Plan: $27.90/month ($17.95 LegalShield + $9.95 IDShield) One Time $10 Enrollment


    We do real estate sales, leasing and handle purchases, and sales as real estate attorneys. We do it all, and we have over 15 years of sales and closings experience.


    Our offices provides personalized in depth attention with a "hands-on" approach both during and after the process is completed. This attention to detail, combined with the professionalism of the practice, result in a high level of customer satisfaction, especially considering the speed and frequency of returning customer requests.


    William H. Metz & Associates, Inc. is a firm that exclusively provides real estate valuation and consulting services. Our goal is to provide professional, prompt, and quality services to our clientèle. Our firm was established in 1972 and has a wide range of clients, including banks, savings and loans, individuals, attorneys, relocation/transfer companies, mortgage companies, insurance companies, and governmental agencies. We primarily cover a territory which includes Cook, Will, and DuPage counties, south to Kankakee, and east into Lake and Porter counties in Indiana. William H. Metz & Associates, Inc. has an experienced staff that includes appraisers who are designated with the Appraisal Institute, appraisers who are State of Illinois and/or State of Indiana general certified or State of Illinois and or State of Indiana residential certified. All of our appraisers meet continuing education requirements, all have testified in court, and all are experienced as expert witnesses in litigation relating to condemnation, zoning, tax appeals, estates, and divorce.


    I specialize in real estate law, including: - Residential - Commercial - Real estate closings - Landlord tenant disputes - Landlord 5-day notice - Eviction - Foreclosure defense - RESPA demand letters - Loan modifications - Short sales I service the DuPage County area.


    We are the only lawyers in the Southwest Suburbs who bring this depth and breadth of experience to our work in business, litigation, real estate, bankruptcy, and divorce.


    At Ferris, Thompson & Zweig, Ltd., we are dedicated to assisting clients with their legal needs relating to estate planning, probate, estate administration, distribution of assets, wills, trusts and other complex areas of the law.

    • 2 years in business

    Chicago Real Estate Law Firm has a team of expert real estate attorneys who can help you solve any legal issue related to real estate contracts, rental and purchase agreements, land development contracts, short sales, and more. Whether you’re a new homeowner or a seasoned real estate investor, we will make sure your rights are being protected, and we will do everything we can to make sure you are treated fairly. Our attorneys will fight for you regardless of your situation, and we will come up with a solution that is specific to your set of circumstances. When you work with us, you can have the peace of mind in knowing that you have the right person by your side. Our Chicago real estate lawyer will fight for you regardless of your situation, and we will come up with a solution that is specific to your set of circumstances. When you work with us, you can have the peace of mind in knowing that you have the right person by your side.

    Q & A

    Answers to commonly asked questions from the experts on Thumbtack.

    What kind of lawyer does wills?

    No one likes talking about death, but it’s better than leaving your children or siblings to sort out your estate. A clearly planned will can make the time of mourning easier for everyone. An estate attorney will develop a legal will, create trusts on your behalf, and ensure the proper execution of your estate after you pass away.  

    Family attorneys and estate attorneys, also called probate and wills attorneys, can each prepare wills. The type of lawyer best suited to prepare your will depends on your situation. Most family attorneys provide services to prepare basic wills, including bequeathing property and personal items to family or naming a guardian for minor children. However, estate attorneys specialize in preparing wills in more complex situations. Consider hiring an estate attorney if you:

    • Have a large number of assets, especially those subject to estate taxes
    • Want to create a trust, such as allowing a spouse to live in your home until he or she dies and then leaving it to your children, or set up long-term care for a beneficiary
    • Have an ownership stake in a business
    • Expect someone to contest your will
    • Want to disinherit your spouse

    How much does it cost to have a living will?

    Either a family attorney or an estate, or wills, attorney can help you prepare a living will, either as part of your general estate planning or as an individual document. The cost typically ranges from $250 to $500, depending on your attorney’s fees; some charge by the hour, while others have a flat rate for writing a living will. Some states require living wills to be notarized, which adds an average of $5 to $15. In a living will — also called an advanced healthcare directive — you specify whether you want to be kept on life support if you become terminally ill or lapse into a persistent vegetative state. You can also answer other important questions in a living will like your preferences for tube feeding, artificial hydration and pain medication in situations when you cannot communicate your wishes on your own.

    How do you find a good lawyer for wills?

    Estate planning is an important part of financial planning, so it’s important to find the right attorney to prepare your will. Although most family attorneys can put together a basic will, you may want one who specializes in wills and estate planning, especially if you have a lot of assets or a dependent to take care of. You may need an attorney who has expertise in planning and executing trusts and a background in taxes. Ask how the attorney charges; some charge by the hour, others have a set fee for writing wills, and some charge a percentage of the total value of the estate. Make a list of several potential wills attorneys to interview. Make sure you make a strong personal connection with your attorney — you need to be comfortable telling him or her personal, confidential information about your life, and you need to feel that the attorney is committed to solving any problems that may arise while writing your will. Also find out how long the attorney has practiced estate law and whether he or she has handled wills similar to yours.

    How much should an estate plan cost?

    The cost of an estate plan depends largely on the number of parts it includes and the complexity of the documents. The most basic estate plan is simply a will, but it may also include designating power of attorney or a health care proxy to another person, writing a living will, or making a HIPAA authorization. The average national cost to make an estate plan ranges from $350 to $900, but can cost much more in complicated situations. For example, an estate attorney may charge only $900 to prepare a basic will providing outright distribution — meaning that property and assets are distributed upon death. Writing a more complicated will and holding assets in trusts can cost $3,000, or more. The process of creating an estate plan generally takes two to four weeks, starting with the initial consultation with the wills attorney to identify areas of concern in order to design an estate plan that fits your goals and budget. Once an estate plan is written, the attorney meets with the clients, a notary, and two neutral witnesses to review and sign the plan and associated documents.

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