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I have been practicing in the areas of real estate and estate planning law since 1996. As a real estate attorney, I spend most of my time in client consultation, negotiations, conflict resolution and preparation of documents for closing. At closing, I review title, financing and settlement documents to assure a smooth transfer of property. As an estate planning attorney, I assist clients in determining how their assets will be distributed after death and who will have the authority to oversee their care should they become unable to manage their own affairs. In 2007, I began offering representation to clients in recovery from drug or alcohol addiction who, having lost their driving privileges in DUI cases, seek driving relief from the Illinois Secretary of State.
I believe that attorneys have an obligation to ensure that all people have access to legal representation and assistance. To that end, I establish reasonable, flat fee rates and I participate in programs to offer reduced cost or free legal assistance to those who are unable to afford representation. In May of 2011, I was honored as a Dekalb County Friend of the Court for assistance to drug/dui court clients in conjunction with the DeKalb County Public Defender's office as a part of the DeKalb County drug/dui court program. In May of 2018, The Family Defense Center presented me with an award for Outstanding Pro Bono Attorney for my work with their pro bono clients in DCFS expungement appeal matters.