Barrington, Illinois Real Estate Lawyers

Brent Glenn
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Barrington, IL Real Estate Law Attorney with 18 years experience
(224) 443-0220 111 North Avenue
Suite 202
Barrington, IL 60010
Real Estate, Estate Planning and Probate
University of Chicago
Brent Glenn graduated from The University of Chicago Law School in 2000. He began his career at top law firms in Chicago and Washington, D.C. including Winston & Strawn and Sheppard Mullin. At that time, he concentrated his legal career on commercial real estate matters including real estate finance of both borrowers and lenders, commercial real estate sales, purchases and leases. In addition, he provided real estate support in corporate transactions valued at more than a billion dollars.

In 2017, Brent opened his own practice in Barrington, Illinois. In addition to commercial real estate, his practice now includes a...
Andrew Joseph Kelleher Jr
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North Barrington, IL Real Estate Law Attorney
(847) 382-9130 102 S. Wynstone Park Drive
North Barrington, IL 60010
Real Estate, Business, Estate Planning and Tax
Barrington, IL Real Estate Law Attorney
(847) 620-5013 145 W Main St
Barrington, IL 60010
Real Estate and Estate Planning
Barrington, IL Real Estate Law Lawyer
(847) 381-8700 224 W Main St
Barrington, IL 60010
Real Estate, Business, Divorce and Estate Planning
Barrington, IL Real Estate Law Lawyer with 39 years experience
(847) 382-7286 202 S Cook St
Barrington, IL 60010
Real Estate and Estate Planning
Barrington, IL Real Estate Law Lawyer
(847) 381-3550 217 S Northwest Hwy
Barrington, IL 60010
Real Estate and Estate Planning
Katrine Fleishman
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Libertyville, IL Real Estate Law Attorney with 6 years experience
(847) 549-0000 1512 Artaius Pkwy
Ste. 300
Libertyville, IL 60048
Real Estate and Estate Planning
Georgetown University Law Center
Katrine R. Fleishman’s (née Lazar) practice is focused in the areas of real estate and estate planning, including trusts, wills, and powers of attorney for health care and property. Katrine helps her clients – whether they are first time homebuyers, experienced investors or anyone in between – navigate the closing process, successfully closing hundreds of real estate transactions. She works with her estate planning clients, tailoring a plan for their future that fits their individual needs.

Katrine has been with Newland and Newland, LLP since 2015. Before joining Newland & Newland, LLP, she was an associate at a Chicagoland firm where...
Benedict Schwarz II
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West Dundee, IL Real Estate Law Lawyer with 48 years experience
(847) 428-7725 303 W. Main Street
West Dundee, IL 60118
Real Estate, Divorce, Estate Planning and Family
The John Marshall Law School
Benedict Schwarz, II has limited his practice to matrimonial and family law for over 40 years. He is a past director of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (AAML) and is also a trained divorce mediator; Mr. Schwarz has taught numerous 40-hour divorce mediation training and conflict resolution seminars and has also co-authored chapters on the subject in the Illinois Institute of Continuing Legal Education publications.

In 1992, Mr. Schwarz was appointed by the Illinois Supreme Court as a Commissioner of the Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Commission (ARDC). In 2001, Mr. Schwarz was appointed the Chairperson of the Commission from January...
Moe Ahmad
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(312) 702-0878 121 South Wilke Road
Suite 301
Arlington Heights, IL 60005
Free ConsultationArlington Heights, IL Real Estate Law Attorney with 10 years experience
Real Estate, Criminal, DUI and Traffic Tickets
Western Michigan University Cooley Law School
Attorney Mohammad (Moe) Ahmad attended Western Michigan University Cooley Law School where he earned a juris doctorate degree with a concentration in litigation. Moe is a former prosecutor of the CCSAO. With a decade of experience as an attorney, Moe has extensive experience in both DUI and criminal law. He tried thousands of criminal, traffic and DUI cases. Now in private practice, Moe continues to maintain a reputation for being well-skilled, fair and honest.

Moe’s primary practice areas consist of criminal law, DUI and traffic cases. His philosophy regarding the practice of law is not only to be his clients’...
Angel M. Traub
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Arlington Heights, IL Real Estate Law Attorney with 18 years experience
(847) 749-4182 1114 N. Arlington Heights Rd.
Suite 202
Arlington Heights, IL 60004
Real Estate, Arbitration & Mediation, Divorce and Estate Planning
John Marshall Law School, Chicago, IL
Angel M. Traub is a civil litigation attorney & principal owner of A. Traub & Assoc.. She graduated in 98 from NIU with her B.A. & was awarded the Outstanding Woman Student Award & Outstanding Communication Major Award in 98. Angel graduated from The John Marshall Law School with a J.D. In 01 where She was selected as a John Marshall Distinguished Scholar & was a member of the Order of John Marshall, Honorary Scholarship Society. She was admitted to practice in the State of Illinois & the Northern District of Illinois in 2001. Angel is trained & certified...
Michael Otte
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Schaumburg, IL Real Estate Law Attorney with 10 years experience
(773) 631-7100 1901 N. Roselle Rd.
#210
Schaumburg, IL 60195
Real Estate, Elder, Estate Planning and Probate
Loyola University Chicago School of Law
Michael A. Otte concentrates his practice on estate planning, trust administration, and contested and litigated estates and trusts. Additionally, Michael's particular area of focus is in elder law matters, including Medicaid planning, Medicaid appeals, guardianship, contested guardianships, nursing home contract review, general elder law matters requiring litigation or other court involvement, and other issues affecting the legal needs of older people. Michael has given dozens of both public and private seminars on his areas of experience in order to educate the public and fellow attorneys on important estate planning and elder law concepts. Michael is a member of the Chicago...
Carol Cadiz
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Schaumburg, IL Real Estate Law Lawyer with 22 years experience
(630) 250-8809 1821 Walden Office
Suite 400-A
Schaumburg, IL 60173
Free ConsultationReal Estate, Arbitration & Mediation and Personal Injury
DePaul College of Law
Local, easy to work with attorney helping people in the areas of personal injury, real estate closings and mediation. An informed client is a happy client, so we provide free written materials. Services available by me in Spanish also. Offices in Itasca (DuPage County) and Schaumburg (Cook County)
Izabela Czajkowska
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Schaumburg, IL Real Estate Law Attorney with 12 years experience
(773) 631-7100 1901 N. Roselle Rd.
#210
Schaumburg, IL 60195
Real Estate, Estate Planning and Probate
Chicago-Kent College of Law, Illinois Institute of Technology
Izabela concentrates her practice in estate and trust planning, probate, and estate and trust administration and litigation. Izabela also assists clients in planning for disability and special needs. Izabela also handles guardianship proceedings and serves as a volunteer Guardian Ad Litem for the Cook County Circuit Court. Additionally, Izabela has experience with domestic and international income tax and business planning, and corporate and individual tax controversies. She also advises clients on business succession matters, wealth transfer and preservation, and corporate, partnership and limited liability company transactions, including drafting various business arrangements and agreements. Izabela was named as an Illinois Super...
Mildred Palmer
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Rolling Meadows, IL Real Estate Law Lawyer
(847) 253-8800 3701 Algonquin Road
Suite 300
Rolling Meadows, IL 60008
Real Estate, Business, Elder and Landlord Tenant
University of Florida
Mildred ("Millie") V. Palmer graduated Cum Laude from University of Flordia's College of Law in 1990 with a concentration in taxation and estate planning. After graduation she went to work for Ernst and Young as a tax attorney in the Special Services Group while taking LLM classes at Chicago Kent. In 1992 she moved from Ernst and Young to Gardner Carton and Douglas where she practiced tax law. As a tax attorney attached to a large firm, Millie saw a wide variety of work in the area of taxation, charitable giving, corporate work and estate planning. During this time, she...
Robert M Kaplan
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Schaumburg, IL Real Estate Law Attorney with 32 years experience
(847) 845-9477 1535 W Schaumburg Rd, Ste 204
Schaumburg, IL 60194
Real Estate, Bankruptcy, Divorce and Family
University of Florida
Attorney Robert M. Kaplan has been practicing law for more than 20 years. He is dedicated to assisting clients with family law, real estate law, bankruptcy law, estate planning and probate matters. After receiving a degree in law from The University of Florida College of Law in Gainesville, and working as a Public Defender in Miami, FL, Attorney Kaplan made the move to Illinois to start his own practice in 1991.
Justin Mark Hastings
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West Dundee, IL Real Estate Law Attorney with 2 years experience
(847) 844-0698 526 Market Loop, Ste D
West Dundee, IL 60118
Free ConsultationReal Estate, Divorce, Family and Foreclosure Defense
Northern Illinois University
While working full time, and raising his two children, Justin started college in pursuit of becoming an attorney. His dream has been brought to fruition as he is ready and able to tirelessly represent his clients. He considers his role as an attorney to not only be an advocate for his clients, but also for the community. Justin brings passion and strong ethical fortitude to the practice of law. When not practicing law, Justin enjoys spending time coaching youth football and baseball.

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Northern Illinois University College of Law, J.D. & Certificate in Civil Advocacy, 2016

DePaul University, B.A. Philosophy &...
Brian M. Radke
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Libertyville, IL Real Estate Law Lawyer with 9 years experience
1641 N. Milwaukee Ave, Suite 12
Libertyville, IL 60048
Real Estate, Divorce, Family and Personal Injury
The John Marshall Law School
Miriam Cooper
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Rolling Meadows, IL Real Estate Law Lawyer with 31 years experience
(847) 995-8800 3601 Algonquin Road
Suite 610
Rolling Meadows, IL 60008
Real Estate, Divorce and Family
The John Marshall Law School
Miriam E. Cooper is the founder of the Law Office of Miriam Cooper & Associates, LLC, a law firm based in Rolling Meadows, Illinois. Ms. Cooper provides legal services throughout the Greater Chicagoland area. Her primary focus is family law, including divorce, child support and allocation of decision-making and parenting time, spousal support, and post-decree modifications. She also provides real estate services complementary to her practice. Ms. Cooper graduated from The John Marshall Law School and has been practicing family law in Illinois for nearly 30 years. She is an advocate for children’s best interests and serves as a certified...
Connie J. Butcher
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Schaumburg, IL Real Estate Law Lawyer with 33 years experience
(847) 995-9999 1515 E. Woodfield Road
Suite 640
Schaumburg, IL 60173
Real Estate, Divorce, Family and Probate
The John Marshall Law School
Connie J. Butcher is a new member of the Anderson & Associates family, and she looks forward to bringing her 30 years of experience in multiple areas of practice to an already very proficient law firm. Her past experience includes being a Partner in a small, two-lawyer firm from 1993 to December 2017 which concentrated in general litigation.

Connie has always focused on what is best for the client in all areas of practice. She agrees with the thoughts of Judge Roti from the Rolling Meadows Judicial Circuit Court of Cook County: "A bad settlement is always better than a good...
Stephen S. Newland
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Libertyville, IL Real Estate Law Lawyer with 28 years experience
(847) 549-0000 1512 Artaius Pkwy. Ste. 300
Libertyville, IL 60048
Free ConsultationReal Estate, Bankruptcy, Estate Planning and Foreclosure Defense
DePaul College of Law
Susan Dawson
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Rolling Meadows, IL Real Estate Law Lawyer with 18 years experience
(847) 253-8800 3701 Algonquin Road
Suite 300
Rolling Meadows, IL 60008
Real Estate, Business and Employment
Loyola University Chicago School of Law
Susan L. Dawson earned her juris doctorate at the Loyola University Chicago School of Law in 2000 with a concentration in corporate/business law and taxation. Licensed in Illinois since 2000, Susan has spent her entire career representing businesses, business owners, entrepreneurs and employees. She has a wide range of experience working with clients on local, national and international levels. Susan delivers a commitment to service which surpasses client's expectations, promptly meeting tight deadlines and quickly responding to pressing matters as they arise. Susan is equally involved in the community, dedicating significant time and effort to supporting numerous not-for profit...
Austin Scott Davies
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West Dundee, IL Real Estate Law Lawyer with 2 years experience
(847) 844-0698 526 Market Loop, Suite D
West Dundee, IL 60118
Real Estate, DUI, Family and Traffic Tickets
Northern Illinois University
Choosing an attorney can be a life changing experience. Rather than just being in the business of building a case, at Castlebrook Law, we are also committed to the business of building relationships. Each of our attorneys will work alongside you with integrity, communication, and expertise.
Bradley L. Schencker
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Buffalo Grove, IL Real Estate Law Lawyer with 11 years experience
(847) 686-3626 400 West Dundee Road
Suite 6
Buffalo Grove, IL 60089
Free ConsultationReal Estate, Divorce and Estate Planning
The John Marshall Law School
Eric T. Perry
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Arlington Heights, IL Real Estate Law Attorney
(847) 465-0007 725 E. Dundee Road - Suite 204
Arlington Heights, IL 60004
Free ConsultationReal Estate, Bankruptcy, Criminal and Traffic Tickets
Brian J Tharp
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Arlington Heights, IL Real Estate Law Lawyer with 13 years experience
(847) 787-7000 102 N. Evergreen
Suite 220
Arlington Heights, IL 60004
Free ConsultationReal Estate and Estate Planning
Loyola University Chicago
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Brian J. Tharp is the founding partner of Tharp & Associates, Ltd. Brian is a graduate of St. Olaf College, where he obtained a Bachelor of Arts Degree in History and a concentration in Asian Studies. Brian attended law school at Loyola University Chicago School of Law, where he received a Juris Doctor Degree. In 2006 Brian began practicing as the Law Offices of Brian J. Tharp in the Chicago Loop. In 2010, Brian merged his practice with the Law Offices of Michael Gunderson, to form Gunderson & Tharp. In 2014 Brian moved his practice to Arlington Heights and...
Marc Blumenthal
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Buffalo Grove, IL Real Estate Law Lawyer with 43 years experience
(847) 808-7090 355 W Dundee Rd
Buffalo Grove, IL 60089
Real Estate, Business and Estate Planning
Philip Prorok
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Rolling Meadows, IL Real Estate Law Lawyer with 8 years experience
(847) 253-8800 3701 Algonquin Road
Suite 390
Rolling Meadows, IL 60008
Real Estate, Business, Employment and Landlord Tenant
Chicago-Kent College of Law, Illinois Institute of Technology
Philip A. Prorok earned his Juris Doctorate from Chicago-Kent College of Law in 2010, with a Certificate in Intellectual Property Law. Philip previously worked as a law clerk for Waltz, Palmer & Dawson, learning the ins and outs of WPD’s various practice areas. He spent last summer working in the Cook County Assessor’s Office, dealing with property tax assessment matters and other issues affecting the running of that governmental office. Philip graduated from the University of Notre Dame in 2007, with a Bachelor of Science in Aerospace Engineering. He has passed the United States Patent and Trademark Registration Examination and is...
Thomas Radek
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cary, IL Real Estate Law Attorney with 29 years experience
(847) 969-0096 200 w main
cary, IL 60013
Real Estate and Estate Planning
The John Marshall Law School
Practice consists of residential and commercial real estate, wills and trusts.
Roger William Stelk
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Arlington Heights, IL Real Estate Law Lawyer with 32 years experience
(847) 506-7330 1500 W Shure Dr
Arlington Heights, IL 60004
Real Estate, Business, Divorce and Family
Kenneth E. Kaiser
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Palatine, IL Real Estate Law Attorney with 41 years experience
(847) 991-6675 502 N Plum Grove Rd
Ste D
Palatine, IL 60067
Real Estate, Bankruptcy, Business and Foreclosure Defense
The John Marshall Law School
Roxanna Hipple
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West Dundee, IL Real Estate Law Lawyer with 26 years experience
(847) 426-2900 303 W Main St
West Dundee, IL 60118
Real Estate, Bankruptcy and Estate Planning
DePaul College of Law
Donald A Hitzel Jr
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schaumburg, IL Real Estate Law Lawyer with 34 years experience
(847) 843-0307 1700 peach lane
schaumburg, IL 60194
Real Estate and Estate Planning
Mrs. Ana M. Mencini
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Itasca, IL Real Estate Law Lawyer with 18 years experience
(630) 875-1700 550 E. Devon Avenue
Suite 160
Itasca, IL 60143
Real Estate, Criminal, DUI and Immigration
Chicago-Kent College of Law, Illinois Institute of Technology
Attorney Ana Mendez Mencini is an experienced and knowledgeable immigration attorney with a history of strong advocacy in service to her clients. Herself the daughter of a Colombian immigrant, Ms. Mencini understands the many challenges immigrants face while dealing with immigration matters. She has the knowledge and experience needed to guide clients through the often-difficult immigration process.

Ms. Mencini began her legal career working for the legal content provider, Lexis-Nexis. She then joined the firm of A. Traub & Cadiz where, as a staff attorney, she worked on family law, bankruptcy, landlord-tenant, and real estate cases. At the same time, she...
Lauren Jackson
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Elgin, IL Real Estate Law Lawyer with 16 years experience
(847) 714-2866 2001 Larkin Ave. Suite 202
Elgin, IL 60123
Free ConsultationReal Estate, Estate Planning and Probate
Northern Illinois University
Lauren Jackson focuses her practice primarily in the areas of real estate and estate planning, although her background includes probate, contracts, corporate formation and business succession planning. Lauren’s unintimidating, caring approach has garnered her a respectable reputation all over Northern Illinois. With her dedication for efficient cost effective services, you will learn that with Lauren on your side you have a reachable attorney with your best intentions in mind. Lauren prides herself on quality work over quantity and it has proved she is a success based on past customer positive reviews. Lauren eagerly represents...
Misty J. Cygan
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(800) 825-9260 15 N Northwest Hwy
Park Ridge, IL 60068
Park Ridge, IL Real Estate Law Lawyer with 12 years experience
Real Estate, Business, Employment and Foreclosure Defense
Shepard Broad Law Center, Nova Southeastern University
Misty has worked hard to become an attorney, which was her dream. She earned her two undergraduate degrees while being on active duty in the United States Air Force. She graduated summa cum laude from North Carolina Wesleyan College with dual degrees. During her four years in the military, Misty was responsible for producing a weekly flying and aircraft maintenance schedule for a fleet of 24 F-15 fighter jets. Misty also provided support for Operation Noble Eagle in response to the 9/11 attacks.

At the core of Misty’s practice is her love of the law and her desire to help people....
William F Bochte
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St. Charles, IL Real Estate Law Lawyer with 50 years experience
(630) 377-7770 2580 Foxfield Road
Suite 200
St. Charles, IL 60174
Free ConsultationReal Estate, Divorce, Family and Personal Injury
The John Marshall Law School
William ("Bill") F. Bochte is a graduate of Fenwick High School, obtained his Bachelor of Arts degree from Saint Mary's University (formerly Saint Mary's College) in Winona, Minnesota in 1965. Bill went on to receive his Juris Doctor degree from The John Marshall Law School in 1969 and has been in the private practice of law serving his client's needs ever since. Mr. Bochte practiced in the city of Chicago for approximately 10 years before relocating to Kane County and the Fox Valley area. Mr. Bochte has received a United States of America Presidential Commendation in "recognition of exceptional...
James G Militello III
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Woodstock, IL Real Estate Law Attorney with 27 years experience
(815) 338-2040 747 S. Eastwood Drive
Woodstock, IL 60098
Free ConsultationReal Estate, Business, Estate Planning and Landlord Tenant
The John Marshall Law School
Attorney Militello is the Managing Parter at Prime Law Group, LLC. Prime Law Group is truly a team of lawyers and staff. Our collaborative approach often takes the form of cooperation to share past experiences and develop creative approaches to new issues. This team approach has the additional advantage that if a new issue suddenly arises or an existing project becomes a top client priority, we can quickly assign additional lawyers who will already have the background necessary to tackle the problem at full speed.
Karrsten Goettel
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South Elgin, IL Real Estate Law Attorney with 22 years experience
(847) 695-2000 2000 McDonald Road
Suite 200
South Elgin, IL 60177
Real Estate and Estate Planning
Loyola University Chicago
Karrsten Goettel concentrates his practice in the areas of commercial and residential real estate, real estate development, leasing, zoning and land use, business, merger and acquisition transactions (sales and purchases of assets and/or stock), corporate and business law and estate planning and administration. He has practiced among our firm's attorneys since 1997 and as a partner since 2002.

Mr. Goettel currently serves on the Board of Commissioners of the St. Charles Park District (where he is President), as a member of the St. Charles Housing Commission and as a Board Member of the Celtic Sports Foundation. From 2000 to 2002, he...
Vicki Hathaway Gonzalez
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(800) 825-9260 15 N Northwest Hwy
Park Ridge, IL 60068
Park Ridge, IL Real Estate Law Attorney with 27 years experience
Real Estate, Business, Foreclosure Defense and Municipal
The John Marshall Law School
Vicki Hathaway Gonzalez is an experienced facilitator of real estate transactions. Vicki is known for her style of representation that insists that her clients are fully informed of their rights and obligations under their real estate contract, as well as the real consequences of their decisions regarding those rights and obligations.

Vicki's interest in real estate started long before her graduation from John Marshall Law School in 1992. She started investing in real estate in the 1970's, then became a licensed real estate agent, and also taught real estate licensing for the Century 21 Real Estate Academy. As an attorney, she...
Aaron J. Lytle
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South Elgin, IL Real Estate Law Lawyer with 20 years experience
(847) 695-2400 2000 McDonald Road
Suite 200
South Elgin, IL 60142
Real Estate, Estate Planning and Probate
University of Akron
Aaron J. Lytle is one of the firm's suburban Chicago attorneys who practices in several key areas: estate planning and wealth protection, wills and trusts, probate administration, trust administration, business planning, taxation, real estate and special needs planning for children with disabilities. Mr. Lytle has spent several years working in the business sector on corporate issues relating to succession planning, valuation, acquisitions and generating capital. Before joining AHR, he worked for companies such as American Express and Bank One (now JP Morgan Chase).

Mr. Lytle also previously served on the Board of Trustees for DayOne Reliance, Inc., a not-for-profit organization that...
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Real estate refers to land, as well as anything permanently attached to the land, such as buildings and other structures, and covers more than just the drafting of contracts for the purchase and sale of property. Both federal and state laws regulate real estate transactions. The Federal Fair Housing Act, for example, prohibits discrimination in real estate transactions on account of race, color, religion, sex, or national origin. Many states have enacted similar legislation that prohibits discrimination on the basis of certain characteristics.

Attorneys in this field may handle leasing issues, landlord-tenant disputes, eviction proceedings and homeowner association (HOA) problems. Other matters within this practice area include title disputes, mortgages, covenants, easements, and equitable servitudes. Many real estate issues can affect both commercial and individual renters and landlords. Real estate lawyers who represent commercial interests may also focus on land use, zoning, environmental law, or eminent domain issues.

Some states provide a certification for lawyers who have demonstrated experience and competency in the practice of real estate law. These attorneys must meet certain educational, experience, and examination requirements to receive the certification as a specialist.


Deed: The legal document that transfers the ownership of real property from one party to another.

Mortgage: A mortgage is a document signed by a borrower when a loan is made that gives the lender a right to take possession of the property if the borrower fails to repay the loan.