A “guardian” is someone who is chosen or appointed to make legal decisions for someone who is not able to make those decisions on their own. Guardianship is often over a child or an individual who has become incapacitated through age or disability.
JEP lawyers working on Guardianships provide services that may include:
Inheritance received by a minor
Guardianship due to lack of mental capacity
Phillip M. Rutherford
Rutherford Law P.C.
Serves in Cook County
Phillip M. Rutherford is a passionate youth and family advocate. Before becoming an attorney, Phillip helped students and families plan for all forms of education beyond high school. In law school, Phillip focused on the intricacies of family law including special topics in children and the law, domestic and intimate partner violence, the legal needs of LGBTQ+, and alternative legal practices such as mediation and restorative justice. Phillip founded Rutherford Law P.C. to provide Chicagoland families access to affordable legal services that are responsive to their needs and sensitive to their budgets. His practice includes all areas of family law, adoption, DCFS, and school discipline matters. Phillip earned his Bachelors of Arts from the University of Michigan and his Juris Doctor from the Chicago-Kent College of Law. He is licensed to practice law in Illinois and is a member of the Chicago Bar Association, Illinois State Bar Association, and Lesbian and Gay Bar Association of Chicago.
Phillip can be reached at (312) 878-7867 or firstname.lastname@example.org. This firm charges a $95 consultation fee.
Chicago Advocate Legal, LLC
Serves in Cook County
Chlece Neal’s passion for law is inspired by a desire to see social justice for everyone. She sees the legal system as an instrument for social change and wants to use the legal system to empower, inspire and help people see positive change in their lives, their families and their communities. Chlece graduated from Loyola University School of Law and the Graduate School of Social Work where she focused on child and family law and mental health issues as well as the criminal justice system. Chlece practices in the area of family law, child law, criminal law and nonprofit organization. With flexible office hours, including weekends, and affordable pricing options, there is no reason to go at it alone.
Chlece Neal can be reached at (312) 801-5918 or at email@example.com. This firm charges $50 for in-person consultations and $25 for phone consultations.
Tiffany A. Horstein
Family Forward Law, LLC
Serves in Cook, Kane, Lake, and McHenry Counties
Tiffany A. Horstein is a compassionate family advocate, dedicating her practice to helping families through adoptions, minor guardianship, assisted reproductive technology, DCFS, and Juvenile court matters. After spending the first 6.5 years of her career litigating personal injury cases, Tiffany put her litigation skills to use as an attorney with DCFS. While there, she handled nearly 400 child abuse and neglect administrative appeals and learned the inner-workings of the agency. Diagnosed with Lymphoma and undergoing chemotherapy at the age of 31 gave Tiffany a new understanding of the struggles families can face as they attempt to grow. Her legal and personal experience led Tiffany to create Family Forward Law, LLC. Recognizing the importance and urgency of these difficult familial situations, Family Forward Law, LLC offers predictable pricing and flexible payment plans. Let us know how we can help you move your family forward!
Contact Tiffany at 312.529.8535 or Tiffany@FamilyForwardLaw.com. This firm charges a consultation fee ranging from $50 to $250 depending on the type of case.
The Law Office of Michael R. Oquendo
Serves in Cook, DuPage, Kane, Lake, and McHenry Counties
Michael is a Chicago attorney and certified mediator with a diverse legal practice. Michael began with a focus on Guardianships, Probate Matters, Elder Law issues, and Estate Planning. Due to the needs of his clients, Michael’s practice has grown to include Education Law to ensure vulnerable populations of students receive the support and accommodations they need to succeed, and residential real estate closings, done on time and efficiently. Mediation is also taking a larger role in his practice as it is a reasonable alternative to litigation. Michael’s focus is on the client and their needs. Michael strives to offer professional, client-based service at a reasonable cost. Michael understands how valuable your time is and strives to be flexible with office hours, appointment times and out of office meetings. Unbundled and limited scope services are also available. We look forward to helping you make some of life’s most difficult decisions manageable.
You can reach Michael by phone:773-453-5293 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org. You’ve got a guy in the legal business! This firm does not charge a consultation fee.
Anthony M. Abou Ezzi
Serves in Cook, DuPage, Lake, Kane, and Lake Counties
Anthony (“Tony”) M. Abou Ezzi provides services to his clients in the area of Estate Planning (Wills, Trusts, Powers of Attorney, Special Needs Trusts), Probate, Adult Guardianship, Small-Business and Corporate Formation, and Disability Law. Tony founded Ezzi Law with the purpose of providing his clients with personalized and exceptional legal services. He assists clients with end-of-life planning and circumstances, and prides himself in treating each of his clients as he would a member of his family. Graduating Magna Cum Laude from North Central College and receiving his Juris Doctor from The John Marshall Law School, Tony never lost sight of his passion for helping those in need. As an intern for Equip for Equality, a recipient of the AT&T Excellence in Pro Bono Legal Services Award through the Center for Disability and Elder Law, and as a volunteer for Chicago Volunteer Legal Services. Tony has dedicated himself to providing legal assistance to individuals with a disability and the elderly.
Tony can be reached at (929)-322-3994 or Tony@EzziLaw.com. This firm charges a consultation fee ranging from $75 to $250 depending on the type of case.
Alejandra I. Vilchis, Attorney at Law
Serves in Cook and DuPage Counties
Alejandra has a Juris Doctor from the University of Illinois at Chicago Law School and a Bachelor of Science in Horticulture from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She is also trained in Collaborative Divorce, Divorce Mediation, and Domestic Violence.
Alejandra has extensive experience in family law matters such as divorce, parentage, post decree modifications and enforcement issues. Additionally, she works on adoptions (related and DCFS) and cases for guardianships of minors and disabled adults.
Alejandra is an active member of the Hispanic Lawyers Association of Illinois, Chicago Bar Association, Illinois State Bar Association, and Collaborative Divorce Illinois. She also serves on the Board of Directors for the Latina/Latino Alumni Association of the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. Alejandra is bilingual in Spanish.
Visit her website at www.vilchislaw.com to book a consultation. Alejandra can be reached via email email@example.com or phone (872) 529-1011. Alejandra charges for an initial thorough 45min consultation ($50).
Law Office of Lisa L. Glenn, LLC
Serves in Cook County
Lisa is a family focused attorney dedicated to planning for the future. Lisa has been a practicing attorney in the state of Illinois for almost a decade and is most proud of her ability to connect with clients on a personal level. Lisa focuses on the areas of estate planning, real estate closings, probate, and adult guardianship. She received her Juris Doctor from Western Michigan University Cooley Law School where she was a Secretary and founding member of the Disaster Relief Legal Association, a group focused on post-Katrina New Orleans and access to justice for those living below the poverty level. Lisa is licensed to practice in the State of Illinois and the Federal Northern District of Illinois.
Lisa can be reached at (708) 627-1890 or firstname.lastname@example.org. This firm does not charge a consultation fee.
Endzel Law LLC
Serves in Cook, DuPage, and Kane Counties
Eleanor Endzel is an alumni member of the JEP. Eleanor received her B.S. from Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College in 2006 and her J.D. from the DePaul University College of Law in 2012. During law school Eleanor clerked in the Cook County Circuit Courts Domestic Relations Division, where she saw time and again how people without attorneys stumbled through the trial process. Dedicated to serving people who lack access to affordable legal services, Eleanor formed Endzel Law, LLC in 2013 and focuses on family law with an emphasis on cooperative divorce. She also volunteers her time as a pro bono attorney at Chicago Volunteer Legal Services and CARPLS.
Eleanor can be reached at (312) 450-5260 or email@example.com. This firm charges a fee of $100 for in-person consultations that is credited to toward the legal consumer’s bill if the legal consumer engages the firm. Phone consultations are free.
Law Offices of Shunte S. Goss
Serves in Cook, DuPage, and Will Counties
Shunte S. Goss is a native of Chicago, Illinois, and an alumnus of the JEP. Shunte’ attended and received her undergraduate degree from Illinois State University. She graduated with a Juris Doctor from Thomas M. Cooley Law School and went directly to work in private practice. Prior to law school, Shunte‘ worked with individuals in many different areas. She gained experience in problem solving as well as working through confrontational issues with individuals of all walks of life. Shunte‘ brings this experience to her private practice with focuses in Estate Planning and Family Law. Shunte’ will take the time to understand each client’s unique situation and specific needs. She will research the facts as well as the law, and advise clients on all of their options. Shunte‘ genuinely cares about her clients. She is committed to providing the highest quality of legal advice and support during what is often an emotionally-charged time in clients’ lives. Shunte’ is a member of the American Bar Association, the Illinois State Bar Association and the Chicago Bar Association.
She can be reached at (708) 794-8559 or firstname.lastname@example.org. This firm does not charge a consultation fee.
The Carey Center for Justice
Serves in Cook County, Kane, Will, and DuPage
We are the Carey Center: Where you can find solutions and support for problems facing everyday Americans. Amanda, our founder and Attorney at the Carey Center for Justice, has a deep passion for helping people and has been doing so for well over 20 years. Amanda started her career in assisting others by working in higher education as a Lecturer at Washington State University where she taught Public Speaking, Linguistics, and Diversity courses. Ultimately, Amanda became a President of multiple colleges across the State of Illinois and Indiana before deciding to go to law school. Amanda holds a bachelors and master’s degree in Communication from Washington State University, a Doctorate of Higher Education from Northern Illinois University and a Juris Doctorate from Mitchell Hamline University. Amanda strives to create a welcoming environment at the Carey Center where client needs are at the center of everything we do.
Amanda can be reached via email at email@example.com or 312-870-0098.
January Family Law, LLC
Serves in Cook and Lake Counties
January assists adults and children in resolving their family law cases, while offering affordable and predictable pricing. Whether her client is facing a divorce, parenting, maintenance, child support or other domestic relations dispute, she wants to work with them to develop a plan for legal services that fits their budget and meets their goals for resolution. She also enjoys working with litigants who are learning English as a second language.
January joined the Justice Entrepreneurs Project in May 2019 to establish a law practice that was efficient and accessible to moderate income families. She graduated from the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill and the University of North Carolina School of Law. Prior to practicing in Illinois, January became an attorney in 2010 in California and, in 2015, established a small law firm in San Jose, California, focused on family law.
January is licensed to practice in Illinois and am a member of the Chicago Bar Association. January can be reached at (408) 800-7762 or firstname.lastname@example.org. This firm charges a $25 consultation fee.
Chicago Advocate Legal NFP
Serves in Cook County
Brian Gilbert is a Chicago area attorney specializing in housing, real estate and consumer law, and is part of Chicago Advocate Legal NFP. His practice is dedicated to serving low and moderate income individuals and families with landlord/tenant issues, including security deposit withholdings, evictions, bad conditions, and more. Brian earned his J.D. as a Dean’s List student at The John Marshall Law School in Chicago, and his B.A., Cum Laude, from Carleton College in Northfield, Minnesota. He holds a Certificate in Health Law from The John Marshall Law School as well.
You can reach him by phone at (312) 801-5918, or email at email@example.com. This firm charges $50 for in-person consultations and $25 for phone consultations.
Jessica J. Bell
Bell Advocate LLC
Serves in Cook County
Tired of watching the people in her community lose rights, property, and access to loved ones just because they didn’t know the law or know a lawyer they could afford and trust, Jessica Bell left her career in legal ethics and founded Bell Advocate LLC. A life long Southsider, Jessica appears in Markham and at the Daley Center for clients pursuing or defending actions concerning divorce, child support, custody, adult and minor guardianship, wills, trusts, and other assets in the areas of: Domestic Relations/Family Law, Probate, Guardianship, and Estate Planning. Bell Advocate endeavors to offer affordable legal services to those whose income is too high to qualify for free legal services, but also cannot afford traditionally priced private attorneys.
Contact Jessica now at (773) 234-2052 or firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more about how Bell Advocate LLC can assist you with your legal matter. This firm charges a consultation fee between $70 and $100 depending on the type of case.