Cook County Lawyers
Our law firm represents clients throughout Cook, Will and DuPage counties in Illinois. Our legal services include real estate transactions, estate planning, trust administration advice and probate proceedings, and Social Security disability appeals.
Our attorneys also assist clients in a variety of other practice areas, including:
REAL ESTATE TRANSACTIONS
: We will handle sales and purchases of commercial and residential real estate preparation and review of and leases for residential and commercial properties. We will communicate with city departments for compliance with ordinances. We will review environmental audits for adverse conditions, title reports and surveys. We will help resolve defects in home inspection reports.
Every adult, regardless of age or income level, should have estate planning documents drafted to satisfy his or her unique needs and situations. These include wills, revocable trusts, land trusts for real estate and, court approved guardianships for disabled adults and minors.
WILLS, TRUSTS AND POWERS OF ATTORNEY:
We will prepare wills and revocable trusts for individuals and families to allow for the orderly distribution of his or her or their assets to heirs and legatees. We will prepare Powers of Attorney for Property which will simplify the handling of financial matters and Power of Attorney for Health Care to authorize the designated agent to make medical decisions for the principal in the event of incapacity or disability.
We will represent and assist the family members, heirs and legatees regarding representation in probate matters in Cook and Will counties. Probate is a court supervised administration to ensure that a decedent’s estate is distributed properly and as intended by the decedent. As experienced probate lawyers, we will reduce the time and aggravation typically characteristic of these proceedings.
We welcome the opportunity to assist you in obtaining your Social Security benefits (SSI)
and (SSDI) benefit. Frequently asked questions and issues include:
WHY YOU NEED AN EXPERIENCED SSA DISABILITY ATTORNEY
FACT: The number of American workers receiving federal disability benefits DROPPED to 8.5 million in 2018 from a peak of 9 million 4 years earlier.
WHY: The Social Security Administration pushed NEW TRAINING GUIDELINES on the Administrative Law Judges (ALJs), who decide which appeal claims will be granted with the aim of producing more consistent rulings. Regardless of the aim, the net affect has to been to make it MUCH HARDER to obtain a favorable ruling.The share of workers who applied for benefits fell in 2016 to 48%, the first time below 50% since 1992 and down from a high of 62% in 2001.
RESULT: It has become INCREASINGLY IMPORTANT to present the best medical evidence on behalf of an applicant in order to have a fair chance at obtaining a favorable decision and THAT requires the assistance of an experienced and knowledgeable disability attorney. The rules are complex and the requirements are more challenging now. EXPERIENCE AND KNOWLEDGE are the tools ofthe skilled advocate.
WHY CONSULT WITH AN SSDI AND SSI ATTORNEY?
We understand the rules and regulations governing eligibility for SSDI and SSI benefits eligibility, initial applications, appeals after denials and hearings. We are familiar with the requirements for identifying and documenting impairments. We know what medical information to request from your providers when your records are inadequate.
WHY WAS MY SSDI AND SSI CLAIM DENIED?
If you were denied because of issues related to your medical evidence we will strive to obtain additional medical evidence needed to reverse the denial.
SOCIAL SECURITY DISABILITY ADMINISTRATIVE HEARING: To the greatest extent possible we will address and rebut the adverse evidence in your Social Security case and question the government witnesses in the Administrative Law Judge hearing.
WHAT ARE THE TYPES OF DISABILITIES THAT QUALITY AN INDIVIDUAL FOR DISABILITY BENEFITS:
A variety of physical or mental disabilities may qualify someone for Social Security Disability benefits. These include: diabetes, fibromyalgia arthritis, spinal cord problems (for example herniated discs), cardiac problems (for example, congestive heart failure), mental disorders, for example (anxiety-related disorders, bipolar depression),
cancer, autistic disorders, auto-immune disorders, lupus, irritable bowel syndrome, cirrhosis of the liver, Crohn’s, multiple sclerosis,
pancreatitis, pulmonary distress, renal disease, seizures, spinal disorders, thyroid disorder, vision defects and other dysfunction of the joints.
The proof required for each of these conditions differs greatly. We have resources available to us that enable us to identify and address the weaknesses or omissions in your medical records and treatment, which may have resulted in your initial denial and prove that you meet the requirements for your particular medical conditions.