If you are considering adoption, it is important to understand the types of adoption available to you. Your best move may be to contact a lawyer right away. The adoption attorneys at Rathbun, Cservenyak & Kozol work with single parents, couples, same-sex couples, foster parents and other family members to help them determine the course of adoption that best helps our clients achieve their family-building goals. Our attorneys recognize the sensitive nature of what is involved and can assist you in navigating what can be a complex process to ensure that everything goes smoothly during this emotional time.
In addition to helping our client start their families, or grow their existing ones, our adoption attorneys also assist expecting mothers to ensure that birth mothers’ rights are protected, that they fully understand the risks involved and that financial considerations such as compensation and expenses are fully addressed in the adoption contract.
When starting a business, it is essential that skilled and experienced legal counsel help you navigate the many issues that can arise. One of the earliest and most critical steps in business formation is selecting the correct legal entity for your business. Choosing the proper entity has important tax implications for your business and is fundamental to its ease of operation and protection from liability. Working with an attorney who understands the needs and goals of your business is vital to its success. Whether you wish to form a sole proprietorship, a partnership, a corporation, a limited liability company, an S corporation or a not-for-profit organization, the knowledgeable and experienced attorneys at Rathbun, Cservenyak & Kozol will work with you to select the correct business entity for your needs and will guide you through the legal, financial and contractual issues that may arise when starting your business.
Commercial law includes issues that arise in business and commerce, such as the rights, relationships, and conduct of persons and businesses engaged in commerce, merchandising, trade, and sales. Rathbun, Cservenyak & Kozol’s commercial litigation attorneys are experienced in a range of business disputes, from breach of contract matters to shareholders’ rights and partnership disputes, corporate and partnership dissolution, fraud, breach of fiduciary duty, and interference with contract and business expectancy. Our attorneys are also accomplished in litigation affecting real estate, including commercial and residential landlord and tenant matters, condemnations and foreclosures. We handle cases involving a variety of statutes and regulations; for example, the Uniform Commercial Code and the Business Corporation Act.
At Rathbun, Cservenyak & Kozol, we represent both businesses and individual customers in their commercial disputes. Whenever possible, we assist our clients in attempting to resolve disputes without going to court, including through alternative dispute resolution options of mediation and arbitration. However, if litigation is necessary, our commercial litigation attorneys are experienced in prosecuting and defending cases in both the state and federal court, including the appellate courts.
When facing a criminal charge, it is important that you do not delay in obtaining skilled representation. Whether facing anything from a traffic matter, a misdemeanor, or a felony charge, you need someone who understands the law and how to navigate the legal process. The criminal defense attorneys at Rathbun, Cservenyak & Kozol know that criminal charges should never be taken lightly. Please do not wait to draw upon their decades of criminal law experience to passionately defend your rights, freedom, and your reputation.
Rathbun, Cservenyak & Kozol’s education law attorneys provide representation of public school districts in a variety of issues unique to such districts. Our attorneys work to achieve our clients’ goals while ensuring compliance with statutory and regulatory requirements. Our firm is experienced in handling a wide range of matters on behalf of school districts, including employment litigation, labor relations, detachment, annexation and consolidation proceedings, tax rate and assessment objections, tax increment financing districts, board policies and condemnation proceedings.
At Rathbun, Cservenyak & Kozol, we believe it is the right and responsibility for everyone to participate in the election process. An important aspect of taking part in today’s politics is ensuring compliance with election laws.
For candidates, our election law attorneys advise those running for office regarding the form, content and preparation of nomination papers. Additionally, we provide representation to individuals before electoral boards in the event that an objection is made to a candidate’s nominating papers.
Along with representing candidates, the election law attorneys at Rathbun, Cservenyak & Kozol also represent objectors with the review of nomination papers and preparation of their objection.
You can face any number of challenges and conflicts at your workplace. Employment law is a complex practice area and requires deep knowledge of numerous state, federal and regulatory laws. The experienced and skilled attorneys at Rathbun, Cservenyak & Kozol will counsel you in the varied areas of employment law that may affect you, such as discrimination, retaliation, wrongful termination, and review any agreements your employer provides you, including employment contracts, non-competition agreement and severance agreements.
For employers, the attorneys at Rathbun, Cservenyak & Kozol assist clients understand their legal responsibilities, including reviewing and drafting employee manuals and handbooks, creating a legally sound and effective non-competition agreement, and representing an employer against whom an employee brings an action for alleged discrimination.
It can be very difficult to plan for death for ourselves and our loved ones. Despite the undesirable feelings that may arise when thinking about this time, taking the time to establish a carefully guided and effective estate plan is one of the most important ways to protect yourself and your loved ones in the event of death or disability. Consulting with a qualified estate planning attorney plays a key role so that when the time comes, you will have the peace of mind knowing that you have provided for yourself and your family.
At Rathbun, Cservenyak & Kozol, our estate planning attorneys provide comprehensive estate planning services to help individuals and families address a wide range of issues, including the following:
- Revocable and Irrevocable Trusts
- Special Needs Trusts
- Powers of Attorney
- Nominations of Guardians
- Advance Health Care Directives
- Charitable Giving
Whether you are creating your estate plan for the first time or looking to update your existing plan, Rathbun, Cservenyak & Kozol can help you create your comprehensive and personalized estate plan and provide you with peace of mind that your wishes will be followed in the event of death or disability.
The family law attorneys at Rathbun, Cservenyak & Kozol provide years of experienced guidance and representation in all aspects of family law. This includes staying up to date with the latest changes to the Illinois Marriage and Dissolution of Marriage Statute and Paternity Statute. Our attorneys have the proven skills to mediate, negotiate and litigate your case for you. The areas of family law that the attorneys closely participate in are parental decision-making, parenting time, child support and child related expenses, property division, maintenance, enforcement of prior orders or judgments, college contribution and other post-decree matters. These attorneys have also represented clients in Orders of Protection as it relates to the pending divorce or paternity action. The family law attorneys have the skills to review prenuptial agreements in order to determine how they will affect your case.
Rathbun, Cservenyak & Kozol’s family law attorneys also have working relationships with experts in various fields to help with more complex cases such as business valuations and income determination.
Our attorneys can help walk you through the process of a divorce or paternity action in order to inform you what you should expect out of the process. The family law attorneys will guide you through your process in an efficient and effective manner.
Rathbun, Cservenyak & Kozol’s family lawyers have also had experience in what has become an emerging area of the law in Will County in which one spouse seeks to divorce their incapacitated spouse who is subject to guardianship proceedings. Drawing on their considerable family and probate experience, the lawyers at Rathbun, Cservenyak & Kozol will guide you through this area of law.
The family law attorneys at Rathbun, Cservenyak & Kozol have had experience as Guardian ad Litems, attorneys who are appointed to be the “eyes and ears” of the Court as it relates to any disputes between parents for decision-making and parenting time, therefore showing the confidence by their peers and the Court in their area of practice.
When a person becomes incapacitated, they are unable to manage their own financial and/or personal affairs. If you feel that a loved one can no longer manage their affairs, it might be time to seek a guardianship. If you are appointed as the guardian of a disabled adult, you have a legal right and duty to care for your ward. At Rathbun, Cservenyak & Kozol, our attorneys will guide you through the court system and advise you of your legal responsibilities.
In addition to disabled adults’ estates, our attorneys also regularly represent family members and other parties in minor guardianship cases. When the parents of a minor child are unable or unwilling to care for that child, a guardian for the child may need to be appointed to take over the day-to-day decision making and control of the child. Our attorneys provide representation and guidance to clients through this difficult process with compassion and skill.
The attorneys at Rathbun, Cservenyak & Kozol provide experienced and capable representation during the guardianship process to ensure that your loved one’s needs are met with the least family disruption.
In 2006, the Illinois Marriage and Dissolution of Marriage Act was amended to require parents to attend mandatory mediation before implementing a parenting plan regarding the allocation of parental responsibilities and parenting time, formerly known as custody.
Mediation is a non-binding process that occurs when the parents meet in the spirit of resolution with a neutral third-party to facilitate an agreement that can be put in writing and submitted to the court.
At Rathbun, Cservenyak & Kozol, Partner Katherine L. Maloney and Attorney Laura I. Miroballi are certified family law mediators and have assisted many parents with parental allocation mediation. Because of their vast experience in family law, our attorneys can quickly evaluate your case and facilitate negotiations between parents who are prepared to work out an amicable agreement.
In addition to providing mediation services to parents concerning parental responsibilities, the experienced mediators at Rathbun, Cservenyak & Kozol can also assist parties in mediation of other family law issues such as divorce, property distribution and maintenance.
When you are sick or injured, you trust doctors to help you recover. In these situations, you have no choice but to put your health entirely in the hands of your doctor. Sometimes, however, doctors make mistakes and these mistakes can have severe consequences. Rathbun, Cservenyak & Kozol doesn’t believe that you should have to suffer as a result of your doctor’s mistake. Our attorneys have substantial experience in litigating medical negligence cases and will use their expertise to investigate your case and help you obtain compensation for your injuries.
Rathbun, Cservenyak & Kozol has represented various municipalities and our attorneys are well-equipped to handle complex areas of municipal law, including operational issues, compliance with the Open Meetings and Freedom of Information Acts, development deals and litigation. Our attorneys analyze legal implications related to municipal governance and develop strategies to achieve municipal objectives while ensuring compliance with statutory and constitutional requirements. We provide expert counsel to assist municipalities in serving their citizens. We handle matters ranging from land use issues, such as condemnation and zoning, to employment litigation, as well as the prosecution of ordinance violations on behalf of our clients.
The personal injury lawyers at Rathbun, Cservenyak & Kozol are committed to representing individuals as well as their families that have suffered bodily harm or loss of life as a result of the negligent or careless conduct of others – such conduct is called a tort. When a person or corporation causes injury to, or the death of, another person that is a tort – whether it be in a car crash, motorcycle crash, trucking crash, slip and fall, or medical negligence. These types’ of injury cases fall under the umbrella known commonly as personal injury and sometimes, wrongful death.
Different degrees of fault, or liability, can exist and distinct elements need to be proven at trial to be successful. Commonly, more than one party is at fault and the wrongdoing needs to be divided amongst the at-fault parties. In some instances, the injured party may also be partially at fault for contributing to his or her own injuries, but that does not prevent the injured person from recovering compensation from the at-fault parties. The lawyers at Rathbun, Cservenyak & Kozol help the injured determine who the at-fault parties are and how best to recover for the injuries that they sustained.
Probate law is a highly complex and unique area of law. Having to open and administer an estate after the death of a loved is a burdensome task during such a stressful time. At Rathbun, Cservenyak & Kozol, we help families through the process of probate administration and estate distribution. If you are an executor, trustee, or beneficiary, our experienced probate attorneys can guide you through the administration process and provide you with the information you need to make educated decisions in managing trusts and settling estates.
Disputes over the contents of a will or in the funding of a trust may happen during the administration process. Should any lawsuits or litigation arise in conjunction with a trust or will, you need smart, sound advice from an experienced probate attorney to help reach a resolution. However, in the event that your case cannot be resolved, our probate attorneys are skilled trial lawyers that regularly represent parties involved in disputes resulting from probate administration.
At Rathbun, Cservenyak & Kozol we make it our goal to help you through these legal issues so that you can focus on yourself and your family.
Real estate transactions can be extremely complex and difficult to sort out alone. At Rathbun, Cservenyak & Kozol, our real estate attorneys represent both individuals and businesses in all stages of the real estate process. Whether you are a property owner having difficulties with a buyer of your home or a business owner looking to acquire commercial property, you have much to gain by hiring an experienced real estate attorney to provide you with much needed advice and legal guidance during this time. Our attorneys provide representation to clients in a wide variety of real estate matters, including those involving:
- Residential Property
- Commercial Property
- Landlord/Tenant Disputes
- Land Use and Zoning
- Real Estate Taxation
- Real Estate Litigation
No matter what particular real estate issue you may be facing, the attorneys at Rathbun, Cservenyak & Kozol take a comprehensive approach to your case and help you determine the best course of action to achieve your desired outcome.
Social Security Disability
The challenges a person with a disability are required to face are difficult and few can manage them alone. Individuals living with disabilities may qualify for benefits such as Social Security Disability Insurance and Supplemental Security Income to help them face these challenges.
The process for applying for these benefits can be demanding. Applications for disability benefits require incredibly detailed information to be presented in a very specific manner in order to be accepted. If the initial application for benefits is denied, an incredibly complex process is required to have the application reconsidered or to have it appealed. Any errors in this process may result in a substantial delay in receiving benefits or an outright denial of benefits.
Hiring a skilled and experienced attorney to assist in obtaining disability benefits is often the best decision. At Rathbun, Cservenyak & Kozol, our social security disability attorneys represent clients with disability claims before the Social Security Administration and provide assistance to claimants throughout the process of obtaining disability benefits.
Surrogacy law is a growing and evolving area with complex legal issues. If you are considering building or growing your family through surrogacy or considering becoming a surrogate, you need qualified legal counsel. The attorneys at Rathbun, Cservenyak & Kozol have experience negotiating contracts on behalf of parents-to-be and surrogates. We help our clients understand all that is entailed in surrogacy actions and the detail involved in such contracts.
At Rathbun, Cservenyak & Kozol, we craft surrogacy agreements for prospective parents that are clear and concise to avoid any disputes that may arise. Our attorneys also ensure that birth mothers’ rights are protected, that they fully understand the risks involved and that financial considerations such as compensation and expenses are fully addressed in the contract.
At Rathbun, Cservenyak & Kozol, our trust litigation practitioners are skilled in representing both trustees and beneficiaries in court and advising them of their rights and obligations. Our work includes testamentary trusts, revocable and irrevocable trusts and land trusts. We have handled accounting actions, injunctions, breach of fiduciary duty claims, litigation necessary to administer trusts and actions to break trusts. Our litigators are experienced at both the trial and appellate court levels.
A work injury can arise at any time from many different types of accidents. When an individual suffers an injury at work, the law in Illinois provides benefits for those individuals. The workers’ compensation system is both complex and daunting for individuals without the appropriate knowledge and expertise. No matter how serious the injury, the attorneys at Rathbun, Cservenyak & Kozol will use their experience to provide legal counsel to those who suffer from a work injury. Our attorneys have successfully handled numerous workers’ compensation claims and will draw upon their experience and history of success to help you obtain the benefits you deserve.
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