DuPage County, Illinois Divorce, Estate Planning & Business Attorneys
Stock, Carlson, Flynn & McGrath, LLC124 C South County Farm Road
Wheaton, Illinois 60187
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Law Firm Overview FREE CONSULTATIONAt Stock, Carlson, Flynn & McGrath, LLC, we have built our reputation on the strength of referrals and long-term client relationships. In family law, estate planning, and business law, our practice touches on some of the most important and intimate areas of a person's life.
That's why the attorneys and staff at Stock, Carlson, Flynn & McGrath, LLC are prompt and diligent in their handling of cases. We recognize that your world has been compromised. We will work closely with you and keep you informed of the major developments in your case. Although our relationship is of a professional nature, we will treat you with the dignity and respect you deserve. We view each one of our clients as an individual with unique needs, and make every possible effort to meet your needs. The lawyers and staff at Stock, Carlson, Flynn & McGrath, LLC take a team approach to the practice of law. Our attorneys have varied skills, backgrounds and areas of experience. Because of our versatility, we are able to handle many different types of legal questions within our law firm. We serve as your personal advocate - it's that simple.
Whether you are in need of an attorney to fight for you in court or need the guiding hand of a lawyer in an estate planning matter, the law firm of Stock, Carlson, Flynn & McGrath, LLC can provide you with legal representation. We will work with you to identify options that will assist you to achieve your long term goals. Two of our attorneys are trained mediators and arbitrators. We can therefore represent you and your interests whether the proper venue is arbitration, court litigation, or private mediation. But whichever is appropriate, we treat your interests like our own and will aggressively manage your case.
Areas of Law
Additional Areas of Law: Annulments; Debt Allocation; Guardianships; Property Division; Living Wills; Powers Of Attorney; Covenants Not to Compete; Dissolution of a Business; Buying and Selling a Business; Mechanic's Lien; Construction Defects; Commercial Leasing.
Areas of Law Description
Stock, Carlson, Flynn & McGrath, LLC offers legal representation and services in the following areas of law:
- Business Law
Our lawyers can provide you with an array of different types of business solutions, suitable to the needs your business may demand, including:
• Business litigation
• Partnerships and LLC’s
• Dissolution of a business
• Buying and selling a business, including the purchase and sale of assets and stocks
• Covenants Not to Compete
• Confidentiality agreements and other business employee contracts
Our attorneys have also been successful in litigating cases involving shareholder disputes, breach of contract proceedings, and commercial real estate disputes over leasing agreements involving major corporations, as well as actions taken to dissolve a business between multiple parties.
- Family Law
The family law and divorce attorneys of Stock, Carlson, Flynn & McGrath, LLC represent clients in the following family law matters:
Our attorneys understand that adoption can be one of the most rewarding experiences for a couple. It can also be a challenge without proper legal counsel. Some of the reasons why adoption may be warranted could involve abandonment or lack of interest in a child’s upbringing by one of the biological parents. Generally, when this happens, the custodial parent may want to serve papers to the other natural parent of the child, in order to get consent for an adoption, should a new spouse want to have legal rights as the step-parent.
We advise clients of the strict time frames that must be accurately abided by when seeking an annulment. Proving a marriage to be invalid may be difficult, and it requires the utmost legal acumen that only a skilled attorney can provide. If the appropriate steps to filing for an annulment are mishandled or if deadlines are missed, you may be trapped in a marriage and must wait to proceed with either a divorce or a legal separation.
• Child Custody and Visitation
Our attorneys possess the knowledge and practicality you will need in order to solve your child custody and visitation disputes. We are trained in mediation and arbitration, in addition to being well equipped to utilize our litigation skills in court if necessary. Our goal is to find the solution to your child custody and visitation problems, while we protect your rights.
• Child Support
Our attorneys understand there are a variety of complex disputes that occur in a divorce, especially where children are concerned. Not only are there issues involving child support, but disputes over custody and visitation rights and possible questions about paternity, may also add to the frustration regarding child support.
• Debt Allocation
Has your spouse used a credit card in your name? Were any purchases made either for a family owned business or commercial real estate property? If you have any of these concerns while filing for divorce in Illinois, then you need to contact a debt allocation attorney, who can provide you with informative legal counsel to protect your rights during debt allocation in divorce. Our firm can provide the answer to these questions, for clients who may be struggling through divorce with disputes concerning debts that were accumulated through marriage and how they will be divided afterwards.
Our firm believes in helping our clients solve problems, in a cost effective manner, related to divorce matters. Illinois is not a state that recognizes “no-fault” grounds for divorce, with the only filing requirement being “irreconcilable differences” between the two spouses, it’s extremely important to have an experienced divorce attorney representing you, so that your rights can be protected.
Being a guardian is often not an easy job. The guardian must act strictly for the best interests of the child or disabled adult, who is called the “ward.” The court protects the ward, and the guardian can properly act only in accordance with legal authority and the court’s directives; and the guardian must account to the court. The attorneys at the law firm of Stock, Carlson, Flynn and McGrath, LLC have represented many guardians, and assisted them in fulfilling their legal duties.
• Legal Separation
The major difference between a legal separation and a divorce is that with legal separation, you are still married to your spouse and legally responsible and held accountable, for any debts that may have been accrued in the marriage. With a divorce, you can remarry and settle your differences once and for all. Stock, Carlson, Flynn and McGrath, LLC, understand the complex laws that surround marital situations involving legal separations.
There are many ways to resolve divorce matters in Illinois without having to go to court for litigation. The attorneys at Stock, Carlson, Flynn & McGrath, LLC, are also highly skilled and effective mediators. By providing clients with a practical approach to solving their problems through mediation, we have found this method to be cost-effective in many divorce cases.
• Parentage Paternity
The law firm of Stock, Carlson, Flynn and McGrath, LLC understands the importance of establishing paternity. We are a team of parentage attorneys committed to assisting both parents, by helping them obtain DNA testing or court hearings, when other forms of evidence, proving paternity, is necessary. For mothers who are concerned about how their child will be provided for, we can carry out legal action that will determine the parentage of that child and the collection of any child support payments that may be owed.
• Pre-Nuptial Agreements
The unfortunate truth is that not all marriages last, and the attorneys at Stock, Carlson, Flynn and McGrath, LLC, understands this well-known fact. By accessing a knowledgeable prenuptial agreement attorney, who can advise you on the ways in which a prenuptial agreement can safeguard against the loss of earned assets or the unfair distribution of marital property, will put you ahead of the game in protecting what belongs to you in case of a divorce.
• Property Division
Our attorneys represent clients in family law disputes over marital property division in Wheaton, DuPage County and throughout Cook, Kane, and Lake County as well. We help our clients understand the divorce process and explain the consequences surrounding how assets may be divided in regards to property division.
- Estate Planning & Elder Law
One of the most difficult situations families may need experienced legal guidance on is with estate planning, which is the process of designating beneficiaries to receive assets in the event of someone’s death. Our attorneys are considerate of our clients’ needs and can provide legal assistance with all estate planning matters including:
• Trusts and Wills - setting up legal documents that outline financial provisions and how assets will be distributed upon death.
• Powers of Attorney - deciding who will make health care and financial decisions should you become incapacitated or disabled.
• Living Wills - also known as an advance directive; a legal document explaining how you wish to be taken care of medically if you aren’t able to express your wishes.
• Probate and Trust - figuring out the validity of a will, how debts will get paid, how titles, bank accounts, and valuable assets will be transferred to designated beneficiaries.
• Contested Estate - settling disputes over unfair compensation to beneficiaries that may have been left out of a will.
• Guardianships - designating legal guardians to take care of dependents.
• Special Needs Trust - also known as supplemental needs trust; provides financial and medical care to disabled children and elderly parents with disabilities in the event the primary caretakers die.
• Estate Tax Planning - reducing estate taxes through “gifting” and other methods.
- Real Estate Law
Our attorneys help individuals and business owners with all types of real estate transactions and can handle various complex construction law issues such as:
• Construction Defects
Construction defects can occur anywhere around your home, both inside and outside. Some examples include, molding on your walls, water leaks, and toxic soil on your lawn, plumbing leaks, and gaseous chemical emissions. Serious bodily harm can be caused as a result of inhaling dangerous toxic substances or accidental slips and falls, due to water leakage. If you suspect there are construction defects on your property, contact our construction defects attorneys today.
• Mechanic’s Liens
Our attorneys represent both the property owner and contractors involved in mechanic’s lien disputes. We are experienced litigators who can help you reach a favorable outcome in your case by ensuring all the proper issues are addressed in a timely manner. No matter what the circumstances are surrounding your situation, we can advise.
• Residential Real Estate
We provide buyers and sellers of residential property with practical legal advice, to guide them through the process of making informed decisions. When clients come to our law firm seeking our assistance, we’re confident in knowing that we can give them our undivided attention, to every detail of their individual situation, relating to any residential real estate matter.
• Commercial Real Estate
Our comprehensive legal services can tackle the many complex commercial real estate issues many of our clients face. With each of our attorneys having over 30 years of experience representing clients in DuPage, Kane, Cook, and Lake County, we have managed to successfully obtain favorable outcomes to many difficult problems arising in commercial real estate, such as: zoning issues, 1031 tax exchanges, construction contracts, purchase and sale agreements, lender foreclosure, development agreements, and, commercial leasing.
• Commercial Leasing
We represent clients throughout DuPage County, Cook County, Lake County, and Kane County, who are involved in business deals requiring experienced legal negotiation for all types of commercial leasing agreements. Since the success of your business will largely depend on many different factors, such as the option to renew your lease and whether the lease may be assigned or subleased to another tenant, an experienced commercial leasing attorney can help to prevent costly mistakes down the road.
With over 30 years of applied legal experience, each of our attorneys has taken on high profile cases involving real estate and construction projects in need of immediate dispute resolution. Some of our clients include architects, general contractors, and we have successfully litigated cases involving McCormick Place, 2 Prudential Towers, the Hotel Sofitel, 900 N. Michigan Avenue, and Millennium Park to name a few. We also represent members from one of Chicago’s largest commercial roofing contractors.
• Landlord Representation
Our firm represents landlords who find themselves involved in disputes with tenants. Since issues over past due rent and the potential threat of an eviction by a landlord can incite anger in a tenant, it is best that you hire a skilled real estate law attorney, who can handle the complex landlord-tenant issues that could affect the reputation of your property and business.
• Lender Foreclosure
With over 30 years of experience representing clients in DuPage, Cook, Kane, and Lake County, Illinois, our team of attorneys have practiced in all areas of real estate law and understand the complex issues that may arise, as a result of mishandled information, during lender foreclosure proceedings. We are known for our practical problem solving skills, are highly influential, and we always work diligently to provide our clients with timely, cost-effective solutions.
• New Construction
There are a variety of concerns our clients may have when deciding to construct a new building. Problems with zoning and the amount of space a new building structure can occupy, often give way to disputes. Our attorneys understand the complex construction and real estate issues that may be overlooked by younger, inexperienced attorneys. We are trained arbitrators as well as competent litigators with an ability to handle disputes.
Mr. Kurt August Carlson
Divorce, Estate Planning, Family Law, Real Estate
Mr. John William Flynn
Civil Litigation, Family Law
Mr. William V. McGrath
Appellate Practice, Business Law, Civil Litigation, Construction Law, Real Estate
Mr. John P. Stock III
Arbitration, Business Law, Civil Litigation, Divorce, Family Law
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