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MLG Law Group

Sole Custody Lawyer | Serving Oak Park, IL

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773-644-8173

A Family Law firm representing clients in the Chicago area.

Rhonda L. Rosenthal, P.C.

Sole Custody Lawyer | Serving Oak Park, IL

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815-200-4791

Working with Families in Crisis
Handling All Types of Family Law Matters and Probate Court Issues Including Guardianships for Disabled Adults & Closing Estates

When I was ten years old, I decided that I wanted to be an attorney so that I could help people when they were in trouble.  While working my way though college as an assistant for three attorneys, I decided that I wanted to focus in probate and family law.  I felt that in these areas of law, people were at their most vulnerable and emotional, and they needed a …

Mary J. Rocco, Attorney at Law, LLC

Sole Custody Lawyer | Serving Oak Park, IL

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630-381-0046

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Law Offices of Kevin Saville

Sole Custody Lawyer | Serving Oak Park, IL

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312-263-4225

Divorce Lawyer With Over 20 Years’ Experience, Certified In Mediation & Collaborative Law!

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