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Emily Goldman

  • December 9, 2015
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Every client who walks through the door at The Barclay Law Group brings a unique and often complex set of circumstances to the table. Emily goes out of her way to have an in-depth understanding of every client’s goals and aspirations, and works to protect those interests from initial consultation through final dissolution. As a former Civitas ChildLaw Fellow at Loyola University, Emily has an in depth understanding of child custody matters. She has dedicated her education and professional career to helping families work together to meet the needs of their children while advocating for her client’s individual rights. In addition to handling high-conflict and high-asset divorce cases, Emily’s experience working with children in foster care and with people suffering from mental illness makes her a strong advocate for the underserved. Emily has an undergraduate degree in Business from the Indiana University Kelley School of Business; is a member of the Illinois and Chicago Bar Associations; and currently holds a seat on the junior board of K.I.D.S.S. for Kids, an all-volunteer, non-profit fundraising auxiliary of Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago. Whether you are concerned with child custody or paternity issues, or how your property will be divided upon divorce, Emily will work with you to come up with creative solutions that meet both your personal and professional needs. READ MORE

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  • September 12, 2012
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  • September 12, 2012
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Litigation

  • September 4, 2012
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Our office maintains a diverse portfolio of clients. We represent associations, corporations, individuals, organizations, small business enterprises, etc. On a regular basis, we appear and litigate for our clients in state and federal courts as well as appellate courts. READ MORE

Family Law

  • September 4, 2012
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With the ever-increasing divorce rate in this country, our attorneys remain abreast in all issues concerning the family. Dissolution of the family unit involves complex matters pertaining to distribution of the marital assets and liabilities. Our attorneys are sensitive to the psychological, sociological and economical needs of all family members during the dissolution process and/or the paternity procedure. Child custody, visitation and support are addressed with the utmost attention, respect and diligence. READ MORE

Eddy Curry, son’s grandma reach agreement

  • September 4, 2012
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Thursday, May 06, 2010 May 5, 2010 (CHICAGO) (WLS) — NBA star and former Bulls player Eddy Curry and his 4-year-old son’s maternal grandmother have reached a confidential agreement on visitation. “I am pleased, but I cannot say anything else further,” said grandmother Yolan Henry. Curry got full custody of his 4-year-old son, Noah, after the boy’s mother, Nova Henry, and Noah’s 10-month-old sister, Ava, were found shot to death inside their South Loop townhome in January of 2009. Noah Henry was 3 at the time, and inside the home when the killings happened. Two months later, Curry moved the boy to New York, where Curry plays for the Knicks. In court Wednesday, Curry explained how the boy adjusted to the move. “In the beginning, it was devastating to him. He would see his mother and his sister in a lot of things – stuffed animals and toys – like he was trying to replace them. He thought about them a lot and talked about them a lot. As time goes on, he is definitely coping with it. I think he’s is doing great,” said Curry. Curry was back in court, though, because Henry wanted court-ordered visitation – a legal chance to visit her grandson. Once the agreement was reached, both sides would not reveal any details. “We are very pleased this evening that we were able to workout an amicable arrangement for the Curry family and the Henry family. So the minor child, Noah, will be in lives of the Henry family. We’re very pleased with the cooperation and spirit of cooperation,” said Lester Barclay, child’s representative. “We’re just pleased that it’s over. We’re pleased the parties have come to an agreement and they’re moving forward looking out for the child’s best interest,” said Kelly Saindon, Curry’s attorney. Fredrick Goings is charged with killing Noah Henry’s mother and sister. Goings is being held at the Cook County Jail without bond and is scheduled to be back in court next month. (Copyright ©2012 WLS-TV/DT. All Rights Reserved.) READ MORE

Guardian sues to sterilize her niece

  • September 4, 2012
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A mentally disabled 26-year-old wins stay on forced surgery August 12, 2005|By Michael J. Higgins, Tribune staff reporter In an unusual and emotionally charged legal case, a 26-year-old mentally disabled woman on Thursday staved off–at least for now–her guardian’s legal bid to force her to be sterilized against her will. Kirsten Johnson of Matteson, who requires help with such basic tasks as preparing meals, said in a deposition that she would like to be a mother someday and didn’t want a tubal ligation, which she said, “Ties your ovaries so the eggs can’t get hatched.” But Johnson’s aunt and legal guardian, Vera Howse, argues that her niece can’t handle the responsibilities of pregnancy or parenthood. Johnson, whose brain was damaged in a childhood accident, has agreed to use birth control. But she isn’t capable of taking pills properly, Howse contends, and had a bad reaction to a long-term form of birth control, Depo-Provera injections. Howse and Johnson, who is represented by an advocacy group for the disabled, presented witnesses and arguments over several days of hearings in June and July in Cook County Probate Court. On Thursday, Probate Judge James Riley ruled that birth control was in Johnson’s best interest but said he would hold off making a decision on Howse’s “petition for tubal ligation.” Riley ordered Johnson to be examined by a gynecologist to determine whether she can use other long-term birth control methods, such as an intrauterine device. The gynecologist is to report in January. Johnson “is unable to do most of the home chores,” Riley wrote in a 12-page opinion. “She does not do any cooking. She cannot be left alone to operate a stove or microwave. She has a personal caregiver who comes into her home every day. … Simply put, if Kirsten cannot care for herself, how can she care for a child?” The case shines a light on a largely hidden issue between adults with disabilities and their guardians. Many adults not legally competent to handle their own affairs are still sexually active. So their guardians may try to counsel them on birth control or suggest a sterilization procedure, experts said. But seeking an involuntary sterilization in court is highly unusual, according to experts. Around the country, no one knows how often such cases arise, but it is rare to see it litigated in court. No published legal opinions in Illinois directly address the issue. Disability rights advocates generally oppose the idea, except where an incompetent person faces a serious health threat. “Our position is that we’re dealing with a fundamental right,” said Byron Mason, attorney for Equip for Equality, the group that represented Johnson. “Regardless of whether a person has a disability, a person has a right to make certain fundamental decisions about their own body.” Howse’s attorney, Lester Barclay of Chicago, said Thursday that those discussions of principle ignore the practical consequences should Johnson become pregnant. Johnson would probably have to go off her psychiatric medications during pregnancy and could become ill as a result, Barclay argued. He said child welfare officials might take the child from her, which would be tragic and painful for her. “This lawsuit was not about placing any restrictions on Kirsten,” Barclay said. “It was only about looking at her desire to be free and recognizing her desire to engage in sexual conduct. … This is why we appoint guardians.” Kirsten Johnson was born in 1978, and her early life was a poignant mix of misfortune and resilience. Her parents divorced when she was 4, and she grew up with her mother, Barbara Johnson. When she was 7, she was hit by a car and suffered brain injuries. In 1990, Johnson’s family settled a personal injury lawsuit, which included a $750,000 lump sum and an annuity expected to pay Johnson $4.5 million to $14.4 million over her lifetime, court records show. Just a few years later, Barbara Johnson was diagnosed with cancer. As she became more ill, the family moved in with Howse, a receptionist at a law firm, at her home in Matteson. Kirsten Johnson went to high school, attending a special-needs program. Barbara Johnson died in 1995, and a judge appointed Howse as the young woman’s guardian. A separate guardian handles Johnson’s money, which can be spent only with court approval. As an adult, Johnson attended workshops and other programs with men who have similar disabilities. She became sexually active, both sides agree. Johnson began using Depo-Provera for birth control. But in 2002, a doctor became concerned that she had gained 68 pounds and apparently suffered high blood pressure, hair loss and nosebleeds from the drug. In 2003, Howse filed the petition in Probate Court. Equip for Equality found out about the situation when Johnson called the group with questions about whether they could help her get married to a man she was dating, Mason said. Johnson told Equip for Equality officials she did not want the procedure done and repeated that claim in a deposition she gave in April. READ MORE

Lawyer for children says Dwyane Wade should get custody

  • September 4, 2012
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Judge hears from court-appointed representative as trial begins September 14, 2010|By Becky Schlikerman, Tribune reporter NBA superstar Dwyane Wade should be granted sole custody of his children, a court-appointed lawyer representing the Wade’s two young children said as a custody trial started Monday in Cook County. The Miami Heat point guard, who grew up in south suburban Robbins, and his high school sweetheart were embroiled for years in an ugly divorce that was finally settled in June. The two are each seeking sole custody of their two sons, ages 8 and 3. Lawyers for Wade and his ex-wife, Siohvaughn, traded barbs in their opening statements in Circuit Judge Renee Goldfarb’s courtroom. Wade’s lawyer, James Pritikin, accused the former wife of “bizarre” behavior and tampering with Wade’s scheduled visitation time with the children. He said he expects that behavior to continue — at the detriment of Wade’s relationship with his sons. “She’s her own boss,” Pritikin said. “The court has no authority over her and she totally disrespects its authority.” But Siohvaughn Wade’s lawyer, Michael Haber, countered that the NBA all-star is simply too busy to be the boys’ sole caretaker, calling it a “selfish desire.” “In order to be a good custodial parent, you must be available to parent the children,” Haber said. “Unfortunately, this is not feasible for a person like Dwyane Wade.” Haber criticized the recommendation by the children’s representative, Lester Barclay, that Dwyane Wade be given sole custody, calling it “nonsensical” because it “ignores realities of Mr. Wade’s unavailability.” Haber said the children’s mother has been the sole caretaker for the kids for most of their lives. While Barclay backed sole custody for Dwyane Wade, he also recommended to the judge that a “creative approach” be taken. “I want them to be whole,” said Barclay, indicating he wants the children to have relationships with both parents and he believes that Dwyane Wade is more likely to make sure that happens. The divorce proceedings have been bitter, marked by allegations and lawsuits. “(The boys) have all the money in the world, but that’s not what they need,” Barclay said. “They need stability.” bschlikerman@tribune.com READ MORE

Killer mom wants to see daughter

  • September 4, 2012
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Chicago Sun Times ^ | 12/05/06 | STEVE PATTERSON Posted on Tuesday, December 05, 2006 1:37:32 PM by Borges She now wants prison visits with 5-year-old In 1998, police say, Heather Corman wrapped her newborn baby boy in a Mickey Mouse towel, then stuffed a blue sock in his mouth, put a plastic bag filled with garbage over his head, wrapped a necktie twice tightly around his neck, stuffed his tiny body into a garbage bag and then threw him into a pond to die. Now, Corman — convicted of killing her baby boy — wants the right to be a mother. In a Cook County courtroom Monday, Corman asked a judge to grant her regular visitation — in prison — with the 5-year-old daughter she had while out on bond. But the girl’s father, Robert Flick, has taken steps to erase Corman from their daughter’s life. The girl hasn’t seen her mother since she was a toddler, calls Flick’s fiancee “mom” and has no memory of her birth mother. “Heather was already convicted of killing one child,” Flick testified. “There’s no guarantee [the girl] would not be harmed by Heather.” Corman, 28, says no matter how heinous a crime she’s been convicted of, she still has a right to be in her child’s life. “I love her — she’s my daughter,” she testified during the weeklong trial heard by Judge Eileen Brewer. “Every child needs to know their mother.” Corman was living with her parents on the East Side when she became pregnant with her second child at 20 –and hid it from them before giving birth on their bathroom floor. She told police a male friend then came in and took the baby from her. In court, she said it was her sister. But a month after he was born, a group of kids found the baby floating in a Hammond pond, just off Interstate 94. For days, he remained unclaimed and residents adopted him, calling him “Baby Angel” and giving him a proper burial. But among the tampons and candy wrappers wrapped around his head were torn pieces of a note with Corman’s name written on it. She was arrested and charged with killing the boy she’s since named “Emmanuel,” but while out on bond, met Flick, who said he believed she didn’t do it. Before she could even go to trial, they were married and she was pregnant again. But as the trial came closer, Flick said, he wondered about how her answers to his questions about the crime changed. In December 2001, when their daughter was 6 months old, he filed for divorce. After her 2002 conviction, he took their baby on periodic visits to the Dwight Correctional Center — until, he said, the strip searches and traumatic impact on the girl became too much. Corman has not seen or heard about her child since. Corman never cried as details of her baby’s death were read aloud in court, though she smiled and wept as she passed through pictures of her daughter at Disney World and heard about how she’s taking ballet. Though Flick, who lives in Indiana, is battling Corman’s attempts to re-enter her daughter’s life, the child’s court-appointed guardian says it would be in her best interest to be gradually re-introduced to her birth mother, no matter what she’s been convicted of. “She needs to be made aware that her mother exists,” guardian Lester Barclay said. “[Corman] can never be replaced as [the girl’s] mom.” READ MORE

Lester L Barclay

  • August 24, 2012
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The Barclay Law Group is named after Lester Barclay for a reason – he is the best of the best. Ask any judge, client, competing attorney and you’ll hear these descriptions: Stand-up guy. Passion over money. Fairness. Dignity. He is a respected advocate of children’s interests. Renowned for his groundbreaking work in family law, Barclay also has extensive experience in probate, real estate, and general litigation, Barclay’s sterling reputation and decades of experience continues to draw a spotlight and waterfall of opportunities to the firm in a wide spectrum of the legal arena. In Cook County, and across Illinois, judges will routinely appoint Barclay to the highest-profile divorce and custody cases. His soft-spoken, focused demeanor puts people at ease and allows the heart of their matter to surface; making him, in a sense, a therapeutic attorney. He always wanted to help people and protect their rights; now he protects the rights of children – people least equipped to protect themselves. Couples routinely come to him full of hate and spite and leave full of love and understanding because of his uncanny ability to work parents through inter-personal issues, allowing them to refocus their energy on what’s most important. His sole focus in family cases is the well-being of the children. Barclay is a successful and experienced mediator. Judges and colleagues often refer difficult cases to him. Barclay may be best known for his handling of the blockbuster Dwayne Wade divorce and custody case, which garnered attention in countless newspaper articles and television clips. He represented the children and had no interest in the spotlight or media attention. Barclay has also been an integral part of a myriad of other well-publicized cases, including a precedent-setting case in the Illinois Appellate Court representing a guardian who tried to have tubal ligation surgery performed on her mentally disabled niece. Despite losing the ruling, Barclay won in the end after the woman became pregnant and the judge admitted a mistake. That case set a standard if and when a ward can be sterilized in Illinois. He has also represented the child of former Chicago Bulls basketball player Eddy Curry. His soon to be published book, “The African-American Guide to Divorce and Drama,” is indicative of his expertise, intuition, and caring nature. It is inspired by his desire to help people and their relationships before they get to that point of no return that many of his clients have reached. Barclay is a father of three and his wife of 28 years is fittingly a pediatrician. Born and raised in Englewood on the South Side of Chicago during the turbulent 1960’s, he is the youngest of 11 children, allowing him to witness a multitude of family disputes from a unique angle. He attained his law degree from Case Western Reserve University Law School and his bachelor’s degree with honors from Oberlin College during a period when championing a cause was almost a prerequisite course. He understands the importance of putting others’ well-being ahead of his own. His extensive, unique experiences and legal training are some reasons why he’s so different and successful. A variety of unique legal mentors prepared him from a young age. He worked at Navy Pier during it’s infancy, helping to make it Chicago’s top tourist attraction. He worked in trade in Thailand, helping build the burgeoning relationship between Chicago and the Thai government, before returning to Chicago. It has come full circle as he now mentors the next generation of lawyers in a similar fashion. Barclay is a board member of the Cook County Bar Association and the Chicago Legal Aid Society and was president of the board of directors of the Christian Community Health Center for 17 years, shepherding it from three employees to 200. He was on the advisory board of Chicago’s Cultural Affairs Department for seven years. He also gives the word philanthropy new meaning, providing hands-on help for underprivileged communities. He works to provide health care to seniors and others in need, help battered women, turn women away from prostitution and the sex trade, and stop the spread of HIV/AIDS. Barclay is not afraid to absorb public scrutiny or take alternative legal routes, such as bifurcation, to achieve the most beneficial results for his clients. He gives people the opportunity to regain dignity during heart-wrenching crises. He doesn’t crunch out your case and perpetuate conflict like other lawyers; he walks you through this difficult process. Sometimes the decisions are tough, but he will make the right ones out of love, respect and the well being for those that need and deserve it most. READ MORE

Rafael L Taylor

  • August 24, 2012
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Rafael Taylor is a legal fireman, putting out the biggest or closest fire to the firm and its clients. Taylor’s focus is domestic relations; most notably divorce, custody battles, parentage, and child support; as well as appellate work. He is a born-and-raised Chicagoan, earning his Bachelor of Science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and his Juris doctor from Valparaiso in 1997. Taylor is a point A to point B attorney – he leads you through the legal process, achieving the tangible results you deserve while helping you move forward. Taylor’s wealth of experience, legal understanding, fanatical preparation, and knowledge of judges give him insight into what will happen in cases, every step of the way, from the first time you meet until your case is fully resolved. He is highly skilled at writing and research and is helped in his cases by his unique storytelling ability. Taylor has discovered his profound love of helping people from his grandmother’s advice and the unique cases he has handled, including representing the Village of Robbins, IL in suits against a mobile home park in violation of multiple health and safety ordinances. His perseverance through back surgery is indicative of his never-say-die attitude – he fights through it the same way he fights for you. READ MORE

Mitchell T Mancione

  • August 24, 2012
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Mitchell Mancione might be the nicest lawyer on the face of the Earth, but he never shows it in the courtroom.  He specializes in probate and trust disputes, estate planning, real estate, litigation, and guardianship. He is skilled at massaging inter-family disputes and navigating your case’s winding road. His knowledge, understanding, and negotiation skills are comforting to his clients and ensures the most favorable and efficient outcome. His vibrant and calm sensibilities connects with clients on a personal level; he will meet you in person, put you at ease, be honest with you about your case, and find the best, cost-effective way to proceed. Mancione joined the Barclay Law Group in 2007 after receiving his law degree from John Marshall Law School. Being a writer at heart, earning his bachelor’s degree in English with distinguished honors from the University of Illinois-Chicago, helps him understand classic law texts and find creative ways through the legal process. He also teaches litigation to paralegal students to impart wisdom to others. Mancione is a family man; he’s married to a teacher and is father to a young daughter. He is driven by his belief in good results for deserving people. READ MORE

Melba A Castillo

  • August 24, 2012
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Melba Castillo focuses on all aspects of domestic and family law including, divorce, pre-judgment, post-judgment, custody, visitation, child support, spouse support, litigation, and guardianship cases for the firm. Attorney Castillo has been part of the Barclay Law Group for four years; earning her bachelor’s degree in English from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and her law degree from Chicago-Kent College of Law in 1998. She has a background in public interest and worked at the Legal Aid Bureau Metropolitan Family Services. Castillo grew up on the north shore in a Filipino family and has helped under-privileged families in her work at a private non-profit. She brings these fulfilling experiences to her cases and finds great joy in doing good by helping children and parents. She is a conscientious straight-shooter and thrives on structure and responsibility. She is never swayed by the spotlight despite experience in a collage of high profile cases. She founded and ran the internet-based bakery dolcemelba.com, indicative of her creativity, ingenuity, and hands-on nature. She will balance your legal goals with your money restraints, doing everything she can to produce the most favorable outcome possible. Compassion without drama – that’s what you’ll get in Melba Castillo. READ MORE

Patrick D John

  • August 24, 2012
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Patrick John is one of the most unique, charismatic, and inventive attorneys you will ever see. He was born in Guyana, South America and raised in Brooklyn, New York. He attained his bachelor’s degree in Urban Legal Studies from The City College of New York in Harlem, and his law degree from Chicago-Kent College of Law. He is in his second stint with the Barclay Law Group. John is an eight-year veteran of the U.S.  Coast Guard.  He began law school while he was still on active duty with the Coast Guard.  One of his legal passions is helping military veterans who are denied disability benefits receive the payments they’ve earned for serving their country. Most of John’s practice, however, is based on general civil litigation: family law, child support, probate, employment discrimination, landlord/tenant,  contract disputes and Social Security disability.  He is one of few African-American attorneys who handle Social Security disability and Veteran’s disability cases.  His experiences with diverse personalities and cases, from the profound to the profane, and his military training and experience, enable him to flawlessly handle and be mindful of a wide variety of clients, cases, and colleagues. He is a problem-solver, a straight-shooter, passionate, vibrant and outgoing.  His remarkable ability to think outside the box is evident in many of his past cases, including setting a legal precedent by suing a landlord for “intentional infliction of emotional distress” on behalf of a tenant who lived below a drug dealer; as well as an “un-divorce” case where a woman divorced her estranged husband, only to discover years later that he had died prior to the divorce.  John helped her reverse the divorce so she could qualify for widow’s benefits from her husband’s former employer.  His experience on multiple debate teams through high school and college helps him to think on his feet and prepare for any merciless or unreasonable situation. John will find the most positive and cost-effective conclusion to your case while making you feel at ease, chuckle, and marvel at his legal creativity. READ MORE

Terri Smith Blanchard

  • August 24, 2012
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Terri Smith Blanchard is passionate about making sure all people have equal opportunities in city business and housing, what many consider the new forefront of civil rights. She thrives on protecting those that often don’t have the funds or business savvy to protect themselves, often defending minority and women-owned businesses rights in city contracts.  Blanchard’s experience is only surpassed by her passion for fighting for disadvantaged Chicagoans — she is part of a rare breed to earn a living while making sure all people are heard and accounted for. After attending Oberlin College and University of Michigan Law School, Blanchard joined the Barclay Law Group in 2007. Prior to joining the Barclay Law Group, she was principal counsel for her own firm, the Law Offices of Terri Smith Blanchard, for seven years. She now focuses on general litigation, employment discrimination, minority and business enterprise contracts, landlord/tenant, municipal, and real estate. Blamchard is also counsel to the Central Advisory Council, the tenant side of the Chicago Housing Authority, where she partners with groups like the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) to protect tenants’ rights against discriminatory public housing policies, including a nine-year stint re-shaping the Cabrini Green housing project. She represents teachers and principals in their lawsuits against Chicago Public Schools and is a board member at the South Shore Chamber of Commerce.   A Chicagoan since birth, helping people has been driving her since childhood. When it comes to making sure your voice is heard and you’re treated fairly, Blanchard is all business. READ MORE

Corporate Law

  • July 26, 2012
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Our attorneys are prepared to provide legal advice and representation for the development and preservation of numerous corporation and business structures. We offer unique and individually tailored ideas and solutions for corporate and/or partnership formation and dissolution, joint ventures, financing and restructuring. We enlighten our clients with current information pertaining to the advantages and disadvantages of purchasing a business or the consequences and ramifications involved in the sale of a business. READ MORE

Elder Law – Senior Law

  • July 26, 2012
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Elder Law refers to all the legal matters relating to the “golden years” and beyond. Can you stay in your house with home health care? How will you pay for the nursing home? How can you legally transfer assets to your eventual heirs? How do you intervene to protect your elderly parents? We can advise you on a wide range of matters for the elderly and their caretakers: Life care – Managing your health care at different stages Medicaid planning – Managing assets to qualify for Medicaid nursing home assistance, while possibly leaving assets to family members Guardianship – Asking the court to put you in charge of Mom or Dad’s financial affairs and health care Estate planning – Establishing wills, trusts and powers of attorney Wealth transfer – strategies to preserve assets for beneficiaries Contact us today to arrange your free consultation. We will make in-home visits for mobility challenged clients. READ MORE

Employment Law / Labor Law

  • July 26, 2012
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Whether employer or employee, our clientele is informed of existing policies along with recent trends and progress in confronting management and workforce agreements, disagreements and concerns. These matters and the related areas of age, race, religion, sex and national origin discrimination, in the workplace, are handled by our attorneys at administrative agencies and before state and federal courts. READ MORE

Estate Planning, Trust and Probate Law

  • July 26, 2012
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Why do I need Estate Planning? I am not rich! Estate planning is not only for wealthy individuals. Most people have a greater net worth than they realize – equity in family property, retirement funds, life insurance policies, etc. Without a will, your assets will be distributed according to the State of Illinois rules, also known as intestacy. The State may not pass your assets to the people you care about most. You should be sure by leaving a document that leaves no question regarding your wishes. An estate plan covers far more than your assets and possession. It s a set of documents that expresses your wishes and guides family members (a) should you die; or (b) if you become incapacitated by illness, accident or mental infirmity. Our attorneys will guide you through all these important considerations: A will to declare who inherits your assets and manages your business and financial affairs Trusts to preserve assets and pass them to your heirs with the least hassle and taxes Supplemental Needs Trust to protect family assets for disabled beneficiaries, while keeping their eligibility for public benefits Powers of attorney to manage your personal affairs, if you cannot Health care power of attorney and living will for medical and life support decisions Guardianship of minor children or vulnerable adults Assisted living or nursing home planning to pay for long-term care Our attorneys will schedule annual meetings with you to review your documents to ensure they are up to date with our wishes. Contact us today and schedule your free consultation to discuss creating a will or updating your current documents if your circumstances have changed. We will make in-home visits for mobility challenged clients. READ MORE

Non-profit Law

  • July 26, 2012
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Community organizations, religious groups and social entities require special legal needs as tax-exempt and not-for-profit establishments. Our legal staff is able to prepare the various required application forms for these associations. We are also well-learned in and maintain a current understanding of the countless tax codes and its amendments, related municipal and other governmental zoning concerns, developments and problems along with an essential knowledge of the appeal process. READ MORE

Municipal – Public Finance Law

  • July 26, 2012
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As Co-Bond Counsel, the firm has participated in various bond transactions involving governmental entities and organizations. We provide explicit information to our joint-clients regarding the laws entailing the issuance of these bonds and the municipal bond holder. Our attorneys remain abreast of the current disclosure, risk and tax issues and their immediate and long-term affect on the co-client. READ MORE

Probate Law

  • July 26, 2012
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Guardianship If a loved one has been incapacitated by illness or accident, he or she should have a legal guardian. Guardianship is determined by a probate proceeding. It is necessary when the incapacitated person did not have powers of attorney or advance directives that provided instructions on the steps to take in case of such a situation. There are two types of legal guardians. 1. Guardian of a person – This provides you legal standing to make important decisions regarding the healthcare and treatment that your loved one receives. 2. Guardian of an estate – This provides you power to make decisions about your loved one’s assets and property. Both types of guardianship can be held by the same person, or each can be provided to a different person, depending on the needs of your loved one. At our firm, we have more than 20 years of experience helping people obtain guardianship over a loved one. Contact us if you want to learn more about how we can assist you with your guardianship needs. Decedent’s Estates Losing a loved one is difficult. Don’t let the process of estate administration make it even more painful. We will assist you in ensuring that the final wishes of your loved one are carried out efficiently and effectively through vigorous legal representation. We understand that every case is unique, so we provide our clients with the personal attention they deserve to help them through what can be an emotional and challenging legal process. If you have lost a loved one and are in the process of estate administration, we can help. Our attorneys can assist with all aspects of estate administration including: Intestate Estates (no Will or last testament) Testate Estates (documented legal Will or last testament) Trust Administration Contact The Barclay Law Group, P.C. to schedule your initial consultation READ MORE

Real Estate Law

  • July 26, 2012
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With its precarious and volatile position, the real estate market’s reputation is requiring a specialized unique approach in assessing a client’s vulnerability. Our legal staff customizes the client’s service in order to affectively meet their needs. We negotiate, prepare and review contracts for the purchase or sale of residential and/or commercial property. In addition, we attempt to resolve landlord/tenant disagreements, property and construction disputes prior to commencing litigation proceedings. Residential Property Tax Appeals If your home is located in Cook County, Illinois, we can represent you at the Cook County Board of Review and argue on your behalf to ensure that you are receiving a fair and accurate assessed value of your residential property.  Additionally, we will make sure you are receiving all of the exemptions you are entitled to. With our help, the assessed value on your home may be lowered, resulting in a lesser property tax burden. READ MORE

Social Security Disability Law

  • July 26, 2012
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Being denied Social Security Disability benefits can be frustrating. How will you support yourself and your family? How will you provide for basic necessities such as food, rent, mortgage, or car payments? You’re too sick to work, but can’t afford not to work. Our attorneys understand that this is a challenging time in your life, but at our firm, every client is treated like a person, not just a case number. If you’ve been denied disability by the Social Security Administration, we can help with your appeal process. There are deadlines to file an appeal, so it’s important that you call us as soon as possible. And remember, we don’t get paid unless you win. READ MORE

Veterans Benefits Consulting

  • July 26, 2012
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Although most VA pensions are only for veterans who were wounded or disabled while they were serving in the armed forces, there are millions of veterans and their spouses that may be eligible for special monthly pension benefits solely because they are over 65 years of age and are homebound, in assisted/supportive living, or in a nursing home. Those veterans and/or their survivors only need to prove that their medical expenses exceed certain income and asset limitations. The maximum benefit available can provide significant help in paying for long term care costs. Attorney John is a certified Veterans Benefits Consultant who can assist you and your family by explaining the many difficult-to-understand things about long-term care. There are several considerations that need to be addressed. Let Attorney John be your advocate and help you understand your options. Contact us today for your free consultation and find out if you qualify for a VA pension. We will make in-home visits for mobility challenged clients. READ MORE

Family Mediation Services

  • July 26, 2012
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The Barclay Law Group provides aggressive representation for our clients who want to pursue their case in court.  But for those clients who may not be able to afford a long court battle, we offer mediation services.  Mediation is a process where you and your opponent attempt to reach a settlement that you can both live with, without the stress and expense of going to court.  A successful mediation session depends on the skill and experience of the mediator (the person who facilitates the mediation).  Lester Barclay has over 20 years of experience as a divorce attorney and attorney representing children in custody and visitation disputes.  He has the skill and experience necessary to ensure that your mediation stands the greatest likelihood of success.  If you attempt to mediate your dispute and are unable to reach a settlement that seems fair to you, you still have the right to take your case to court. READ MORE

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  • July 26, 2012
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Firm News

  • July 26, 2012
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During the 2011-2012 school year, the Barclay Law Group participated in the Chicago Public Schools Law and Public Safety Academy Internship Program (LPSA) and had the pleasure of working with Darryl Waites, an honor roll student from Hirsch Metropolitan High School. Darryl worked with the firm as an intern for approximately 25 weeks. Darryl completed the LPSA, graduated third in his class of 120 students and is currently attending Philander Smith College in Little Rock, Arkansas. READ MORE

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  • July 26, 2012
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Chicago welcomes Ms. Li Jingjing (Evelyn) as the Barclay Law Group, P.C.’s, first summer intern from Renmin University School of Law, Beijing China. The Law School has been consistently ranked number 1 in China by the Ministry of Education. Ms. Li is a recepient of the King & Wood overseas internship scholarship that has allowed her to spend the summer in America. A graduate of Nanjing Audit University in Nanjing, China, where she majored in International Trade and Economics, Evelyn is currently in the second year of the 3 year Jurist Masters program (the equivalent to the U.S. JD), where she is a Comparative Law major. Ms. Li, has already passed the Chinese bar exam and hopes to further her studies in the future by obtaining an LLM in the U.S. and sitting for the New York Bar Exam. She hopes her time in America will help create a lasting business partnership and friendship that was started by Attorney Lester L. Barclay’s recent visit to China. READ MORE

Senior Partner Lester Barclay :: Coping With Divorce After 20 Years of Marriage on My50 Chicago WPWR’s Perspective

  • July 26, 2012
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11/6/2011 Senior Partner Lester Barclay :: Coping With Divorce After 20 Years of Marriage on My50 Chicago WPWR’s Perspective READ MORE

Senior Partner Lester Barclay joins guest panel

  • July 26, 2012
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06/18/2011 Senior Partner Lester Barclay joins guest panel READ MORE

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