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Property Settlement

Lake County Divorce Lawyer and Property Settlement Attorney

One of the first questions in many couples’ minds when a divorce is eminent involves their property and assets – who gets what? This can be an area of considerable contention and can result in a struggle. Illinois law is designed to provide an “equitable” solution. However, beyond the concept of equitable distribution, there is almost no additional guidance provided by the state in this area.

What does this mean? It means the courts have tremendous discretion in how they interpret your case and resolve your situation. Leaving this decision in the hands of the courts not only strips you of any control over the process, it leaves you at the mercy of the judge and what he or she decides. All too often, these decisions leave one party or the other crying foul.

For this reason, it makes good sense to work with an experienced Lake county divorce lawyer and property settlement attorney in an attempt to reach an agreement that both you and your spouse can live with without the need to go to court.

At the Libertyville, Illinois family law firm of Matthew Kaplan, we are 100% dedicated to helping couples deal with the many important issues that surround a divorce, including property distribution. Our Lake County family law attorneys have more than thirty years of valuable experience in this area, and can provide you with smart advice and effective representation aimed at achieving a fair settlement that works for both you and your spouse.

Contact us today to take the first step in the process. Our first goal is to help you and your partner come to an agreement that satisfies both your needs without the need for a court battle, which can be lengthy and expensive. However, if needed we are ready, willing and able to fight hard in court for what you believe is fair and just.

We can help you prepare for your divorce and analyze your property settlement situation by:

  • defining your goals
  • documenting financial holdings, bank accounts, investments, stock options, 401K plans
  • uncovering hidden assets
  • obtaining a realistic valuation and appraisal of your home
  • documenting and evaluating any business interests or business ownership income

Contact a Lake County property settlement attorney at Matthew Kaplan today to schedule a free, half-hour in-office consultation to discuss your situation. During this meeting, we’ll listen intently to your story, encourage questions, explore your needs, and provide you with a rough estimate of the time trouble that may be required to achieve your goals.

Finding an equitable solution that both you and your partner can agree on may not be easy, but it can be done. We’ll help make it happen.