Established October 11, 2010, we are a Chicago-based Probate Firm, specializing in estate and trust administration, guardianships of minors and disabled adults, contested estate and trust issues, probate litigation, elder law, and affordable estate planning. Services also include durable Powers of Attorney, health care directives, living wills, revocable and irrevocable trusts, OBRA trusts and third party-funded Supplemental Needs trusts.Example cases
• Assisted an independent executor administer an intestate estate for deceased uncle, where there were numerous contentious heirs, and a fraudulent deed recorded on the decedent's real estate. A lis pendens and supplemental proceeding to void the fraudulent deed were accomplished, the property was sold, all heirs consented to the final account and the estate was closed.
• Represented two beneficiaries of grandfather's testamentary trust established for the benefit of their father, and assisted them with obtaining their distributive share of the father's trust, after it was determined that the trust declaration could not be located. Negotiated and drafted a settlement agreement, executed by the trustee, surviving spouse and beneficiaries, which was subsequently approved by the probate court.
30 North LaSalle Street
Free initial consultation — no limit on time.
Estates planning flat fees, depending on what documents are drafted, range from $300 to $1800.
Estate and trust administration, elder law and guardianships are at an hourly rate (depending on complexity of issues) ranging from $215 to $250.
Contested estate and trust matters are hourly, ranging from $250 to $350, and can be contingent fee cases by agreement.
Monday through Friday
8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Weekend/evening and home/hospital visits by arrangement
Translators are available for a variety of languages if arrangements are made in advance.
I chose to focus my practice on probate law because of the variety of different cases and issues that fall within this specialty. I enjoy representing families who are dealing with a loved one with a disability, as we advocate for solutions to ongoing challenges, and I like applying my litigation experience to contested issues and obtaining a resolution.
I believe that clients who educate themselves on legal issues, and allow me, as their attorney to provide them additional information and guidance, are the best types of clients to represent because they are engaged in the process. It is especially useful and productive for a client to be educated on the legal issues involved in a case involving litigation or a contested issue because of the various outcomes that can result.
I am willing to review documents prepared by clients, as long as they are amenable to discuss modifications which I believe are prudent. I think that there would need to be a discussion with the client, after the documents are reviewed, just to ensure that their objectives are being fulfilled, and the document is in keeping with current laws.
I would be willing to provide guidance for a client who is self-represented, but there would need to be an understanding that the individual is ultimately responsible for the outcome.
• 1988 — 2008: Robert W. Karr & Associates, Ltd.: Civil litigation firm, associate attorney, represented plaintiffs in personal injury, wrongful death and medical malpractice cases, also handled all of the firm's probate cases, including guardianships, and estate administration.
• 2008 — 2010: Peter J. Latz & Associates LLC: Full service probate firm, of counsel attorney. Estate and trust administration, guardianship law, elder law, contested estate and trust issues, probate litigation and estate planning.
• 10/11/2010: Established my own practice, Chicago-based, convenient to main courthouse.
I went to law school relatively late in life, graduating at age 32. Partly because I needed to work full time and attend college part time for my undergraduate degree. My parents died young, and I have lost a brother to cancer, so I believe that I truly do emphasize with clients about the death of a loved one. I have also seen what can occur when individuals and families fail to plan for the future, as is often the case with many elder law issues, so I believe that I bring this experience to each client.
I believe that I have compassion for the struggles that often accompany the issues that my clients bring to me, as an attorney, and I also feel that I am responsive to their needs. As a former litigator, I do not hesitate to utilize the court system to resolve an issue. I will fight doggedly if I believe that there is an injustice that needs to be resolved. I also believe that I am a good communicator, and have the ability to help my clients understand the complexities of their situation and the options for resolving their issues.Personal interests:
I enjoying traveling, often times by motorcycle, in the states and overseas. I also enjoy spending time with family, particularly grandchildren, cooking, and photography.
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