Bathas & Associates was established in 1988. I set up my own practice on the side while working at the Chicago Police Department, and made myself available nights and weekends to accommodate clients' schedules.
Bathas & Associates focuses on:
Estate Planning: Set up Trusts, Wills, POAs, Living Wills and HIPPA releases to avoid Probate Court and minimize Estate Taxes.
Elder Law: Medicaid Planning for Asset Protection for nursing home situations.
Real Estate: Real Estate Closings.
My associates set up LLCs, FLPs and Corporations, and handle Tax Planning and Preparation. We also handle Probate, Personal Injury, Guardianships, and Commercial Business Transactions, and will also set up Special Needs Trusts for disabled beneficiaries.
I have settled many estates without going to court, thus saving the client's time and money. I have set up many Medicaid plans to preserve client's assets, and pass these assets to their beneficiaries.
Yes, there is no time limit.
Prices vary based on amount of work involved. Clients are quoted a price at the initial free consultation. I will provide additional discounts if client mentions Nolo.
Residential Real Estate Closing: $400 to $500
Most Estate Planning fees range from $50 to $2,000
Most Medicaid Planning fees range from $3,000 to $7,500
For non-court time: $250
For court time: $325
Anytime. For emergency after hours, please call 1-877-NICK-LAW.
Lebanese and Armenian.
I became tired of going to court while working at the police department, so I chose areas of law that kept me out of court and that did not conflict with my police schedule. My first clients were the mothers and fathers of policemen I worked with who wanted wills, trusts, or real estate closings. I would go to their homes at night and weekends, and this is how I started building my practice.
Not advisable. Clients should seek professional help at all times. The law is complex, and it would be easy for someone without the proper training to make costly mistakes.
I am reluctant to do this. If I choose to do so, on a case by case basis, I am to be paid an hourly fee. However, the clients must understand that there is a risk in preparing their own documents and I will explain to them that it is best that a professional prepare these documents. There must be a disclaimer included for liability purposes.
I am unwilling to coach clients who want to represent themselves.
Attorney at Law - 1988 to Present
Chicago Police Department - 1976 to 1996
Handling the stress of being a "911" dispatcher allowed me to deal with the stress of dealing with clients as an attorney. I can work well under emergency situations, which has made things easier when dealing with my clients. I was exposed to a lot of different people, cultures, and situations, so there is nothing that I am not able to deal with as an attorney.
I am very personable and my clients feel like I am their friend. I develop relationships with my clients. I explain things in layman's terms and I do not talk down to clients like many lawyers do. I sell people on my personality and they trust me. I make myself available 24/7 and I make house calls.Personal interests:
Sports and traveling.
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