The Law Office of Goldberg & Kane

The Law Office of Goldberg & Kane

Our practice is located in Waukegan and we serve clients throughout Lake County. We take great pride in serving the people of our community. Please consult one of our attorneys to discuss the matters of concern to your family.

Firm Overview

The Law Firm of Goldberg & Kane is dedicated to the practice of family law. We focus on representing people in a range of matters affecting families. We have extensive experience and a well established track record of successful resolution of Family Court cases, including Divorce, Custody, Visitation, Child Support, Paternity, and Adoption matters; Probate cases, including Guardianship and Estate matters; Estate Planning including drafting wills, trusts, and powers of attorney; and personal Bankruptcy cases.

Our goal for each and every one of our clients is to bring resolution to their family issues, preferably through negotiation and mediation. Our top priority is what is best for the children and we pursue this priority with as little emotional and financial toll as possible. When there is no remaining alternative but litigation, we have the determination, skill and experience to vigorously fight for our client's rights.

Besides divorce and probate cases our firm focuses on several other legal areas.

Adoption:
Kevin Kane has been helping build families through adoption for over 30 years. Representing a family in an adoption can be one of the most rewarding experiences we have as attorneys because it results in a new beginning for a child.

It is crucial that all of the necessary legal steps be properly completed to ensure that the child is legally available for adoption and that there is no risk that the adoption can be challenged in the future. We will work with you throughout the process, whether you are seeking to adopt a related child, working with an adoption agency, or going through a private adoption.

DCFS Adoptions -- Kevin Kane is on the DCFS list of Illinois attorneys approved to handle DCFS subsidized adoptions. In addition to handling the adoption, Kevin will review the subsidy agreement with DCFS to make sure that you and the child will be getting all of the aid and information to which you are entitled from the state.

Bankruptcy:
Bankruptcy can provide much needed relief for those who are in financial distress. Filing bankruptcy can stop collection actions, wage garnishments, harassing calls and demand letters, and can help you get a fresh start financially. Filing for bankruptcy is a complicated process. We represent eligible clients in filing for Chapter 7 bankruptcy relief. Many of our bankruptcy clients have been suffering from financial stress for several years before coming to us for help.

QDROs:
A Qualified Domestic Relations Order is required if a Judgment for Dissolution of Marriage calls for the transfer of a portion of one spouse's retirement plan, such as a pension or 401(k) plan, to the non-employee spouse. QDROs are complicated legal documents because they must comply with Federal and state law and, at the same time, meet the requirements of the specific plan. We prepare the necessary Orders to divide Federal pensions, military pensions, Illinois public sector employee pensions, and plans provided through private employers or unions.

Mediation:
Both Deborah Goldberg and Kevin Kane are certified Family Mediators and are approved by the court for court ordered mediation in the 19th Judicial Circuit Court.

Mediation is a cooperative process where people try to resolve conflict with the assistance of a trained, neutral third party whose role is to assist the parties to facilitate communication, identify issues, explore options and negotiate solutions. Mediation is an alternative to the litigation process where the parties and their attorneys present evidence to a judge at a trial and have the judge decide any disputed issues.

Through mediation parties can craft their own solutions to problems rather than having to live with a solution imposed by a judge. Mediation is generally substantially less expensive than litigation and it avoids the emotional trauma involved presenting the details of the parties' personal lives and finances in a public courtroom.
Main Office

Main Office
813 Washington Street
Waukegan  IL  60085

Phone
  • 847-662-0280
Divorce
Based in Waukegan, we only handle cases in Lake County, Illinois.
Deborah Goldberg and Kevin Kane have over fifty years of combined experience representing parties in divorces. Whether you are initiating the process or your spouse has already filed, we can help you through this difficult time. The process of getting a divorce can be a long one, but we will work with you to make sure that all aspects of property division, care of the children, and financial maintenance are worked out so that you can start your life anew.
Estate Planning
Kevin Kane and Rachel Kane will walk clients threw the process crafting an estate plan that will ensure that their wishes are met after their death.
Proper estate planning enables you to prepare for your death or disability, insuring that your assets go to the people who are important to you. The instructions you leave behind in your will can help minimize conflict among your family and make life easier for those that survive you. In addition to crafting wills and trusts, we also strongly urge everyone to have a power of attorney for health care. The POA for health care can help your family and doctors make end of life decisions in accordance with your wishes for you, if you are unable to make them for yourself. Everyone, no matter their age or health, should have a Durable Power of Attorney for Health Care. If you wait until it is needed, it is too late.
Probate
Deborah Goldberg, Kevin Kane, and Rachel Kane are all on the Lake County Probate Court's list of approved GALs for cases concerning disabled adults and cases regarding guardianship of a child.
We help people in guardianship cases, whether they are seeking guardianship of a disabled adult or a child that has been left in their care.

We also probate estates after a person's death. Sorting out an estate, even when there is a will, can often be a time consuming and exacting job for the person who is named as the estate administrator. We work with the executor to close the estate and fulfill the decedent's wishes.

How did your firm decide on the primary area of practice(s)?

We have chosen to focus our practice on family law.

Our goal is to assist families as their relationships change, in a way that is fair to all, with as little emotional damage and cost as possible.

Where possible we try to achieve our client's goals through negotiation or mediation. We realize that a willingness to be reasonable and compromise has to be present on both sides for mediation and negotiation to achieve a fair outcome. When litigation is necessary, we have the court room experience, legal skills and dedication to fight for our client's rights.

What distinguishes your law firm from others?

Our sincere dedication to each and every client we serve has helped to establish us as a resource for the people of our community when family issues arise. We also have the necessary experience with associated areas of law to be effective advocates for our clients.

Rachel Kane

Rachel obtained her JD from Chicago-Kent College of Law in 2012. While attending Chicago-Kent she worked as an intern at Goldberg & Kane, volunteered as an advocate in domestic violence court in Chicago, and participated in the Kent tax clinic.

Rachel graduated with a BA from the University of Evansville in 2005. While there she traveled extensively, studying in England, Italy, and Greece. She graduated with a major in philosophy and a minor in archaeology.

After graduating from college Rachel taught English to children in South Korea for a year and a half. After returning to the United States, Rachel continued to work with children and taught preschool in Kansas City for several years.

Rachel is a member of the Association of Woman Attorneys and has been the Treasurer since May 2013.
Rachel is a member of the Lake County Bar Association.

Kevin Kane

Education:
University of Illinois College of Law, J.D. cum laude 1978

Law Review - University of Illinois Law Forum, Editor
1977 - 1978
Research Assistant to Dr. Robert Sprague, Institute for Child Behavior and Development, University of Illinois
1977 - 1978
University of Illinois at Chicago, B.A. 1970
Depaul University - Center for Dispute Resolution - Certificate in Family and Divorce Mediation 2002

Professional Activities:

Lake County Bar Association 1982 - present
LCBA Treasurer 2009 - 2011

Legal Aid, Probate and Family Law Committees

Helped organize Volunteer Lawyer Program in 1983 with ABA grant: wrote handbook and trained attorneys to handle divorce cases; provided training and mentor volunteer attorneys

Illinois State Bar Association 1978 - present

Member of organization Board of Directors of Illinois Pro Bono Center
1993 - 1997
Chair and member of Committee on the Mentally Disabled
1984 - 1990
Assembly member 1989 - 1995 & 2007 - present
Association of Women Attorneys of Lake County 2001 - present
AWALC Treasurer 2005 - 2009
Catholic Charities Consumer Credit Counseling Service Advisory Council 1988 - 2001

Licenses:
State of Illinois Admitted 1978
Federal District Court for the Northern District of Illiois Admitted 1978
Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals Admitted 1980
Member Federal Trial Bar Admitted 1983


Articles:
Note, Representation of Juveniles accused of Municipal Ordinance Violations 1977 U. Ill. L. F. 405

Kenneth M. Gadow & Kevin M. Kane, Administration of Medication by School Personnel, Journal of School Mental Health March 1983 at 178

Kevin M. Kane, New Local Court Rules and Statutes in Family Law, LCBA Docket March 1995

Kevin M. Kane, Nottage Reversed, LCBA Docket December 1996

Kevin M. Kane, So You Ned a QILDRO, LCBA Docket December 2009

Kevin M. Kane, Divorce: Dividing Public Pensions, Mentor CLE Video Course

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