Guardianship or Adoptions

A “guardian” is someone who is chosen or appointed to make legal decisions for someone who is not able to make those decisions on their own. Guardianship is often over a child or an individual who has become incapacitated through age or disability.

Adoption refers to the act by which an adult formally becomes the guardian of a child and incurs the rights and responsibilities of a parent. Relinquishing the rights and responsibilities of the biological parents, and granting full responsibility of the child to the new caregiver.

JEP lawyers working on Guardianship or Adoptions provide services that may include:

  • Adult Guardianship
  • Planned Guardianship
  • Contested Guardianship
  • Inheritance received by a minor
  • Guardianship due to lack of mental capacity
  • Adoption
  • Anthony M. Abou Ezzi

    Ezzi Law

    ezzilaw.com

    Anthony (“Tony”) M. Abou Ezzi provides services to his clients in the area of Estate Planning (Wills, Trusts, Powers of Attorney, Special Needs Trusts), Probate, Adult Guardianship, Small-Business and Corporate Formation, and Disability Law. Tony founded Ezzi Law with the purpose of providing his clients with personalized and exceptional legal services. He assists clients with end-of-life planning and circumstances, and prides himself in treating each of his clients as he would a member of his family. Graduating Magna Cum Laude from North Central College and receiving his Juris Doctor from The John Marshall Law School, Tony never lost sight of his passion for helping those in need. As an intern for Equip for Equality, a recipient of the AT&T Excellence in Pro Bono Legal Services Award through the Center for Disability and Elder Law, and as a volunteer for Chicago Volunteer Legal Services, Tony has dedicated himself to providing legal assistance to individuals with a disability and the elderly. Tony can be reached at (929)-322-3994 or Tony@EzziLaw.com.


  • Chlece Neal

    Chicago Advocate Legal, LLC

    www.chicagoadvocatelegal.com

    Chlece Neal’’s passion for law is inspired by a desire to see social justice for everyone. She sees the legal system as an instrument for social change and wants to use the legal system to empower, inspire and help people see positive change in their lives, their families and their communities. Chlece graduated from Loyola University School of Law and the Graduate School of Social Work where she focused on child and family law and mental health issues as well as the criminal justice system. Chlece practices in the area of family law, child law, criminal law and nonprofit organization. With flexible office hours, including weekends, and affordable pricing options, there is no reason to go at it alone. Chlece Neal can be reached at (312) 561-5510 or at cal@chicagoadvocatelegal.com.


  • Shegun Obafemi

    The Law Offices of Obafemi, P.C.

    www.obafemilaw.com

    Shegun Obafemi attended the University of Vienna, where he studied political Science before moving to the United States.  In the US, Shegun attended Northeastern Illinois University and went on to receive his JD from Thomas M. Cooley School of Law. Shegun practices law to act on his belief in helping low income people gain access to justice. While in law school, Shegun worked at the People’s Law Office in Chicago where he helped defend demonstrators arrested in Chicago for protesting the Iraq war. Shegun also worked at West Town Community Law Office. After law school, Shegun worked for the City of Chicago Law Department prosecuting Department of Streets and Sanitation violations and Building Code violations. Shegun practices in family law, wills and estate planning, and real estate. Shegun can be reached at 312-659-4681 or sobafemi@obafemilaw.com.


  • Sonny Thatch

    Thatch Law Group

    www.thatchlawgroup.com

    Sonny R. Thatch, II is a native of Cook County, Illinois.  He received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from DePaul University’s Honors Program and received his Juris Doctorate from The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law.  While in law school, Attorney Thatch earned a temporary license from the Ohio Supreme Court and clerked with the Columbus, Ohio City Attorney’s Office, where he prosecuted Domestic Violence, Traffic, Assault cases.  After returning to Chicago in 2013 and passing the Illinois Bar Exam, Attorney Thatch worked for the Office of the Clerk of the Circuit Court of Cook County in the Criminal, Domestic Relations, and Domestic Violence divisions. Sonny can be reached at (312) 487-1171 or sonny@thatch-law.com.


  • Christina Martell

    The Law Office of Christina Martell

    www.lawofficemartell.com

    Christina “Chrissie” Martell is a solo practice attorney focusing on legal issues facing young families as they grow.  She practices adoption, estate planning, and real estate law, along with some aspects of family law such as uncontested divorce.  Chrissie earned her bachelor’s degree in English with a Concentration in Public and Professional Writing from Indiana University in Bloomington.  She graduated from DePaul University College of Law with a Certificate in Family Law.  While in law school, she participated in DePaul’s family law clinic, in which she represented clients in domestic relations and domestic violence court under the supervision of an experienced attorney. She was also active in mock trial and client counseling and negotiations competitions, and she wrote an advice column for the law school newspaper. Chrissie can be reached at (630) 423-6377 or cmartell.esq@gmail.com.


  • Alyease Jones

    The Law Office of Alyease Jones

    www.alyeaselaw.com

    Alyease Jones was raised to understand the importance of community involvement and education. She received her law degree Cum Laude from Western Michigan University-Cooley Law School.  Alyease D. Jones is the attorney and founder of The Law Office of Alyease Jones.  Attorney Jones has serviced her community through her legal expertise. She is an experienced professional who enjoys providing her clients with quality legal assistance.The firm’s mission is to provide affordable legal services to those in need of counsel related to domestic relationships, including family law, DCFS defense, guardianship, and orders of protection. Our quest is to promote justice and guarantee equality to all clients while maintaining a high degree of integrity and working zealously to protect our client’s legal and constitutional rights.  The firm’s goal is to bridge the gap between the law and the community. Alyease can be reached at alyeasejonesesq@gmail.com or by phone at (630) 480-6580.


  • Jessica J. Bell

    Bell Advocate LLC

    www.belladvocate.com

    Tired of watching the people in her community lose rights, property, and access to loved ones just because they didn’t know the law or know a lawyer they could afford and trust, Jessica Bell left her career in legal ethics and founded Bell Advocate LLC. A life long Southsider, Jessica appears in Markham and at the Daley Center for clients pursuing or defending actions concerning divorce, child support, custody, adult and minor guardianship, wills, trusts, and other assets in the areas of: Domestic Relations/Family Law, Probate, Guardianship, and Estate Planning. Bell Advocate endeavors to offer affordable legal services to those whose income is too high to qualify for free legal services, but also cannot afford traditionally priced private attorneys. Contact Jessica now at (773) 234-2052 or jessicabell@belladvocate.com to learn more about how Bell Advocate LLC can assist you with your legal matter.


  • Shunte Goss

    Law Offices of Shunte S. Goss

    www.shuntegossesq.com

    Shunte‘ S. Goss is a native of Chicago, Illinois, and an alumnus of the JEP. Shunte’ attended and received her undergraduate degree from Illinois State University. She graduated with a Juris Doctor from Thomas M. Cooley Law School and went directly to work in private practice. Prior to law school, Shunte‘ worked with individuals in many different areas. She gained experience in problem solving as well as working through confrontational issues with individuals of all walks of life. Shunte‘ brings this experience to her private practice with focuses in Estate Planning and Family Law. Shunte’ will take the time to understand each client’s unique situation and specific needs. She will research the facts as well as the law, and advise clients on all of their options. Shunte‘ genuinely cares about her clients. She is committed to providing the highest quality of legal advice and support during what is often an emotionally-charged time in clients’ lives. Shunte’ is a member of the American Bar Association, the Illinois State Bar Association and the Chicago Bar Association. She can be reached at (708) 794-8559 or lawhelp@shuntegossesq.com.