Estates, Wills and Probate

A person’s estate is considered their net worth at any point in time. Net worth can be summed up as a person’s assets (property of any kind, legal rights, interests) less liabilities. Estate planning can help with the distribution of those assets and reducing the burden on those close to the deceased.

JEP lawyers working on Estates, Wills, and Probate provide services that may include:

  • Estate planning
  • Beneficiary designation
  • Wills
  • Testate and intestate
  • Power of attorney
  • Trusts
  • 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.


  • Florence Hardy

    Law Offices of Florence E. Hardy

    www.florencehardylaw.com

    Florence Hardy is an alumni member of the JEP. Florence began her career as a business consultant and obtained a Masters in Business Administration with a focus on Entrepreneurship from DePaul University before entering the legal field. Florence is a graduate of the John Marshall Law School and a certified mediator. She provides clients customized attention in the area of business law including such services as entity formation, succession planning, contracts and transactions (including sales, mergers and acquisitions), business licensing and permit assistance and copyright and trademark registrations. Florence can be reached at (773) 245-3569 or florence@florencehardylaw.com.


  • Katrice Matthews

    Sable Law Group

    www.sablelawgroup.com

    Katrice Matthews is an alumni member of the JEP. Katrice is a founding partner of Sable Law Group LLC, with a practice focused on the belief that lawyers are public servants charged with the unique duty of protecting and enforcing clients’ rights. Katrice is a graduate of Washington University in St. Louis and Chicago-Kent College of Law. During law school, she clerked for the Hon. Morton Denlow in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois. After law school, she worked as an Assistant Attorney General with the Office of the Illinois Attorney General for some years before deciding it was time to realize her dream of opening and operating her own firm. Katrice describes Sable Law Group as a law firm focused on “real people and real results.  Hers is a practice that addresses your everyday legal needs and includes probate, real estate, contract disputes, and landlord/tenant law. Katrice takes a people-centric approach and wants her clients to feel as if they have a lawyer in the family now. Katrice can be reached by phone at (312) 469-0622 or by e-mail at Katrice@SableLawGroup.com.


  • Darren Perconte

    Perconte Law

    www.percontelaw.com

    Darren Perconte is an alumni member of the JEP. Darren provides affordable and tailored legal services to business owners, professionals, and creatives. His practice areas include business transactions, business litigation and dispute resolution, employment law, administrative and professional hearings, copyright and trademark, estate planning, and real estate. Darren draws upon his legal and business experience to pursue specific, client-focused solutions to legal issues. For more complex or specialized matters, he utilizes a wide network of attorneys and other professionals to meet the unique needs of each client. Darren understands that every client faces a different situation, so he offers a range of payment plans and representation options, including limited scope, unbundled services, and coaching. Darren earned his J.D. from The University of Chicago Law School and his B.A. from Boston College. Darren can be reached at (773)242-9909 or darren@percontelaw.com.


  • Joanna Long

    Long Law Office

    www.jlonglaw.com

    Joanna Long is an alumni member of the JEP. Joanna received her law degree from The John Marshall Law School. Joanna is a dedicated legal advocate with a passion for the advancement of equal access to justice. Joanna focuses on the areas of landlord/tenant law, estate planning, probate, and workers’ compensation. Prior to launching her own practice, Ms. Long gained diverse legal work experience as an associate attorney for a general practice in Chicago. Additionally, Joanna volunteered her time with multiple Chicago legal aid clinics focusing in mortgage foreclosure and landlord/tenant law. Given her work experience and personal ethos, Joanna works with her clients to achieve creative-fee solutions that make legal services affordable for every budget. Joanna can be reached at (773) 729-0222 or Joanna@jlonglaw.com.


  • Adella Deacon

    Sable Law Group, LLC

    www.sablelawgroup.com

    Adella Deacon is an alumni member of the JEP and a partner at the Sable Law Group, LLC. Adella is a forward-thinking, energetic attorney. Adella practices in the areas of small business, real estate, estate planning, and general civil litigation. She has an extensive, interdisciplinary-focused educational background having earned her Doctorate of Physical Therapy from Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and her Juris Doctorate from Chicago-Kent College of Law in Chicago, Illinois. She is a board member of Integra Rehab Solutions and the Kitchen Table Literary Arts Center. She takes a hands-on approach and is committed to providing her clients with the knowledge to make informed decisions regarding their legal needs. An empathetic advocate for equity and justice, she will find innovative solutions for your legal problems. Adella can be reached at (312) 469-0622 or at adella@sablelawgroup.com.


  • 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.


  • Janice Dantes

    Attorney at Law

    janice.dantes.co

    Janice Dantes, JEP alumnus, is a solo practitioner focused on practice areas affecting families namely, estate planning, real estate, family law, and immigration.  As a proud Filipino-American lawyer with humble beginnings at Clark Air Force Base in the Philippines, she is committed to serving her fellow kababayan with their legal issues.  As a board member of the Filipino American Lawyers Association of Chicago (FALA), she hopes to continue promoting the interests of Filipino-American attorneys and also pave the way for young Filipinos interested in a legal career. Janice completed her undergraduate education at the University of Chicago and received her JD from DePaul University College of Law.  She is also a wife and mother to a wonderful little boy who accompanies her to many of her legal functions.   Janice can be reached by phone at (815) 414-9530 or by email at janice@dantes.co.


  • Cindy Campbell

    The Law Offices of Cindy K. Campbell

    www.ckcampbell.com

    Cindy K. Campbell is a family attorney focusing on helping families with various legal situations. This consists of setting up wills and trusts, adoptions, uncontested and collaborative divorces, and mediating various issues including everything from child custody to elder law. She earned her bachelors degree in philosophy from Northwestern University and Juris Doctor from Western State University College of Law in Fullerton, California. Upon graduating, she went on to earn the 120 Hour Mediation Certification through working at various courthouses in Southern California. Her practice focuses on being friendly, convenient, and easily accessible for clients that may have a difficult time meeting during traditional business hours. Therefore, in addition to the JEP office, she uses Regus Virtual Offices and can meet with clients all over Chicago and the Chicago land area. Meetings can also be held through FaceTime or Skype. Her goal in all areas of her work is to assist others by providing information, assistance, and care. Cindy can be reached at (773) 360-1928 or Cindy@ckcampbell.com.


  • 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.


  • 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.


  • Alejandra Vilchis

    Law Office of Alejandra Vilchis

    www.vilchislaw.com

    Alejandra attended The John Marshall Law School and earned her Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. During law school, she worked as a law clerk for family law practitioners. Alejandra currently volunteers her time at Chicago Volunteer Legal Services and at a local community center called Universidad Popular. The Law Office of Alejandra I. Vilchis focuses on the area of family law and also offers legal services for real estate transactions. Alejandra can be reached at (872) 529-1011 or aiv@vilchislaw.com.