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Blacha, Monika M.


 

Monika M. Blacha has been advising her clients and helping them resolve their civil disputes and criminal charges, both in and out of court, for the better part of the past two decades. Ms. Blacha views her role as both counselor and advocate.

Her practice is focused on all aspects of the family, in whatever situation they might find themselves in. This includes family law, estate planning, elder law and criminal matters, such as DUI charges. She counsels her clients to plan for the unexpected as well as for retirement. This includes putting together wills, trusts, powers of attorney and any other necessary documents to ensure that if the unexpected happens each family will be have the necessary tools and the financial means to carry on with their lives. Ms. Blacha also counsels elder clients and their families about important major decisions as they plan for and enter retirement including estate planning, retirement benefits, financial assistance, planning for and filing for guardianship as well as nursing home litigation. She also represents clients in probate as well as will contests to ensure that each client's estate plans are carried out and administered efficiently and in line with their predetermined wishes. Ms. Blacha also represents clients during the complex and trying times of divorce and custody litigation. She is a certified divorce mediator and uses her mediation as well as her many years of litigation skills to effectively manage her client's divorce and custody matters so that each family can resolve their disputes and go on with their lives.

Finally, Ms. Blacha helps her clients navigate the choppy waters of any criminal charges they may face, whether it be a DUI, domestic battery charge or something else. She puts them in the best possible position legally, just as she does when assisting clients with family law issues.  In some cases, she can even help individuals remove criminal convictions completely through expungement, allowing them to move forward with no blot on their record.

Areas of Practice

  • 60% Family Law
  • 20% Probate and Administration
  • 20% DUI
  • Estate Planning
  • Child Support
  • Child Study
  • Custody & Visitation
  • Elder Law
  • Divorce
  • Wills and Trusts
  • Mediation & Collaborative Law
  • Maintenance
  • Post Decree Modifications
  • Commercial Litigation

Litigation Percentage

  • 75% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Bar Admissions

  • Illinois, 1999
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Illinois, 1999

Education

  • Northwestern University School of Law, Chicago, Illinois
    • J.D.
    • Law Review: Journal of International Law, Note and Comment Editor
  • Loyola University Chicago, Chicago, Illinois
    • B.A. magna cum laude
    • Honors: Dean's List
    • Major: Political Science

Published Works

  • Mandatory Compliance with 'Voluntary' Industry Marketing Codes, Law 360, October , 2008

Honors and Awards

  • Super Lawyers Rising Star Award, 2010

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Illinois State Bar Association, Member, 1999 - Present
  • DuPage County Bar Association, Member, 1999 - Present

Past Employment Positions

  • Winston & Strawn LLP, Partner, 1999 - 2012

Pro Bono Activities

  • Representing Political Asylum Clients, 2000 - Present

Languages

  • English
  • Polish

 

Blacha Law Office LLC
Practice Area: Family
Address: One Energy Center, 40 Shuman Blvd, Suite 118
City/State/Zip: Naperville , Illinois 60563
EMail : mblacha@blachalaw.com
Telephone : 630-445-2355
ASLA Membership State: Illinois
Law School: Northwestern

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