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Tuesday, February 4, 2020

Serving a Family Across Generations

Bryan P. Thompson, Chicago Consumer Law Center, P.C.

Finding a good lawyer is daunting. Sure, you can look up attorneys online and check their reviews. People might tell you to ask for referrals from your family, friends, or even your local bar association. But it’s hard to be sure that you’re getting the right attorney for you.

One positive experience can change all of that. Find a good attorney or law firm, and you can worry a little less when you have a future legal problem.

Isaac, a military veteran, was a first-time CVLS client in 2017. Back then, he asked for help adopting his granddaughter. Staff Attorney Rob Zielinski took Isaac’s case and successfully represented him throughout the adoption process.

In the three years since, Isaac has called Rob from time to time with legal questions. These phone calls include welcome updates about how well Isaac’s granddaughter is doing in school and how much she is enjoying her extracurricular activities.

At the end of last year, Isaac called CVLS with a more worried tone. Isaac said a bank had incorrectly filed a lawsuit against him, alleging that he owed $42,000. Rob told Isaac of CVLS’ Debt Collection and Credit Protection Clinic and helped him make an appointment that same day.

Bryan P. Thompson, a volunteer at the clinic, met with Isaac a few nights later and agreed to represent him. Bryan contacted the adverse attorney and explained that they had filed suit against the wrong person. Within just a few weeks, the opposing side agreed to dismiss the case.

One phone call to CVLS helped Isaac avoid a serious legal problem and move on with his life. Isaac now has a response whenever someone asks him if he knows a good lawyer:

"I have a place you should call."