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Nancy Chausow Shafer

Divorce and separation Attorney at Highland Park, IL

5.0   15 reviews

also known as Nancy Shafer

  • Licensed for 43 years
    State IL
    Acquired 1980
    Status
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About Nancy

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Sage Counsel, LLC: dedicated to serving clients’ needs with compassion and respect 

Nancy Chausow Shafer of Sage Counsel, LLC (formerly Chausow Shafer PC) grew up in Highland Park and attended Highland Park High School, and moved back in 1989 to raise her family there. It was a natural choice to establish her practice in the hometown that she has always loved. Nancy has been a lawyer for more than 40 years—she concentrates in Matrimonial Law: Litigation, Mediation and Collaboration.

“We partner with the client and work together to develop an individual strategy for every case, after a frank discussion of process options, substance and cost,” said co-managing partner, Nancy Chausow Shafer. “Our clients are assured the highest standard of advocacy, addressing both the immediate legal issues at hand, as well as the impact upon the client's future.” 

Nancy, and her co-managing partner, Taryn Fisher, as well as the other attorneys in her firm, understand fully how the decisions made during the divorce process affect each and every member of a family. Whether through settlement, litigation, mediation or collaborative process, the family-law attorneys at Sage Counsel, LLC take into consideration many alternatives to move cases forward with the best possible outcome. 

 “We do whatever best helps us meet our clients’ goals, making sure each client understands the range of possible options and the likely outcomes through court and settlement,” said Nancy. “In many cases, we can find more satisfying ways of resolving issues for clients and their pocketbooks.” 

 Advice and tips for those facing divorce 

Chausow Shafer understands that those going through divorce undergo emotional strain that can hamper their better judgment. Her firm can help you sort through your priorities – such as your children’s well being and your financial security – and reach a satisfactory, realistic goal. The first critical choice you should make after the decision to get a divorce is “how” you will get divorced.  The options for the process you choose can really impact not only the costs, but also the outcomes. Whether mediation, collaborative, more traditional settlement processes or even litigation, Chausow Shafer has the experience and training to assist.

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Location

Sage Counsel, LLC
734 Central Avenue Suite 200
Highland Park, IL, 60035

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Posted by anonymous | May 4, 2021
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Tough, caring, guiding force for family
I had first contacted Nancy Chausow-Schaeffer on a referral in early 2014 when my previous marriage, where I had two young children, was having alarming marital issues. Nancy was able to take an objective view and guide me through the process of divorce in a calm and patient manner while also being very professional while interacting with my soon-to-be ex-wife's attorney. The divorce went smooth and finalized quickly over two months. Nancy reassured me that she would be there for me if issues arose over the next 17 years. I ended up retaining Nancy’s services again, just a few years post decree due to a JPA modification my ex-wife requested. Over the next 5 1/2 years, my ex-wife had a few marital changes, employment changes, and created a very challenging co-parenting environment. Nancy was by my side the whole way and kept us focused non-related topics arose. With a final order in place, I believe Nancy did the best she could to obtain a fair outcome and will be by my side if challenges come up again in the future. I would recommend Nancy to anyone looking for an attorney who will objectively guide you through the divorce process and then be there when future family law needs occur.
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Posted by Amy Holleman | April 1, 2021
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Nancy Chausow Shafer
What Nancy is doing is saving people who are going through the dark night of the soul. I know what it’s like to go through trauma. I know how much it hurts. I got to the other side. If you feel like you don’t know exactly where to go or what to do, Nancy has the answers. Regardless of how despondent you are or your situation is, Nancy will fight for you. Nancy fought for my future and negotiated my best life. There are few people walking this earth that have a rare and powerful combination of compassion and dedication for their clients.
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Posted by Martina | December 13, 2019
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Taryn Fisher
Taryn was thorough with all issues & protected my interests with great attention. She was strong where it mattered and deeply caring & understanding of my situation. I could not recommend her more highly.
Posted by Liz | June 9, 2017
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Smart, strong advocate that is on your side!
I hired Nancy Shafer to deal with a messy divorce after 26-years of marriage and a long illness. She was highly responsive and sensitive to my needs. She is experienced in court room appearances and writing MSAs. I would not hesitate to use her again for any legal work I needed.
Posted by Kellie | May 14, 2016
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A rare combination of broad expertise and compassion!
I was referred to Nancy by a friend whose former spouse was actually represented by Nancy in their divorce. And I couldn't be more thankful! Nancy helped me tremendously during my divorce and custody battle. First of all, Nancy was one of the first professionals who believed me about my former spouse's emotional and verbal abuse. Secondly, she is highly knowledgeable about children with special needs labels (including ADHD, Autism, and Oppositional Defiance Disorder). Thirdly, she has a great deal of experience with the intricacies of military divorces and equitable pension disbursement (she is an expert in the Navy especially). Finally, and most importantly for me, Nancy has a deep reservoir of compassion, patience, and commitment. Because of the abusive nature of my former spouse, he fought almost every request I made and our divorce and custody process took 3 years and ended with a full trial. Nancy stuck with me and fought for me. Thank you Nancy for helping me protect myself and my son. Thank you for helping us keep the economic and legal protections we needed to start a new life. I will be forever grateful. I give Nancy Chausow Shafer my greatest endorsement and recommendation!
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Posted by anonymous | April 26, 2016
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Tough and Caring
Nancy gets the job done and cares for the well being of her client! Not your typical attorney! Nancy made me feel safe, valued and respected during an extremely difficult time in my life. Nancy is a smart, hard working and supportive person you want on your side!
Posted by anonymous | April 22, 2016
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Divorce case - collaborative process
We chose the collaborative divorce process. For various reasons, the process took longer and was more expensive than anticipated. However, the outcome was satisfactory to both parties and as yet, does not require revision. I appreciated the time and effort that Ms. Shafer put into the case. Although she was my attorney, she strove for the best settlement, given the specifics and circumstances, which I appreciated. She was always available for a quick phone consultation or advice on a particular part of the law. Finally (and perhaps most important) was that she ensured that the settlement would be acceptable to the judge.
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Posted by Bill | April 4, 2016
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Great divorce lawyer
Nancy is very thorough and gets the job done. It did help that I was on top of all documents and organized, which I highly recommend that you be when hiring any divorce lawyer. You should never rely solely on your lawyer to do everything for you. Nancy also is very personable, level-headed, and very experienced. If I ever get divorced again, she would be rehired immediately :)
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Posted by Stephanie | April 4, 2016
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MUST HIRE!!!
Ms. Nancy was extremely helpful from beginning to end. I was originally blessed to have Ms. Nancy through the Pro Bono program due my inability to pay for the fees and desperate need of help while serving in the military. I was experiencing an excessive amounts of stress and not only did she resolve my child custody issue but she out of the kindness of her heart assisted me in my entire divorce process including child support. I never felt pressured or lied to during this process. Ms. Nancy was clear and ALWAYS assisted me in making the best decisions for not only me but for my child. There were several times where I was confused and almost made poor decisions but Ms. Nancy stepped in and not only gave her advice as a lawyer but also as a wise woman. Her staff was extremely helpful and I was always made aware of my options and the next steps; especially with Ms. Taryn. I felt as if they had my best interest. I didn't feel the need to question their motives nor argue their advice. There were many times when I needed things explained over and over again and I was always provided with the information. There was something about Ms. Nancy's calmness that made me feel comfortable. I wont get into personal details but Ms. Nancy provided me with assistance that she did not have to and I am forever thankful! I honestly did not see my issue getting resolved without her. The other parties lawyer was often rude and aggressive but Ms. Nancy ALWAYS won the battle. I highly recommend her and I KNOW if I have any future issues with my previous case she will be the FIRST one I call. It's not everyday where you will find a lawyer who will go above and beyond to help you out the kindness of her heart. She saw first hand how difficult something was for me and how I was being treated and took it upon herself to support me and not leave me hanging. No one understands how thankful I am and how many tears of joy I've cried!
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Posted by Christopher | April 3, 2016
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Awesome attorney!
I found Nancy through my military legal department and she agreed to take on my case for free, which helped me more than I can say. I was going through a divorce, and because I am stationed in Italy and the divorce was in Chicago, I needed assistance with making sure all of the paperwork was in order. I emailed her several times with a lot of legal questions along with personal questions and she was always very timely in her responses. She was never biased, if she felt something I was trying to do was wrong or wouldn't work, she would tell me, but then suggest an alternate course of action. Even though the case is closed now, she still offers me assistance, saying she will happily answer any questions I have and would represent me again in the future if needed. I will definitely keep her contact information and use her again in the future if needed and would happily pay for her services as I think they are worth every penny. She is a great person and obviously takes her job seriously and does everything she can to help her clients.
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Posted by Mary | April 3, 2016
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Child support
Nancy Chausow did work very conscientiously in obtaining the owed debt. I was pleased with both her skill and compassion. I cannot say enough about the way she managed this case.
Posted by Phyllis | March 31, 2016
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Excellent lawyer who maintained sympathetic, compassionate guidance but always exhibited a knowledgeable, professional demeanor.
Nancy consistently was a guiding light through an extremely difficult divorce situation. She demonstrated a fount of knowledge as we traversed through different phases. She was by my side as we dealt with 2 different state locations, and then attempted mediation which my former spouse was not interested in, and then finally, the actual divorce in 1 state, Illinois. She is well-acquainted with the military laws and provisions. Additionally, she knows many of the military lawyers across the U.S. to obtain current, updated information or support. She knew how to write up the decree in the appropriate military language with an eye to protecting me. She made sure I received my ½ portion of the pension, but that also received the money that was stolen from me by my former spouse. She was fair to my former spouse, and spoke with respect to my former spouse, the other lawyers, the judge, and me. Being very thorough, she also encouraged my communicating with another military lawyer to make sure the military paperwork was formulated and put through to DFAS and Personnel without any snafus. The 2nd lawyer told me that Nancy had done very well by me in the results of the divorce and decree write up. I sincerely appreciate all the guidance that Nancy gave to me, and all she did for me.
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Posted by anonymous | March 28, 2016
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Gets the job done professionally
After going through 3 attorneys, Nancy Chausow finally got the job done. She is very professional, knowledgeable and easy to work with. She understands the laws and works tirelessly to do the best possible for her clients.
Posted by anonymous | March 7, 2016
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I have & will continue to recommend Chausow Shafer to any and all associates & friends.
I found Nancy & her staff to be not only competent & professional but no-nonsense and efficient. My marital issues were resolved expeditiously and effectively - to everyone's benefit. I have & will continue to recommend Chausow Shafer to any and all associates & friends.
Posted by Al | January 21, 2016
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Nancy made my divorce less painful!
While I'm assuming no divorce is ever easy, especially emotionally, I have to say that Nancy Chausow Shafer made the "process" for me much less painful! She was upfront and fair about what my options were, helped manage my expectations, didn't sugar-coat anything, yet made sure I knew that she'd do everything in her power to advocate fairly for me. And she did! I got everything I was hoping for (and more) and was able to maintain a respectful relationship with my ex. While I would imagine no divorce is "cheap", her fees were reasonable and I did not feel "nickel and dimed" to death. All billing was clearly detailed and seemed fair. Especially after hearing what some other lawyers charge. Many years later, I still recommend Nancy to friends going through a divorce and/or mediation.
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  • Free Consultation 30 minutes
  • Retainer Always
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Co-managing Partner
  • Sage Counsel LLC
  • 2021 - Present
  • Principal
  • Chausow Shafer, PC
  • 1990 - 2020

Education

  • Northern Illinois University College of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1980

Associations

  • Chicago Bar Association
  • Member
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  • Illinois State Bar Association
  • Member
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  • Lake County Bar Association
  • Member
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  • American Bar Association
  • Member
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  • American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers
  • Fellow
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  • Association of Women Attorneys of Lake County
  • Past President
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  • DuPage County Bar Association
  • Member
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  • Women's Bar Association of Illinois
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  • International Association of Collaborative Professionals
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  • Association for Conflict Resolution
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  • Association of Family and Conciliation Courts (Ill
  • Member
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  • American Academy for Certified Financial Litigators
  • Member
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  • Collaborative Divorce Illinois
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Leading Lawyer - Illinois Family Law Attorneys 2008 to present
  • Leading Lawyers Network
  • 2021
  • Illinois SuperLawyer 2006-Present
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2021
  • For continuing commitment and contribution to education
  • Michael Cohen Award
  • 2008

Publications

  • IICLE Handbook
  • Child Support and Maintenance Calculation Guide
  • 2020
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Speaking Engagements

  • Trial Advocacy Institute
  • Trial Advocacy
  • 2015
  • Business Valuation, Financial and Tax Issues in Divorce 2015
  • Financial Mediation
  • 2015
  • New Lawyer Institute
  • Divorce A-Z
  • 2014
  • Business Valuation, Financial and Tax Issues in Divorce 2014
  • DOMA Changes
  • 2014
  • Annual Columbus Day Seminar
  • Electronic Evidence and Discovery
  • 2013
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Attorney endorsements

Received (6)
Given (3)
Endorse Nancy
Family Attorney | Apr 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known Nancy as a practitioner since I started my practice. Not only is she reasonable in managing client expectations, she is knowledgeable in the law, and committed to her clients. She demonstrates professional courtesy to other legal professionals and is always willing to work with others to reach a reasonable solution to a problem in a case."
Family Attorney | Apr 01
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Nancy Chausow Shafer is a preeminent divorce and family law attorney whose excellence, dedication, commitment, and selfless professional service have earned her well-deserved reputation as one of the most esteemed colleagues in our field. Nancy has been a leader in our profession for decades, and it is my pleasure to have had the opportunity to work with her in several capacities on divorce and family law initiatives. It is a pleasure to call Nancy both a colleague and a friend. I give Nancy my highest recommendation, without reservation."
Mediation Attorney | Oct 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Apr 05
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"Ms Chausow Shafer is a force to be reckoned with. She has an uncanny grasp on the law- I have seen judges call her to the bench to advise on statute. She works hard for her clients and her wheels are always turning to uncover innovative and successful strategy for each case."
Family Attorney | Nov 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Nancy has excellent knowledge and experience when it comes to complex matters of maintenance and child support. I endorse this attorney."
Family Attorney | Jul 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Nancy is an incredible attorney who I’ve had the pleasure of working with on several cases. Her work as a child rep always impresses me and keeps the best interests of the child in mind — despite competing wishes from the parents."
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Highland Park Divorce and separation Lawyer Nancy Chausow Shafer
Nancy Chausow Shafer
Divorce and separation Attorney
Highland Park, IL
Licensed for 43 years
Free Consultation