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Leigh Kathryn Allen

Divorce and separation Attorney at Waukegan, IL

5.0   15 reviews

also known as L. Kat Allen or "Kat"

  • Licensed for 13 years
    State IL
    Acquired 2010
    Status
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Location

The Law Offices of David R. Del Re, P.C.
200 N. Martin Luther King Jr. Ave, 2nd Floor
Waukegan, IL, 60085-4332

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Posted by Jeff | October 6, 2022
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| Hired Attorney
Efficient, honest, low-conflict, and customer oriented
Kat did an amazing job on my divorce and shortly after helped a good friend of mine. She quickly responds to emails or requests and does all the work herself. You will not be passed on to a paralegal, junior counsel, or funneled through endless secretaries/bureaucracy. She is honest, practical, and uses a low-conflict but firm approach which will help keep your costs much more reasonable.
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Posted by Denise | September 3, 2022
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Experienced and Caring
Kat's knowledge and expertise, quick responses, and compassion during a stressful time were exactly what I needed. She was professional, knowledgeable and compassionate while moving things along quickly. She really cared about me and worked hard to get me a successful outcome. I will forever be grateful our paths crossed and that I found such a great human being and lawyer to work with.
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Posted by anonymous | August 30, 2022
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Knowledgeable, Timely and Compassionate
I highly recommend Ms. Allen for your legal matters. Divorce is a stressful life changing event. Ms. Allen was kind, concise and forthcoming in her legal advice and knowledge. Her communication was timely and my questions were answered clearly. I felt she was a strong advocate every step of the way and the outcomes pursued were always in my best interest.
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Posted by Megan | February 3, 2020
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Quick and Easy!
I can't say enough wonderful things about the process with Kat. I needed a divorce executed very quickly - within just a few weeks, from start to finish. Kat got us a court date, wrote up all necessary documents. She even had time to thoroughly vet our incredibly creative parenting plan. She asked thoughtful questions and took time to ensure my understanding of the process and outcomes. She and her team incorporated our edits to paperwork swiftly. She gave me great advice and made the whole divorce a lot cleaner and easier than I hoped for! Truly a professional.
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Posted by Michael | December 2, 2019
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Sincerest gratitude from a divorced Dad
Thank you very much for all of your hard work and wise counsel. You have helped me to achieve something that I have dreamed of for many years, and now I can finally spend more time with my kids. We had our first Thanksgiving together in eight years, and this weekend I got to take my daughter ice skating and my son to play basketball. When I originally got divorced in 2011 the parenting plan was terribly inequitable. Ms. Allen helped me to achieve a much more favorable and fair outcome. She is hard working, responsive, and she is an excellent negotiator. I would not hesitate to hire her again in the future.
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Posted by Melissa | November 22, 2019
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Emotional Divorce
Kat, is such a wonderful lawyer. She not only cares about your case and what you are hoping to achieve, she cares about you as a person and how to help you completely. I have no idea how I would of gotten through my divorce if not for her expertise help. Through my tears and struggles, she was there to help map out my future and keep my immediate concerns at hand and my best interests always up front. Even when I felt the fight coming out of me, she stood up and fought for me and made me stronger. She always kept me in the loop on all communication, always addressed all my concerns right away, and always made sure I felt comfortable with all my decisions. I would recommend her to everyone I know for any legal service.
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Posted by anonymous | September 21, 2019
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Adoption
My husband has been a father to my daughter basically since the day that they met when she was two years old. It just came naturally. If you didn’t already know our story, you wouldn’t think otherwise. When we got married, WE (my daughter, my husband and I) got married. When I had my other children, they were always OURS. The only things missing were her last name being the same and that little technicality of her not legally being his. She had asked for this to be changed for years. We met with David Del Re and he walked us through the process. He introduced us to Kat Allen, who took over from there. She was very thorough and very timely, not to mention patient. We had all of the paper work and bugs worked out before we even stepped into court. She made sure that this process would be as smooth as possible. When the day came and we officially became one unit, she was prepared for everything. It went so smooth. It truly was one of the happiest days in our family’s life. Kat followed up with us afterwards and made sure that we had everything that we needed. She was amazing. We can’t thank her enough for making this day possible for us.
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Posted by Sara | September 16, 2019
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Sara
Kat did a beautiful job walking me through this challenging process. She was always extremely patient and willing to explain information in a way that I could completely comprehend. There was never any doubt that she had my best interest at hand. I am grateful to her for making this difficult process quite seamless. I highly recommend her to others going through the divorce process.
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Posted by Ben | June 21, 2019
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Resolved issues in high conflict divorce
Ms. Allen was patient and pracgmatic about solving many issues in my high conflict divorce. She took a situation that had me initially in a potentially bad outcome, and got me a fair deal. The high conflict issues were both in the parenting and financial terms of the divorce and she was able to handle my high level of emotions and get a fair result. The parenting issues were contentious and she helped create a solution to get me out of the hole my prior counsel had put me in. I ended up with just under 50% of parenting time, guideline support and fair division of assets. The financial details were complicated and it went more smoothly with me providing detailed supporting documentation and calculations. Being organized and able to bring the financial information and calculations to her clearly so she can best represent them definitely helped my cause. While she is an awesome advocate, clients have to be prepared to provide support for their financial calculations. If you aren't prepared to support yourself on this front you probably need a consultant or a more expensive firm. Overall I'm very happy with Kat's representation and David Del Re's supporting guidance on my case.
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Posted by Kelly | September 16, 2018
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The Best!
Kat’s knowledge and professionalism made one of the toughest times in my life a lot easier. She was always a step ahead of the other attorney with her research and preparation. Kat’s integrity and fortitude to get my divorce settled was constant throughout the entire divorce. She is well respected by her colleagues and judges. I highly recommend Kat.
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Posted by Dylan | September 5, 2018
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Best Child Custody Lawyer!
During a difficult time, Kat has helped me tremendously in representing me for my child custody case. Kat solidified an agreement that sets up my baby for a brighter future and she was so nice, professional, and understanding along the way. Kat really took the time to understand me and my case, and I really appreciate all of her work and definitely recommend her services. She’s the best family law attorney!
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Posted by Sonya | September 4, 2018
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The absolute best
Going through my divorce was one of the worst times of my life. Kat was absolutely amazing. She is knowledgeable and patient. There is so much to try and comprehend and it can be terrifying. You are dealing with an emotional upheaval, financial crisis and the legal system and Kat really was my rock.
Posted by Felicia Kilduff | September 5, 2017
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| Consulted Attorney
Divorce Attorney
Ms Allen is very detailed and organized. She answers questions in a timely manner. Also, she has answered questions after the divorce in a timely manner. I would recommend Ms Allen. Felicia Kilduff
Posted by TJ Weber | August 9, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
Excellent Family Law Attorney -- highly recommend her and her firm!
Kat and the team in her office were absolutely wonderful in dealing with my case over a span of 18 months. When I first met Kat, I was hoping for an “open and shut” case as this was what my ex wife and I were interested in – however I had prepared myself for the case going to trial as I knew my ex wife too well. At the end of the day, I got much more than what I wanted and in the long-term, my lower monthly support payments are substantially less than what my ex wife was trying to obtain (and less than I had in mind going into the case). The case was settled on the day the trial was to begin, based on recommendations from the Judge which I gladly accepted. Everyone in Kat’s office was very professional in dealing with my case. When Kat was on maternity, her colleagues took over and dealt with issues professionally. This review is not just about Kat’s abilities, but the entire team at her firm. A word of advice for anyone hiring an attorney for a divorce – go with someone local, who only focuses on family law and has a strong team behind them. Kat’s knowledge of the Court, the other attorneys, the judges and the details of Illinois law allow her to be well respected in the judicial community.
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Posted by Victor | March 31, 2014
Greatfull Father
I am a father who was looking for guidance on a divorce this being my first. Being married for 12 years and having two daughter I wanted to make sure I was doing what is right for my daughter and making sure I was not going to be taken advantage of at the same time. Leigh Kathryn Allen was extremely helpful always providing me sound advice when I was not sure what to do. Her professionalism and kind demeanor was beneficial to me throughout this most difficult time. I felt very comfortable letting her know what was important to me and what I would be willing to give on. Being a true professional she would give me the news from my wife's attorney and the GAL then let me think about it before she would ask my thoughts. Even letting me see how things were not as bad as it may look at first. Making me realize that I was going to see my daughter every day. Ms. Allen made me realize I was the one who was going to be spending quality time with my daughters every day while they would sleep at my ex-wife during the school year. Having Ms. Allen on my side was priceless. I would give her my highest recommendation.
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Cost

Rates
  • Hourly Rates $ 275-330 per hour
  • Retainer Always
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 8.1 (Excellent)

Work Experience

  • Associate Attorney
  • The Rosing Law Firm
  • 2011 - Present
  • Associate Attorney
  • Isabel M. Millard, P.C.
  • 2010 - 2011

Education

  • Chicago-Kent College of Law Illinois Institute of Technology
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2010
  • Bucknell University
  • BS - Bachelor of Science
  • 2007

Associations

  • Association of Women Attorneys of Lake County
  • Co-Treasurer
  • 2021 - Present
  • Lake County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2011 - Present
  • Association of Women Attorneys of Lake County
  • Member
  • 2011 - Present
  • Illinois State Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2010 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2022
  • Rising Star
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2018

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Waukegan Divorce and separation Lawyer Leigh Kathryn Allen
Leigh Kathryn Allen
Divorce and separation Attorney
Waukegan, IL
Licensed for 13 years