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Benedict Schwarz II

Divorce and separation Attorney at West Dundee, IL

3.7   6 reviews
  • Licensed for 53 years
    State IL
    Acquired 1971
    Status
    Retired No misconduct found

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About Benedict

Learn Benedict’s areas of practice.

5
Practice areas
  1. Divorce and separation
    65%
    Allocation of Parental Responsibilities, Parenting Time, Spousal Support, Child Support, Asset Division, Hidden Assets, Retirement Assets in Divorce, Tax Implications of Divorce, Legal Separation, Post Judgement Order Modification & Enforcement

    46 years

  2. Family
    20%
    Paternity & Parentage, Prenuptial & Postnuptial Agreements, Related Adoption, Domestic Violence & Orders of Protection

    46 years

  3. Estate planning
    5%
    Wills, Living Trusts, Power of Attorney

    46 years

  4. Mediation
    5%

  5. Real estate
    5%

    46 years

Benedict Schwarz, II has limited his practice to matrimonial and family law for over 40 years. He is a long-time member and past director of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (AAML) and is also a trained divorce mediator. Mr. Schwarz has taught numerous divorce mediation training and conflict resolution seminars and has also co-authored chapters on the subject in the Illinois Institute of Continuing Legal Education publications.

Mr. Schwarz has served as a member of the Board of Directors of the Lawyers Assistance Program (LAP). Further, he is a trained LAP intervenor. In 1992, Mr. Schwarz was appointed by the Illinois Supreme Court as a Commissioner of the Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Commission (ARDC). The ARDC is an agency of the Illinois Supreme Court that is responsible for disciplinary actions against attorneys licensed to practice in Illinois and also maintains current records of registration of all attorneys practicing in Illinois. The ARDC investigates allegations of misconduct by lawyers and prosecutes the cases where a lawyer’s misconduct suggests a threat to the public or to the integrity of the legal profession. Mr. Schwarz was appointed the Chairperson of the Commission from Jan 2001 - Dec 2010; the ARDC Commission consists of four licensed attorneys and three non-lawyers. The Commissioners, who serve without compensation, establish ARDC policies, appoint members of the ARDC Inquiry and Hearing Boards, and subject to the approval of the Supreme Court of Illinois, appoint the Commission’s Chief Executive Officer, and the Administrator. After serving out his term as Chairperson, the Illinois Supreme Court appointed Benedict to sit on the Review Board of the Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Commission from January 1, 2011, to present.

Mr. Schwarz is also active in the Kane County and Illinois State Bar Associations, where he has held several committee positions, including serving on the Family Law Section Council, Child Support Sub-Committee, and Domestic Violence Task Force. He chaired the Kane County State’s Attorney Task Force on Domestic Violence and the Kane County Batterer’s Task Force.

Admitted to the bar in 1971, Mr. Schwarz is a graduate of the John Marshall Law School and the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a bachelor’s degree in Social Psychology. Benedict has also had the honor of being named one of Illinois Super Lawyers every year since 2006. Only 5% of Illinois attorneys receive this honor each year. Martindale Hubbell has also rated Mr. Schwarz with their highest level of AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5, and he is also an Advanced Practitioner member of The Association for Conflict Resolution.

303 W. Main Street, West Dundee, IL 60118
Phone:
Evening and Weekend Hours by Appointment

 

100 Illinois Street, Suite 200, St. Charles, IL 60174
Phone:
By Appointment Only

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Location

Law Offices of Benedict Schwarz, II P.C.
303 W Main St
West Dundee, IL, 60118

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Reviews

3.7 / 5.0
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Posted by Pam | March 5, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent Lawyer!
Divorce is something no one wants to go through but I can't imagine going through it without the Law Offices of Benedict Schwarz in West Dundee on my side. They made a horrible experience bearable and truly made me feel like they really cared about me as a person not the next check. If you have to go through a divorce this is the firm you want on your side.
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Posted by Laurie | March 2, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
Competent and Efficient
The Law Offices of Benedict Schwarz represented us in the recent sale of our home for 15 years and the purchase of another home. It is comforting to know there is someone that knows the real estate language and can break down all of the documents that need to be signed and decisions to be made. Attorney Schwarz helped us with this stressful process and everything went smoothly.
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Posted by Debra | July 10, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
Superb Lawyer
I have known Ben Schwarz for over 35 years. He handled my divorce and child custody cases, and did a superb job. He is well-respected in the legal community. He and his team will do their best to secure the best possible result for you.
Posted by Angela | June 8, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
Excellent Attorneys and Staff
This firm is very professional and gets things done. I had another firm before I decided to hire them and boy was it the best decision I made. They are not only professional but they really understand the divorce process. Ben is a great attorney who really knows how to negotiate the right deal for you. His years of experience shows every time he goes against opposing counsel. Also he is very easy to talk to and he kept me calm throughout the whole process, which is not easy because of my temperament. LOL Also his staff is so great on whatever you need. They are there for you the whole time, very professional and extremely nice. With all that said, I would highly recommend this firm.
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Posted by anonymous | August 10, 2020
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Do you want to be promised everything and get NOTHING?
Incredibly disappointed with this entire firm. So much money wasted. Promises made. Nothing I was promised happened. All talk. At $400/hour. Not worth a penny.
Posted by anonymous | February 13, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
Stay away
He didn’t deliver any of his promises that made it so attractive to hire him. It was like a bate and switch. Once your in ,it’s hard to get away . He is very slow minded and poor memory in court too. He insulted me several times as well instead of being supportive and caring. I would have been better off representing myself and would have saved so much money. Can’t even tell you what a horrible experience this was for me. Shame on him.
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Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Owner
  • Law Offices of Benedict Schwarz, II P.C.
  • 2006 - Present

Education

  • John Marshall Law School, Chicago
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1971
  • University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • BS - Bachelor of Science
  • 1964

Associations

  • DuPage County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2014 - Present
  • McHenry County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1993 - Present
  • Kane County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1971 - Present
  • Illinois State Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1971 - Present
  • The Association for Conflict Resolution
  • Advanced Practitioner
  • N/A
  • Association of Family and Conciliation Courts
  • Member
  • 2006 - 2017
  • Academy of Family Mediators
  • Advanced Practitioner Member
  • 2000 - 2017
  • Academy of Family Mediators
  • General Member
  • 1993 - 2000
  • American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers
  • Member
  • 1978 - 2017
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Honors and Awards

  • Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2021
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2021
  • Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2020
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2020
  • Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2019
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2019
  • Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2018
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2018
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2017
  • Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2017
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2016
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2015
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2014
  • Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2014
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2013
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2012
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2011
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2010
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2009
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2008
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2007
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2006
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Divorce and separation Attorney | Jul 20
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Divorce and separation Attorney | May 03
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer."

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West Dundee Divorce and separation Lawyer Benedict Schwarz II
Benedict Schwarz II
Divorce and separation Attorney
West Dundee, IL