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Michael Anthony Chapski

Divorce and separation Attorney at Elgin, IL

5.0   30 reviews
  • Licensed for 29 years
    State IL
    Acquired 1994
    Status
    Active and Authorized to Practice Law No misconduct found

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About Michael

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Awards

Client's Choice 2019,2015,2011
Client's Choice
2019 2015 2011

Location

Law Offices of Robert A. Chapski, Ltd.
1815 Grandstand Pl
Elgin, IL, 60123-4916

Reviews

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Client's Choice 2019
Client's Choice
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Posted by anonymous | December 31, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent Attorney
I'd highly recommend Mike for anyone entering the divorce process. He's extremely knowledgeable of the law, always quick to respond, can be tough when he needs to be, but also serves to keep his cool in what can be some emotional circumstances. I was referred to Mike by a friend, also an attorney, who had known him for many years, and advised that he liked, trusted, and respected Mike. And, after working with Mike through the weeds of the divorce process, I can say that my friend's referral was truly justified. Mike's a very good attorney and a very good man.
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Posted by Jeff | December 6, 2019
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A FANTASTIC attorney
I can't begin to state enough positive things about Mike. My divorce was extremely contentious. My ex-wife lost her custodial parenting rights. She was not even awarded court supervised visits with my children. My ex went through three attorneys, while Mike continued to be a stabilizing influence, advocate and voice of reason through the most difficult time in my life. Mike immediately responded to calls, messages and even texts. He was very open, honest and did not present false, or unlikely outcomes. Quite honestly, Mike is very much a person who over delivers. We had a terrible Guardian ad litem assigned to my divorce. The GAL was absolutely determined to have the kids remain with their mother, even though she was the perpetrator of unspeakable child abuse. Mike managed this issue in a wonderful manner, assured the kids were well protected and that I was well represented. Mike's rates are fair. There is absolutely no over billing. I highly recommend Mike! Also, the staff at Chapski Law was always kind and very responsive. All very good people to work with!
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Posted by anonymous | July 20, 2019
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Knowledgeable and Supportive
I divorced at the end of 2018 and Michael was nothing short of amazing throughout the whole process. Overall the proceedings were amicable but there were times when emotions began to stall moving forward. Micheal remained steady and calm throughout and guided me toward the best decisions for myself and for my children. He was also great at managing my expectations on the likely outcome of our case. Ultimately we divorced before the end of the year, six months after I had filed. Since then, I have reached out a few times for questions on the execution of the dissolution of marriage. He is always so quick to respond and he is still very invested in making sure I understand his responses to each question. He is a genuine and caring person and it shows in the way he carries himself and in how he represents his clients. I would highly recommend him for anyone seeking advice or to hire a family/divorce attorney.
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Posted by Cheryl | June 28, 2019
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Highly Recommend - Reliable!
I hired Mr. Chapski in April of 2012 for my divorce. He was extremely knowledgeable and caring of my feelings during an emotional time. He was considerate of my budget and wasted no time. He fought for everything I deserved and then some and, in the end, prevailed. He did not drag out the process either. What makes Michael Chapski an exceptional attorney is that he was there for me even AFTER my divorce as well. Things with my ex post divorce got really ugly and at one point dangerous. I called Mr. Chapski for an urgent matter involving the safety of my child and he did not hesitate to speak to me immediately and after hearing my situation he jumped into action and was able to get us in front of a judge quickly and with his expertise and knowledge, my child is safe. I have had to turn to Mr. Chapski repeatedly over the past 6 years pertaining to post decree issues and Mr. Chapski has never failed me. Always prompt to return calls and emails and willing to give wonderful advice. I have recommended several friends and coworkers and they too speak highly of his abilities and professionalism. I know that if I ever need Mr. Chapski's advice or services I can call or email him, and he will respond with no hesitation. You cannot go wrong with Mr. Chapski!!! He and his firm are HIGHLY respected within the Kane County Judicial system as I have heard straight from judges themselves how they respect the Chapski firm.
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Posted by John | March 21, 2019
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Gets thing done
I worked with Michael about 8 years ago. He did an outstanding job. He has no problem standing his ground to make sure the case is fair. I moved and ran into a situation and I need some information and Michael was responsive asap. I could not use Michael, but he gave me great advice and directed me to another attorney.
Posted by Jason | February 11, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
Highly Recommended
Mr. Chapski represented my wife in 2017 for petitions brought about by her ex-husband stemming from an original divorce in 2003. Mike was extremely thorough with respect to going through all of the history so that he understood where she had been with the Respondent, where she was now and where she ultimately wanted to go with bringing about resolution. The really impressive thing about Mike is his ability to be passionate about his clients needs without letting passion dictate how the proceedings are going to take place. He's calm, cool, collected...and most importantly, factual. In the end, my wife was able to get the desired result behind Mr. Chapski's hard work and dedication to her case. Thanks again.
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Posted by Jeremiah | January 29, 2019
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Attentive & Capable
Michael was hired to assist in a divorce case involving children. He was attentive and showed true interest in what was important to me from our first meeting all of the way through the process. He and his staff were easy to reach and either got to me before I even had a question, or were quick to reply when I did reach out to them. Just as important, he knew what he was doing and I felt I was in capable hands during a very rough time for my family. I highly recommend Michael for anyone needing legal assistance in these areas.
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Posted by Barbara | September 26, 2018
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Knowledgeable and supportive staff
Very nice man. Helped me through a difficult time. Very knowledgeable. Great support staff. Answered my questions and explained the legal process with easy to understand language and in a timely fashion.
Posted by anonymous | February 25, 2017
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Thank you
I interviewed several Attorneys before and after I met Mike and after prayerfully considering my options I went with Mike. He is the most professional and compassionate Attorney you’ll ever meet. He is also highly respected and regarded by his professional colleagues. From the very beginning, he provided me with candid and professional advice. I want to thank him for helping me through a difficult period. Every time I called and left him a message he never failed to return my call the same day, truly exceptional service. Thank you.
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Posted by hk05615 | January 8, 2017
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Highly Recommend Michael Chapski
Michael Chapski represented me over the last 18 months in dealing with the aftermath of a long separation and challenging divorce. From the time Michael accepted my case, I knew I was in capable hands. I was referred to Michael through another respected attorney in town because of his knowledge, track record of success, compassion and respect in the legal community. From the beginning, Michael was my voice in the courtroom. He worked closely with me on strategy so we could avoid trial and negotiate a fair settlement. He was extremely attentive and provided email responses and court updates within 24 hours. On the final day of prove up, I was proud to walk into that courtroom with Michael by my side. He absolutely commands the respect of the court with his professionalism and legal knowledge. Through his compassion, professionalism and just pure kindness, Michael made this journey for me bearable. I will forever be grateful to Michael and his firm.
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Posted by Michael | December 6, 2016
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Above and Beyond Expectations
Mr. Chapski took all the drama out of a drama filled situation. He finished the job in half the time that other attorneys said it would take. He was very professional, responsive and personable. This is by far the BEST lawyer I have ever worked with, if I could give him more than a five start review I would. I cannot thank him enough for all the hard work he put into my situation.
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Posted by Jeff | August 3, 2016
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Outstanding
Mike was an outstanding attorney. He listened to my needs and provided with me honest, straight-forward advice regarding my divorce. Ultimately, I needed to hear the truth, not the hope or wish of an outcome. And Mike provided me with his professional advice and insights that proved invaluable. I highly recommend him.
Posted by anonymous | November 5, 2015
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Understanding the situation
Mike did a great job for me in a challenging situation. Very professional, responsive and personable. He not only understood what was happening but had empathy for my situation.
Posted by Kimberlee | October 29, 2015
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So nice and understanding
I just met Mr. Chapski today. I went to this meeting for custody of my son nervous and not knowing how it would go. He was so professional and caring. He made me feel like I have known him for years. I would recommend him forever. Afterwards I did some reaserch on him. What an honor it is to have him represent my son in court. I couldn't have picked anyone better.
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Posted by Deron | August 31, 2015
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Divorce / Rehabilitative Maintenence Review of Mike Chapski
As a client, I experienced working directly with Mike Chapski and his staff for an initial divorce agreement and then a maintenance review case. In addition to understanding the emotional stress accompanying such an event, Mike's communication and follow-up (via phone calls and emails) to keep me up-to-date was superb. He provided me with realistic expectations prior to the initial settlement agreement and again later at a review hearing. Mike demonstrated complete understanding of my personal case facts and extensive timeline of events during a cross examination court hearing event which led to the vital facts of my case coming out and our position being supported by the Judge. During the hearing, Mike's professionalism and the mutual respect to and from the Judge was obvious, compared to my ex's counsel who wanted to argue with the Judge. Regarding the final arguments from counsel, Mike diligently followed the Judge's requests and provided a clear, well-written, and case-law supported final document. I strongly recommend Michael Chapski's services for anyone seeking advice with Divorce and Separation.
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Posted by anonymous | March 1, 2015
Top-Notch Attorney with High Morals and Ethics!
Michael Chapski represented me over the last several years in dealing with the aftermath of a very ugly divorce. It was very complicated, with many moving parts. Not only did Mr. Chapski tenaciously stay on top of every detail, he assisted in bringing to light some very damaging evidence against my ex-wife that ultimately aided in getting a settlement overwhelmingly in my favor. Most importantly, the settlement protects my children. I am happy to say that my kids well-being and financial future are now protected, thanks to Mr. Chapski’s hard work. He not only focused on winning the issues in the case in the short-term, but creating an agreement that would be in the best interest of my children in the long-term. It was a proactive approach to dealing with potential situations that could arise in the future with my ex in regards to our children. The terms of the settlement agreement will also hopefully eliminate any future court appearances. As are most post-divorce issues involving children, they are fused with much drama and emotion. Michael is excellent at keeping the facts the focus but at the same time realizing the sensitivity around some subjects. A few things to highlight: 1 – Mr. Chapski’s billing was extremely fair and accurate. 2 – He was very attentive to my needs with a prompt return of phone calls and e-mails 3 – There was always very thorough preparation/attention to detail 4 – He had a complete knowledge and understanding of the moving parts of our case – a case with 10 years of back-history 5 - He was tenacious in crafting an acceptable settlement that would protect my children 6 – He ALWAYS kept the best interests of my children at the forefront 7 – He has a great deal of integrity and a strong moral and ethical compass
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Posted by Colleen | February 19, 2015
HIGHLY RECOMMENDED
I hired Michael as my divorce attorney. He did such an amazing job!! He got it done quickly and efficiently! I had faith and trust in him to do a great job and he proved it to me every time in court! I felt very fortunate to have him fighting in MY corner and so glad he did! I couldn't have asked for a better outcome!!
Posted by Scott | February 12, 2015
"Divorce from Hell" Made Easier
I had engaged an Attorney initally that decided that my case might be more than she could handle, so recommended Mike Chapski to me, and I am glad that she did. My divorce went to trial after attempting to negotiate a settlement with my ex-wife and he Attorney (s) "du jour". Mr. Chapski acted as a great advocate helping me to navigate a divorce complicated by an angry and spiteful ex-spouse that was happy to have a protracted divorce process. He was professional at every turn, and advised me in a way that ultimately saved me tens of thousands of dollars. Mike is extremely professional and clearly well respected by judges and his peer attorneys. I would highly recommend Mike and his services.
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Posted by Nick G. | June 22, 2014
Efficient and Professional
Michael Chapski is a superb attorney. I had hired another attorney to handle my divorce and things were not going well. There was a lot at stake in my divorce and there were some unusual circumstances, including my being located in a different state. Michael was recommended to me and I called him for a consultation. I shared with him my circumstances and what had happened in the divorce so far. His knowledge of the law and how it would affect my circumstances was excellent. He took over my case and did a fantastic job. He fought for me, something the first attorney was not doing. My divorce had gone on for over a year with no end in sight when I hired him, and Michael got a settlement for me within a matter of weeks. His professionalism, intelligence, knowledge of the law, integrity, and trustworthiness was outstanding. He commands respect from everyone when he enters the room and he does not back down. Yet everything that he does is totally honest and ethical. He knows good strategy and lines of communication between he and I were always open. I received a very fair settlement thanks to Michael. I cannot express enough appreciation to him for the excellent job that he did for me. Michael and his staff are the best in the Chicagoland area and I highly recommend him.
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Posted by Denise K | January 9, 2014
Professional and Ethical
I first hired an attorney out of big office in Dundee, IL that placed his feet on his desk during our first meeting. At that moment I should have known that he didn’t have my best interest in mind. After several mistakes were made by the now disbarred attorney, I quickly searched for a new attorney. Mike Chapski came highly recommended through my brother. My brother has had personal and professional experiences with Mike. Throughout my divorce process, which lasted 16 months, Mike has always remained professional as well as personable while understanding family matters and confidentiality. His professionalism is well respected not only by his clients, peers, but the judges respect him as well. He is ultra-organized and immaculate about his work and it is always completed in a timely manner. Mike Chapski also assisted me with a custody evaluation conducted in 2011-2012. I was awarded sole custody with his assistance in 2012. Throughout the process, Mike was very helpful guiding me through the exasperating and stressful evaluation process as well as aligning the proper paper work to keep the process moving. For some odd reason the opposing side would forget about required paperwork due on scheduled court dates. Mike was always on time for court and had what was asked of us or him on the scheduled dates. This was very important to me because I, and like others, cannot afford mistakes. Mike assisted me by answering detailed questions promptly via email or by phone even though he was out of the office or even on vacation! He has always been polite, yet firm in court while in front of the judge. The reason I would recommend Mike to another individual is because of his high code of business ethics and he truly sees what the judge would probably see in any case or legal matter.
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Resume

AVVO RATING 9.1 (Superb)

Education

  • University of Texas School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1994

Associations

  • Elgin Bar Association
  • Past President
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  • Kane County Bar Foundation
  • Former Director
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  • Illinois State Bar Association
  • Member
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  • Elgin Bar Association
  • President
  • 2010 - 2011
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2018
  • Client Rating
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2015

Speaking Engagements

  • Kane County Parenting Education Program
  • KIDS Program
  • 2016

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Elgin Divorce and separation Lawyer Michael Anthony Chapski
Michael Anthony Chapski
Divorce and separation Attorney
Elgin, IL
Licensed for 29 years