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Thomas W. Toolis

Chapter 13 bankruptcy Attorney at Frankfort, IL

4.8   18 reviews
  • Licensed for 24 years
    State IL
    Acquired 1999
    Active and Authorized to Practice Law No misconduct found

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About Thomas

Learn Thomas’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Bankruptcy and debt
    Chapter 7, 11 and 13.

    15,000 cases

  2. Chapter 13 bankruptcy
    Chapter 13 Bankruptcy is the process of repaying your creditors over a period of up to 5 years. If you need to save a home from foreclosure, this is the type of bankruptcy you need.

    25 years, 1,000 cases

  3. Chapter 7 bankruptcy
    Chapter 7 Bankruptcy is the process whereby you can eliminate all your debt, and if you qualify, save your home and automobile.

    25 years, 1,800 cases

  4. Consumer protection
    Consumer protection including Fair Debt Collection Protection Act, Automobile Cases, Debt Harassment and Student Loan Cases.

    17 years, 500 cases

  5. Real estate
    Residential and Commercial real estate closings for both purchasers and buyers as well as representation of landlords and tenants in the eviction process.

    25 years, 2,000 cases

Thomas W. Toolis was born and raised in Chicago and is a graduate of Brother Rice High School and the University of Illinois at Chicago, where he majored in accounting. After passing the C.P.A. exam, Thomas worked as an accountant at Rush University prior to earning a Juris Doctor from Kent College of Law in Chicago. Since starting his legal career, Thomas has focused his practice on bankruptcy, corporate law, and real estate law.

Thomas believes in providing excellent service for each client, no matter what the circumstances and time involved. As a father of two, he understands the stress many families face when confronted with difficult situations. Thomas strives to work closely with his clients to resolve those issues, so that the clients can feel confident and trusting in the process. He also recognizes that the law can be intimidating to those without his specialized training. Therefore, it is important to Thomas that he provides his clients with an informal, personal level, in order to ensure that his clients understand each step.

To date, Thomas has discharged over $15 million in debt for his clients, providing them with a chance for a new beginning. He has also aided over 50 corporations with incorporation and transactional disputes. Thomas also believes strongly in planning for families for the long term. He is also skilled at drafting wills and trusts to help families provide for their loved ones. Thomas specializes in special needs trusts, life insurance trusts, and estate planning for business owners.

Thomas has also dedicated much of his time over the past thirteen years supporting the local business community. He has served as the President of the Orland Park Area Chamber of Commerce, which boasts over 650 members due in part to Thomas’s leadership.

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Jahnke, Sullivan & Toolis, LLC
10075 West Lincoln Highway
Frankfort, IL, 60423

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Posted by Natalie | March 4, 2022
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Highly Recommend!!
Tom Toolis helped us through the purchase of our first home recently, and we couldn't have asked for a better representative. He was very efficient yet thorough and helped us every step of the way. Buying a new home for the first time can be extremely daunting, but Tom eased any anxieties we had with his expertise, patience, and support. He's also very approachable and made us feel comfortable to come to him with anything we needed. Closing went very smoothly, and we are so happy in our new home now, thanks to Tom and his incredible staff! :)
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Posted by Anthony | June 19, 2020
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Gets the job done!
I hired Mr. Toolis to help me file Chapter 7 Bankruptcy. He was very through and attentive to my needs and concerns. He did everything that was asked.
Posted by Dana | August 29, 2017
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Tom was an amazing lawyer and I highly recommend him! Tom and his staff were very helpful and on top of our case. I would definitely go back to Tom if I ever needed him again!
Posted by Amanda | February 28, 2017
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Bankruptcy - Excellent Attorney
I had to file a chapter 7 bankruptcy and choose Tom Toolis to be my lawyer. He is very knowledgeable about all the laws and walks you through the entire process. I was very impressed with how smooth the process went with him on my side. I was also being sued by a collector before the bankruptcy was filed and he went to court for me and took care of everything. I highly recommend him for your bankruptcy needs.
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Posted by Tom | January 10, 2017
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Bankruptcy Chapter 7
Thanks to Tom and his team this is now behind me. I appreciate their diligent efforts to protect my rights. I have heard nightmare stories from acquaintances that have had other representation and was expecting my situation to be the same. Having gone through a business failure, where I had substantial financial exposure, combined with a divorce, I expected the worst. From the first meeting, I was assured that someone is there for me. My emails or calls were promptly answered and the outcome was better than I expected!! THANKS!!
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Posted by Julie | September 27, 2016
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Real Estate Closing
Tom came highly recommended by my father who has also used him for a real estate deals. I did not actually go to the closing but there was a hold up at closing because of the buyer trying to get yet another credit. Thankfully Tom was amazing and simply told the buyer another credit wasnt happening. This allowed for the closing to go through and not have to be delayed till the following week. Also would like to mention his paralegal Nancy was beyond sweet and helpful as well through this process. The team kept me updated and were prompt with responding to my emails.
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Posted by anonymous | September 23, 2016
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Mr. Toolis is an excellent attorney. He explained, thoroughly, the pros and cons of my filing. He explained the timeline, and stuck to it. He or an associate were always available via phone or email. His fee was reasonable, especially for the quality of work.
Posted by Caton Commercial | June 1, 2016
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Great Attorney for Evictions
Tom made this process simple and worry free. The cost was reasonable which was a relief. He was quick to answer emails and provide answers for us. His experience and responsiveness makes him a great Lawyer!
Posted by shelley | March 13, 2014
Will and Trust Attorney
Mr. toolis prepared a will and a trust for me and my husband. He was very knowledgeable and explained the process and documents to us in words we could understand. He made a difficult process really easy. I will be recommending him to all my friends.
Posted by Dan | March 13, 2014
Excellent Real Estate Attorney
Tom represent me in a bankruptcy a few years ago and now has represented me in the purchase of a new home. He was knowledgeable and his staff helped out whenever I had any questions.
Posted by J.P. | August 30, 2013
Tom Toolis
Tom made the BK process painless and eased my stress. I was very scared about the whole situation and left feeling calm and hopeful about everything. Gave me a fresh start! Professional and compassionate. Loved dealing with Tom and the firm.
Posted by Kelly | August 21, 2013
Excellent Bankruptcy Attorney
Mr. Toolis guided me through a difficult period in my life with the utmost courtesy and respect. His knowledge and understanding of bankruptcy provided relief from a very stressful time. He is very busy and I did have to wait approximately 15 minutes past the start time of my appointment.
Posted by Dan | August 20, 2013
My Bankruptcy Attorney
Mr. Toolis represented me in a bankruptcy and in a fair debt collection case. Not only did he get a creditor to pay for my bankruptcy, he also got $1,000.00 for me. Everything went exactly as he said it would. He is now my personal attorney, i will use him for anything legal in the future. He was hard to get ahold of by phone but I could always reach him by email.
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Posted by Dave | September 28, 2012
Thanks for setting up my Estate!
I was in need of setting up my Estate, and Thomas Toolis did a great job in setting it up properly, protecting my assets and making sure if something happens to me, my family will be protected. His knowledge of the law and complicated Tax Estate issue made him my choice for my Estate!
Posted by BRUCE | September 27, 2012
Give Tom a call If you are considering filing Bankruptcy
Tom did a great job on my Bankruptcy. Easy to talk to he has a very calming and reassuring personality. Very knowledgeable. I highly recommend you give him a call.
Posted by Laura | September 27, 2012
Best Real Estate Attorney
I am a real estate agent and Tom is the best real estate attorney I have worked with. When I refer a client to him, my clients are always happy with him. I have gained a lot of confidence in Tom's work and knowledge that my husband and I hire him for our own personal reasons such the writing of our wills, etc.
Posted by anonymous | May 9, 2009
Bankruptcy attorney
Helped me eliminate over 80,000 in credit card bills
Posted by Ann | February 20, 2014
Unethical lawyer
I consulted with Mr. Toolis about filing a bankruptcy during my divorce. Due to the status of my divorce, he indicated that I needed to file a Chapter 7 right away, and took a deposit from me. When I called back a few weeks later, he had not done any work on my case. During that time there were some new issues with my divorce, and once I informed Mr. Toolis of these issues he tried to intimidate me into filing a Chapter 13 instead. He insisted that I give him my credit card number over the phone. I got upset and told him that I needed to think about it. Once I consulted a different bankruptcy attorney, I found that I was able to file a Chapter 7 and did so successfully. I then called Mr. Toolis again and informed him of my situation, and requested a refund of my deposit which he denied. Even though he seems to be very knowledgeable about bankruptcy law, it's a disgrace that he tried to take advantage of me while I was going through such a difficult time and needed a professional to help me.
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Response from Thomas Toolis February 21, 2014
I have never in my 15 years of representing a bankruptcy client intimidated a client into filing for Chapter 13 when they should have filed for Chapter7. Additionally, I never take a credit card from a bankruptcy client as the credit card processor will reverse the charge if I accept a credit card and then within 90 days file a bankruptcy for that client. I do have a feeling that I know who this client is, although she fails to identify herself. She did end up filing a chapter 7 with another attorney, however, she intentionally concealed the assets I told her she had to disclose on her bk petition, which is why she was able to file a chapter 7. I can only assume she did not tell her next attorney the true value of the assets she disclosed to me. I always do an exceptional job for my clients. You can see the other reviews in this section. I am disappointed with this review and if this person would contact me, i am sure we could do something resolve the misunderstanding.
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Work Experience

  • Managing Partner
  • Jahnke, Sullivan & Toolis, LLC
  • 2007 - Present


  • Chicago-Kent College of Law Illinois Institute of Technology
  • Juris Doctor
  • 1999

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Simmons v. Ocwen Loan Servicing
  • Judgment was entered in favor of Mr. Toolis' client in excess of $26,000.00.
  • Kasper v. Palisades Collection
  • Judgment was entered in favor of Mr. Toolis' client in excess of $25,000.00.


  • National Association of Consumer Attorneys
  • Member
  • 2017 - Present
  • National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys
  • 2005 - Present
  • Orland Park Chamber of Commerce
  • Past President
  • 2001 - 2008

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Spanish

Honors and Awards

  • Best Real Estate Attorney
  • Southland Your Times
  • 2021
  • Southwest Consumer Choice Award Best Law Firm
  • Century 22 Media
  • 2020
  • Southwest Consumer Choice Award Best Real Estate Attorney
  • Century 22 Media
  • 2020
  • Southwest Consumer Choice Awards Best Law Firm
  • Century 22 Media
  • 2019
  • Southwest Consumer Choice Award Best Law Firm
  • Century 22 Meida
  • 2018
  • Southwest Consumer Choice Best Law Firm
  • Century 22 Media
  • 2017
  • Southwest Consumer Choice Best Law Firm
  • Century 22 Media
  • 2016
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Speaking Engagements

  • Bankrutpcy Seminar
  • Bankruptcy Sanctions
  • 2013

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