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Judy A. Goldstein

Divorce and separation Attorney at Mokena (Will County), IL

4.5   46 reviews

About Judy

Learn Judy’s areas of practice.

5
Practice areas
  1. Divorce and separation
    37%
    Divorce, pre- and post-modifications, pre-nuptials, marital settlement agreements parenting agreements, visitation, child support, custody, visitation, residence, adoption, mediation, etc.

    37 years

  2. Child custody
    15%

    37 years

  3. Child support
    15%

    37 years

  4. Criminal defense
    5%

    37 years

  5. Domestic violence
    5%

    37 years

  6. Family
    5%

    37 years

  7. Guardianship
    5%

    37 years

  8. Probate
    5%

    37 years

  9. Speeding and traffic ticket
    5%

    37 years

  10. Estate planning
    2%

    37 years

  11. Adoption
    1%

    37 years

Judy Goldstein of Mokena, Illinois, practices primarily in the areas of family, adoption, probate and juvenile law. She also represents clients in criminal and traffic matters and handles real estate transactions. Ms. Goldstein is a trained family law mediator. She is frequently appointed by judges to represent the interests of minors and disabled adults in court proceedings as their Guardian ad Litem (GAL). Judy is an avid motorcycle rider and is owned by three retired racing greyhounds and three spoiled Italian greyhounds.

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State IL
Status Administrative - Not Authorized to Practice
Acquired 1986
Updated 10/11/2022

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

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Goldstein & Associates
19235 S. Wolf Rd.
Mokena (Will County), IL, 60448-1069

Reviews

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Posted by Kim | January 9, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Great lawyer!
Judy is a great lawyer! She kept me informed through my entire ordeal. Her billing was fair, including not charging me for some things. She returned calls promptly. Her staff is polite and efficient. Hire her!
Posted by John | June 9, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent Representation
Divorce is a path few people desire, but if it happens; you want an attorney with endless legal knowledge and experience on your side. In addition, an attorney must be ethical and professional in all aspects of their work. I just described and am speaking of Attorney Judy Goldstein. She stood with me for almost two years, guiding me through every aspect of my divorce. Her charges were fair and reasonable on occasion waiving the cost of some of her efforts on my behalf. If you are in need of legal services, and want someone who knows the law, the courts, procedures and will stand with you through to the final resolution, then Judy Goldstein is who you want in your corner. Highly recommended!
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Posted by Travis Madaras | March 24, 2016
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| Consulted Attorney
Paying it forward
I did not hire her yet. She did offer advice to me. She took time out of her day to help me with my situation. I think that speaks volumes
Posted by anonymous | February 9, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Hire her!
Judy Goldstein handled my divorce a number of years ago. I was very pleased with her services and have referred a number of friends and relatives to her for family law, realestate, traffic and other work.
Posted by Philip | December 13, 2015
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Judy Goldstein
Judy has been attorney for a number of years, handing my divorce ,living will,and realstate closing. Judy is very professional and a compassionate attorney.
Posted by Denise | October 16, 2015
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
HIGHLY RECOMMEND
Judy is highly knowledgeable and compassionate. She goes far beyond what other attorneys will do. She was not even in my area, yet she offered her expertise and even found attorneys in my area that were willing to help me !! HIGHLY RECOMMENDED !!!!!
Response from Judy Goldstein October 21, 2015
Thank you, Denise, for the kind words. I hope you were able lo find an attorney with whom you can work to help you with your serious matter. Best wishes to all.
Posted by anonymous | August 11, 2015
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Life insurance benefiaries
Judy responded to several questions. She was excellent in her answers and first to respond. She even explained to what "CYAing" meant. LOL
Posted by donna | July 1, 2015
Advice on Avvo
Judy has a fund of knowledge and though I have only so far used Avvo, she has been straight forward with me and I would like to thank her. I am on disability and it is difficult for me to drive far I wanted her advice if there are any attorneys that are near 60025 that do not cost an arm and leg as I have already lost a lot of use due to nerve damage. I wanted to know if there are any lawyers that I would be able to afford or if I should try contacting AARP. In any/all events, Judy is a lawyer I emulate and wish blessings upon her for always taking the time to help me with my difficult questions. donna
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Response from Judy Goldstein July 2, 2015
Thank you, Donna, for your kind remarks.
Posted by Tamara | May 14, 2015
Excellent experience
I met with Judy for a consultation on child custody issues. The office staff was prompt in returning my call as well as professional and courteous. They accommodated my schedule and fit me in quickly to meet an immediate need. Judy was down to earth, warm and extremely knowledgable. She clearly advised me based on my best interest with no concern for her financial gain. I left her office with a clear plan of action and much gratitude.
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Response from Judy Goldstein May 15, 2015
Thank you, Tamara. It was a pleasure meeting with you. Best wishes to you and your daughter in your new endeavor.
Posted by anonymous | March 15, 2015
Very Professional Attorney
My divorce was a long ordeal. My ex went through several attorneys because she could not understand she could not get what she demanded. Judy and her office stood by me the entire time even when I was really frustrated and angry. The outcome was very good and I am finally at peace. I am closer to my kids than I was before this whole thing began. Thanks for everything!
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Posted by anonymous | February 8, 2015
Exceeded Expectations
I interviewed several attorneys before hiring Judy to handle my case. I had been told by other lawyers that my case was weak and I should not expect much. Judy took the challenge, kept me completely informed during the entire process, and we ended up with a result which was actually better than I could have hoped for. The billing was really fair and there were many "No Charges." I have referred several friends to Judy and all have been pleased with the results. I highly recommend her.
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Posted by anonymous | December 21, 2014
IT'S OVER.
No one ever really wins in divorce but Judy did an outstanding job for me. The case was long and difficult but I understood and participated in every step of the process. Judy is very knowledgeable and ethical. Fees were fair and the office staff was accommodating I highly recommend Judy to anyone needing a lawyer.
Posted by anonymous | November 27, 2014
It's finally over!
After months and months of her lawyer stalling our divorce, we finally finished the case. I got custody of my son and more child support than I expected. My ex lied about her cash income but we were able to get past that. She is also responsible for her own loans which she wanted me to pay for. I thank Ms. Goldstein and her staff for sticking it out with me and for getting me such a good outcome. I feel free for the first time in years.
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Posted by anonymous | August 30, 2014
GREAT LAWYER!
We were concerned about getting a guardianship in place for our disabled son who was going to turn 18 in a few weeks. Judy knew just what needed to be done and the day after his 18th birthday, the guardianship was in place so we could apply for the benefits he needs. The staff was friendly and fees fair and reasonable, In fact, we even got a refund since our retainer was not used up. We have given Judy's name to several of our son's classmates' parents who need the same type of legal work. We highly recommend her!
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Posted by anonymous | July 8, 2014
Highly Recommended!
I am so grateful for Judy and her staff. They all kept me focused and grounded during a very stressful period in my life. Judy's knowledge and legal advice was excellent. She is very down to earth. Her staff was courteous and efficient. They kept me informed of the progress of my case. Billing was fair. I especially liked all the No Charges. Unlike other lawyers, this office does not charge for copying or travel. I highly recommend Judy Goldstein!
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Posted by anonymous | December 10, 2013
Very helpful
Judy was very helpful and answered all my questions in a swift and proper manner. I highly recommend her to anyone who has questions about will county court system
Posted by Ann | May 8, 2013
Prompt and imformative
I was amazed at how prompt and helpful Ms. Goldstein was in response to my question. She was knowledgeable, informative and patient with my many questions.
Posted by anonymous | April 11, 2013
Professional and Helpful...
Judy handled everything I needed during my divorce, and kept me up to date on everything. Even during the process when my then wife and I tried counseling some more, Judy was supportive and didn't try to push the process to quickly, or in any particular direction. The case proceeded at a rate that I needed and felt comfortable with. The separation and divorce were difficult times and I know at times, our case was delayed because I just needed more time to accept the reality. Judy was fine with this which made working with her so much easier. During my divorce, I did have a need for an attorney to represent my interest in a case that was taking place halfway across the state. While Judy didn't specifically handle that type of case---or the location---she was able to reach out to her network and find an attorney that could step in and represent my interests. What I learned was that the other attorney she recommended for the other case seemed to be the go to guy as well, as he was able to handle everything for me. So, not only did she handle my divorce, but had her network to reach out to on another matter for me. I am truly lucky to have worked with her, and thankful for her efforts on my behalf... Thanks again Judy!
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Posted by anonymous | February 19, 2013
Great lawyer
Gave me great advice and very fast feedback. She answered all my questions.
Posted by anonymous | January 11, 2013
Justice finally!
I have been fighting my ex on and off for years trying to get increased child support and basic cooperation in raising our daughter. For example he has refused to obey court orders requiring him to turn over his tax returns. I couldn't afford to take him back to court until I remarried and got some help from my current husband. My ex still refused to obey the orders and our daughter has lost out on a lot of scholarship money because deadlines came up and we could not fill out financial applications. Well, we went to court after my ex and his attorney stalled everything for months. He was found in contempt and ordered to turn over his tax returns or he will go to jail. I will also get an increase in child support for the few more months until our daughter graduates and he has to pay my attorney's fees. I am very grateful I found Judy. She did a wonderful job. I just wish I had hired her years ago.
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Cost

Rates
  • Retainer Sometimes
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 9.2 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Mediator
  • Goldstein & Associates
  • 1993 - Present
  • Pricipal Attorney
  • Goldstein & Associates
  • 1993 - Present
  • Court-Appointed Guardian ad Litem
  • Goldstein & Associates
  • 1993 - 2016
  • Attorney
  • Law Offices of Judy A. Goldstein
  • 1986 - 1993
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Education

  • DePaul University College of Law - Chicago
  • J.D.
  • 1986
  • Northern Illinois University - DeKalb
  • C.A.S.
  • 1976
  • University of Illinois - Champaign
  • M.Ed.
  • 1972
  • University of Illinois - Champaign
  • B.S.
  • 1971
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Legal Cases

  • Estate of [Minor Child]
  • Guardianship was established as in the best interests of the child.
  • Estate of Minor Children XXX
  • The out of state parent prevailed, guardianship was terminated, and the children went to live in another state with the prevailing parent
  • Guardianship of JD, a Disabled Adult
  • Plenary guardianship to the wife with very restricted visitation for the family members
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Associations

  • Illinois State Bar Association
  • Lawyer-to-Lawyer Mentor
  • 2011 - Present
  • Illinois State Bar Association
  • General Assembly
  • 2010 - Present
  • American Bar Association Pro Bono Military Project
  • Volunteer Attorney
  • 2010 - Present
  • Operation Standby - assistance for active military personnel
  • Pro Bono Attorney
  • 2009 - Present
  • Will County Bar Association
  • Family Law & Juvenile Law Committees
  • 1993 - Present
  • Illinois State Bar Association, Family Law Section
  • Member
  • 1988 - Present
  • Illinois State Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1986 - Present
  • New Lenox Chamber of Commerce
  • Member
  • 1995 - 1998
  • American Cancer Society
  • President - local chapter
  • 1994 - 1996
  • Mokena Chamber of Commerce
  • Member
  • 1993 - 1998
  • Frankfort Chamber of Commerce
  • Member
  • 1993 - 1998
  • South Suburban Bar Association
  • Board of Directors 1990-93
  • 1986 - 1995
  • Illinois Trial Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • 1986 - 1990
  • American Trial Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • 1986 - 1991
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Awards

  • Top Contributor
  • Avvo
  • 2017
  • Top Contributor
  • Avvo
  • 2016
  • Top Contributor
  • Avvo
  • 2015
  • Clients' Choice Award
  • Avvo
  • 2015
  • Top Contributor
  • Avvo
  • 2014
  • License
  • Dept. of Veterans Affairs
  • 2014
  • Clients' Choice Award
  • Avvo
  • 2013
  • Top Contributor
  • Avvo
  • 2013
  • Clients' Choice Award
  • Avvo
  • 2012
  • Top Contributor
  • Avvo
  • 2012
  • Recognition
  • CASA of Will County
  • 2009
  • Recogntion
  • Mokena Chamber of Commerce
  • 1996
  • Recognition
  • South Suburban Bar Association
  • 1995
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Publications

  • Illinois Criminal Law: A Survey of Crimes and Defenses by John Decker
  • Book Chapter - Self Defense
  • 1986
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Speaking Engagements

  • Juvenile Law Seminar
  • The Guardian ad Litem's Duties in Guardianship of Minors Proceedings
  • 2008

Attorney endorsements

Received (169)
Given (65)
Family Attorney | Apr 05
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Attorney Goldstein is well respected by her peers evidenced by the number of attorney endorsements. What sets her apart is the number of client reviews who have taken the time to comment on her representation. Judy also devotes her time to answering client questions free of charge on the Avvo forum. Judy is an exceptional lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Jan 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Attorney Goldstein is respected by colleagues and is dedicated to the field and her clients. She is a relentless attorney who goes the extra mile for her clients. She is dedicated, strategic, and compassionate. Her experience makes her uniquely qualified to provide the practical advice that matters most to clients. I endorse this attorney because, in addition to those qualities, I know that she can be trusted to handle the case to the best of her ability."
Banking Attorney | Jan 01
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse attorney Goldstein. Her knowledge far exceeds family law. I have seen her responses in banking/contracts and other areas. She is sharp, exact, provides legal rationale and possible outcome. Great attorney!"
Divorce and separation Attorney | Mar 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Mrs. Goldstein, as she is a pillar in the Avvo community, and takes the time to fully answer, with auxiliary options, all of these fun, yet at times tricky questions."
Child custody Attorney | Feb 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Goldstein is a great lawyer who is smart, detail-oriented and willing to go the extra mile for her clients. I highly recommend her."
Family Attorney | Jan 23
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Attorney Goldstein provides thoughtful, educated and experienced answers to the questions provided herein. Attorney Goldstein provides a needed service by providing voluntary and free legal assistance to the individuals herein who are in need of immediate legal answers."
Probate Attorney | Jan 17
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Her answers to many questions are right on point and she is clearly knowledgeable in all areas in which she practices."
Criminal defense Attorney | Dec 14
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. She remains active in the Avvo forums and provides excellent answers to submitted questions."
Family Attorney | Nov 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known Judy for at least 25 years, during which time I have seen not just her interest in the law, but have observed first hand her knowledge if the law and her commitment to helping others, which includes her pro bono effort on behalf of members of the armed services and veterans. I have enough confidence in Judy to have referred Will County cases to her."
Criminal defense Attorney | Nov 08
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Ms. Goldstein's participation at AVVO reveals she is an experienced attorney with the ability to cut right through the fluff and the confusion Asker's can exhibit when legal entanglements cause stress in their lives in the areas of criminal law and family law. I frequently learn from her involvement in helping others through this site."
Speeding and traffic ticket Attorney | Oct 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"As a fellow member of the legal community in Illinois I have reviewed many of the legal opinions that Judy provides and her thoughtful insight is evident."
Unknown Attorney | Aug 15
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Ms. Goldstein provides consistently accurate and helpful answers to Avvo Askers. These are qualities a client should consider when looking for a lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Jul 17
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Child custody Attorney | Jul 08
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Jul 07
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer. In the field of criminal law she has contributed more answers on this website than anyone I know. When we disagree sometimes, she is usually right."
Child custody Attorney | Jul 05
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Judy shows her expertise and shares her knowledge with other lawyers."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Jul 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Child custody Attorney | Jun 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Ms. Goldstein shows competence and compassion in her thorough answers provided on AVVO. I endorse this lawyer."
Divorce and separation Attorney | May 01
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Excellent family law attorney who knows her craft well. Would highly recommend her to any client!"
Divorce and separation Attorney | Apr 28
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Judy is an excellent Divorce and Family Law Lawyer who gets simply the best results for her clients. Judy works hard for her clients. I endorse her!"
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Mokena (Will County) Divorce and separation Lawyer Judy A. Goldstein
Judy A. Goldstein
Divorce and separation Attorney
Mokena (Will County), IL