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Kevin Gilbert Drendel

Estate planning Attorney at Batavia, IL

5.0   20 reviews
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  • Licensed for 32 years
    State IL
    Acquired 1991
    Status
    Active and Authorized to Practice Law No misconduct found

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About Kevin

Learn Kevin’s areas of practice.

5
Practice areas
  1. Estate planning
    40%
    I have a steady stream of estate planning matters that I am working on at all times. I draft Wills, Trusts, Powers of Attorney, Living Wills, and related documents. I incorporate estate tax planning for the people who need it. I have done special needs trusts and other custom estate planning.

    33 years

  2. Business
    15%
    I represent many businesses and business owners on an ongoing and ad hoc basis.Tthe Firm has an innovative Business Call-In Program that allows business clients unlimited phone calls for routine advice for a low monthly fee of $50 or a yearly fee of $500. I have handled many asset and stock sales and purchases. I handle just about anything that comes up in the course of business and have a good network of strong attorneys and other professionals who I refer matters that I do not handle.

    33 years

  3. General practice
    15%
    Although I have some focuses for my practice, much of What I do stretches across the lines of those practice areas and is a combination of those practice areas.

    33 years

  4. Probate
    15%
    I do not do a lot of probate law, but I almost always have probate matters pending at any given time. It is a natural extension of the estate planning practice.

    29 years

  5. Real estate
    15%
    I have always done real estate purchases and sales, residential and commercial. I have done land use, development and zoning work. I have done easements, leases, licenses and just about anything related to real estate. Much of the work I have done for municipalities, banks and corporations would fall into the category of real estate.

    33 years

HELPING PEOPLE, FAMILIES AND ORGANIZATIONS PLAN THEIR FUTURES SINCE 1991 IN THE AREAS OF ESTATE PLANNING, ESTATE ADMINISTRATION, BUSINESS, NONPROFIT, REAL ESTATE AND GENERAL LEGAL NEEDS.

Kevin Gilbert Drendel is the managing shareholder in Drendel & Jansons Law Group. Kevin graduated cum laude from Cornell College in 1982 and from Northern Illinois University Law School magna cum laude in 1991, graduating second in his class.  While at Northern Illinois University, he was a member of the Law Review, was published in the University’s scholarly journal, and received the West Publishing Award for Outstanding Scholastic Achievement.  Kevin Drendel is a member of the Illinois State Bar Association and is a past President of the Kane County Bar Association. Kevin Drendel’s practice emphasizes estate planning and administration, lending law, corporate law, commercial and business law, employment law, commercial and residential real estate, civil litigation, municipal law and school law.

Awards

Platinum Client Champion
AV Preeminent Peer Review Rating
Client's Choice 2020,2016
Client's Choice
2020 2016

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Location

Kevin Gilbert Drendel
111 Flinn Street
Batavia, IL, 60510-2471
Kevin Gilbert Drendel
2000 W. Galena Blvd
Aurora, IL, 60506
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Client's Choice 2020
Client's Choice
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Posted by James | February 4, 2011
Professional Legal Services
I used Kevin for legal services relating to a complicated real estate transaction, and for the development of a last will and testament. In both instances, Kevin was very knowledgeable, willing to listen to ideas, offer advice, and provide timely and efficient service. Once a course of action was decided upon, Kevin and his team of legal professionals saw the implementation of the necessary actions through to completion.
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Posted by Carolyn | June 19, 2020
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Compassionate, kind and expert handling of our Estate Planning
Thank you for your kind and compassionate assistance in completing our Living Trust, Will, and Power of Attorney. Often times these arrangements are uncomfortable to discuss and plan. Kevin Drendel made it very easy, through his warm, personable style. He was able to complete our paperwork in a very timely manner, even with the difficult Pandemic limitations. Thank you!
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Posted by Linda | June 19, 2020
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TOP NOTCH IN EVERY WAY
Kevin and his associates put together our estate plan a number of years ago. Advised us what should be done to protect what we had and make sure it was properly handled when the time came to best benefit our family. Recently we had to update it to include a property that had been left outside the trust. More importantly, the change at this point in time was due to the very unexpected passing of our oldest son. We were so devastated by the loss but knew this had to be done. The caring and compassionate, yet very professional, way everyone handled what we needed to do is unsurpassed. We highly recommend the firm and everyone who is a part of the team.
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Posted by John | June 3, 2020
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Estate Planning
Kevin has been very helpful for setting up and guiding us in our estate planning process. Very professional and always available. He made the process go smooth and with complete satisfaction.
Posted by Jean | May 28, 2020
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Great lawyer
We contacted Kevin Drendel for our estate planning. From first phone call Kevin was professional and explained the process clearly and the best process and most effective method to write our Will's. We were happy with Kevin throughout the process. I would highly recommend him to anyone looking for an experienced and knowledgeable lawyer.
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Posted by Susan | May 1, 2020
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Excellent and consistent service
I have used Kevin Drendel for doing our estate planning and creating all our estate documents for several years now. Kevin has been the best lawyer I have worked with on these endeavors. I am 68 years old and my husband Richard and I have some interesting estate issues and Kevin navigated all of them with great care. He is an excellent listener, asks very pertinent questions, is very detail oriented and makes sure we understand everything before making any decisions, speaks truthfully. Is is a true advocate for the client. He is trustworthy and timely in his work as well. He has never failed us in the many years we have worked with him. He has written and revised many different documents from trusts, to wills to power of attorney and other documents accurately and efficiently. We would highly recommend him to anyone interested in estate planning legal assistance!
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Posted by Bob | April 20, 2020
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Excellent Experience in Estate Planning
I retained Kevin Drendel services to revise a 20 year old trust and to draw up a will for my handicapped brother. He was patient answering our questions thoroughly, I highly recommend Kevin for all your trust/will needs and would use him again.
Posted by anonymous | April 20, 2020
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Excellent service!
Atty. Kevin Drendel was wonderful. He asked me questions I had never considered; questions which have me feeling clear around every aspect of my estate plan. It's a great feeling knowing that I've got things in order, thanks to the excellent service I received.
Posted by Janine | April 17, 2020
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Gave us peace of mind
We met with Kevin for new Wills and estate planning. We are so happy and at ease about our affairs being in order and Kevin was such a pleasure to work with! Kevin explained everything in plain language, helped us devise a clear plan, and answered a million questions for us. We feel very fortunate to have connected with Kevin and his staff for such an important matter. Stellar service and customer care.
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Posted by Rob & Karen | April 17, 2020
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Great guidance and smooth process
Kevin and his team helped us put together a complete estate plan that fulfills all our objectives. We got great advice and guidance and his team communicated extremely well. Everything went extremely well and smoothly. We highly recommend Drendel Law.
Posted by anonymous | October 24, 2016
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Very positive experience
My spouse and I recently hired Kevin Drendel to do some estate planning. We consulted with him both over the phone and in his office and eventually went through the process of creating trusts. We had some unusual factors in our scenario and Kevin was very creative in his resolution. He is responsive, friendly, and knowledgeable. We will definitely use him again.
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Posted by anonymous | October 13, 2016
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Estate Planning
Kevin guided my wife and I painlessly through our estate planning!! He was wonderful to work with!
Posted by Dan | September 22, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
I hired Kevin to set up a estate plan and will for my wife and myself. He counseled me the different procedures in doing so .
I hired Kevin to set up an estate plan and a will for my wife and myself. He did a good job of explaining the various ways we could go. He helped me set up a trust placing all of our assets in the trust as to avoid the probate process. I was very satisfied with the help We received from him.
Posted by Gail | April 20, 2016
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Estate (Will) planning
Kevin was excellent in helping us create a Trust and Will that fit our needs. He listened to what we wanted and made the necessary suggestions to help us create exactly what we needed. There were things we hadn't thought of, or knew, and he helped us with the process that was effortless. I highly recommend Kevin for your Estate, Will planning needs.
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Posted by Ken | April 13, 2016
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Highly Recommend Kevin Drendel
We fully recommend Kevin Drendel. He is a competent and honest professional. We hired Mr. Drendel to handle our estate planning, including trusts, wills, living wills, and power of attorneys. He was upfront and fair about his fees. We had specific, non-standard needs that he addressed with enthusiasm. With an extra meeting and several e-mail exchanges, all of our needs were met. Mr. Drendel encouraged our interaction and was a pleasure to work with.
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Posted by Ann | March 25, 2016
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Highly satisfied
Kevin Drendel helped us update our estate plan. He was very knowledgeable and was able to answer questions for our specific situation. I appreciated his promptness and clear schedule of fees. I would highly recommend him to anyone needing assistance with personal legal matters.
Posted by Jim | September 15, 2015
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Kevin Drendel Real Estate Purchase - Excellent
Kevin Drendel provided excellent lawyer services in helping with a real estate purchase. Kevin went above and beyond what I expected from him and provided answers to multiple questions I had. His patience and knowledge help my family achieve purchasing real estate that has been in the family for many years. I would highly recommend Kevin Drendel as a lawyer.
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Posted by Tom | August 25, 2015
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Estate Planning Made Easy!
My wife and I wanted to set up living trusts for some time, but for various reasons always put it off. Finding an attorney that specializes in estate planning that we both could be comfortable with was just one of the reasons to not start the process. Having known and worked with Kevin for years in municipal government issues, we both know him to be a trustworthy and competent attorney. Running into him one day and learning that he now specializes in estate planning made choosing him for this important work easy. Two short meetings, about 2 hours in total and we were finished. Putting all our assets into the trust took approximately another 2 weeks for the various companies to accept the forms we submitted. In hindsight, the hardest part of the process was just picking up the phone to make the appointment. Kevin and his staff made the rest of the process easy to understand and complete!
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Posted by Mike | April 10, 2015
Kevin is very knowledgeable and responsive.
I have worked with Kevin on setting up a Supplemental Needs Trust for my two son's. I found him very responsive and knowledgeable in helping me with this trust. I will work with him again in the future.
Posted by Linda | October 1, 2014
Estate Planning Expertise
Kevin was extremely knowledgable about the estate planning process. He answered all my questions and gave me sound advice on options to reach my goals. Kevin provided information on trust departments for me to investigate which I found to be very valuable in making my decision on whom to choose. Kevin did a great job demystifying the estate planning process!
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Cost

Rates
  • Hourly Rates $ 200-350 per hour
  • Pro bono 10 %
  • Retainer Sometimes
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Shareholder
  • Drendel & Jansons Law Group
  • 2009 - Present
  • Shareholder
  • Drendel & Drendel PC
  • 2005 - 2009
  • Partner
  • Drendel, Tatnall & McCracken
  • 1997 - 2004
  • Associate
  • Drendel Tatnall Hoffman & McCracken
  • 1994 - 1997
  • Associate
  • Drendel, Schanlaber, Horwitz, Tatnall & McCracken
  • 1991 - 1993
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Education

  • Northern Illinois University College of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1991
  • Cornell College
  • Bachelor of Special Studies
  • 1982

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Rivers Edge HOA v. City of Naperville, 353 Ill.App.3d 874, (2d D 2004)
  • The trial court ruled for the City; but the Appellate Court vacated and reversed the ruling.
  • IRMO of Collingbourne, 332 Ill.App.3d 665 (2d D 2002)
  • Trial court ruled for mother; Appellate Court reversed; Supreme Court reversed the Appellate Court in favor of the mother.
  • White Gates Skeet Club, Inc. v. Lightfine et al, 276 Ill.App.3d 537 (2d D 1995)
  • The trial court ruled in the club's favor on the main issues; the appellate court upheld the trial court ruling on the main issues and reversed in favor of the club on tangental issues.
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Associations

  • National Association of Telecommunication Officials & Advisors
  • Secretary
  • 2010 - Present
  • Kane County Bar Association
  • President
  • 2003 - Present
  • Illinois State Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1991 - Present
  • American Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1991 - Present
  • Kane County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1991 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Leading Lawyer
  • Leading Lawyers Network
  • 2016
  • Chicago's Top Rated Layers
  • The National Law Journal
  • 2014
  • Client Distinction Award
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2013
  • AV Peer Review Rating
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2013
  • Commitment to Community Award
  • North Aurora Mother's club
  • 2012
  • Award for Outstanding Scholastic Achievement
  • West Publishing Company
  • 1991
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Speaking Engagements

  • NIU Foundation Estate Planning Seminar
  • Estate Planning
  • 2012
  • The Sandwich Generation
  • Legal, Financial & Long Term Care Options for Elderly Parents
  • 2011
  • What You Need to Know about Public Records & Open Meetings in Illinois
  • The Freedom of Information Act; Court Records; Changes to the Open Meetings Act; Record Retention
  • 2010
  • Real Estate Development from Beginning to End in Illinois
  • Development Agreements; Redevelopment Agreements – Tax Increment Financing
  • 2007
  • A Primer on Open Records Law in Illinois
  • Freedom of Information Act; Court Records; Changes to the Open Meetings Act; Record Retention
  • 2006
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Attorney endorsements

Received (8)
Given (5)
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Estate planning Attorney | Nov 04
Relationship: Friend
"I endorse this lawyer. I have known Mr. Drendel since 1978. During the entire time that I have known him, he has exhibited exceptional ethics, intelligence and diligence. I have also found his writings regarding Estate Practice to be spot on, understandable and informative. I could not recommend him more highly."
Corporate and incorporation Attorney | Oct 02
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Kevin is universally admired and respected by other lawyers for his integrity, professionalism and skill. He is an outstanding person. I am proud to endorse him."
Business Attorney | Feb 08
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Kevin Drendel is one of the most experienced, understanding, and competent business attorneys in our community. We have been both opponents and co-counsel on a number of matters. His ethics and courtesy meet the highest standards of our profession. I respect both his integrity and insight. His calm and objective approach to problems and issues is something that anyone searching for a good business and transactional attorney should find invaluable. I highly recommend Kevin and his firm. Peter M. Storm"
General practice Attorney | Feb 08
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Government Attorney | Feb 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I highly endorse this lawyer. Kevin's knowledge of the law combined with his ability to listen and understand the issues/problems set him apart from other lawyers specializing in municipal law."
General practice Attorney | Feb 04
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"As a former colleage of Kevin, I can attest that he is an honest and competent attorney who serves his clients well."
Government Attorney | Feb 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. I have known both he and his father for many years. Kevin is a lawyer of integrity as well as excellent legal skills. I beleive that he is an excellent lawyer and a credit to our profession!"
Banking Attorney | Feb 04
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer, as possessing the highest character, ethics and ability."
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