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Peggy M. Raddatz

Divorce and separation Attorney at La Grange (a suburb of Chicago), IL

5.0   102 reviews

also known as Peggy Raddatz


Licensed for 34 years

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Learn Peggy’s areas of practice.

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Practice areas
  1. Divorce and separation
    34%
    Domestic Relations, Dissolution of Marriage, Matrimonial Law and Family Law. Custody, Visitation, Child Support, Removal, College Expenses, Modification, Post-Decree, Paternity, Parentage, Alimony/Maintenance, Pre-Nuptial, Agreements, Domestic Violence and Orders of Protection, Enforcement of Judgment, and any and all issues relating to divorce, parentage, and adoption. Mediation and Collaborative Divorce. Negotiation, Litigation, Trial Attorney. Contested and Uncontested.

    35 years

  2. Child custody
    33%
    Men's Rights, Women's Rights, Sole Custody, Joint Custody, Parenting Agreements. Grandparent Rights and Sibling Rights. Summer and Vacation Visitation. Removal from Illinois. Guardianship and Adoption Emancipation. Long Distance Custody/Visitation. Adoption. Special Needs Children, Medical Necessity Cases, Same Sex Parenting and Rights, LGBT Parenting Rights, Domestic Partnership Rights, Single Parent Rights.

    35 years

  3. Family
    33%
    Men's Rights, Women's Rights, Sole Custody, Joint Custody, Parenting Agreements. Grandparent Rights and Sibling Rights. Summer and Vacation Visitation. Removal from Illinois. Guardianship and Adoption Emancipation. Long Distance Custody/Visitation. Adoption. Special Needs Children, Medical Necessity Cases, Same Sex Parenting and Rights, LGBT Parenting Rights, Domestic Partnership Rights, Single Parent Rights.

    35 years

     My client's come to me by word of mouth from other satisfied clients and other lawyers and judges.    I represent many lawyers in their divorce cases.  I have devoted myself to the areas of Divorce Law, Matrimonial Law, Domestic Relations, and Family Law for my entire law career. 

      I represent men and women just as aggressively.  I am a trained mediator, negotiator, and litigator.  I have an old fashioned practice in that I am available to my clients 24/7.  Everyone gets my cell phone number and they are always welcome to call my office or cell phone, or contact me by text and email.  I am a lawyer who returns all calls promptly.  You can ALWAYS contact me. 

     I know that client's are especially concerned with the costs of their case so I am extremely sensitive to their concerns and I work hard to keep their legal costs down. I take most cases as FLAT FEE cases where you only pay once.   I have represented large cases worth millions and small cases.  I work just as hard on both.

     I make myself available during convenient hours for clients so that they do not have to miss work to come in to see me.  I do not have my client's attend court unless it is absolutely necessary so they do not have to miss work needlessly.

      I believe my job is to educate my client's about the law so that they can make their own informed decisions about their case and about their future.   

       I have the experience, expertise, and reputation in this field to do the best job possible for you and I will not let you down.  

 

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Licensed for 34 years
State IL
Status Active And Authorized To Practice Law
Acquired 1988
Updated 10/11/2022

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

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Reviews

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Posted by Sheila | September 10, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Best decision I made
Having chosen the incorrect attorney for my divorce, my decision to retain Peggy for Post Decree matters was the best choice I could have made. She was an advocate for me and my children on every level and won a monthly decrease. She is not afraid to go up against old school lawyers. Peggy is no nonsense and very thorough. I highly recommend !
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Posted by Natalie | July 23, 2021
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Perfect Advocate in your Corner!
Peggy has been an assertive, knowledgeable, helpful, and compassionate advocate for my case. She has put my children’s and my well being first, making sure we receive the best possible outcome of an unfortunate situation. She is always available to communicate with and gives 100% when speaking with her about your case. She makes sure you are prepared and informed every step of the way. I highly recommend retaining Peggy for her services.
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Posted by Robert | June 14, 2021
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Always there for me
I hired Peggy based on reviews and they were all excellent,She’s always there for me,my texts,email and phone conversations,very reasonable attorney no hidden fees like most attorneys surly will recommend, Thank you Peggy!
Posted by Fred | June 11, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
A True Fighter that is easy to talk to and aggressive on your case!
I hired Peggy in March of 2021 after having gone through a traumatic 2020 where everything went wrong. The chaos of covid in 2020 and the political climate that changed many lives, to my life-threatening medical condition that required extensive surgery. I met Peggy during one of the lowest points in my life, vulnerable, recovering, and served with divorce papers... the icing on the cake for a tragic year that just kept compounding with bad news. Peggy is the lawyer you want on your side. My case is in progress, and I can honestly say when you speak to her, you will feel the confidence in her voice and the peace of mind you will feel knowing she is on your side and she will tell you. " don't worry, you got me, I'll carry the burden". Divorce is not easy, but when you have Peggy, rest assured that you will have a fighter protecting your rights, explaining clearly what the next steps are, educates you on the law so that you can make the best decision for you. Peggy is reasonable, very fair, and easily accessible when you have a question and need to talk. Peggy answers your phone calls, texts, emails, she does it all herself. You will not be talking to a large firm where many times the lawyers are hard to reach. Peggy runs a personalized operation so rest assured you will not feel lost and left out in the dark. I am very happy with her and I highly recommend her to anyone that needs a dedicated divorce attorney that will advocate for you and protect your rights.
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Posted by Matthew | June 10, 2021
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The best attorney out there!
There is not enough space on this review board for me to explain how amazing my experience with Peggy was. I would like to start by saying that she is very professional and handled my case with wisdom, knowledge and care. Peggy was able to take on my case right away. She wasted no time and had an order entered for me that day. Peggy was always there to answer all of my questions and address my concerns. Peggy is an affordable attorney also. You will not feel cheated after everything is said and done. ( Which I have felt with others in the past.) If you are wondering if you should hire Peggy, just do it she is amazing you will not regret your choice. I would give her 10 stars if I could! Thank you so much Peggy for everything you have done and are doing for me and my family.
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Posted by Nemanja | June 9, 2021
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Solo custody for father
Peggy is an amazing attorney. She works with you, so she is affordable. She also responds almost anytime and keeps you updated on your case. I’m referring her to all my friends and family Solo custody for father well done. Thank you Ms. Peggy
Posted by anonymous | June 2, 2021
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Best kept secret in Chicagoland
I first found attorney Raddatz right her on Avvo after reading her excellent 5 star reviews. Peggy has been amazing just like the other reviewers say, very knowledgeable with years of experience. From her first consultation all the way through she has had a excellent handle on things. She has been companionate, caring, communicative and won't back down from a challenge. Peggy keeps you in the loop and I could not have been more happier.
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Posted by Jennifer | April 27, 2021
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Amazing Family Law Attorney
Peggy took on my case in January 2019 and seen my case through to the end in August 2020. Peggy is by far one of the best attorneys I’ve dealt with. She has an outstanding knowledge of family law as well as how to approach judges, GALs and anything in between to really make a good impression. She stood up for me and fought for me in ways I didn’t even expect when the opposing side started to attack. The compassion she showed me and her encouragement that it was all going to work out helped me most on my hardest days of fighting for my kids and their best interest. She is so devoted to you when she takes you on as a client. She will respond to calls, texts, and emails almost immediately if not immediately. She is honest, tough,very thorough, ethical, dedicated and very reasonable financially. I would recommend Peggy to anyone going through a divorce, custody, or both. I am forever grateful for everything Peggy has done for me, my kids, and the way my case turned out!
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Posted by Jennifer | April 21, 2021
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| Hired Attorney
Excellent family law attorney
Peggy is a knowledgeable attorney and has been supportive since taking on my divorce case. I am impressed by her responsiveness when it comes to emails and phone calls; you won’t have to wait more than an hour or 2 to hear back from her. She has been especially compassionate when it comes to navigating parental responsibilities during the pandemic. She came recommended by a friend — and I have recommended her to a couple of friends myself. I highly recommend Peggy for your family law needs!
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Posted by anonymous | April 21, 2021
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Strategic approach and Fair
Hired Peggy for a parental allocation change. Peggy worked with my ex to advance my request to be with my children during COVID. Peggy exhibited great negotiation in order to get me more time. She asks relevant questions and walks through scenarios with you so that you can understand the law. Peggy doesn’t have a team or at least I only worked with her directly. I would have liked to be more structured on meeting times and know her availability as it was hit or miss, Although, I will say, eventually she found time to connect. I got the impression she is working all the time, but I am grateful she did not extort me on billing like other attorneys have. Peggy will get it done and ask to be compensated accordingly, you will not feel like you are paying for every minute or having to meet just to meet. I would definitely recommend Peggy and wish I would have called her when I first did my divorce. She uses negotiation and give and take to work towards the goal. Excellent and effective approach.
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Posted by Mariaelena | April 20, 2021
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| Hired Attorney
Very happy to have Peggy as my lawyer
Peggy is my lawyer and I’m very happy with the results that she have been making in my case, she is very responsive and will text or call right back whenever you need her. She is the second lawyer I tried after my divorce and even though everything was wrong from the first time. she fixed it and for that I’m very thankful. She has a lot of experience. I really recommend her.
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Posted by Tracey | April 18, 2021
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So happy to have Peggy in my corner.
Peggy has been my lawyer for almost a year and a half during what's been a very difficult divorce process. She's very responsive and will text or call right back whenever you need her. She was the second lawyer I tried after not being impressed at all with my first attorney. Peggy has so much experience that she's literally seen it all. I completely trust Peggy's judgment and expertise.
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Posted by Will | April 14, 2021
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I’ve used Peggy twice
Peggy has done an amazing job the both times I’ve used her, in divorce and custody. I would recommend Peggy to anyone in need of a lawyer who practices family law.
Posted by Mohammad | April 9, 2021
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| Hired Attorney
Best lawyer ever
Best lawyer ever Always answers her phone, If not she will text right back . On top of everything. Very patient . She has the knowledge and the experience. I’m glad I found her after using 2 other lawyers
Posted by anonymous | April 9, 2021
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| Hired Attorney
Helping me with a difficult divorce
Peggy has been my attorney for over a year in my divorce case that is still pending. My former partner is extremely difficult to deal with and Peggy has done a lot to help me do what's best for my child, e.g. by ensuring that communications are conducted only through a co-parenting app, getting a very good GAL for my child, and giving me advice on how to deal with the other parent's very erratic behavior whenever I needed it. Peggy is extremely responsive and her help has been invaluable to me, especially given how difficult this process has been for me and the fact that nearly all of it happened during the pandemic.
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Posted by Carlos | April 7, 2021
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Amazing. Words won't do her justice.
I met Peggy by chance but after seeing her reviews on here and the fact that I was in need, I contacted her. She gives 'representing' a whole other meaning. She is knowledgeable, kind and a fighter. When dealing with family matters I cannot stress how important an experienced attorney is. My first attorney failed at every step and it cost priceless time with my son. She not only reversed the current, very limited schedule with him, but added to a schedule that is 2 to 3 times more than what we had. She was also able to keep financial cost in co parenting fair. My only regret is that I hadn't come across Peggy sooner. I not only 'would' recommend her to others, I have.
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Posted by Maricela | April 1, 2021
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Divorce
Divorce She did everything she can for my divorce she’s did good and I will hire her again if I had to
Posted by Pamela | March 12, 2021
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| Hired Attorney
Tough yet compassionate
I was very pleased to have Peggy Raddatz represent me in my divorce. I found Peggy to be tough yet compassionate, dedicated, and very experienced. I will always be grateful to Peggy for helping me through a difficult time in my life with not only exceptional legal expertise, but kindness and understanding as well.
Posted by Dexter | January 8, 2021
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| Hired Attorney
Simply The Best
Peggy is truly the best, miles ahead of the rest. The only reason I give her 5 stars is because AVVO won't allow me to give her 6. She is extremely knowledgeable in her field of expertise, very responsive, and knows how to get positive results. I couldn't have asked for anything better, and I am very happy to have her on my team.
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Posted by Ruth | December 26, 2020
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| Hired Attorney
Excellent
Peggy is truly wonderful. She helped me get 50% of college paid by my ex for my son. And she saw my case through until the very end. I recommend Peggy to everyone I know . She is a straight shooter and you will not be disappointed.
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Cost

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  • Free Consultation 30 minutes
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Owner
  • The Law Office of Peggy M. Raddatz
  • 1988 - Present
  • Adjunct Professor
  • North Central College
  • 1988 - 1994
  • 7-11 Attorney
  • Dupage County State's Attorney
  • 1985 - 1988

Education

  • The John Marshall Law School
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1987
  • Roosevelt University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1976

Legal Cases

  • Congressional House Energy and Commerce Committee
  • Resulted in changes to the laws regarding denial of health insurance benefits in favor of patients.

Associations

  • United States Supreme Court
  • Admitted to Practice
  • 1995 - Present
  • Illinois State Bar Association Bar Foundation
  • Chair of The Fellows
  • 1998 - 1999
  • DuPage Association of Women Lawyers
  • President
  • 1992 - 1993
  • Illinois State Bar Association
  • Chair, Women and the Law
  • 1992 - 1993
  • Dupage Association of Women Lawyers
  • President-Elect
  • 1991 - 1992
  • Illinois State Bar Association, Family Law Section Council
  • Appointed Member
  • 1988 - 1998
  • Illinois State Bar Association, Assembly
  • Elected by Other Attorneys
  • 1988 - 2000
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Awards

  • Lawyers of Distinction
  • Lawyers of Distinction
  • 2020
  • Client’s Choice Award
  • Avvo
  • 2019
  • Client’s Choice Award
  • Avvo
  • 2018
  • Nation’s Top One Percent of Counsel
  • Nation's Top One Percent by the National Association of Distinguished Counsel
  • 2017
  • Top Attorney Award - Rated Superior - Highest Rating Possible
  • AVVO
  • 2017
  • Client's Choice Award
  • AVVO
  • 2017
  • Nation’s Top One Percent
  • Nation’s Top One Percent by the National Association of Distinguished Counsel.
  • 2016
  • Top Contributor Award
  • AVVO
  • 2016
  • Featured Attorney
  • AVVO
  • 2016
  • Top Attorney Award - Rated Superior - Highest Rating Possible
  • AVVO
  • 2016
  • Client's Choice Award
  • AVVO
  • 2016
  • Client's Choice Award
  • AVVO
  • 2015
  • Nation’s Top One Percent
  • Nation’s Top One Percent by the National Association of Distinguished Counsel.
  • 2015
  • Top Contributor Award
  • AVVO
  • 2015
  • Featured Attorney
  • AVVO
  • 2015
  • Top Attorney Award - Rated Superior - Highest Rating Possible
  • AVVO
  • 2015
  • Client's Choice Award
  • AVVO
  • 2014
  • Top Attorney Award - Rated Superior - Highest Rating Possible
  • AVVO
  • 2014
  • Featured Attorney
  • AVVO
  • 2014
  • Top Contributor Award
  • AVVO
  • 2014
  • Featured Attorney
  • AVVO
  • 2013
  • A+ Rating
  • Better Business Bureau
  • 2013
  • Top Attorney Award - Rated Superior - Highest Rating Possible
  • AVVO
  • 2013
  • Client's Choice Award
  • AVVO
  • 2013
  • Top Contributor Award
  • AVVO
  • 2013
  • Top Attorney Award - Rated SUPERIOR - Highest Rating Possible
  • AVVO
  • 2012
  • Top Contributor Award
  • AVVO
  • 2012
  • Client's Choice Award
  • AVVO
  • 2012
  • The John Marshall Law School
  • Distinguished Service Alumni Award
  • 1999
  • Outstanding Leadership Award
  • Illinois Bar Foundation
  • 1995
  • Outstanding Author Award
  • DuPage County Bar Association
  • 1995
  • Community Service Award
  • Illinois State Bar Association
  • 1995
  • Outstanding Leadership Award
  • Illinois State Bar Association
  • 1994
  • Certified Mediator for Family Law
  • State of Illinois
  • 1993
  • DuPage Asociation of Woman Lawyers
  • Outstanding Leadership Award
  • 1992
  • Outstanding Service to the Homeless
  • Legal Assistance Foundation of Chicago
  • 1991
  • Outstanding Negotiation Award
  • John Marshall Law School
  • 1987
  • Outstanding Client Counseling Award
  • John Marshall Law School
  • 1987
  • Outstanding Scholar Award
  • Roosevelt University
  • 1976
  • Client's Choice Award
  • AVVO
  • N/A
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Publications

  • Illinois State Bar Association Newsletter
  • "Update on Targeted Direct Mailings"
  • 1996

Speaking Engagements

  • Testified twice in United States Congress on behalf of Healthcare Reform
  • Healthcare Reform
  • 2009
  • Minority and Women in the Law Conference
  • Family Law Topics
  • 1996
  • West Suburban Bar Yearly Seminar
  • Family Law
  • 1995
  • Oasis Yearly Seminar for Women
  • Family Law Topics
  • 1995
  • Lyons Township High School
  • Matrimonial/Divorce Law for High Schoolers
  • 1992
  • DuPage Association of Women Lawyers Litigation Seminar
  • Family Law
  • 1992
  • YWCA DuPage
  • Family Law
  • 1990
  • Illinois State Bar Association, Family Law Section
  • Numereous Speaking Engagements in Family Law
  • 1988
  • Adjunct Professor at North Central College
  • Business Law Courses
  • 1988
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Attorney endorsements

Received (283)
Given (264)
Family Attorney | May 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Peggy Raddatz is a well respected family law attorney who is dedicated to providing excellent representation to her clients. She has served with distinction on numerous family law committees. Peggy is also highly regarded as a mediator and collaborative lawyer."
Family Attorney | Aug 08
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Peggy Raddatz because her experience and her knowledge of family law is an asset to her clients and the legal community."
Child custody Attorney | Mar 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Peggy is an excellent attorney committed to providing the highest quality representation to clients. I endorse this attorney without reservation."
Family Attorney | Jan 08
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. I have probably known Peggy for twenty five years or more, first having met her when we were on opposite sides of a case. I have always found Peggy to be hard working while keeping her client's interests above all else. She is aggressive when there is a need to be while at the same time, she understands the value of resolving matters by agreement, and she has the tools to do so."
Family Attorney | Dec 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Ms. Raddatz is extremely experienced. I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Nov 05
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Jul 23
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I don't know any other way to say it: She knows everything about her area of practice. Absolutely my "go to" referral source in her part of the Chicago and Collar area. On top of all that, writes with brevity and wit at a time when legal writing, writ large, has become increasingly desultory."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Feb 23
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. She is a great person and excellent lawyer!"
Unknown Attorney | Feb 11
Relationship: Other
"Very determined and dedicated attorney. I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Feb 06
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Exceptional. Peggy's 27 years of practice is what we refer to as experienced. Her knowledge of both the law and procedure is excellent and evident in her pro bono contributions. Client reviews are numerous and stellar. READ THEM! Results are what clients want and Peggy gets them. Do yourself a favor and schedule a consultation with her first. KUDOS"
Unknown Attorney | Jan 30
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. It is very clear from her experience and her contributions that Ms. Raddatz is extremely knowledgeable and highly competent. I wouldn't hesitate recommending her."
Family Attorney | Jan 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Child custody Attorney | Oct 31
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Child custody Attorney | Sep 28
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Sep 17
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. She is an excellent family law attorney. Hire her today!"
Divorce and separation Attorney | Sep 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Aug 03
Relationship: Other
"Ms. Raddatz has provided a plethora of helpful and concise legal answers through AVVO. She also cares about her profession and others in the community, as evidence by her participation in the DuPage Association of Women Lawyers. I endorse Ms. Raddatz."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Jul 30
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Attorney Raddatz understands what questioners are looking for -- direction, and honest feedback. She delivers both. I often find myself agreeing with the observations she gives completely. Hire her. She will serve you well as a strong advocate."
Child custody Attorney | Jul 08
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Based on Ms. Raddatz's answers to the Q&A forum on avvo, I recommend this attorney in the matters of family law, child custody, and divorce. She has shown she is knowledgeable and experienced in the aforementioned areas."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Jul 01
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
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La Grange (a suburb of Chicago) Divorce and separation Lawyer Peggy M. Raddatz
Peggy M. Raddatz
Divorce and separation Attorney
La Grange (a suburb of Chicago), IL
Licensed for 34 years
Free Consultation