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Emily Rebecca Carrara

Family Attorney at Naperville, IL

4.7   14 reviews
  • Licensed for 23 years
    State IL
    Acquired 2001
    Status
    Active and Authorized to Practice Law No misconduct found

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About Emily

Learn Emily’s areas of practice.

Thanks for visiting my profile. I concentrate in  family law and divorce matters as well as guardianship and adoption.  I have guided many clients through difficult divorces. I can help with your divorce, parentage (paternity) or post decree matter. Experienced with child support, alimony, child custody,  retirement assets, and more.  I practice collaborative law, mediation and litigation.  I also have experience and expertise to assist you with retirement asset division. 

 

           

I am a married and have one son.  Born in Philadephia, PA and grew up in Long Grove, IL.

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Location

Emily Rebecca Carrara
1250 E. Diehl Road
Suite 400
Naperville, IL, 60563

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Reviews

4.7 / 5.0
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Posted by Larry | March 28, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Thankful beyond words that I hired Emily
Emily Carrara is an exceptional attorney. She exceeded by far any expectations I imagined during my divorce proceedings. Emily's knowledge and expertise is unbelievably top notch in her field and her compassion, empathy and understanding are what enabled me to 'survive' during this devastating time in my life. Emily took the time to speak with me and made me feel like a real person whom she genuinely 'cared' about and fought for in order to obtain the best settlement possible for me. I never once felt like a case number or dollar signs in the form of 'billable hours'. Emily is exactly 'the attorney' you want in your corner fighting for you during such a horrendous process and I highly recommend Emily to anyone who is entering into a divorce proceeding. She helped me more than I can explain in words and a settlement that allowed me to move forward and live again.
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Posted by Mike | November 7, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent QDRO results
Emily Carrara is to be counted on to deliver results. She is highly competent, trustworthy, collaborative, and yet not afraid to be strong on points that have proper merit. She has an excellent understanding of IL QDRO, significant ability to quickly grasp complex situations and distill them into actionable items for your best interest. My situation was a decade old, required opposing lawyer work, court appearances, multiple 401K company ownership, and of course - emotion. She properly educated herself on all counts, provided accurate assessments and expectations .... delivering results in the end. I would highly recommend Emily Carrara!
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Posted by Lynnette | September 16, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
an attorney who offers both expertise and a caring bed-side manner
I felt that I was in a David vs Goliath sized legal battle. Thankfully Emily was able to use her legal savoir-faire and integrity to manage my case brilliantly. Emily argued my case using her knowledge of the law winning the decision. I am thankful for having an attorney who is able to never forget that she is working with human beings who are walking through out of the ordinary circumstances. I felt that she genuinely cared not just about the case, but about my circumstances. I recommend Emily Cararra without hesitation.
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Posted by Keith | June 29, 2018
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
I wish I had retained her years ago
Emily's advise has been spot on. She has been quick to respond to my emails and has always had availability for an appointment. I wish I would have retained her years ago.
Posted by Lisa | March 5, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent representation
I worked with Emily during my divorce. She had my back and was patient with me when my emotions were high. Emily knows her stuff and will be sure that you get what the law provides for. She also seemed to genuinely care about me and my kids which, in a very stressful time, allowed me to see the light at the end of the tunnel. I highly recommend her. You need someone strong and thorough during a divorce.
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Posted by Victoria | November 13, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Great lawyer, highly reccommend
I met with Emily at the end of a 2 year custody battle. It was messy and I was a mess. But I met with Emily and she was comforting about the whole process. She was very thorough with me about what was happening. She didn't beat around the bush and gave it to me straight, but in a way that I could handle the truth. There was a feeling a genuine care while working with Emily. It was a complete difference from the lawyer I had been working with prior to Emily. Although she came in at the end of my case, she was still very persistent and did as much as I believe she really could. I would highly recommend Emily and the firm she works with.
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Posted by Arlene | October 19, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Emily Carrara
I hired Emily Carrara for my divorce proceedings. In the course of these proceedings, she drafted two QDRO's, one for a pension and one for a supplemental retirement fund. She also wrote a proposed settlement agreement and made herself available to contact and answer questions that my husband had. I believe that her skill, tact, and sensitivity really made the difference in my case. Her advice was sound, my case did not escalate in cost, and my husband and I were able to settle the divorce amicably. Thank you, Emily, for facilitating the resolution of a difficult and potentially contentious process. My case ended as well as it could have.
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Posted by anonymous | August 8, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Life-changing representation
Emily, Maureen and the STG team did an amazing job ensuring my divorce resulted in a positive outcome for the most important person involved in it -- my daughter. They knew she was my No. 1 priority and never lost sight of that while we endured a grueling four-year court process against a very aggressive and large law firm. Emily started on the case before our trial and did all the day-to-day work that often goes unnoticed. After a successful trial outcome, she led the appeal and did an incredibly thorough job that included catching dozens of mistakes in the opposing counsel's filings. In the years following she was always there for me when there were flare-ups in or out of court. I can't say enough about the job she and the team at STG did for us. I highly recommend her as a lawyer and as a person.
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Posted by Suzette | September 21, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent representation
Since the beginning, Emily has been an outstanding support. I have been represented by several lawyers, but once I started working with her it became clear I was at the right office. She has integrity, compassion, empathy and sympathy with a genuine interest at heart for your story. What I like most is that she allows me to give input, and explains the impact of decisions. I can honestly say, I feel comfortable with Emily's representation and trust her. Her staff is always friendly and professional. I highly recommend Emily to represent you in court.
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Posted by Marylore | March 29, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Best Lawyer for a QDRO
I have never been so impressed by a lawyer as Emily Carrara at Sullivan, Taylor & Gumina, P.C. She handled a QDRO for me from my divorce years ago. As I approached the age to receive my benefits, from my former husbands retirement fund I was told my QDRO was never finalized at the time of my divorce. Emily was able to finalize everything within one month to allow me to receive my benefits on the date I was due for my first payment.. I wish I could express my gratitude on her expertise, knowledge, and efficiency. I was told by the Benefit Administrator that Emily was one of the very few lawyers that they deal with who actually knew what she was doing as I learned from my research that these QDRO's can be a difficult process and not all lawyers understand what is involved. I can say Emily is a very capable attorney and I highly recommend her and this practice.
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Posted by anonymous | June 1, 2014
appellate work performed with the greatest satisfaction
she handled my appellate work superb with total concentration, thoroughness and dedication to the best result hoped for. I highly recommend her to anybody without reservation. BHK
Posted by Sean | January 23, 2012
Great attorney, great friend
Emily handled a complex guardianship matter, with a complex adoption to boot. She kept me focused on the issues and not the drama. She listened to my concerns and worked with my feelings to express things properly. She very knowledgeable and regularly kept me informed of every issue, except when she knew it was procedural and possibly upsetting to me. Great job!!!
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Posted by anonymous | June 9, 2011
A Quality Attorney for Family Law
Emily has been my family law attorney since 2004. She has offered expert advice on child support and college expenses for all three of my children. While I've always felt that Emily's number one priority was to look out for me, her client, she has scruplously followed the law in regard to the amounts I've owed. I recommend her without reservation.
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Posted by Natalie | March 14, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Zero star if I could, please save your heartache and AVOID
Working with this attorney has been an absolute nightmare. I spoke with her a few weeks after my divorce was finalized. My best friend had recently gone through a divorce & told me to make sure a qualified and competent attorney handled the QDROs portion of my divorce, as hers took an unreasonable amount of time. Emily was recommended by my divorce attorney. I spoke with her a few weeks after my divorce & stated to her my friend’s experience. She assured me my friend’s experience would not be the way she treated me & the process would be smooth & she had good relationships with the plan administrators where my money was invested. Fast forward to November. I emailed Emily, as I had heard nothing from her in almost 4 months. 25 days later she responded to me. She said she would get back to me the following week. Guess what? Not a word. 1/2/20 I asked her for an update. I received no response. Getting fed up Emily was ignoring me, as well as my financial planner stating this was nonsense, I put her in charge of contacting Emily. She called multiple times and received a lot of dodging by Emily’s secretary. I then let my attorney know what was going on. 1/17/20 — the paralegal finally seems to get things moving. 2/3/20 we were told this would be wrapped up in a few weeks. Today is 3/14. That day has come and gone. Nothing has happened. Also 3/13 I received a bill from my own attorney for $810. All the billing had to do with my attorney chasing down Emily Carrara and figuring out what was going on. I’m on a fixed income and do not have $810 just laying around for someone to chase this woman down. My own attorney stated he was disappointed in her actions. The portion of the QDRO I was to receive as cash that was owed to me by my ex husband has probably gone down 20-30% due to the stock market tumble. I am a social worker and that money was to go toward a bachelors of nursing degree I am pursuing, to help purchase a new home so I can get my son into the high school he wishes to attend with his friends & to pay for my kids’ college. I do not know now if the money will be there to make these goals happen. Had this been finalized months ago, I would not be in this predicament & would not have lost a large portion of my life savings. I am not a person who likes to leave negative reviews. I also always give people the benefit of the doubt. Given these circumstances I would NEVER use this attorney for any reason. She is incompetent & she will not respond to you. Please stay away from Emily Carrara.
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Cost

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

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Partner
  • Sullivan Taylor & Gumina, P.C.
  • 2001 - Present

Education

  • John Marshall Law School, Chicago
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2001
  • Boston University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1993

Sample of Legal Cases

  • • In re the Matter of Felzak v. Hruby, 226 Ill.2d 382, 876 N.E.2d 650, 315 Ill.Dec. 338, Ill., September 20, 2007
  • • In re the Matter of Felzak v. Hruby, 367 Ill.App.3d 695

Associations

  • Illinois State Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2001 - Present
  • American Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2001 - Present
  • DuPage County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2001 - Present
  • DuPage County Bar Association Young Lawyers
  • Chair
  • 2005 - 2006
  • Kane County Bar Association
  • Chair
  • 2003 - 2004
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Leading Lawyer
  • Leading Lawyers
  • 2017
  • One of the Eight Women to watch
  • DuPage County Bar Association
  • N/A

Publications

  • DuPage County Bar Association Brief
  • The Illinois Probate Act; Updates and Changes
  • 2016
  • DuPage County Bar Association Brief
  • Parenting Agreements for Non-Christian Parents: A short primer on Holidays Beyond Christmas
  • 2009

Speaking Engagements

  • Advanced Family Law
  • Special Issues in Military Divorce
  • 2015
  • Paralegal Seminar
  • Retirement Accounts and Qdro
  • 2014
  • Oddities and Challenges of Family Law
  • Drafting Pitfalls and Tips for Family Law Agreements
  • 2014
  • Mega Meeting
  • A Primer on Resolving Retirement Issues
  • 2014
  • Advanced Family Law Issues
  • Failure to Equitably Distribute Assets
  • 2014
  • Chicago Kent School of Law
  • Dividing Retirement Assets
  • 2013
  • Advanced Issues in Divorce
  • Post-Divorce Considerations
  • 2013
  • DuPage County Bar Association Mega Meeting
  • Everything You Want to Know about QDROs
  • 2011
  • Financial Settlements and Support Issues in Divorce
  • Division of Retirement Accounts
  • 2010
  • Chicago Kent School of Law
  • Dividing Retirement Assets
  • 2010
  • DuPage County Bar Association Mega Meeting
  • Grandparent Visitation Post Wickham
  • 2007
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Attorney endorsements

Received (6)
Given (7)
Endorse Emily
Divorce and separation Attorney | Apr 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Adoption Attorney | Apr 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Dec 03
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I have consulted and retained Emily several times related to retirement plan issues in divorce cases. Her knowledge and quick turnaround on QDROs and other retirement related documents is invaluable."
Family Attorney | Sep 26
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. I had the opportunity to work with Emily on a highly contested post-decree case. She is an experienced family law attorney with excellent judgment, outstanding litigation skills and a highly professional temperament. I highly recommend her."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Aug 29
Relationship: Co-worker
"Emily is a tireless advocate for her clients and is extremely knowledgeable, artculate and a strong advocate for her clients. She helps clients negotiate amicable resolutions to disputes but is a skilled litigator when a trial becomes necessary. When a client has Emily as their attorney, that client can be assured they will be more prepared and more informed than their opponent when they walk into court."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Feb 02
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer's work. Emily is an excellent attorney who listens to her clients and works to reach the best resolution to their complicated divorce/custody matters."
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