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Jon Noel Dowat

Tax Attorney at Naperville, IL

3.0   2 reviews


  • Licensed for 18 years
    State IL
    Acquired 2005
    Active and Authorized to Practice Law No misconduct found

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Practice areas
  1. Tax
    Recreate lost tax records, preparation of unfiled tax returns, Offer in Compromise settlements, Bankruptcy discharge of Federal and Illinois income tax and penalties.

    19 years, 879 cases

  2. Chapter 13 bankruptcy
    A bankruptcy reorganization for individuals. Pay off debt over time, pay off debt with little or no interest, pay back debt including income taxes for as little as 10 cents on the Dollar.

    19 years, 148 cases

  3. Chapter 7 bankruptcy
    Providing individuals who have insurmountable debt a fresh start.

    19 years, 947 cases

  4. Foreclosure
    Save your home from foreclosure. Pay back unpaid mortgage payments over time. Surrender you home with no deficiency judgments, Pay back your unsecured second mortgage for as little as 10 cents on the Dollar.

    19 years, 1,100 cases

  5. Chapter 11 bankruptcy
    Chapter 11 is a court sanctioned reorganization allowing a business or individual to continue running their business while they work out a restructuring and renegotiation of debt with their creditors.

    19 years, 7 cases

I started my carrer as a broker, investment advisor during my career I ended up doing a lot tax work form my clients.  I became interested in tax law because tax issues touched every aspect of my client's lives.  


I felt I could help my clients more if I became a tax attorney.  I quit my full time job and enrolled on law school.


As I was helping tax clients in my law practice, I realized that in addition to tax problems my clients often had problems with debt.  I started to do bankruptcies now my practice is evenly split between resolving tax issues and helping clients through bankruptcy.


I have found that there is great synergy between bankruptcy law and tax law.  Bankruptcy law allows a taxpayers to resolve their tax issues on better terms that the taxpayer would get outside of bankruptcy.


Bankruptcy in certain instances will allow a taxpayer to discharge penalties or pay back unsecured tax debt for "pennies on the dollar."  


I do not consider my practice to be solely bankruptcy or solely tax law but a practice utilizing bankruptcy law and tax law to help individuals and businesses resolve their financial problems.  





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Jon Dowat Attorney At Thinking Outside The Box Law, Inc.
40 Shuman Blvd Ste 320
Naperville, IL, 60563-8654


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Posted by Jen Z. | September 4, 2014
Respectable and trust-worthy on tax, financial concerns.
Jon is not only a great tax attorney, but I consider him highly trustworthy, well-respected and his advice is always common-sense. He has helped my family through many tax issues and I shall continue to retain his skills.
Posted by anonymous | December 20, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
Hindsight 20/20
Jon took care of a bankruptcy for me and it went well. It was my only bankruptcy so I have no experience to base it on. He also attempted a tax settlement case which was just a disaster. If you retain him as your lawyer my advice is to keep EVERY written document and get a paid receipt on every payment. If you agree upon something, put it in ink! If I had a do over, I would have hired someone different.
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AVVO RATING 7.2 (Very Good)

Work Experience

  • Managing Attorney
  • Thinking Outside the Box, Inc.
  • 2005 - Present


  • Chicago-Kent College of Law Illinois Institute of Technology
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2004
  • Indiana University Bloomington, Indiana
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1982

Legal Cases

  • Chapter 13 Saves the Day...
  • Client Kept home


  • Du Page County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2011 - Present

Languages Spoken

  • English

Speaking Engagements

  • Meeting Bankruptcy Class College of Dupage
  • What Boss is Thinking
  • 2013

Attorney endorsements

Received (5)
Given (3)
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Chapter 11 bankruptcy Attorney | Sep 28
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer."
Chapter 11 bankruptcy Attorney | May 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. A highly skilled and respected lawyer in the legal community."
Chapter 11 bankruptcy Attorney | Apr 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. A highly skilled and respected lawyer in the legal community."
Unknown Attorney | Sep 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Top-notch attorney. Highly respected in the legal community."
Bankruptcy and debt Attorney | Sep 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Jon Dowat is extremely knowledgeable about bankruptcy and tax law. He is also one of the nicest people I know. If you want a caring, intelligent, knowledgeable lawyer who can help you get through these difficult and emotionally draining issues, I can think of no one better than Jon."
Chapter 11 bankruptcy
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