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Jessica C Bentz

Chapter 7 bankruptcy Attorney at Chicago, IL

4.9   39 reviews

also known as Jessica, Holguin

  • State Years
    Illinois - IL 15 years
    Florida - FL 17 years
  • Licensed for 15 years
    State IL
    Acquired 2008
    Active and Authorized to Practice Law No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 17 years
    State FL
    Acquired 2006
    Member in Good Standing No misconduct found

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

About Jessica

Learn Jessica’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Chapter 7 bankruptcy
    I represent consumers filing Chapter 7 Bankruptcy cases. In such a case, I meet with a client for a free consultation, discuss their options and goals and review all questions and documents with my client so they understand the process and feel comfortable in the decision to file a Chapter 7. I file a voluntary petition on behalf of my client and attend the trustee meeting.

    17 years, 900 cases

  2. Bankruptcy and debt
    Negotiation with the IRS on offers to compromise, settlements, and other negotiation strategies with consumers who owe over $25,000 to the IRS.

    17 years, 1,000 cases

  3. Chapter 13 bankruptcy
    Consumer Bankruptcy attorney who specializes in Chapter 7 and Chapter 13 Bankruptcies. I use an individualized approach with each client to provide them with the results they want and start them on a road to financial recovery.

    17 years, 700 cases

Personal Information:

Living with debt can be a constant struggle.  Taking the first step toward a solution is challenging, but at Bentz Law Firm our number one concerns are listening to our clients and providing individualized plans so each person can leave armed with the knowledge they need to get to where they want financially.  My job is making sure our client's know and understand the legal options they have.  I work hard for my clients and if they are loosing sleep, chances are I am too.

Professional Information:

I am entirely devoted to serving Chicagoland and Lake County, Indiana. I began my career as a Criminal Prosecutor. After more than 25 felony and misdemeanor trials and countless hours of in-court litigation experience, I began working for one of Chicagoland’s largest bankruptcy firms. 

Although working for a large bankruptcy firm provided me with exposure to literally hundreds of bankruptcy cases, I felt that an important part of the individualized client-attorney relationship was missing. Unlike many larger firms, I believe each client deserves an attorney who has the time to listen, the compassion to understand, and the intelligence and determination to provide results


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Bentz Holguin Law Firm, LLC (Main Office Location)
100 N. Lasalle Street, Suite 1600
Chicago, IL, 60602
Bentz Holguin Law Firm, LLC
360 Columbia Dr Suite 102
West Palm Beach, FL, 33409
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4.9 / 5.0
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Posted by anonymous | August 2, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
In hindsight, she saved my financial life, improved my future
I had been struggling for years with divorce debt, and lack of child support, and underemployed which led to me being chronically in debt, especially with debts of my ex. Jessica and her paralegal explained all possibilities and took exceptional care in making sure I understood possible outcomes. The Trustee listened to me and I was grateful I was awarded/allowed a Chapter 7. i wanted to write this review 8 years after to say what a huge positive difference her competence made in my life.
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Posted by Phil | July 2, 2021
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| Hired Attorney
Excellent Bankruptcy Attorney
Jessica is an excellent Bankruptcy attorney. She represented me through a lengthy Chapter 13 and I couldn't be happier with the results. She's ethical, quick to respond, and extremely knowledgeable. She was very easy to work with because she was kind, patient with my abundance of concerns, and genuinely understood my situation. I highly recommend Jessica and the Bentz Holguin Law Firm.
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Posted by Megan | July 9, 2019
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Absolutely the best, you want her as your attorney.
We had an excellent experience with Jessica and her team. From the first phone call, we were met with kindness, compassion, and understanding from Jessica. Jessica took time to meticulously review our case and recommended that we change our plan to one that better fit our circumstances. We just completed our case and couldn't be happier. We had switched law firms to Bentz Holguin after having an awful experience with our prior attorney who was difficult to get ahold of and talked down to us. This was never the case with Jessica. She promptly returned emails and phone calls, and treated our case like it was important to her. Jessica took the time to talk us through every step, so we knew exactly what to expect. Her expertise will definitely find you in the right plan and painlessly get you through a bankruptcy case. It was an absolute pleasure working with her, if we could give more than 5 stars, we would!
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Posted by Lucy | January 31, 2019
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Jessica was great!
Last year I lost my job and went through a pretty bad time. I didn’t want to file bankruptcy but didn’t have any other options at the time. I was broke and I needed to start new. Jessica walked me through the process. Even when I got upset about having to deal with the debt she just calmly answered my questions from start to finish. I’m now employed and my credit is so much better. I don’t have a lot of experience with lawyers but I always recommend Attorney Jessica and Adam to my friends. They did what they said they would and got me results. Thank you!
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Posted by anonymous | October 23, 2017
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I definitely will give Jessica 5 stars, she was totally there with me all the way, always ensuring I clearly understood the process and very patient with me if though I kept bugging her with questions, she never seemed bothered, very pleasant and a joy to work with! I would highly recommend her to anyone!
Posted by Kasey L | September 22, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
A Wonderful Attorney That Gets Results
Jessica did a phenomenal job handling my bankruptcy case. There were many different variables that made my particular situation extremely challenging but Jessica was willing to take my case on and did everything she could to help me. She did a wonderful job keeping me posted of the situation and was very informative of what both a positive and negative outcome would look like. Her communication with me was incredible. Every time I called or emailed her, I would hear back the same day. Jessica went above and beyond her job to make me trust in her. I had two lawyers represent me prior to hiring Jessica and I had honestly lost faith in attorneys due to they way I was treated and the little work that was actually being done with my case. Jessica restored my faith in attorneys and it is a comfort to know there still a few good ones out there! I would highly recommend Jessica to anyone needing legal help. She is a wonderful attorney and person who gets results!
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Posted by ChristieLawrence | September 21, 2016
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Best lawyer ever!!
After having renters destroy her townhouse and the HOA refused to file for insurance – my daughter was left with a gutted house and no way to pay for the repairs. After contacting two lawyers who did nothing but take her money and provide no help – my daughter found Jessica Bentz in Chicago. At this point we'd lost faith and had become very untrusting. Jessica worked very hard to gain our trust back. She was honest, open and very knowledgeable about what needed to be done. She never steered us in the wrong direction and treated us very fairly. No one worked harder for my daughter then Jessica. We are forever grateful for all the help she gave us. She guided us through a maze that we would never have been able to navigate on our own. Thank you Jessica – we won't forget you. If you need a reliable, honest lawyer, call Jessica. You won't be disappointed.
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Posted by Shirley | July 13, 2016
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Thank You For Your Help
Posted by anonymous | July 7, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
Jessica Bentz was great. She answered EVERY question that I called or e-mailed and ALWAY in a timely manner. I highly recommend her and her firm. Everyone was very polite and patient.
Posted by In Sun | February 17, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Gets the job done right!
The Bentz Holguin Law Firm have been awesome to work with. Their team is very professional and knowledgeable about the industry. In a short period of time they've been able to make a positive impact. I mostly worked with Adam Holguin. He follows up and is with you throughout the whole process. He moved fast to reach a reasonable settlement in the short time I was given. Both partners of this firm, Jessica and Adam, listened to everything I had to say and was professional, informative, insightful, and helpful in making my decision. I was so impressed with the service and the way they helped me with this process. They have personally kept in contact with me guiding me along the way with all the information needed. I have worked with other firms in the past for other legal matters but unlike the other firms that I have dealt with you do not get passed around from person to person to get a hold of them. Every inquiry I had was promptly answered by either Adam or Jessica. My experience with this firm was excellent from beginning to end. Adam and Jessica thanks again on a job very well done! I most definitely recommend the Bentz Holguin Law Firm to anyone that is seeking legal advice.
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Posted by anonymous | November 2, 2015
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Happy Client
I was able to work with the Bentz Holguin Law Firm on a foreclosure matter, and they were able to assist me with maintaining my home. I spoke with numerous lawyers, but really felt they were the most responsive, and polite. As and added bonus, they are extremely well versed in bankruptcy law, and several related areas. They did not just collect money and not respond, they continued to assist me and I am so grateful to have found them.
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Posted by Nikki | May 19, 2015
Great Attorney!!!!!!!
Jessica and Adam have been so kind, and polite. I have called a lot, and each time I have been treated with great. It has been nice to work with an attorney that cares about my case, but also me as a person. Each time I call, all of my questions are answered, and Jessica always makes sure I am comfortable with the information she has given me. Overall, going with Bentz Holguin has been a wonderful decision.
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Posted by Josh .W | April 27, 2015
A+ service
Jessica was a great help with negotiating a judgment that had been entered in 2012. I was paying 50.00 a week payroll deducted. Not only did she negotiate the debt for me she obtain the best possible outcome which was the remaining balance was considered to be voided by the creditor, and all information of this debt has been removed from my credit files. She was very informative and communication was very great A++++
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Posted by Laurence | March 23, 2015
Highest Standards of the Legal Profession
I have known Jessica for many years and have consulted with her on many matters. I know her as an excellent lawyer whose legal ability and ethical standards are consistent with the highest traditions of the legal profession.
Posted by Ryan | February 26, 2015
Great attorney, Better Person!
Jessica and Adam are really great to work with, instantly I felt welcomed and at ease with my decision. They have a great sense of clients needs, and make sure to treat you with care. The office was busy the day I came in, and they treated everyone so politely. Great staff, and the counsel was spot on, and tailored to my needs at that time. Never felt like I was being sold a service that would not assist.
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Posted by Nate | February 26, 2015
When it counts, Come see Jessica and Adam
I came to the Bentz Holguin Law Firm after undergoing a serious surgery. After being out of work, and having my car reposed, I could not see any hope. I met with Jessica and Adam and they assured me this was just a speed bump, and financial freedom was attainable. I placed my trust in them, and it was the right decision. I am not debt free, working and focusing on taking care of my family. Thanks for all the great work.
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Posted by Keith | February 26, 2015
The Best!
Coming in with a pile of bills and stress, and leaving with a piece of mind. Adam and Jessica made sure to answer all my questions, and make sure to put be at ease. They are very approachable, and knowledgeable.
Posted by anonymous | November 11, 2014
Saved our financial life
Initially, we were with a lawyer who didn't know the laws very well and cost us money in lawyer fees and payments, by giving us wrong advice in our bankruptcy case. We found Jessica and Adam, and converted our Chapter 13 to a Chapter 7, which should have been filed as a Chapter 7 to start with! Thank you, thank you, thank you Jessica and Adam.
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Posted by Tina | June 3, 2014
Love her! She is very professional and knowledgeable. When I first met this lawyer, she informed me how bankruptcy worked, gathered all of my information and got the job done. I would choose her over any lawyer. Glad to have met her. Great experience! I will forever refer her to those needing a great lawyer who is not overpriced.
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Posted by Randall | May 23, 2014
Wow! This is the way it should always be done...
Wow! This is how law should be practiced! I went from a messy, ugly, unpleasant situation that I didn't really understand nor know how to handle, into one that is now calm, collected, and under control. This attorney is sharp in all facets of the word but also kind and considerate at a time when your dignity is otherwise at a low point. Very grateful to have someone like that on my side.
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Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card


AVVO RATING 9.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Owner
  • Bentz Law Firm, LLC
  • 2009 - Present
  • Attorney
  • Law Offices of Chad Hayward
  • 2009 - 2009
  • Attorney
  • Robert J. Semrad & Associates
  • 2009 - 2009
  • Assistant District Attorney
  • Office of the State Attorney
  • 2007 - 2008
  • Legal Intern
  • Family and Children Legal Clinic
  • 2006 - 2006
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  • Barry University Dwayne O. Andreas School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2006
  • Stetson University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 2003

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Credit Card Garnishment
  • Debt Discharged & Garnishment Gone
  • Behind on Mortgage
  • Avoided Foreclosure


  • General Bar Law Directory
  • Member
  • 2012 - Present
  • American Lawyers Quarterly
  • Listed Member
  • 2011 - Present
  • Woman & Co. Community
  • Member
  • 2010 - Present
  • Better Busines Bureau
  • 2010 - Present
  • Chicago Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2008 - Present
  • Illinois State Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2008 - Present
  • Florida Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2006 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Spanish

Honors and Awards

  • Best Consumer Bankruptcy and Debt
  • Best Consumers
  • 2012
  • Best of Chicago Award for Credit & Debt Services
  • Board of Review
  • 2011
  • Best Corporate Attorney
  • Land Design South
  • 2009
  • Best in Evidence
  • Barry University
  • 2006
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Speaking Engagements

  • Bankruptcy Law
  • Bankruptcy Law
  • 2011

Attorney endorsements

Received (11)
Given (9)
Endorse Jessica
Bankruptcy and debt Attorney | Nov 03
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Bankruptcy and debt Attorney | Jun 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. I have known Jessica Bentz for more than a decade. Jessica is personable, knowledgeable and committed to her clients and her practice. She is empathetic and caring while bringing an extraordinary level of knowledge, expertise and ability to her clients. I highly recommend Jessica Bentz."
Bankruptcy and debt Attorney | Mar 10
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer."
Chapter 7 bankruptcy Attorney | Feb 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Jessica as an excellent and knowledgeable attorney."
Chapter 13 bankruptcy Attorney | Sep 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Apr 15
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Jan 27
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Ms. Bentz is the attorney to whom I trust to send my clients with bankruptcy needs. Her reputation among her peers is exemplary, and she takes a genuine interest in helping her clients. I strongly endorse Attorney Bentz."
Chapter 7 bankruptcy Attorney | Mar 08
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer. I have had the honor and pleasure of working alongside Ms. Bentz. Ms. Bentz is not only extremely hard working and intelligent, but she truly cares about her cases. Ms. Bentz always thoroughly researches her cases and puts 100% into each and every case."
Chapter 11 bankruptcy Attorney | May 07
Relationship: Supervised lawyer
"I endorse this lawyer's work. I have known Jessica for several years. She is a very caring and hardworking lawyer. She is dedicated to providing the best possible results for her clients. She also cares about her clients' best interests."
Bankruptcy and debt Attorney | Feb 08
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Jessica is a good lawyer who will work hard for her client's best interests. She is caring and has a good attention to detail for client's in need of debt restructuring or debt relief."
Litigation Attorney | Feb 05
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer's work. I worked with Attorney Bentz at the State Attorney's Office and I highly recommend her work. She is a diligent attorney who takes a special interest in her client's cases."
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