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Nicole Marie Soltanzadeh

Real estate Attorney at Chicago, IL

5.0   5 reviews
  • State Years
    Michigan - MI 14 years
    Illinois - IL 15 years
    California - CA 19 years
  • Licensed for 14 years
    State MI
    Acquired 2009
    Active in Good Standing No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 15 years
    State IL
    Acquired 2009
    Active and Authorized to Practice Law No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 19 years
    State CA
    Acquired 2004
    Resigned No misconduct found

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

About Nicole

Learn Nicole’s areas of practice.

An experienced legal professional, Nicole M. Soltanzadeh is a counselor who advises clients in estate planning, estate and trust administration, and real estate negotiations.  She possesses diverse and extensive experiences in litigation, estate planning, and real estate and business transactions.

Early in her career, Nicole earned substantial experience as a litigator, advocating for her clients routinely in state and federal court, and at the trial and appellate levels.  She has skillfully brought hundreds of cases to closure through mediations, settlement conferences, and trials. Her experience as a litigator informs her planning, as she is mindful of the planning traps to avoid when working with clients. Nicole is passionate about proactive planning and providing her clients with the peace of mind in knowning that their assets are well-managed and their loved ones are provided for.

Nicole graduated with honors from The George Washington University Law School in Washington, D.C., a top-tier law school at which she gained valuable experience clerking for the U.S. Department of Justice, serving as a research assistant for her professor’s treatise on professional responsibility, and clerking for small and mid-sized litigation boutiques.  She also holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Michigan and a master’s degree from Northwestern University. 

Nicole has practiced in California, Illinois, and Michigan. She now lives in Chicago and maintains her Illinois and Michigan law licenses.  She is an active member of the Illinois State Bar Association’s Trust and Estates, Real Estate, and Elder Law Sections, and is an active member of Wealth Counsel, Elder Counsel, and the National Association of Elder Law Attorneys.

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The Law Office of Nicole M. Soltanzadeh
20 N. Clark St., Suite 3300
Chicago, IL, 60602

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Posted by Mimi | March 3, 2023
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Great experience
Nicole guided me through the preparation of my living trust, and I could not have been more pleased and satisfied! This was a task I had been putting off for years because it seemed overwhelming. However, this process was anything but overwhelming thanks to Nicole. From our first meeting, Nicole was sincerely welcoming and approachable which totally put me at ease. She was able to assess my lifestyle, assets and finances, and then Nicole guided me slowly through the process of creating my living trust. At the end of each of our meetings, she gave me a list of tasks to complete before our next meeting. Nicole realized that I work best with specific deadlines, and that approach worked very well. I was able to move forward through this process in steps that allowed me to thoughtfully consider the decisions I needed to make and to do so within a reasonable amount of time. Nicole patiently guided me down this path, and it turned out to be a totally stress-free and very pleasant experience.  I am extremely satisfied and relieved that my living trust is complete. I cannot thank Nicole enough for her expertise, guidance and sincere interest in helping me create my estate plan. 
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Posted by Ed & Kris | March 31, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
Above and Beyond
We hired Nicole to represent us for a recent real estate transaction and she went above and beyond for us, helping to make this a smooth and seamless process. Nicole did a thorough job reviewing all the documents, carefully explaining and summarizing the information in a manner that was easy for us to understand. She also helped us negotiate the property taxes in our favor. We were also very pleased with Nicole's organizational skills and attention to detail. She initiated and kept all parties in constant communication, and was instrumental at the actual closing. We would definitely hire Nicole again for real estate and other legal services in the future.
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Response from Nicole Soltanzadeh April 2, 2019
Thank you! It was a pleasure working with you.
Posted by anonymous | March 9, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
Important life events
We have had the pleasure of working with Nicole on two occasions. Last year she walked us through an estate/trust planning process and helped us navigate the complexities of Illinois tax laws. What separates Nicole from other professionals I have worked with is her proactive nature. When there were actions or items she could take off our plate she did. If there were things only we could do, she kindly helped remind us of what we needed to do and how to do it. This allowed us to develop, review, and finalize our trusts in a relatively short-time period. A year later, we retained Nicole as our real-estate attorney for a dual-agent real estate transaction. While we initially were recommended an attorney by our real estate agent, my wife and I decided it would be beneficial for us to retain a completely independent attorney that had no ties to the real estate agent in order to ensure our best interests were represented. I could have not been more pleased with the result. Nicole elegantly navigated tense moments and helped us to keep the deal alive when it could have easily fell apart. While some real estate attorneys are interested in closing as many deals as possible in the shortest amount of time, Nicole took the time to help us think strategically about how to best proceed when challenges came up. To sum up her impact on the deal, after our closing our real estate agent said, "that was one of the smoothest closings I have had in a long time." If there are life events and attorney needs, Nicole will be our first call.
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Response from Nicole Soltanzadeh April 2, 2019
Thank you for your review! I am so glad to have had the opportunity to work with you -- twice!
Posted by Tim | January 14, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Nicole is a professional who works ONLY in her clients best interest. Many opportunities arose for which Nicole could have easily suggested/proposed that additional work be performed, however Nicole clearly cut to the chase and explained that although it would be possible for additional work to be performed related to certain aspects of the case, it would be likely that any additional benefits realized would be less than the additional legal fees associated with the same.
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Response from Nicole Soltanzadeh April 2, 2019
Thank you! I am so glad I could assist you in getting the relief you desired.
Posted by Jeff | June 5, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Client centered attorney
Nicole worked closely and diligently for me on so many different levels, going far beyond what I thought of as an attorney's responsibilities to their client. She made sure that I understood all that we worked on and that she was correctly putting into effect my desires and wishes.
Response from Nicole Soltanzadeh April 2, 2019
Thank you! It was a pleasure working with you.


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AVVO RATING 8.9 (Excellent)

Work Experience

  • Principal
  • The Law Office of Nicole M. Soltanzadeh, LLC
  • 2017 - Present
  • Instructor & IB Career-Programme Coordinator
  • Lincoln Park High School
  • 2012 - 2017
  • Attorney
  • Nicole Soltanzadeh, Esq.
  • 2008 - 2011
  • Associate
  • Steven Adair MacDonald & Associates, P.C.
  • 2006 - 2008
  • Legal Intern
  • San Francisco Office of the Public Defender
  • 2004 - 2004
  • Associate
  • Bradshaw & Associates, PC
  • 2004 - 2008
  • Law Clerk
  • Finkelstein, Thompson & Loughran
  • 2003 - 2003
  • Legal Intern
  • U. S. Department Of Justice, Antitrust Division
  • 2003 - 2003
  • Law Clerk
  • Simeone & Miller
  • 2002 - 2002
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  • Northwestern University
  • MS - Master of Science
  • 2012
  • The George Washington University Law School
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2004
  • University of Michigan
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 2001

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Estate Plan - Restating a Stale Plan
  • Redesigned and restated estate plan to reflect current law and needs
  • Estate Plan - Single Woman, Multiple Properties in and Out of State, with No Immediate Family Nearby
  • Designed and fully funded trust; deeded all in- and out-of-state properties into trust
  • Estate Plan - Married Couple with Young Children
  • Designed living trusts and worked with clients and financial advisor to fully fund the trust
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  • IL Continuity of Care Association
  • Member
  • 2019 - Present
  • Professional Women's Club of Chicago
  • Member
  • 2018 - Present
  • Illinois State Bar Association, Trusts and Estates, Real Estate, and Elder Law Sections
  • Member
  • 2017 - Present
  • WealthCounsel
  • Member
  • 2017 - Present
  • Chicago Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2009 - Present
  • State Bar of Michigan
  • Member
  • 2009 - Present
  • American Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2004 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Thurgood Marshall Scholar
  • The George Washington University Law School
  • 2004


  • Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education
  • The Effective Use of Disclaimers in Estate Administration
  • 2023
  • Illinois State Bar Association Real Property Newsl
  • At the Intersection of Trust Administration and Real Estate: Sibling Rivalry and the Family Home
  • 2020

Speaking Engagements

  • Estate Planning 101
  • Estate Planning
  • 2019
  • Estate Planning Essentials Part Two
  • Estate Planning
  • 2018
  • Estate Planning Essentials - Part One
  • Estate Planning
  • 2018
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Attorney endorsements

Received (3)
Given (2)
Endorse Nicole
Real estate Attorney | Mar 22
Relationship: Co-worker
"I had the pleasure of being a co-worker of Nicole's in San Francisco. She was smart, hard-working and a true professional. I endorse her 100%."
Estate planning Attorney | Mar 12
Relationship: Co-worker
"Nicole is an excellent attorney! She's dedicated, diligent, and very knowledgeable. I am happy to refer to Clients to her for any estate planning and probate work in Chicago."
Real estate Attorney | Mar 07
Relationship: Supervised lawyer
"Nicole is a wonderful attorney and has worked with me for years. She is intelligent, very reliable, professional, and always has her clients' best interests in mind."