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Kathleen Elizabeth Curler

Guardianship Attorney at Chicago, IL

4.0   4 reviews

also known as Kate Curler

  • Licensed for 21 years
    State IL
    Acquired 2002
    Status
    Active and Authorized to Practice Law No misconduct found

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

About Kathleen

Learn Kathleen’s areas of practice.

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Practice areas
  1. Guardianship
    40%
    Contested and non-contested guardianship cases at a reasonable price.

  2. Elder law
    20%
    Help navigate benefit programs. Advocate for seniors and their families to make sure they receive the best care in hospitals and nursing homes. Negotiate nursing home contracts.

  3. Estate planning
    20%
    Reasonably-priced Wills, Trusts and Power of Attorney documents.

  4. Other
    20%

Kate Curler is the founder and principal attorney at the Law Office of Kate Curler LLC, a Chicago law firm offering personalized, reasonably-priced legal services to seniors, the disabled and their families. 


Spurred on by her personal experience advocating for her parents in hospitals, rehab centers, nursing homes and with insurance companies, Kate realized there was a huge need for an attorney who goes beyond the drafting of legal documents and aggressively advocates for her clients to get the best medical care and to be treated with dignity and compassion. 

 

Services include Guardianship, Estate Planning, Power of Attorney forms, Senior Advocacy, Guardianship, benefit programs and Medicaid Planning, help negotiating senior living and nursing home contracts, Probate, and working with families to make hard decisions regarding health, assets and the independence of loved ones.  

 

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Location

Law Office of Kate Curler
4044 Lincoln Ste 238
Chicago, IL, 60618-3038

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Reviews

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Posted by Cathy | September 2, 2015
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Best lawyer
I have worked with many attorneys over the years (most were good and did an acceptable job) and have never met one like Kate. She did an outstanding job. She was kind and compassionate and she took the time to really figure out what was best for my aunt. If you need an attorney who is intelligent, efficient, and who truly cares about her clients, she's the one.
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Posted by anonymous | August 29, 2011
Adrean & Mark Jr.
Kate is absolutely wonderful. She is very professional, efficient, trustworthy, loyal, and a very knowledgeable in her field. I highly recommend Kate.
Posted by Martha | August 25, 2011
Guardianship Help
I can only express in so many words, on how much I appreciate all the help, understanding and sheer attention that Ms. Kathleen Curler has done for me and my neighbor. I have dealt with many lawyers in the past and none were as compassionate and understanding as Ms. Curler. It was my first time petitioning for guardianship for my disable neighbor and there was an overwhelming amount of paperwork and terms that I did not know. I petitioned guardianship Pro Se (representing myself) because I could not financial afford a lawyer. Ms Curler was appointed to my case on behalf of my disable neighbor. Ms. Curler was very professional and honest. She gave her time and attention to the matter at hand and for what was in her opinion to be what was best for my neighbor. Ms. Curler was very patient with me and was able to take the time to break things down for me. She seen and read all the facts to the case as well as listened to what I had to say. I have never felt respected by a lawyer as much as Ms. Curler did. By taking in all the information, Ms Curler agreed in favor of me to have guardianship of my neighbor. But that is not the main reason of way I appreciate Ms. Curler. She saw how much I was trying to get the nurses at the rehabilitation center to do the things that they promised to do and the lack of care they were giving my neighbor. She made it clear that the rehabilitation center was not living up the their name and not doing what they were suppose to be doing, which is their jobs. To do this she went beyond what was expected of her to ensure the well being of my neighbor, and for this she has my appreciation and respect.
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Posted by anonymous | April 10, 2019
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
phone consultation
After a phone consultation with Ms. Curler, I chose not to hire Ms. Curler as my attorney. Ms. Curler was not able to answer my questions. Fortunately I was referred to another attorney who was able to answer my questions successfully.

Cost

Rates
  • Free Consultation 45 minutes
Payment methods
Cash, Check

Resume

AVVO RATING 8.5 (Excellent)

Work Experience

  • Principal Attorney
  • Law Office of Kate Curler
  • 2010 - Present
  • Associate Attorney
  • Griffin, McCarthy and Rice
  • 2008 - 2010
  • Associate Attorney
  • Law Offices of Leslie L. Veon
  • 2005 - 2008
  • Assistant State's Attorney
  • Lake County Prosecutor's Office
  • 2003 - 2004
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Education

  • Santa Clara University
  • Juris Doctor
  • 2003
  • Michigan State University
  • Bachelors of Arts
  • 1992

Sample of Legal Cases

  • H. Brown
  • Documents completed and executed by client.
  • D. Henning
  • Documents completed and executed by client.
  • L. Stone
  • Documents completed, care plan for senior in place. Avoid guardianship.
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Associations

  • Union League Club of Chicago, Lawyers Group
  • Co-chair
  • 2016 - Present
  • The Center for Law and Social Work, Board of Directors
  • Vice President
  • 2015 - Present
  • The Center for Law and Social Work
  • Board of Directors
  • 2014 - Present
  • Chicago Volunteer Legal Services
  • Volunteer Attorney
  • 2010 - Present
  • Chicago Bar Association
  • Member-Probate, Elder Law and Solo Practitioners Committees
  • 2003 - Present
  • Legal Assistance Foundation of Chicago
  • Volunteer Attorney
  • 2010 - 2013
  • National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys
  • Member - Elder Law Committee
  • 2010 - 2013
  • Illinois Bar Association
  • Member- Family Law and Estate Planning Committees
  • 2003 - 2012
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Best Oral Advocate - Honors Moot Court
  • Santa Clara University School of Law
  • 2000
  • Approved for Oxford University, England summer program
  • Santa Clara University School of Law
  • 2000
  • Awarded A++ for legal tutorial, the highest grade possible
  • Oxford University
  • 2000
  • Awarded magna cum laude status at graduation
  • Michigan State University
  • 1992
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Publications

  • IICLE - Guardianship for Disabled Adults, Advance Directives and Mental Health Law
  • Chapter 6 - Termination and Modification of Guardianship
  • 2014
  • IICLE - Guardianship for Disabled Adults, Advance Directives and Mental Health Law
  • Chapter 6 - Termination and Modification of Guardianship
  • 2011

Speaking Engagements

  • Panel Presentation for Seniors
  • Eldercare
  • 2015
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Attorney endorsements

Received (28)
Given (37)
Endorse Kathleen
Family Attorney | Jun 03
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Kate provides the benefit of a big-firm background with the attention to detail you would expect only at a small firm. Kate makes the time to explain the intricacies of the ever-changing family law implications. I have worked with Kate on behalf of a wide variety of my clients, and she provides significant value and saved my clients at all levels of the family law process. Cannot recommend her highly enough!"
Elder law Attorney | Feb 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Kate's combination of personal experience and genuine care for her clients makes her truly unique. I wholeheartedly endorse her."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Mar 05
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Kate is knowledgeable, professional and, perhaps most valuable of all, very easy to work with. Kate practices effectively and efficiently; achieving her client's objectives in an intelligent and cost conscious manner. I strongly endorse Kate and I look forward to working with her again."
Elder law Attorney | Mar 03
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Kate is smart, tough, and a zealous Elder Law advocate for her clients. She is compassionate and knowledgeable, and she gets results. I highly endorse this lawyer."
Elder law Attorney | Feb 25
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Kate Curler is a tremendous attorney and committed advocate for elders. I have come to trust Attorney Curler for any and all matters that I have regarding elder law. I endorse her without hesitation."
Elder law Attorney | Feb 24
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Kate's dedication to the practice of elder law, estate planning, and guardianship is paramount. Her attention to detail and her compassion for her clients makes her a true gem of an attorney! I wouldn't hire anyone else for an elder law matter. She's fantastic."
Elder law Attorney | Oct 27
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Probate Attorney | Jul 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Elder law Attorney | Jun 10
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. An extremely talented and well respected attorney in the legal community."
Elder law Attorney | Feb 05
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Kate is a premier quality attorney. I wholeheartedly endorse this lawyer."
Guardianship Attorney | Feb 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Kate Curler is an innovative, compassionate and dedicated lawyer. She would be first person I would call for guardianship services if my family needed them. I endorse this lawyer."
Guardianship Attorney | Feb 03
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Attorney Curler, her responses are thoughtful and knowledgeable."
Elder law Attorney | Feb 03
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Kate is truly one of a kind. She can provide unique help to families in need and she does it in a way where the client knows she cares as much as they do. She's incredibly knowledgeable, professional and hands on. I would never hesitate to send friends or family to Kate if they needed help."
Guardianship Attorney | Feb 02
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Guardianship Attorney | Jan 31
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Kate Curler is a highly skilled guardianship attorney. She brings a personal connection to this area that shows in her work. Ms. Curler really loves what she does and is passionate about helping her clients. I have great confidence in Ms. Curler's legal ability and would feel comfortable having her represent me or any of my friends or family."
Elder law Attorney | Jan 30
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Elder law Attorney | Dec 05
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Ms. Curler has demonstrated amazing talent in several complex legal matters. She has extensive knowledge of the law and her experience proves its value daily for her clients. Ms. Curler is personable and has an upstanding moral character. I unhesitatingly endorse Ms. Curler."
Unknown Attorney | Aug 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Kathleen. When I have consulted with her regarding cases, she has gone the "extra mile". She is knowledgeable and passionate and I give her my full endorsement."
Unknown Attorney | Jul 23
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Kate is passionate about using her skills to obtain the best care and outcome for her clients. I would not hesitate to refer people to Kate."
Guardianship Attorney | Jul 23
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I would trust Kate to represent my family. She is an advocate who serves the elder community and really cares about her clients."
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Divorce and separation
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Chicago Guardianship Lawyer Kathleen Elizabeth Curler
Kathleen Elizabeth Curler
Guardianship Attorney
Chicago, IL
Licensed for 21 years
Free Consultation