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Cynthia L. Petersen

Employee benefits Attorney at Stockton, IL

4.1   10 reviews

also known as Petersen Law and QDROs LLC

  • Licensed for 26 years
    State IL
    Acquired 1997
    Active and Authorized to Practice Law No misconduct found

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

About Cynthia

Learn Cynthia’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Employee benefits
    If you are getting divorced or are already divorced, I can help you divide the retirement plans - 401k, pension, Railroad Retirement, IL government pension (TRS, IMRF, SURS, SERS, etc.), Federal pension (FERS, CSRS, TSP) or military pension benefits

  2. Divorce and separation
    I concentrate in dividing retirement plans in divorce. I can also review documents or draft settlement documents for you.

  3. Real estate
    I will help you when you need to sell or buy your residence!

  4. Uncontested divorce
    I can help you determine the best settlement and draft all documents for you so you can get divorced as painlessly as possible.

  5. Marriage and prenuptials
    Getting married? Need to protect your assets? Come see me!

  6. Estate planning
    Come see me if you need a basic Will, Power of Attorney and/or Healthcare Power of Attorney

I have over 24 years of experience in negotiating and litigating divorces, representing buyers and sellers in residential real estate transactions and helping people divide their retirement plans in divorce.  I love drafting and enter QDROs, QILDROs and orders to divide Railroad Retirement Plan and military pension benefits. I have been qualified as an expert witness in the area of retirement plan division in divorce and would love to help you with your legal needs!

I can help with the following:

Selling or buying a home, basic Will, Power of Attorney or Health Care Power of Attorney, drafting/negotiating pre-nuptial agreements and of course, division of retirement plans in divorce as well as retirement plan division litigation.

Give me a call today!

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Cynthia Petersen
126 S. Main Street
Stockton, IL, 61085


4.1 / 5.0
  10 customer reviews
Posted by Isaac | June 23, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Cynthia handled my divorce case with clear explanation of every move that she made and filed case on time. She answered all my questions, and most importantly returned my phone calls in good time. Had the best possible outcome and i cant thank her enough.
Posted by Jessica | August 16, 2020
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| Hired Attorney
She did amazing work for my boyfriend post divorce. She is fair and absolutely has her clients back. She fought for him and did an amazing job. I don’t think I can say amazing enough and HIGHLY recommend her. She knows her stuff and fights for her client.
Posted by Brian N. | October 2, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
Exceptional Attorney
Cynthia is a an amazing attorney. I had an usually hard custody case, filled with numerous obstacles. Cynthia worked extremely hard to turn the best case scenario into the judgement. Cynthia is consummate professional who is dedicated to her clients and her profession. When you hire Cynthia L Petersen, you get an experienced, passionate, and caring attorney. Going through a custody case is a process that is often nerve-wrecking but having an attorney that communicates often, sure makes it easier.
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Posted by Brian | November 2, 2017
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Case closed, settled in my favor by a negotiated settlement. Experience with Cynthia exceeded my expectation. Caring, professional and proficient relationship with me and my problem.
Posted by Beata | May 18, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Attorney with Heart
Divorce is not fun. Cynthia can make you smile even while getting a divorce. Very warm-hearted, happy, always energetic and smiling. But in the court room she is what you expect your attorney to be. Cynthia helped me so much, not only by fighting for me in court, but by making me believe that everything will be ok without promising things she couldn't be sure about. Great attorney...I owe her a lot for taking such good care of me. I would recommend her services to anyone who is terrified of going through divorce and confused about attorney hunt on the internet. If you want your attorney to know your name and spend hours explaining things to you, return your phone calls and fight for you...that's Cynthia. And, if you can imagine liking your divorce attorney enough to invite him/her to your wedding? I invited Cynthia. GREAT WOMAN AND GREAT ATTORNEY.
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Posted by Michael | May 18, 2016
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Excellent work and true advocate
I had a contested retirement plan distribution that went to court. Cynthia did an excellent job in researching and preparing for the hearing. We won the argument and I didn't have to pay child support on that distribution. Because of her diligence we won!
Posted by anonymous | April 6, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Outstanding Attorney!
Ms. Peterson is an outstanding attorney who is dedicated to working with her clients in the most personable and professional manner I have ever had the pleasure of working with as an Attorney. She truly knows her "stuff" and is sweet, caring and a good listener while always managing to land upon the right solution. She has great insight, advice and guidance and we are so happy with her as our Attorney in the custody case for our daughter. We would highly recommend her for any legal issues you are facing!
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Posted by anonymous | May 25, 2016
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Good lawyer
Ongoing case that has been very difficult due to opposing counsel. Some downside has been quite a bit of disorganization when it comes to submitting documents to the court. For example, I have made corrections and updates on my parenting agreement 3 times and I keep getting back the one I submitted 18 months ago. Stuff like that is frustrating. For the money people pay, I would expect better organization but this seems to be the norm, unfortunately.
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Posted by Jon | October 2, 2022
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| Hired Attorney
Do not hire this lawyer!!
My father and I hired this lawyer to help with his pension benefits. We meet her and discuss what she would do for us we agreed and hired her. We paid the deposit fee and heard nothing from her for over a year upon leaving several messages no response from her of any kind
Posted by Troi | April 16, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
I hired Law Offices of Tedone & Morton, P.C. firm to represent me during my divorce. I initially had Morton whom I hired but some how during my divorce Cynthia was assigned my case. My divorce papers were not done properly. There was laws and verbiage she added that either didn't not pertain to my case ultimately impacted me financially. She does not communicate well and is not organized. She does not understand the law fully and this can impact you negatively. I had to go back to court to try to straight out some of things she did incorrectly. I was also instructed to file a complaint against this firm because of their incompetence. Please be aware of how this firm can financially impact you before you hire them!
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  • Free Consultation 30 minutes
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AVVO RATING 8.2 (Excellent)


  • Loyola University Chicago School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1997


  • Illinois State Bar Association
  • N/A
  • Will County Bar Association
  • N/A
  • Wellspring Center for Hope
  • Board of Directors
  • 2005 - 2010

Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • 10 Best in Client Satisfaction
  • American Institute of Family Attorneys
  • 2020
  • Top Attorneys in North America
  • Whos Who
  • 2020
  • 10 Best Attorney - Client Satisfaction
  • 2019

Speaking Engagements

  • Retirement
  • Retirement
  • 2015
  • Discovery and Subpoenas
  • Discovery and Subpoenas
  • 2006

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