Located in St. Clair County and Advocating for Residents of Southern Illinois
We are Scott & Fiello Schwartz, LLC. Our attorneys, Emily Scott and Caitlin Fiello Schwartz, have a combined 17 years of litigation experience representing the people of the Metro-East. Scott & Fiello Schwartz, LLC was created after years of dedication exclusively to legal aid. Legal aid fills a gap and provides representation for people who could not otherwise hire counsel. This experience gave us the opportunity to advocate for our community and represent people from all walks of life. Due to our background, we have significant experience finding creative solutions to our clients’ problems. Legal aid taught us the importance of listening to our clients’ needs. We take a holistic approach when addressing your legal needs.
At Scott & Fiello Schwartz, LLC, we are seasoned litigators, with countless hours spent in court advocating for our clients. As we expand our reach to more clients in the Metro-East, we will continue our community outreach by partnering with the Catholic Urban Program’s Neighborhood Law Office.
Scott & Fiello Schwartz, LLC is a general practice law firm. With years of general legal experience, we are happy to provide free consultations to determine how we can assist you with your legal needs.
Areas of Practice
Real Estate transactions
Whether you are planning on buying, selling, refinancing, leasing your home or business property, or have any other property dispute, Scott & Fiello Schwartz, LLC will assist with any of your real estate transaction needs. We are agents of Attorneys’ Title Guaranty Fund, Inc. (ATG), and offer competitive fees for title insurance. We are licensed in Illinois and available to assist with real estate transactions in St. Clair, Madison, and Monroe Counties. Whether you are looking to buy or sell commercial or residential real estate, we are here to help.
Landlord tenant disputes
We are well versed in Illinois landlord tenant law. Whether you are a current landlord or buying commercial real estate with current lease obligations, we can help effectively protect your investments. We can help with drafting contracts, navigating the eviction process, and negotiating settlements between landlords and tenants.
We offer estate planning services including document drafting and we can help the executor of the estate through the probate process. Documents include: Power of Attorney for Healthcare, Power of Attorney for Property, Transfer on Death Instruments, and Last Will and Testaments. If a loved one has passed without a will, we can still assist with settling the estate.
We are here to help as trained mediators. We value helping participants reach a prompt, fair and cost-effective mediated settlement.
Illinois Supreme Court Rule 923 requires that an initial case-management conference be held within 90 days of the petition or complaint. If, at the time of the initial came management conference, the parties are not in agreement regarding a parenting plan, the court will schedule the case for mediation. Within 30 days after the mediation is complete, a full case-management conference will be held.
Unlike the court proceedings, mediation is private and any discussions are confidential. We can assist in streamlining the process which ultimately empowers the parties to make mutually agreeable solutions. As mediators, we act as a neutral third party to resolve otherwise complex and potentially expensive issues.
We are able to do family law mediations in the following counties: St. Clair, Madison, Clinton, Bond, Monroe, and Washington.
Instead of just paying the ticket, think about the consequences. It may be possible to protect your driving record, prevent the increase of insurance rates, and prevent he suspension of your license. If you are facing a traffic ticket, give us a call.
We also assist with excessive weight tickets.
Guardian ad litem
A guardian ad litem (GAL) is a person the court appoints to investigate what solutions would be in the best interest of a child or a disabled adult. GALs are appointed in divorce, child custody, adoption, guardianships, emancipation, and visitation rights cases. GALs are fact finders for the court and not as advocates for the children or disabled persons.
Expungement and Sealings
Do not let a mistake ruin your life. A criminal conviction or an arrest record can have a negative impact on your opportunity to find future employment, rent from a landlord, or hinder your educational opportunities.
In Illinois some criminal records can be expunged, which is to physically destroy records or return the records to the petitioner, and to obliterate (remove) the petitioner’s name from any official index or public record. Other arrests can be sealed, which is to physically and electronically maintain records, but to make the records unavailable to the public without a court order and to obliterate (remove) the petitioner’s name from any official index or public record. However, law enforcement officers agencies and the courts will still have access to the records, as will a few employers and other entities as allowed by law.
Not every record can be expunged or sealed, but we can assist with clearing up what is allowed under the law. Illinois has recently expanded the types of arrests and convictions that are eligible to be expunged or sealed. Consulting with an attorney will help you to understand how your record can be addressed.
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