Practice Areas

Jo Anne Bruzgul and her legal team have a depth and breadth of expertise that allow them to work with you to solve your problems and achieve the best possible result within a sensible fee structure. They provide skilled and sensitive services to Clients in these areas:

Family Law

Estate Planning & Probate

Civil Matters


Family Law

Family Law, Matrimonial Law, and Divorce
The terms “Family Law,” “Matrimonial Law,” and “Divorce” are frequently used interchangeably. However, they are different. Family Law is a broad category that is not necessarily dependent upon a marriage. Matrimonial law is a more modern term used instead of divorce law, and is a part of the trend to make dissolutions of marriages less hostile.
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Premarital and Postnuptial Agreements
A Premarital Agreement, also commonly referred to as a Prenuptial or Ante-nuptial Agreement, is a legally binding contract, entered into by parties before their marriage. It defines what will happen when the marriage ends, either by dissolution or the death of one of the parties. This is an agreement to consider signing before you say I do. However, if you did not enter into a prenuptial agreement it is not too late to enter into a postnuptial agreement
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Pre-Divorce Planning
Once upon a time, you planned your wedding. Ending a marriage also takes planning. Before filing the papers or asking your spouse for a divorce, proactive steps may protect you, your children and your finances.
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Divorce
If you are going through a divorce or separation, or are considering one of these courses of action, it is essential to understand the legal and financial consequences. A divorce can be one of the most trying life experiences that a person will go through.
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Parentage / Paternity Cases
Having children outside of marriage has become an accepted alternative in today’s society. Indeed, more than half of births to American women under age thirty occur outside of marriage. Parents and children in these types of cases have many of the same issues and problems to resolve that occur in married families that are divorcing.
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Allocation of Parental Responsibilities and Parenting Plans
Children are the precious product of a marriage, so parenting issues are the most emotionally draining issues that arise when marriages fail. Spouses may divorce each other, but they do not divorce their children. The highs and lows of parenting will continue long after a divorce is concluded, and future parenting success will depend on the cooperation of the parents and the agreements that define the duties and responsibilities of the parents for the children.
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Child Support
Who has custody of the child or children is an important issue in every case, but just as important is assuring the necessary financial resources to be able to maintain a child’s standard of living now and into the future. The law recognizes this obligation and provides for child support to be paid by one parent to the other. Generally, child support is paid to the parent who has primary parenting responsibilities and the majority of caretaking functions. But traditional models for allocating these responsibilities are changing.
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Spousal Support
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Domestic Violence and Orders of Protection
The Illinois Domestic Violence Act seeks to prevent repeated physical abuse and harassment among family, household members and disabled adults. The term “family members” includes persons related by blood, persons who are or were married, persons who share the home, apartment or other dwelling, dating couples, and persons with disabilities. An order of protection is a court order that is often necessary to prevent further and repeated abuse.
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Assets and Division
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Post-Divorce Disputes
Post-Divorce Disputes Post-divorce disputes, commonly referred to as post-judgment or post-decree matters, include enforcement of divorce judgments and orders as well as modifications of those judgments. Enforcement actions may become necessary when a party is late paying support, creates problems with visitation, or does not comply with a duty imposed upon by the Marital Settlement Agreement.
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Enforcement of Orders

Grandparent Rights

Tax Issues Upon Divorce

Post-Decree Matters


Estate Planning and Probate

Probate & Estate Administration
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Estate Planning
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Guardianship
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Asset Protection Planning
Asset protection is the specialty area of the law that addresses key financial concerns. What are the best ways to organize one’s business and financial affairs to minimize liability and lawsuit risks? What options are available to insure that accumulated wealth and future earnings are insulated and shielded against potential loss?
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Civil Matters

Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR)
Generally, it is safe to say that a prudent settlement is better than a prolonged war of attrition, no matter how successful. That is why, when appropriate, we advocate the use of alternative dispute resolution methods to resolve Client’s litigation matters quickly and efficiently. This can also help to reduce the costs and delays often associated with litigation.

Breach of Contract
A contract is a legally enforceable promise, either made in writing or orally. A breach occurs when a party fails to perform any term of the contract without a legitimate legal excuse.
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Foreclosure Law
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Partition Action
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Landlord/Tenant Disputes
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