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“Leading Lawyers Network surveys lawyers, asking them which of their peers, indeed their competitors, they would recommend to a family member or friend if they could not take a case within their area of law or geographic region.” (from the Leading Lawyers Website)In fact, the Leading Lawyers Network takes only 5% or less of all the attorneys in Illinois. We are proud to have TWO of our Law Elder Law attorneys be a part of this group, as Diana’s dad Rick Law is also a member of the Leading Lawyers Network. Of course, it’s no surprise to us that Diana was nominated. In addition to being involved in the Kane County Bar Association and giving her time in many other service organizations, Diana is known for her focused and caring service to her clients. As for Diana, she’s pleased with the membership in part because she hopes it will be beneficial in dealing with the practical aspects of her job, which is namely ensuring that the elderly of our community receive the advice and protection they need. Many clients come in feeling overwhelmed and scared, not even having known they needed an elder law attorney until the last minute. Diana hopes she will be able to reach more seniors and their families this way. When asked what Diana likes most about elder law, she answered “I enjoy providing more than just legal services. In fact some days I feel more like a social worker. We get and give lots of hugs! I like that I can develop close relationships with my clients during a crisis time of life; I’m helping them when I know they need it most.” Congratulations Diana! To read the full article from Leading Lawyers Network click here: Leading Lawyers Article
Marbles store owner Lindsay Gaskins and her team are committed to helping brains age well. And they have a lot of fun doing it! Each of the brain games they sell in their store serves a specific purpose and benefits a specific part of the brain. “The whole concept for the store came out of the idea that there are new developments in science saying that if you exercise your brain you can stave off Alzheimer’s—you can live better and longer.”