The Law Office of Norman P. Goldmeier is conveniently located on Old Orchard Road and the Edens Expressway (Interstate 94) in Skokie, Illinois, between the Old Orchard Mall and the Skokie Courthouse. Our practice is concentrated in real estate, estate planning (wills and trusts), and corporations. The following are just some of the reasons why you should consider our practice for your legal needs:
Norman P. Goldmeier has over 43 years of legal experience
Most services are performed for set fees, which are reasonable and disclosed up-front, with no surprises
All clients receive individual attention from Mr. Goldmeier. Your case will not be handled by a legal assistant, paralegal, or first year associate
No charge for an initial consultation, whether by telephone or in the office
Evening appointments and video conferences available to fit your schedule
Ample free parking
The Experienced Choice
Norman Goldmeier has been practicing law for 43 years, since 1977. His practice is concentrated in real estate, estate planning (wills, trusts and powers of attorney), and corporations. He represents buyers and sellers of real estate, businesses, and condominium developers. Over the past four decades, he has handled thousands of real estate and business closings, and he has prepared thousands of wills and trusts.
Norman Goldmeier is a member of the Illinois State Bar Association, and he is an attorney agent for Chicago Title Insurance Company, Professional National Title Network, and Attorney's Title Guaranty Fund Title. He is also an approved network attorney for the MetLife/Hyatt, ARAG and other legal plans.
Get to Know Us
Norman Goldmeier received his undergraduate degree, summa cum laude, from DePaul University in 1974, and his law degree from Loyola University of Chicago in 1977. He was admitted to practice law in the State of Illinois and the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois in 1977. He served for two years as in-house counsel for Hoffman Homes, the original developer of Hoffman Estates, Illinois, before establishing his own practice on Old Orchard Road in Skokie in 1979. Mr. Goldmeier's office has been located at the same address for the past 40 years.
For most people, the purchase or sale of a home is the largest legal transaction they will participate in during their lifetimes. It is therefore vitally important to have legal representation from the very beginning of the transaction. Most residential real estate contracts have a three to five day attorney approval and inspection period, during which time your attorney can review and suggest modifications to the contract, and buyers can have the home inspected for defects by a professional home inspector. If notice is not served upon the other party of any suggested changes in the contract, or of any inspection issues, during the attorney approval or inspection periods, the contract becomes binding upon both parties without modifications to the agreement or repairs to the home. Therefore, it is imperative that buyers and sellers forward a copy of the contract to their respective attorneys as soon as the agreement is signed.
Our office will provide representation throughout the entire transaction for a set fee, payable at the closing. We will review the contract and negotiate any necessary changes, and we will represent you with respect to any inspection issues, whether you are the buyer or seller, whether the transaction involves a short sale or foreclosure. We will be with you every step of the way, through the final closing.
We also represent developers of single family homes, as well as townhome and condominium developments.
If you are buying or selling a business, our office has extensive experience in handling these transactions as well, and we will be most happy to assist you.
Wills and Trusts
If you do not have a will, upon your death your assets will be distributed to your heirs pursuant to the state intestacy law, which may result in your estate not being distributed in the manner which you intended. The only way to assure that your estate will be distributed in accordance with your wishes is to have a valid will drafted.
If you have young children, the importance of a will becomes even greater. Your will can include a trust for your children, so that your assets will be held by someone you designate until the children reach an age that you designate. You can also name a guardian who will care for the children until they reach the age of majority, which is eighteen years.
Our office also has extensive experience in preparing living trusts. A living trust is a document which, like a will, has the effect of properly distributing your assets after you die, but it has the added advantage of distributing those assets without the additional expenses of probate proceedings.
Living Wills and Powers of Attorney
Living wills and powers of attorney are also documents which should be a part of any estate plan. A living will is a written declaration that states that in the event you are terminally ill, you do not want to be kept alive by artificial means, such as a respirator, but rather that you desire to be allowed to die naturally. Powers of attorney can be prepared in which you designate agents who can attend to your financial and health care needs, in the event you are unable to do so yourself due to incapacity.
Corporations and Limited Liability Companies
If you are starting a new business, or are operating an existing venture as a sole proprietor or partnership, it is important to consider incorporating your business, or setting it up as a limited liability company (LLC). Corporations and LLCs have the advantage of protecting your personal assets from creditors of the business. If the business should fail, your liability would be limited to the money you invested in the business; your home, personal bank accounts and other personal assets would be protected from attack by the business's creditors. Our office has years of experience in establishing corporations and LLCs.
Our practice is also available to assist you with other needs of your business, including leases, buy-sell agreements, stockholder agreements, and business sales and purchases.
Mr. Goldmeier is great. He worked on my condo closing as well as another separate real estate issue. He's well versed in the subject matter and I wouldn't hesitate to use him again should the need arise.
Norman is best lawyer I have ever worked with. He has a lot of patience and a great personality. He was available all the time and answers calls every time I call him. He replies to emails right away doesn't matter if it's during the day or evening or night. If there is any issue he will give you great suggestions. On the closing day he explained each and every closing documents in detail, and he is so nice that if see any issues he will make you contact the lender or attorney to get it resolved right away. He way also involved after closing for few more issues we had with Sump Pump until it was replaced. I would highly recommend him to anyone specially first time buyers.
Norm has more than four decades of experience working with real estate transactions. He has experienced just about every scenario imaginable and uses that knowledge to protect his clients. Highly recommended.
We liked our prior experience with him in dealing with a different matter so we decided to go with him on our closing this time around. We dealt directly with him (as opposed to someone who would defer to their junior associates etc.) which was a big, big plus for us. He offered sound advice on various issues that came up during the process; along with his experience, we trusted him completely.
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