Areas of Practice

Areas of Practice

Mahaffey & Lee concentrates in all areas of injury law, employment law, real estate, wills/trusts and general civil litigation. We also have extensive experience in other areas of law including family and criminal law.No matter the area of law, we maintain our priorities of efficiency, cost-effectiveness and customer service. Here’s a more in-depth look at our areas of practice:

Employees are exposed to violations of Illinois and
federal law on a regular basis. It is important to hire an attorney who is
experienced with employment issues and procedures. These issues are
frequently confronted by working people:

  • Unpaid Minimum Wages and Overtime
  • Discrimination and Retaliation (Whistleblower)
  • Sexual Harassment
  • Severance Packages and Executive Compensation
  • Wrongful Discharge and Unemploymment
  • Civil Rights Violations

No one plans on being injured in an accident. When you or someone you love are injured, the person’s life can be changed in a split second. So many things happen after an injury; from medical treatment and bills to worrying and being afraid of what’s going to happen to not being able to work or even doing your normal activities are just a few things the person and family will go through.

When injuries from accidents happen, it is important to have an experienced attorney help. There are so many things to consider and address to ensure your rights are protected, such as liens against a settlement or health insurance issues or lost wages or negotiating a settlement with an insurance company or filing and dealing with a lawsuit when necessary. Having someone help navigate all of the many complicated things is necessary in this day and age.

There are many areas and types of personal injuries when you should seek an experienced injury attorney. Some of the more common are:

  • car and motorcycle accidents
  • wrongful deaths
  • slip and falls
  • trucking accidents
  • dog bites
  • medical negligence/malpractice
  • work accidents (see Worker’s Compensation section)

When you are injured at work it can effect your entire life.  Fortunately, the Illinois Workers’ Compensation laws provide you with a variety of benefits that are designed to help you.  One of the original goals of the law was to create a simple system so that an injured employee could handle a claim on their own, the unfortunate reality is that it can be a complicated and somewhat tricky process. 

We will help you understand the various benefits the workers’ compensation laws provide.  Some are obvious, such as you getting the necessary medical treatment so you can heal and get back to work or that you are entitled to weekly compensation equal to two-thirds of your average weekly wages.  However, others are not as obvious, such as getting vocational rehabilitation training or whether to ask for a wage differential if you have to change jobs after you’re done treating and you are not physically capable to returning to your old job.  The reality is that there are many benefits that the injured worker may be entitled to depending on the situation. 

When you are injured at work, it is important to have someone who is experienced in dealing with the insurance companies and their attorneys.  Our job as your attorney is to help you get the benefits you are entitled to.

While all injuries and medical conditions caused by work may fall under the work comp laws, some of the more common areas affected are:

  • muscle and ligament tears
  • torn rotator cuff in your shoulder
  • herniated or bulging disks in your spine
  • amputation or complete loss of use of a limb or toes/foot or fingers/hand
  • broken bones
  • elbow injuries requiring cubital tunnel surgery
  • wrist/arm injuries requiring surgical repair
  • scarring or burns
  • paralysis

Hopefully you will never have a work injury but if you have one, please contact us so we can answer your questions and help you receive the benefits the law provides.

Whether you are selling or buying a home, it is one of the biggest transactions you will participate in. Luckily, representation in real estate matters is typically the least costly form of representation. Even though most attorneys have similar rates for routine real estate transactions, quality of representation is still important. Here is a small snapshot of all of the areas of real estate we participate in:

  • Purchase and Sale of Residences
  • Commercial/Farm Sales and Purchases
  • Contract Sales, Leases and FSBOs
  • Title Insurance and Title Disputes
  • Deeds, Easements/Licenses and Surveys
  • Estate Planning for Real Estate/Land Trusts

With the evolving world of estate taxes, it has become increasingly important that people have documents in place to have their wishes carried out. In estate planning, this includes addressing the situation where you are temporarily incapacitated. We can help you avoid an extended probate case in court or just ease your concerns by answering your questions. Feel free to bring your list of questions and you can even ask us about all of those things you have heard over the years about estates, executors and estate planning. Here is a very slimmed-down list of all of the estate planning areas where we can help you:

  • Powers of Attorney and Wills
  • Trusts and Trust Administration
  • Estates and Contested Estates
  • Real Estate-only Estates (TODIs)
  • Probate Avoidance

Someone always gets a ticket or DUI at the absolute worst time. It is necessary to have an attorney that can investigate if your charge can get dismissed and help you navigate the court system and the Secretary of State. It is also important to have someone on your side that will tell your story and fight for you. We will give you honest advice and make things go effeciently. Some areas where we can help you are:

  • Traffic Tickets
  • DUIs
  • Violtaion of Probation/Court Supervision
  • Misdemeanors
  • Felonies (on a case-by-case basis)

We have extensive training & experience in mediation, arbitration and ADR, generally. We can hep resolve your client’s dispute while lowering the cost and time investment required in litigated matters.