Joseph G. Phelps: Lawyer with Rinella and Rinella, Ltd.

Joseph G. Phelps

Chicago,  IL  U.S.A.

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Practice Areas

  • Family Law
  • Premarital Agreements
  • Postnuptial Agreements
  • Adoption Law
  • Child Custody
  • Paternity
  • Probate
  • Real Estate
University Loyola University of Chicago, B.A., Political Science, with honors, 1972
Law SchoolLoyola University Chicago School of Law, J.D., 1982
Admitted1982, Illinois and U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois
Memberships Chicago (Member, Matrimonial Law Committee, Subcommittee on Appellate Rules and Practices, 1983-1990; Subcommittee on Support Enforcement, 1984-1986; Subcommittee on the Courts, 1984-1991, Legislation Subcommittee, 1984-1991 and Current Law Reporting, 1986-1992), Illinois State (Member, Family Law Section; Associate Member, Family Law Section Council, 1988—) and American (Member, Family Law Section) Bar Associations; Catholic Lawyers Guild (Member, Board of Governors, 2003—).
LanguagesItalian and Latin

Chapter Author, Legal Checklists, "Matrimonial Matters—Tax Considerations," 1983. Guest Lecturer for the Chicago Volunteer Legal Services Foundation on: "The New Withholding Orders," June, 1984; "No Fault Divorce," September 25, 1984; "Mandatory Support Guidelines," December 18, 1984; "Maintenance and the 1984 Tax Reform Act," June, 1985; "Tax Reform Act of 1984 and Child Support," October, 1985; "Property Distribution and the New Tax Laws," January, 1986; "Qualified Domestic Relations Orders and the Valuations of Pensions," July 30, 1986; "Qualified Domestic Relations Orders," November 19, 1986 and "Court Procedures in Domestic Relations," January 28, 1987. Lecturer, "Family Law in Illinois," Cambridge Institute, July 14, 1988, April 26, 1989 and October 17, 1989 and April 18, 1989; "Child Custody and Visitation in Illinois," National Business Institute, Inc., April 19, 1995. Board Member, Chicago Volunteer Legal Services Foundation, 1989-1992. Commissioner, Chicago Park District, 1988-1994. Named to Super Lawyers, 2004—.

Reported CasesPeople ex rel. Lionel I. Brazen v. Finley, 119 Ill.2d 485, 519 N.E.2d 898, 116 Ill.Dec.683 (1988); In Re The Marriage Of Savas, 139 Ill.App.3d 68, 486 N.E.2d 1318, 93 Ill.Dec 483 (1st Dist. 1985); In Re The Marriage Of Hilkovitch, 124 Ill.App.3d 401, 464 N.E.2d 795, 124 Ill.App.3d 401 (!st Dist. 1984); and In Re Marriage Of Ligas, 110 Ill.App.3d 1, 441 N.E.2d 1277, 65 Ill.Dec. 763 (1st Dist. 1982); In Re Marriage of Bielawski and Rycroft, N.D. 01-2193 (1st Dist. 2002).

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Joseph G. Phelps

One North La Salle Street, Suite 3400
ChicagoIL 60602-4004


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