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Nothing on this website should be considered legal advice. This website contains general information and should be used for informational purposes only. If a user wishes to receive legal advice, he/she should consult with an attorney. In no way should this website be considered a substitute for legal advice rendered by an attorney. The attorney that runs this website is licensed in Illinois only and can and will only give Illinois legal advice to those who contact the site. For all others, we will use our best efforts to direct you to an attorney in your state, but make no guarantees.

After speaking with you or receiving an e-mail from you, we reserve the right to not make an attorney recommendation. We are not the judge or jury. If we do not recommend a lawyer for you, it does not mean that you do not have a valid claim. It just means that we have chosen not to assist you in pursuing that claim. You still have every right to find a lawyer on your own and we recommend that you do seek legal counsel through other sources.

Once you contact us, by phone or e-mail, we will use our best efforts to contact you within 24 hours to discuss your possible case. We will always do our best to recommend a lawyer for you as soon as possible, but we maintain no responsibility for any problems to your claim or case that may occur from the moment you first contact us, including statute of limitations violations.

We will always recommend the lawyer that we think is best for your particular needs based on the lawyers that we know. It is your responsibility to interview the lawyer and make a decision whether or not to hire them. In addition, the lawyer we refer you to has no obligation to take your case if he or she does not want to.

Submitting an e-mail submission from our website or calling our office does not create an attorney-client relationship. To establish an attorney-client relationship requires a written agreement. This site is owned by the Law Offices of Michael J. Helfand L.L.C.

Any disputes arising from the use of this website shall be governed by the laws of the state of Illinois.

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NOTICE TO THE PUBLIC: Memberships and offices in legal fraternities and legal societies, technical and professional licenses, and memberships in scientific, technical and professional associations and societies of law or field of practice do not mean that a lawyer is a specialist or expert in a field of law, nor do they mean that such a lawyer is necessarily any more expert or competent than any other lawyer. All potential clients are urged to make their own independent investigation and evaluation of any lawyer being considered. This notice is required by rule of the Supreme Court of Iowa.

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Missouri: Neither the Supreme Court of Missouri nor the Missouri Bar reviews or approves certifying organizations or specialist designations.

Nevada: The State Bar of Nevada does not certify any lawyer as a specialist or expert.


Tennessee: None of the attorneys in this firm are certified as a Civil Trial, Criminal Trial, Business Bankruptcy, Consumer Bankruptcy, Creditor’s Rights, Medical Malpractice, Legal Malpractice, Accounting Malpractice, Estate Planning or Elder Law specialist by the Tennessee Commission on Continuing Legal Education and Specialization. Certification as a specialist in all other listed areas is not currently available in Tennessee.

Texas: Unless otherwise stated, our attorneys claiming certification in an area of law are not certified by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization.

Wyoming: The Wyoming State Bar does not certify any lawyer as a specialist or expert. Anyone considering a lawyer should independently investigate the lawyer’s credentials and ability, and not rely upon advertisements or self-proclaimed expertise.