Cheryl Powell

Cheryl Powell

Lawyer-Mediator-Guardian ad Litem at the Law Office of Cheryl A. Powell.
  • Family Law, Divorce, Criminal Law ...
  • Illinois
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Tad L. July 18, 2022
One of the smartest fighters. An A list lawyer. Cherly Powell is a top pick. She has went above and beyond for me. I had a very bad experience when I first hired another lawyer for my child custody case. The first lawyer promised me alot and delivered very little, it was a $3500 lesson I learned and I was forced to seek other legal advice. I was told about Cheryl through another friend and I scheduled a consultation. Cheryl told me up front the truth about what she felt about the case. It was very honest and it was the truth. She told me that it would take time and with all the factors in the case that I may not get what I want. I could tell that Cherly knew her stuff and was not going to steer me wrong. I hired her and she got right to work. Cherly work consistently for 1 1/2 years on my case. She is very responsive to my emails and she never left no stone unturned. I couldent have asked for a better lawyer. She was aggressive need be and kind when need be. She is a true professional. Even when we had a rough trial day she kicked it up another gear and pulled out everything she possibly could to help me gain custody of my daughter. I am forever grateful for her. She is worth every single penny spent and then some.
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Biography

I have been practicing law since 1988. I have served as a legal services attorney representing clients in orders of protection, divorce, and parentage matters. Next I served as a public defender for 4 years, handling criminal law, juvenile law and mental health commitment cases. I have been in private practice on my own since 1999 representing people in a variety of cases, mostly family law, juvenile law, criminal law, guardianships, powers of attorney and wills. I do a smattering of other things in general. I also hold a master's degree in social work, so I understand mental health problems that are invariably involved in these matters.

Practice Areas
    Family Law
    Adoption, Child Custody, Child Support, Father's Rights, Guardianship & Conservatorship, Paternity, Prenups & Marital Agreements, Restraining Orders, Same Sex Family Law
    Divorce
    Collaborative Law, Contested Divorce, Military Divorce, Property Division, Same Sex Divorce, Spousal Support & Alimony, Uncontested Divorce
    Criminal Law
    Criminal Appeals, Drug Crimes, Expungement, Fraud, Gun Crimes, Internet Crimes, Sex Crimes, Theft, Violent Crimes
    Juvenile Law
    Arbitration & Mediation
    Business - Arbitration/Mediation, Consumer - Arbitration/Mediation, Family - Arbitration/Mediation
    Probate
    Probate Administration, Probate Litigation, Will Contests
Video Conferencing
  • Google Meet
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  • WhatsApp
Fees
  • Credit Cards Accepted
    I accept all major credit cards, including MasterCard, VISA, American Express and Discover.
  • Rates, Retainers and Additional Information
    My consultations are generally $50 for up to one-half hour and $120.00 per 30 minutes after that. My hourly rates start at $235.00 per hour.
Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
Illinois
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Languages
  • English: Spoken, Written
Professional Experience
Attorney/Solo Practitioner
Law office of Cheryl A. Powell
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Represent clients in a variety of matters, including those listed plus guardianships, wills and powers of attorney.
Assistant public defender
Marion County
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Handled criminal law cases, including a murder case. Also handled juvenile cases, including abuse, neglect and delinquency; as well as mental health cases.
Associate
Douglas A. Antonik
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Represented numerous clients in family law cases.
Family Law Task Force Coordinator
Land of Lincoln Legal Assistance
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Supervised 40 lawyers in their handling of family law cases.
Education
Southern Illinois University - Carbondale
M.S. (1996) | Social work
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Northern Illinois University
J.D. | Law
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Northern Illinois University
B.A. (1983) | Political Science, Public Administration; with a Minor in Sociology
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Honors: Pi Sigma Alpha, honor society
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College of Lake County
A.S. (1982) | Business Administration
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Awards
Service to Miliary
Illinois State Bar Association
Professional Associations
Illinois State Bar
Member
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Activities: Family Law Section Council, Criminal Justice Section Council
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Jefferson county bar assn
Member
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Marion County Bar Assn
Member
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Certifications
Approved guardian ad litem
20th judicial circuit
Approved mediator
20th judicial circuit
Approved guardian ad litem
2nd judicial circuit
Approved mediator
2nd judicial circuit
Approved guardian ad litem
4th judicial circuit
Approved mediator
4th judicial circuit
Websites & Blogs
Website
Legal Answers
664 Questions Answered
Q. Who has the legal authority to make decisions in regard to disposition of remains?
A: Powers of attorney and guardianships end at death. The only person with any legal authority is the executor of the will, who will have letters of office. That person has to see to it that bills are paid, including the funeral, cremation, etc.
Q. What is the statue limitations on parental kidnapping?
A: Parental kidnapping is federal law and is under the Parental Kidnapping Prevention Act. It is defined as hiding the child from a parent for over 14 days. That is usually taking the child across state lines. Your situation can be resolved by filing a Petition for Allocation of Parental Responsibilities and Parenting Time. https://www.illinoislegalaid.org/legal-information/family-safety
Q. In Illinois does child support pay cover childrens cell phones and cell phone bills or is that an extra expense?
A: There is no law that a child has to have a cell phone or a car. If either parent chooses to provide a child with same, that is their choice and their expense. Child support is for basic necessities, i.e. food, clothing, shelter, utilities, transportation to and from school and activities. A cell phone is a luxury.
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Contact & Map
407 S. 27th Street, Suite B
Mt Vernon, IL 62864
Telephone: (618) 246-9370
Fax: (618) 244-5919
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