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Cheryl Powell

Cheryl Powell

Lawyer-Mediator-Guardian ad Litem at the Law Office of Cheryl A. Powell.
  • Family Law, Divorce, Domestic Violence ...
  • 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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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
    Contested Divorce, Military Divorce, Property Division, Same Sex Divorce, Spousal Support & Alimony, Uncontested Divorce
    Domestic Violence
    Domestic Violence Criminal Defense, Domestic Violence Restraining Orders, Victims Rights
    Criminal Law
    Expungement, Fraud, Gun Crimes, Theft, Violent Crimes
    Juvenile Law
    Probate Administration, Probate Litigation, Will Contests
    Landlord Tenant
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  • Free Consultation
  • 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 $75 for up to one-half hour and $275 per hour after that.
Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
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U.S. Supreme Court
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  • English: Spoken, Written
Professional Experience
Attorney/Solo Practitioner
Law office of Cheryl A. Powell
- Current
Represent clients in a variety of matters, including those listed plus guardianships, wills and powers of attorney.
Assistant public defender
Marion County
Handled criminal law cases, including a murder case. Also handled juvenile cases, including abuse, neglect and delinquency; as well as mental health cases.
Douglas A. Antonik
Represented numerous clients in family law cases.
Family Law Task Force Coordinator
Land of Lincoln Legal Assistance
Supervised 40 lawyers in their handling of family law cases.
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
Honors: Pi Sigma Alpha, honor society
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College of Lake County
A.S. (1982) | Business Administration
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Service to Miliary
Illinois State Bar Association
Professional Associations
Illinois State Bar
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Activities: Family Law Section Council, Criminal Justice Section Council
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Jefferson county bar assn
- Current
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Marion County Bar Assn
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Approved guardian ad litem
2nd judicial circuit
Approved mediator
2nd judicial circuit
Approved guardian ad litem
4th judicial circuit
Approved mediator
4th judicial circuit
Approved guardian ad litem
20th judicial circuit
Approved mediator
20th judicial circuit
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737 Questions Answered
Q. Can my brother-in-law’s aunts and uncles take away his home and property?
A: Your grandma is still alive or there would be no inheritance fees. A lawyer should have been consulted. There is a 5 year look back period. If she goes into a nursing home within 5 years of selling or giving away property for less than fair market value she is penalized and yes, they can have a court reverse the sale.
Q. Can the courts change a charge or can the prosecution change it mid trial or after the trial as the judge claims? 3 yrs
A: Pleadings can be amended before during or after the trial. The last time the prosecution can Amend pleadings is after trial. Jury instructions have to mirror charges and lesser included offenses if deemed appropriate.
Q. If my ex-husband knowingly lied in a order of protection that he filed, can I get the order dismissed?
A: Are you talking about the Emergency hearing? If so, you put your witnesses on for the plenary hearing that tell the truth. You can subpoena neighbors of yours, his, bus drivers, teachers, your sister, etc. Should be easy to prove with school aged kids.
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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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