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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Summary

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
  • Divorce
  • Criminal Law
  • Juvenile Law
  • Arbitration & Mediation
  • Probate
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
7th Circuit
U.S. Supreme Court
Languages
  • 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
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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
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
- Current
Activities: Family Law Section Council, Criminal Justice Section Council
Jefferson county bar assn
Member
- Current
Marion County Bar Assn
Member
- Current
Certifications
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
Websites & Blogs
Website
Legal Answers
523 Questions Answered

Q. I live in st.clair co illinois.I am trying to get a divorce and it is non contested what do i do? I have no money.
A: Land of Lincoln legal assistance. Google.
Q. so my mom had surrendered her parents rights.
A: Yes, you can live with anyone you want at age 20 years. The courts can control you possibly until 21 if you are still a ward of the court, which is unlikely. If you are not a ward of the court, you can go live with whomever you like.
Q. I want to change my 1year old son last name can I do without asking the father
A: He gets served and decides whether to respond or not.
Q. I have court this Friday for my case to be reviewed for an increase on my Child Support. The case was done 7yrs ago
A: Make sure both of u bring your financial affidavit, income taxes and last Check stub.
Q. I have a question about dcfs and my case with them.
A: Tell ur lawyer, gal and the judge.
Q. I forgot to affix my license plate sticker and got a ticket. If I provide proof can I contest the ticket?
A: Show proof of when it was paid and that u have it now, pic of it on your car. Might be dismissed.
Q. I was under-age when I got pregnant, I am 18 now, if I took the father to court for child support, what would happen?
A: It is unlikely that he would be charged with anything.
Q. What happens if a 17 year old is caught with an ounce of marijuana
A: Typically, they get a small fine.
Q. Does Illinois require marital counseling before divorce if one spouse asks for it?
A: It depends. The parties have to testify and the judge determines if he thinks there is a reasonable opportunity to get back together or not. If he thinks so, he orders it.
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Contact & Map
407 S. 27th Street, Suite B
Mt Vernon, IL, USA
Telephone: (618) 246-9370
Fax: (618) 244-5919