Stephen Sotelo

Stephen Sotelo

(Naperville, IL)
  • Business Law, Collections, Consumer Law...
  • Illinois
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A native of Illinois, Mr. Sotelo is the proud son of a working class family. In addition to teaching him the value of hard work, his family imparted onto him the importance of appreciation, justice, and loyalty. Mr. Sotelo graduated third in his law school class, summa cum laude, at Northern Illinois University College of Law. While there, he studied business and financial litigation courses, such as the law of business entities, debtors and creditors, secured transactions, the sale of goods, payment systems, negotiable instruments, antitrust, white collar crime, landlord-tenant, trusts and estates, advanced torts, and others. Prior to law school, Mr. Sotelo earned his Bachelor of Science in Business Management from Western Governors University. This complements his years of management experience at organizations such as The Musicland Group, Gamestop, and Joann Stores. As a former real estate agent for a Coldwell Banker affiliate, Mr. Sotelo also has first-hand experience in real estate transactions. Serving as lead plaintiff, Mr. Sotelo worked with attorney David Fish in a class action lawsuit called Sotelo v. DirectRevenue, LLC, 384 F.Supp.2d 1219 (N.D. Ill. 2005). In this groundbreaking lawsuit, Mr. Sotelo alleged that the defendant illegally installed "spyware" onto millions of computers. Ultimately, the Sotelo case created a legal precedent that electronic transmissions onto a computer can constitute the intentional tort of trespass under Illinois law. This prompted a landmark injunctive settlement agreement. The Sotelo case has been cited in numerous law review articles, court cases, and newspapers, including USA Today, Legal Newsline, Newsweek, The Chicago Tribune, The Daily Herald, The Daily Southtown, The Washington Post, and The New York Law Journal, among others. In his spare time, Mr. Sotelo enjoys volunteering for the Make A Wish Foundation of Illinois, which grants wishes to children with life-threatening medical conditions. He has been a volunteer

Practice Areas
  • Business Law
  • Collections
  • Consumer Law
  • Estate Planning
  • Personal Injury
  • Probate
Fees
  • Free Consultation
  • Credit Cards Accepted
  • Contingent Fees
    Case-by-case basis.
  • Rates, Retainers and Additional Information
    An attorney sensitive to the financial tolls of civil litigation is crucial. With this in mind, we provide legal solutions that are no more complicated than necessary.
Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
Illinois
Languages
  • English: Spoken, Written
Education
Northern Illinois University
J.D.
Honors: Summa Cum Laude
Professional Associations
Illinois State Bar Association
Civil Practice and Procedure Section Council
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Illinois State Bar Association
Administrative Law Section Council
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7 Questions Answered

Q. How can I get my money once it been court order by an judge,an the defendant does not want to pay?
A: In short, you will want to start supplementary proceeding to discover the defendant's assets. From there, you may be able to garnish the defendant's wages, obtain an order for a bank to turnover funds, levy assets, etc. ***Stephen Sotelo, The Fish Law Firm, P.C., 55 S. Main St., Suite 341, Naperville, IL 60540 (630)355-7590 ssotelo@fishlawfirm.com www.fishlawfirm.com *** This answer is for informational purposes only and does not constitute legal advice or establish an attorney-client relationship.
Q. I am wanting to know if it is Illegal for me to fill out real estate forms if I do not have a lisence?
A: It depends. If you are filling out the forms for yourself, in your own transaction, then of course it is perfectly legal. Generally, you cannot, however, fill out real estate forms for others, not even simple fill-in the blank forms, unless you are a licensed real estate salesperson, broker, or attorney. *** This answer is for informational purposes only and does not constitute legal advice or establish an attorney-client relationship.
Q. Where should I seek legal advice?
A: It's best to contact an attorney who practices in the area of law that you are seeking advice on. I see that you posted under "estate planning law," so I assume you have some need for advice in that area. Estate planning can involve relatively simple matters, such as drafting a will for a small to medium-sized estate, or it can involve more complex matters, such as analyzing inheritance/gift tax consequences, and exploring legal maneuvers for avoiding the same, usually reserved for larger estates. Most people fall into the first category and are likely to receive competent legal advice from any practitioner licensed in Illinois that practices some amount of estate planning. For the latter, you are likely better advised to seek counsel from a practice that dedicates a majority of their business to estate planning, with an emphasis in tax law. If you are interested, feel free to contact our firm to see if we can help. We might be able to at least send you in the right direction. ***Stephen Sotelo, The Fish Law Firm, P.C., 55 S. Main St., Suite 341, Naperville, IL 60540 (630)355-7590 ssotelo@fishlawfirm.com www.fishlawfirm.com *** This answer is for informational purposes only and does not constitute legal advice or establish an attorney-client relationship.
Q. Can I dispute amount of money on a wage deduction notice?
A: Generally, yes, because the amount of wages that may be deducted is limited by federal and Illinois law. ***You should contact an attorney who can help you to determine and protect your rights. ***Stephen Sotelo, The Fish Law Firm, P.C., 55 S. Main St., Suite 341, Naperville, IL 60540 (630)355-7590 ssotelo@fishlawfirm.com www.fishlawfirm.com *** This answer is for informational purposes only and does not constitute legal advice or establish an attorney-client relationship.
Q. Is thier statue of limitation for filing lawsuit civil rights violation
A: Yes. However, the limitations period varies depending on the type of civil rights violation. Don't wait to find out your rights. ***Stephen Sotelo, The Fish Law Firm, P.C., 55 S. Main St., Suite 341, Naperville, IL 60540 (630)355-7590 ssotelo@fishlawfirm.com www.fishlawfirm.com *** This answer is for informational purposes only and does not constitute legal advice or establish an attorney-client relationship.
Q. Company is asking for $500 in extra work done to complete job. I Did not sign anything.
A: It depends. I am assuming that reinforcement of the gables was not contemplated in the original contract. If it had been, then you should not pay anything extra. With that in mind, the answer to your question depends on *why* the gables were reinforced. If it was because of their negligence while they were doing other work, for example, then you should not pay for that additional work. On the other hand, if they simply suggested it, and you said 'go ahead,' then you likely have a contract for which they are due the fair market value of their services. ***You should contact an attorney who can help you to determine and protect your rights. ***Stephen Sotelo, The Fish Law Firm, P.C., 55 S. Main St., Suite 341, Naperville, IL 60540 (630)355-7590 ssotelo@fishlawfirm.com www.fishlawfirm.com *** This answer is for informational purposes only and does not constitute legal advice or establish an attorney-client relationship.
Q. How can I obtain a copy of my deceased father's will. My stepmother will not give me any information. I am 35 years old
A: According to the Illinois Probate Act, you may have rights under 755 ILCS 5/6-1, which states in part: Sec. 6-1. Duty to file will - altering, destroying or secreting. (a) Immediately upon the death of the testator any person who has the testator's will in his possession shall file it with the clerk of the court of the proper county and upon failure or refusal to do so, the court on its motion or on the petition of any interested person may issue an attachment and compel the production of the will, subject to the provisions of Section 5.15 of the Secretary of State Act. *** You should contact an attorney who can help you to determine and protect your rights. Stephen Sotelo, The Fish Law Firm, P.C., 55 S. Main St., Suite 341, Naperville, IL 60540 (630)355-7590 ssotelo@fishlawfirm.com www.fishlawfirm.com *** This answer is for informational purposes only and does not constitute legal advice or establish an attorney-client relationship.
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