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McHenry County Law Firm Expands Practice Areas Including Real Estate, Appeals and Estate Planning Services.

Botto Gilbert Lancaster, PCThe law firm of Botto Gilbert Lancaster, PC recently announced they have enhanced their legal practice to add criminal and civil appeals, estate planning services and expand their real estate department.

The firm’s broadened real estate practice includes counsel on matters of sales and purchases of commercial and residential property, short sales, foreclosure defense, and guidance in dealing with local planning and zoning regulations. In counseling clients through the Appeals process, attorney’s will pursue higher court review of lower court decisions in both criminal and civil matters. In providing Estate Planning services, Botto Gilbert Lancaster, PC attorneys will attend to such matters as preparing and executing wills, establishing trusts, navigating the probate process, creating powers of attorney, and providing for the guardianship of disabled adults and minors.

“It has always been the firm’s goal to reduce the stress and anxiety of the legal process for our clients, while working to earn the most favorable outcome in every case,” stated Managing Partner Francisco J. Botto. “Expanding our practice allows us to follow through on that commitment to a larger number of people in need of legal representation.”Mr. Botto added that the new and improved website is an effort to inform those in need of legal counsel of the firm’s successes in securing the dismissal of criminal charges, reinstating driving privileges, and providing meticulous and successful representation in divorce related matters.

McHenry County Law Firm Adds Neil M. Connolly to Law Team.

Neil M. ConnollyBotto Gilbert Lancaster, PC is pleased to announce the addition of attorney Neil M. Connolly to its McHenry County offices. Mr. Connolly joins the firm with extensive experience in family and criminal law, and civil litigation. At Botto Gilbert Lancaster, PC, he will focus his practice in the areas of criminal law, primarily on traffic, DUI and misdemeanor matters.

Attorney Neil M. Connolly graduated in 2010 from Western Illinois University, where he earned a degree in Law Enforcement and Justice Administration. In 2013, he graduated Cum Laude with a Juris Doctorate from the Northern Illinois University College of Law, and was admitted to the Illinois Bar that same year.

His experience prior to joining Botto Gilbert Lancaster, PC includes two years with a Peoria-based family law practice, a year with the family Law Group, and one year managing a solo law practice. He began his career focusing primarily on matters of family law, later expanding his knowledge to include a practice of criminal law and civil litigation.

Botto Gilbert Lancaster, PC, welcomes attorney Elizabeth M. Ellis to the firm.

Botto Gilbert Lancaster, PC , is pleased to announce the addition of attorney Elizabeth M. Ellis to the firm's McHenry County office. Ms. Ellis joins the firm ready to serve clients with her deep understanding of law and finance. She will focus her practice in the areas of Family Law, Family Mediation and Estate Planning.

Attorney Elizabeth M. Ellis graduated from Loyola University, Chicago, in 2001 with a bachelor of science degree. She earned her law degree from DePaul University, graduating in 2003 with a Certificate in the Law of Taxation. Ellis was admitted to the bar in Illinois 2005 and the Northern District of Illinois in 2012.

March 24, 2016 - Northwest Herald

Jurors found a Woodstock man not guilty of sexually assaulting a young girl he knew for nearly a decade.

Erik J. Avila-Arredondo was arrested in September 2014 and indicted on four counts of criminal sexual assault, predatory criminal sexual assault of a child, two counts of indecent solicitation of a child and aggravated criminal sexual abuse.

Avila-Arredondo was acquainted with the alleged victim's mother for nine years, prosecutors said. The 36-year-old, who was out on bond, cried Thursday afternoon as McHenry County Judge Michael Feetterer read each verdict to the court.

The Crystal Lake law firm of Botto Gilbert Lancaster, PC announces a favorable ruling from the appellate court in the case Keiser-Long v. Owens (2015 IL App (4th) 140612).

The law firm of Botto Gilbert Lancaster, PC announces a favorable appellate court ruling in the Champaign County case Keiser-Long v. Owens (2015 IL App (4th) 140612). Associate Attorney Alex C. Wimmer of Botto Gilbert Lancaster, PC represented the Plaintiff Carol Keiser-Long.

According to court documents, in 2008, Keiser-Long and Owens were involved in a car accident in Champaign County, when the defendant, Owens, disobeyed a stop sign. Owens admitted negligence and evidence was presented that confirmed that he was driving under the influence of alcohol. In November 2013, Keiser-Long filed a complaint seeking compensatory damages for her pain and suffering, medical expenses in addition to lost earning capacity and lost earning potential. Keiser-Long was self-employed and the sole shareholder of two corporations related to the cattle industry.

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