lawyer in the officeFrom online law companies to firms like the Law Firm of Erin N. Birt, PC, there are many ways to get legal services in DuPage County and Illinois as a whole.

However, it can sometimes be difficult to know which option will provide the best results for your particular situation.

Here are some important and helpful criteria to use when deciding on legal services in Illinois.

SERVICE SPECIALIZATION – Make sure you can get exactly what you need. For example, our firm specializes in the areas of Illinois family law and mediation. Specific services include adoption law services, divorce mediation, family law mediation, and collaborative divorce with the goal of providing a supportive and respectful environment where parties can openly discuss their wants, needs, and expectations throughout the legal process.

COMMUNITY OUTREACH – As proud members of the local DuPage County community, we want to give back when we can. One way we do this is by offering free Illinois Divorce Seminars for anyone seeking information about Illinois divorce options. Our firm also offers presentations to local organizations and businesses to help members/employees understand the benefits of mediation or collaborative law practices.

BEST INTEREST REFERRALS – If you come to us for a service that could be more easily (and less expensively) handled by an online legal site, we’ll tell you that upfront. We’ll also be more than happy to work with you if you’d prefer face-to-face service. If what you need could be better handled by a firm with different specializations, we’ll provide you with a referral. Our goal is for you to get the services that best meet your needs.

INTERVENTION SERVICES – Legal proceedings sometimes reveal the need for other assistance such as drug and alcohol counseling or other mental health services.

As an Illinois Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor and attorney, I run The Birt Group, which provides private alcohol and drug counseling as well as court-approved Illinois DUI risk education classes and DUI counseling. At times, this kind of intervention can help resolve legal issues in a way that benefits everyone involved.

Many firms don’t yet have mediation experts on staff and don’t have intervention services readily available as we do.

PERSONAL AND LOCAL CONNECTIONS – Using a smaller firm generally means working with the same attorney over time, someone who will get to know you on a personal as well as professional level and develop solutions that work both legally and emotionally.

You also benefit from a local county attorney who understands that a divorce in Cook County is very different from a divorce in Kane County and that each requires a tailored approach.

In the end, the key to excellent legal service is what people have come to expect from smaller firms: sound expertise with a personal and local touch.

If you’re looking for legal assistance with divorce, mediation, adoption or family law in Illinois, please contact me to learn all that my firm can do for you.


Erin_Birt_37034Illinois attorney Erin Birt is a skilled legal professional with over ten years of experience in trial and divorce law serving clients in many DuPage County cities including Wheaton, Glen Ellyn, Naperville, Warrenville and Winfield.

She opened the Law Firm of Erin Birt, P.C. in 2010 to offer her clients alternative divorce resolution services, specialized collaborative divorce options and family law expertise. She and her expert team continually develop creative outcomes such divorce mediation and family law mediation that work for all parties involved, particularly children.

Ms. Birt holds a J.D. from DePaul College of Law and is a member of the Collaborative Practice Professionals of Illinois, the Collaborative Law Institute of Illinois, the International Academy of Collaborative Professionals and the DuPage County Bar Association.