Julia Smolka | Park Ridge Bankruptcy Lawyer


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Julia has extensive litigation experience. She represents both defendants and plaintiffs in lawsuits, which include landlord tenant disputes, homeowner disputes, vender disputes and real estate transactions including real estate broker’s commission disputes. She has experience drafting leases, surrogacy contracts, business sales transactions and settlement agreements with an eye toward anticipating potential litigation and protecting her client. Julia frequently represents businesses and individuals as debtors in reorganizations and debt restructuring. Additionally, she represents creditors by protecting their rights when navigating the bankruptcy system. Julia also has substantial experience in representing lenders in lien disputes and commercial collection, as well as contractors and homeowners in construction and mechanic's lien litigation. Julia also represents condominium and homeowners' associations in litigation, collection, negotiations with vendors and disputes with utilities and municipalities. She is experienced with drafting estate plans and representing estate and beneficiaries in probate litigation.

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Please describe a case(s) in the last year or two where you made a big difference.
Recently I have assisted several homeowners with problems they have with contractors. The contractors promise too much, or significantly underbid the project to get the work, but then add significant fees and costs to go forward. I have also assisted several homeowners who had inherited land or real estate from their parents, but one sibling wants to stay in the house and not pay to maintain it. I can file suit to force the sale, so that all of the heirs can benefit by the land and not be held hostage by the person who is in control of the property.

How did you build a successful practice?
By meeting with people in the community on a regular basis and learning about their problems. I also participate in many small business groups and chambers of commerce. I am usually readily accessible by phone or email during business hours and I respond timely. When I do not know an answer to my clients problems, I have resources within my firm where I can find the answer.

What should clients look for in a lawyer?
Clients should look for a lawyer who is willing to listen to them and offer practical solutions for their problems. While I would love to have a trial on every case, it typically is not a cost effective way to resolve my client’s problem.

How important is local knowledge to the success of your cases?
I practice only blocks from where I grew up and went to school. I am born and raised in the Chicago area and I raise my family here.

What information can you provide in a free phone consultation?
I can often identify several solutions to a client’s problem and be able to give an approximate cost for each solution.

What information do you need in a free phone consultation?
I typically need the client’s name, and specific information on their problem. Dates and facts are very important.

What is the most rewarding aspect of your job?
I truly love to be able to assist someone with a problem. People come to me usually with a specific problem that keeps them up at night. They know they need a solution, but they are scared and are not sure where to turn.

What are your other interests in addition to law?
I enjoy gardening and the outdoors. I like to spend quality time with friends and family.

Are you involved in your community?
I am an active fundraiser for my children’s school. I also teach high school seniors about the dangers of credit cards and how to be smart about student loans so they have knowledge before they go off to college.

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AttorneyDiMonte & Lizak, LLCPresent
School Degree Major Graduation
Loyola University Chicago School of LawJ.D. Law School2000  
University of Illinois, ChicagoBachelors1997
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Illinois2000
  • ISBA Commercial Banking and Bankruptcy Law Section | Member | 2005 - Present
    Senior Assistance Center - Norridge, IL | Board of Directors - Secretary | 2005 - Present
    Illinois Bar Foundation | Member | 2004 - Present
    Michael J Perona Scholarship, Loyola Law School | Founder | 2004 - Present
    ISBA Assembly | Elected Assembly Member | 2002 - Present
  • Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education | Mechanics Liens In Bankrutpcy | 2014
    Indiana State Bar Association | Accord and Satisfaction | 2010
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Update Date: 2016-07-06

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Julia J Smolka
216 Higgins Road
Park Ridge, IL 60068
41.9852096,-87.8264045

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