Barrington Law Office

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The Barrington Law Office at Buckley Fine, LLC has been earning the loyalty of families, business owners and C Level executives for decades. They are known as trusted legal advisors who are focused on comprehensively protecting and guiding their clients. Through the firm’s wide range of practice areas, Buckley Fine attorneys provide sophisticated solutions to both personal and professional legal needs. At Buckley Fine, LLC, clients are valued as individuals and not considered to be just another transaction.

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Nicole and her team were great. Everything was in order and went smoothly. She answered all our questions so we could understand them. Very helpful. Great experience.
Response from the owner: Thank you for taking time to share your experience with Buckley Fine Law and attorney Nicole Arnold. We couldn't agree more as our team is exceptional at making things seamless for clients.
Vas Russis is an incredible trusted advisor of mine. I've worked with him and his colleagues on complex business transactions, real estate deals, tax matters and family estate planning. I value his ability to keep the focus on positive outcomes and I trust his deep knowledge of legal and tax matters to optimize my position. I also appreciate his ability to bring in the right colleagues at the right moment for maximum benefit. Vas is a great guy who has supported many of my greatest accomplishments.
The team at Buckley Fine makes you feel so welcomed and comfortable!! Bonnie Weis is wonderful and really helped guide us through some decision making we needed to do.
Response from the owner: Thank you for taking the time to write a thoughtful and glowing review of Buckley Fine attorney, Bonnie Weis!We value your favorable comments and thank you for placing your trust in our team to handle your legal needs.
Having a thorough estate plan created with the expert help of Caroline Hecht gives me great peace of mind.
Response from the owner: Thank you for taking the time to write about your experience with Buckley Fine Law and attorney Caroline Hecht.We place tremendous importance on client satisfaction and appreciate your very thoughtful review. We couldn’t agree more with you regarding Caroline's professionalism, compassion, and dedication to her clients.
Needed help with a Land sale overseas .Helmut Gerlach handelt everything professional and with expertise .I was so lucky to have this fine law firm who did a tremendous job.I recommend Helmut Gerlach to everyone who has trouble overseas with estate matters .He was God send to me. Thank you ,Helmut Gerlach and his Assistants your help is so much appreciated.
My wife and I had worked with David Buckley in developing an estate plan and family will. The experience from start to finish was outstanding, with care and thought put into the entire effort. This process included not only David, but his associates as well. The whole origination was very professional, making both of us comfortable with our decisions. The thought and care for each detail was over the top. I could not recommend another firm, big or small for anyone looking for excellent legal advise and assistance.
Our Will was outdated. We felt like creating a Trust was the right thing to do, however didn’t have a clear view of why and all the benefits. Caroline was extremely knowledgeable, a GREAT coach and made the process very simple and easy to understand. Having the Trust finalized brings peace of mind.
Our attorney was exceptionally thorough and answered all of our questions.
Very professional and able to communicate and relate very well to non-lawyers (normal people). The whole process of Estate Planning was executed very efficiently and with the polish and finesse that makes the process that much more understandable and appreciated. Highly Recommend!!!
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I have worked with Dave Buckley, Helmut Gerlach and the team at Buckley Fine for a long time (predating the formation of Buckley Fine). I run a small company of about 50 people with offices in Illinois and Ohio and have used the team at Buckley Fine for everything from typical contract review to incentive plan design to managing employee issues to mergers & acquisitions. They have met each one of my needs and do it in a professional and timely manner that exceeds my expectations.
Updated my estate plan. BF provided simple, understandable, and timely advice and documents. A friendly and professional place to do business!
The entire experience was first class. Caroline and her team were extremely knowledgeable and thorough throughout the process and would highly recommend their services.
Everything with Buckley Fine was exceptional, efficient, clear and very supportive.
Very professional, very helpful, very positive.
Excellent experience and advice in completing an estate plan. The attorney was very helpful in explaining options and responding to questions. Five stars for BW.
Everyone at Buckley Fine was efficient, patient and kind - we had to complete some estate planning documents on a tight schedule, so strong communication was also critical. Michael McElroy and his team excelled in all respects. I recommend them highly.
As the Owner of a small accounting practice, I have worked with Linda Fine of Buckley Fine, LLC on a number of occasions. Linda is an excellent attorney that is easy to work with and extremely helpful. My firm refers clients to her for estate planning, estate administration, and corporate work, and I have worked with Linda for my own personal legal needs. I find it refreshing when an advisor is willing to collaborate with clients and fellow advisors to reach the best outcome for our clients. Linda Fine and everyone at her firm always treat people with respect and, in my opinion, that says a lot about how well that expert can relate to clients I refer over.
The team at Buckley-Fine is at the top of the class. We have worked with them for estate and investment documents. Their knowledge and professionalism is second to none. Dave and his team have make the complicated legalese easy for us laypeople to understand.We have also had occasion to reach out for last minute questions or copies of documents and they always come through--even on weekends.
Representatives at Buckley Fine, LLC were very professional
I have used Buckley Fine for estate planning. My attorney, Caroline and her staff have been most professional and cordial throughout the process. All commitments and timeframes were met.
This is my second time working with Linda Fine. Her office is in downtown Barrington above the Harris bank. They have a big parking lot and an easily accessible elevator to get to their floor. The office is new and clean. They all were wearing masks and had hand sanitizer and you could feel they follow all the precautions. We worked with Linda and Jackie today. They were very knowledgeable, responsive, and fun to work with. This was for my fathers estate, but my estate planning went just as smoothly. They charge a fair price for their services and I felt they had all the answers to the questions we had, as well as many ideas that require their expertise. I highly recommend their firm and especially Linda Fine. She is fantastic.
A pleasure to engage and work with this firm and specifically Caroline Hecht. Our Estate Planning options were explained thoroughly and in an understandable way. Costs and timelines were outlined and we stayed on track. The professionalism is evident from the first meeting until the delivery of the work product. Highly recommended.
My wife and I have used David Buckley for over 25 years to handle our wills and their updates, the real estate transactions when we down-sized to a new home and other personal needs. He was always knowledgeable, professional, prompt and efficient. He and his staff are top quality.Jack and Jean McKee
Buckley, Fine has been very responsive, when we needed to complete a transaction within a week! They were on top of all the details, communication was really great! They even caught a couple issues with the contract that we would have missed. We had used Dave Buckley before for our trust and estate planning. Trustworthy, highly intelligent, thorough and fair. I am going to use them for all my needs, no question!
My experience with Buckley Fine was positive from day one! They care, are very responsive and completed my needs in a professional , timely manner. Don’t think twice about it! You will be in good hands! Thank you Buckley Fine!
I highly recommend the legal services of Buckley Fine. They do a great job and are truly expert in this complex space.
I have been a client of Helmut Gerlach's for many years (pre-dating Buckley-Fine). Helmut is the most responsive lawyer of the many I've ever worked with.
Linda Fine handled the trust for my Mother and then a few years later, my trust when I married. She made the process very easy both times. I asked a lot of questions and she was patient and thorough with her answers which made me very comfortable. I am glad that I entrusted her with handling my legal needs. I feel confident that there are no loose ends that will give me problems later.  I highly recommend her for handling estates and trusts.
It is my pleasure to highly endorse Buckley & Fine Law. Our company, located in the Northwest suburbs of Chicago, finances, develops and builds residential real estate. We have worked closely with attorneys Helmut Gerlach, Mark Goldstein, and corporate paralegal Suzy Veley. Helmut, Mark and Suzy have guided us competently, professionally, and diligently through routine business entity formation to complex legal issues. They have met and exceeded our expectations and we are confident to recommend them in every aspect of their representation.On a personal note, David Buckley takes care our family’s estate planning needs. Dave is truly a great lawyer. He is smart, trustworthy, easy to talk to and understand. I highly recommend Dave and his team.
I would highly recommend Helmut Gerlach for your business! He is an invaluable resource when it comes to your legal corporate needs. His quick response time and professionalism have been a huge asset to our company.J. HerrmannCompany Director
I worked with Dave Buckley and Helmut Gerlach on the successful sale of two business's over the last 3 years. They did an excellent job and were a pleasure to work with. We also use Buckley Fine Law for all of our personal and investment needs. I would highly recommend them for both business and personal needs.Todd Rieke
Buckley and Fine did a fantastic job guiding my management team through our business sale. Helmut, our lead counsel on the transaction, was very professional, thorough, fast, and a pleasure to work with.
Helmut Gerlach was referred to my husband and I by a trusted friend to handle a business matter. Overall, it was great working with Helmut and the team at Buckley Fine. Helmut is knowledgeable and straightforward which made my husband and I feel at ease . We highly recommend Helmut to our friends, colleagues and relatives!

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