A Lawyer Should Be A Peacemaker
We guide clients in the creation of action plans that preserve relationships and foster peace.
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We Help You Know What's At Stake
We assist clients in understanding the complex world of real estate and all available options to meet their unique needs.
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Our Focus Is Your Peace Of Mind
We help your unique situation in a manner that brings peace of mind, preserves relationships and achieves goals.
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OUR PHILOSOPHY

Peace of Mind

Uncertainty causes stress. We will help bring you peace of mind by listening to your situation, explaining available options, and creating a unique real estate action plan that meets your needs and expectations.

Achieve Goals

By taking the time to understand your unique situation, we will help you understand your options, and set and achieve your goals.

Preserve Relationships

Change can be stressful. During times of stress, personal and business relationships can suffer. Preserve those important relationships by making it a priority to foster peace and unity.

Who We Are

The Kaman Law Firm P.C. takes tremendous pride and satisfaction in helping families and businesses navigate the complex world of real estate law. Real estate satisfies one of our most basic needs – shelter – but can serve so many other purposes. It can be an investment and source of income. It can be the storefront that drives customers, the warehouse to store inventory, or manufacturing facility to create your product. Whether you want to buy, sell or lease, let the Kaman Law Firm be your source of experience and expert legal counsel.

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ATTORNEY PROFILE

Take a second look at my firm’s logo.  The K contains an olive branch.  Traditionally, the olive branch stood for the concept of peace.  Peace is my goal as an attorney and the owner of this firm.

Attorney Jonathan B. Kaman started law school with an eye toward opening a law firm to serve individuals, families, and businesses. Jonathan attended Drake University Law School in Des Moines, Iowa to study in its prestigious Neal & Bea Smith Legal Clinic. Upon receiving his Illinois law license, Jonathan worked for a firm that represented lenders in foreclosure proceedings. In June of 2015, Jonathan left that firm to open The Kaman Law Firm, P.C. Jonathan is licensed in Illinois and Wisconsin.

Except for a year skiing the Montana Rockies as an undergrad and three years of law school in Iowa, Jonathan is a lifelong resident of northern Illinois. When he isn’t working, Jonathan can be found sailing on Lake Michigan, skiing, or working with his wife Theresa to restore their 110-year-old home.

Education
University of Illinois – Chicago:  Bachelors of Art, Psychology
Drake University Law School: Juris Doctor

License
Illinois
Wisconsin

Bar Association Memberships
Illinois State Bar Association
State Bar of Wisconsin

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WHAT WE DO

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RESIDENTIAL REAL ESTATE LAW

The sale or purchase of a home can be an exciting – but sometimes stressful – time. For most people, such events represent the largest and most complicated money transactions of their lifetime. There are many moving parts to a real estate transaction – deadlines, contingencies, possible inspection issues, and/or title issues – and many different personalities – multiple attorneys, real estate agents and lenders – so having an attorney counsel you through the process is very important. An attorney is your ally in this process and can be trusted to provide experienced and unbiased advice at each step of the transaction. The Kaman Law Firm, P.C. can help make sure that your arrival at the closing table goes as smoothly as possible.

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COMMERCIAL REAL ESTATE LAW

In some ways, a commercial real estate transaction is similar to residential. It’s exciting – and sometimes stressful – to sell an investment or purchase a bigger space for your business. Both types of transactions involve multiple contingencies, many different parties, financing, and title insurance. However, commercial transaction can be vastly more complicated. For starters, the commercial purchase and sale agreement is typically uniquely drafted for each transaction. The attorneys for the buyers and sellers negotiate the terms, then draft the documents. Commercial lenders may have more requirements for the purchaser. Sellers may need to be concerned about environmental issues. Buyers need to be certain that the property can actually be used for its intended purpose. These issues – and the many others that come up during a commercial transaction – are best navigated with knowledgeable and experienced counsel at your side.

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LEASE NEGOTIATIONS

Many of us have rented an apartment or home. We scanned the lease agreement and signed at the bottom. While that may not have negatively affected us, just signing at the bottom of a commercial lease can have very serious implications. Commercial leases can be very different from residential leases. Generally, commercial leases are negotiable. Some commercial leases have the tenant to paying property taxes, common area maintenance, and insurance – in addition to a base rent. Commercial leases can place the burden of unit maintenance on the tenant. The rental period can be for significantly more time than in residential leases. Tenants that want to build out their unit will want to fully understand their obligations. Feel confident in your commercial lease by having the Kaman Law Firm, P.C. counsel you through the process.

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ESTATE PLANNING

Although an estate plan should provide direction for the disposition of your real and personal property, it can also establish who can make decisions for you if you become incapacitated or directives on your end-of-life care. A will controls how your property is distributed after your death and can name guardians for minor children. Powers of attorney for healthcare and property each designate an agent capable of making decisions on your behalf if you are unable to do so. Your agent can be given authority to make end of life/ final illness decisions, buy or sell property on your behalf, access bank accounts and many other powers related to your real and personal property. Trusts are an excellent tool for controlling how property is distributed after death and can help to avoid probate. Trusts can also manage assets during incapacity.

BUSINESS LAW

The Kaman Law Firm, P.C. has the knowledge to counsel you through the unique challenges that come with starting and operating a business. There are many considerations the new business owner must make in order to determine the suitability of his or her business entity. This includes the number and identity of owners, limiting liability, tax considerations, management, transferability, professional regulation, and flexibility. Business can take many different forms, such as sole proprietorship, partnership or limited partnership, corporation, or limited liability company. New businesses also need incorporation documents and bylaws, employee handbooks, and leases or commercial real estate transactions. Whether you are a new business or an existing business, The Kaman Law Firm, P.C. can be trusted to guide and advise your business so that you protect yourself, your business and your clients.

REAL ESTATE INVESTING

The Kaman Law Firm, P.C. has a unique set of experiences that can help real estate investors find success. We can help investors navigate the complicated world of distressed property, including short sales, foreclosure sales, and tax sales. Having represented both homeowners and lenders in the foreclosure process, The Kaman Law Firm, P.C. has deep of knowledge of the laws governing foreclosure sales and the motivations behind the parties involved. These experiences help investors make informed decisions about the purchase of distressed property. We also help investors navigate homeowner or condominium association rules and regulations, as well as municipal and county zoning and use conditions. Finally, we help investors operate their investment business. This includes entity selection, operation issues, leasing, and real estate sales.

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