Many of our clients are often going through very strenuous ordeals that take a toll on both those involved and their loved ones. We aim to ease this as much as possible by developing a close bond with our clients. We work with clients to facilitate the constant transferring of vital information on the ever-changing landscape of their case. Being in the know places our clients in a better position. We understand this and ensure the best communication to keep our clients in the best possible position.

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In January 2023, our family started the process of purchasing land and a home in Illinois, outside of Chicago. We were introduced to Vaclavek Hartman Vaclavek PC and the VHV Real Estate Team by our real estate agent. We worked closely with both Shawna Vaclavek and Michelle Marrs on two deals: The first one did not close because of problems identified in the inspection process. The second deal was successful and closed in June 2023.

During both deals, Shawna and Michelle were professional, helpful, and responsive. With all of the issues that came up in both transactions, we received thoughtful, experienced advice and service from Vaclavek Hartman Vaclavek. They guided us successfully through each issue and to a successful real estate purchase.

We are very glad that we got the chance to work with Shawna Vaclavek and Michelle Marrs. If we have occasion to buy or sell real estate in that part of Illinois in the future, we will certainly choose to work with them again.

David R.

I’ve been working with Shawna and Michelle on closing on my new home for the past month and they were so phenomenal to work with! They are incredibly knowledgeable, quick to respond, gave great legal advice and made the whole process so smooth for me! I plan on utilizing this team for any legal needs in my future and highly recommend them to anyone and everyone!

Jennifer C.

I’m a repeat client. I’ve used Shawna’s services before and returned. I highly recommend Shawna and Mindy. Shawna is confident, operates with high integrity and worked on my case as though it were her own. Shawna is knowledgeable and provided solid advice. Thank you Shawna and Mindy!

Gordon G.

We used Tom for the sale of our home. We have worked with other attorneys in the past, but Tom was the best. He is an expert in real estate. Our realtor also said he was amazing to work with. We will recommend Tom to everyone we know!!

Jennifer K.

I started with one attorney at another firm and was not happy. Shawna stepped in and I stayed with her for the entire divorce proceedings which lasted a while. Shawna was great throughout the process and helped me think things through.

Robert M.

I worked with Tom and his group on my first house purchase! They were very attentive to my questions and needs as I had never bought a house before. Very prompt response time and on top of everything. I would most definitely recommend them!

Krystal K.

Our family worked with Mindy to do our living will and testament. The team accommodated us in the office at short notice, was patient in explaining the process and answering our questions, and flexible with the fluid schedule of our young family – even meeting virtually to formalize everything in light of COVID. Would recommend for needs related to family law!

Andrew S.

Shawna definitely had my best interest at heart and truly helped me navigate through a challenging divorce situation, she had the right combination of knowledge compassion and integrity.
I would highly recommend Shawna to anyone going through a divorce process. Unlike most divorce lawyers who seem to engage in pointless conflicts, arguments and litigation with the other party’s, Shawna understood the true emotional and financial ‘cost’ of divorce and helped me find the best path to resolving and bring closure to my divorce, so I could move on with my life and with my son… Her staff was also very easy to communicate with.

John C.

I highly recommend the Vaclavek Hartman Vacavek Firm. I worked with Shawna for about a year with my divorce case and it all went smoothly. Shawna is very knowledgeable & nice to work with. She helped me every step of the way and gave me confidence and made me feel comfortable during such a difficult time. Everything worked out fairly. Thanks again Shawna.

Mike S.

Tom and his team were the 4th and final law firm I worked over a 2+ year period. Shortly after I met with Tom, we began to prepare for a trial. As a result of their in-depth understanding of the law, within a 5 month period and before the trial concluded, the case was dismissed with prejudice. Tom and his team were professional, compassionate and responsive throughout the entire process. I believe if I would have met Tom first, I would have saved my family 2 years of grief and over $70,000 in legal fees. My family is grateful for Tom and the entire team at Vaclavek Hartman Vaclavek, P.C.

Howard B.

Extremely happy with the service I received from Mindy Hartman and the whole team. Mindy represented me in a custody case and represented me well, I would definitely recommend her and staff. I’m really looking forward to working with her on my future real estate endeavors!

Javar J.

Divorce is tough. There’s no getting around that. However, Shawna Vaclavek and Mindy Hartman made the legal side of it simple and efficient. I was able to get divorced in less than a year, which I credit to the experience, knowledge, and dedication of Vaclavek, Hartman, Vaclavek. Much appreciated!

Ryan K.

Thanks so much for helping me out. I could not have been more pleased with your services. You will absolutely be my first recommendation for anybody I meet seeking help with a family issue.
Zoila A.

I highly recommend this firm. Tom Vaclavek was there when I needed him most. He was able to help me through a very tough time in my life and he represented my best interests. Thanks, Tom.
Jeffrey B.

Working with Tom was a great experience because he was very professional, actually stuck to his word and didn’t give me the run around, kept appointments, was on time, respected my situation, and I was very pleased with his communication. I felt comfortable knowing Tom was my lawyer because he tells it like it is and you always know what you’re getting from him. No BS. I highly recommend working with them. You won’t be disappointed.
Javier B.

WI will definitely refer your law firm to friends and family. Shawna helped me through the difficult time and I couldn’t begin to tell you how pleased I am with her outstanding knowledge, compassion, and communication from beginning to end. Thank you.
Mike U.

Tom and his staff are great to work with. They communicate every step of the way, and get back to you very promptly. I would recommend them to anyone.
William M.

I began this process with a different firm, and I moved to Tom’s firm in May 2019. It was just delay after delay with my other representation and I was very frustrated. I was being drained financially and there was no end in sight. Once I engaged with Tom’s firm, I finally felt protected and there was no room for nonsense. It’s all about getting it done! I knew what I needed to do to close it and Tom made it happen. I wish I would have been with them from the beginning. Good luck to anyone reading this review.
Nicole F.

We have used Mr. Vaclavek for several real estate transactions and he has been very helpful explaining things, answering questions, and taking care of matters in a timely manner along the way. We plan on using Mr. Vaclavek for any real estate or family legal matters we may have in the future.
Lucas M.

Tom represented me when I had to take my ex back to court for missed child support. He was outstanding to work with and helpful every step of the way. We were awarded the back support as well as the fees that I incurred trying to get the back support. Tom is knowledgeable, professional, and a pleasure to work with. I definitely would recommend Tom Vaclavek without hesitation.
Heidi M.

Love working with Tom! He listens to my needs and helps me achieve them. Very professional, humble, & honest.
Hilda N.

Shawna having litigation experience was extremely helpful in negotiations during my collaborative divorce. After talks with Shawna, I became more confident and could be assertive with my ex-spouse. Shawna always made sure to confirm what our position would be on issues for the next meeting and reassured me that she would be assertive and firm if I could not.
Kerrie H.

Amazing group! Listens to your needs extremely well. Great to work with!
Lani B.

Shawna recently represented me in a family case. I walked in to that process with a ton of concerns and even more questions. Shawna was able to help me clearly understand the process we’d be facing together and what would be the possible outcomes. She not only went above and beyond with communication, but really put me at ease through the entire process and came up with a strategic plan to ensure the best outcome for my family.
Joe P.

Very professional and understanding. Would definitely use their services again!
Joseph D.

Tom Vaclavek took care of every aspect of my divorce. He kept me informed every step of the way during an extremely painful time in my life. I would highly recommend this firm.
Sharon S.

Was most impressed with hw quickly your firm worked to get my case finished. I would recommend you immediately and with the highest rating if the opportunity should arise. Thank you all once again.
Kevin G.

I truly appreciate everything your law firm did on my behalf, and I have already recommended your firm to friends of mine. Keep up the good work, and I wish you well and good luck with your continued litigation.
Dean P.

Tom is a fighter, he is very good at following up with people cares about his clients, and his staff is top notch. Looking forward to working with him in the very near future again.
Christopher H.

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