Unfortunately, there is an abundance of unethical lawyers and judges in the Cook County Probate Courts. Corruption most definitely abounds on the 18th floor of the Daley Center.
Unethical lawyers should be reported to the Attorney Registration & Disciplinary Committee (ARDC)
ARDC does not accept email complaints or other email communications regarding confidential investigations or proceedings. Web site visitors may contact ARDC by telephone, facsimile or mail at its Chicago or Springfield offices listed below.
One Prudential Plaza
130 East Randolph Drive
Chicago, IL 60601-6219
(312) 565-2600 or, within
Illinois, (800) 826-8625
Fax (312) 565-2320
Telephone Number: 217/546-3523
Fax Number: 217/546-3785
The 800 number (800-252-8048) will remain the same
ARDC offices are open Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
It is a good idea to review the Rules of Professional conduct, so you can speak the the lawyers' violation in your complaint. These rules may be viewed on the website. https://www.iardc.org/index.html
Other helpful links:
To submit a request for investigation: https://www.iardc.org/howtorequest.html
To contact the ARDC: https://www.iardc.org/howtocontact_orginfo.html
HOW TO REPORT JUDGES:
Unethical judges may be reported to the State of Illinois Judicial Inquiry Board.
PLEASE KEEP IN MIND THAT IF YOUR CASE IS CURRENTLY IN LITIGATION, RETALIATION BY THE JUDGE MAY RESULT, AND MAY NEGATIVELY AFFECT THE OUTCOME OF YOUR CASE. DEPENDING ON YOUR SITUATION, YOU MAY BE WISE TO WAIT UNTIL YOUR CASE IS SETTLED PRIOR TO REPORTING THE JUDGE. This is an unfortunate truth of the situation.
The contact information for the Judicial Inquiry Board is found below:
100 West Randolph Street
Chicago, IL 60601
TDD 312 814-1881
FAX 312 814-5719
The Rules of Judicial Conduct and information regarding the submission and handling of complaints against Illinois Judges can be found on this site.
Your Probate Sharks Whistleblower
Editors note 9-15-2010: The fact that this website is being seriously discussed in the Probate Court of Cook County tells this editor that we are on the right track. Whistleblower - Keep up the good work. Lucius Verenus, Schoolmaster, ProbateSharks.com