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Paralegal

Location:
Glenview, IL
Posted:
July 05, 2021

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CHELSEA KNIGHT

**** ******** *****, ********, ******** 60025

815-***-****•adnj3i@r.postjobfree.com

REMOTE REAL ESTATE PARALEGAL/PROPERTY MANAGER

KMR LAW GROUP, 333 S. Wabash Ave, Suite 2700, Chicago, IL 60604 312-***-****, Jan. 2018 to March, 2021 (Contract Expired.)

• REAL ESTATE – Proficient with acquiring and dispersing residential and commercial real property including initial contract review, docketing of deadlines, and follow-up regarding property representations, conflicts of interest and contact information for all parties. Accomplished with drafting attorney review letters and responses to attorney review letters, including repair requests, tax proration percentage or re-proration requests and following up with contractors and vendors regarding punch-lists and deadlines. Qualified at ordering, reviewing, and examining title commitments including date down endorsements, minutes of foreclosure, title endorsements and later date requests. Trained in responding to title company inquiries regarding structure and timing of the transaction and party information. Adept at clearing defects of title such as criminal forfeiture liens, zoning requirements, tax redemptions, city and county restrictions, martial judgments, bankruptcy filings, reviewing legal descriptions, survey encroachments, multiple mortgages, foreclosure judgments, tenant agreements, subordination, non-disturbance agreements, and attornment agreement (SNDAs), association declarations and bylaws, etc. Obtaining reliance letters for Phase I and Phase II environmental reports and flood certificates. Obtaining all documentation for closing such as zoning certificates, water certifications, analyzing ordinances regarding permitted uses, setbacks, and notice requirements. Obtaining corporate organizational documents including articles of organization, operating agreements, and amendments as well as certificates of good standing. Familiar with communication with clients to obtain necessary documentation and information for various business licenses including preparation of licensing applications, meetings with city officials regarding licensing applications and pursues city officials in relation to filed applications through issuance. Construction reviews, obtaining documents located at the city building department including city meeting minutes, building applications, inspection reports, permits and drawings. Practiced with transfer requirements for numerous municipalities, villages, and city departments, as well as recorder of deeds requirements for several counties, condo associations, cooperatives, and land trust companies in and around the Chicago area, as well as many out of state transfers of properties. Knowledgeable in representing condominium associations, cooperatives and real estate developers with lease negotiation and drafting, condominium conversion, condominium litigation, eviction, foreclosure, judicial sales, bankruptcy and short sale proceedings and purchases. Skilled in working with clients, real estate brokers, lenders, tenants, several title companies, surveyors, opposing counsel, management companies and other interested parties toward a quick and successful closing. Proficient in following up with recorded or filed documents, final title policy and addressing any post-closing questions or documents.

• PROBATE – Managed and tracked decedents' estates, minors' estates, guardianships and disabled persons, drafted accounting of estates and worked with various banks acting as Trustees over estates. Initiated online filing of petition for probate, letters of office and related documents opening probate. Performed document discovery requests and complied with court orders regarding the management of estate assets in addition to assisting attorneys as acting Trustee for clients. Drafted and filed the final report of independent representative and receipt consent as well as the waiver on closing of decedent’s estate.

• ESTATE PLANNING –Drafted Wills, Trusts, Powers of Attorney for Property and Health Care, as well as other customized estate plans and assisted with the transfer of assets into trust including properties located out of state. Also, assisted attorneys as acting Trustee and worked with various intuitions to manage client assets including tracking new tax codes and laws and informing clients of the implications. Assisted acting trustees with compiling and compensating client caregivers, vendors, and general invoices. THE ROGERS LAW GROUP, 707 Lake Cook Road, Suite 312, Deerfield, IL 60015 847-***-****, Jan. 2016 to Mar. 2018 (This firm is now closed.)

• FORECLOSURE DEFENSE/REAL ESTATE – This firm utilizes a four-corner defense approach to assist people in financial distress stemming from the 2008, housing recession, using loan modification, traditional foreclosure defense litigation, bankruptcy, and short sale. Submitting all short sale initiation documents to lenders and negotiating all requirements of a successful short sale including closing figures and all supporting documentation. Ordering, reviewing, and examining title commitments including date down endorsements, minutes of foreclosure, title endorsements and later date requests. Clearing defects of title such as criminal forfeiture liens, zoning requirements, tax redemptions, city and county restrictions, martial judgments, bankruptcy filings, reviewing legal descriptions, survey encroachments, multiple mortgages, foreclosure judgments, tenant agreements, subordination, non-disturbance, and attornment agreement (SNDAs), association declarations and bylaws, etc. ALBERT HANS, LLC, 7240 W. Foster Ave., Chicago, IL 60656 773-***-****, Mar. 2015 to Jan. 2016 (Commercial Property Manager, Contract Expired.)

• COMMERCIAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT – Provided property management for a 40-unit commercial rental property. Oversaw tenant selection, lease management, insurance compliance, and tax accounting. Directed the day-to-day activities of risk management, safety/security, landscaping maintenance, marketing and other programs that improve the physical appearance of the property. Managed utilities, collected rent, and conducted tours of the property for prospective tenants. Provided marketing direction and oversight, including Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, and Snapchat. KAMERLINK, STARK, McCORMACK & POWERS, LLC 221 N. LaSalle Street, Suite 1800, Chicago, IL 60601 312-***-**** June 2013 to Dec. 2013 (Laid off when partner left firm to open her own private practice.)

• CORPORATIONS AND BUSINESS LAW – Incorporated businesses, organized partnerships and LLCs, drafted contracts, sale agreements, acquisitions, dissolutions, liquidations, financing and refinancing documents, drafted shareholder agreements, minute books, corporate buyouts and termination agreements, business valuations, employment contracts, board books, agendas, assignments and transfers of ownership documents, rent-rolls, corporate minutes, resolutions, SEC required filings and other maintenance documents, state and local filings including tax elections, UCC liens, and other forms of business ownership and control in addition to acting as registered agent, corporate and employment litigation representation and coordination of meetings. LEVIN & GINSBURG, LLC, 180 N. LaSalle Street, Suite 3200 Chicago, IL 60601 312-***-**** – Aug. 2012 to Mar. 2013

(Temporary position.)

• LITIGATION/LAW CLERK– Drafted pleadings, complaints, notices and motions, interrogatories, and answers, in addition to settlements for evictions, foreclosures, bankruptcies, intellectual property and contract disputes, family law, employment and other civil litigation as well as contested probate cases and corporate defense. Experienced with filing requirements in several counties, municipalities, and departments in Illinois including Cook, Lake, Will, DuPage, McHenry, Kane, Winnebago, etc. Proficient with Federal litigation filing including using the online Federal Court filing systems Case Management/Electronic Case Filing

(CM/ECF) and Public Access to Court Electronic Records (PACER). Also, knowledgeable in the process of service requirements as well as service via Sheriffs’ departments, special process servers and by publication in addition to contacting Judges clerks in numerous departments and keeping the court calendar and timeline for filing for several attorneys.

• REAL ESTATE – Responsible for completing promissory agreements, legal descriptions of property and title affidavits. Drafting and distributing real estate documents, conducting research, analyzing title documents, and explaining real estate codes to clients. FIRM OF PER K. HANSON ASSOC., P.C., 2222 Chestnut Ave., Suite 304, Glenview, IL 60026 847-***-**** – Nov. 2011 to Aug. 2012 (Laid off due to managing partner’s terminal illness.)

• OFFICE MANAGER - Managed a law firm with multiple attorneys each with their own caseload. Experienced in coordinating multiple schedules and prioritizing to meet deadlines as well as working on team assignments. Devised a docketing method to coordinate discovery requests, filing deadlines and court appearances. Implemented a computer backup system which allowed for the long-term storage of documents moving toward a paperless system and implementing a file opening/closing procedure to reduce the voluminous amounts of closed and rejected files. Performed general bookkeeping as well as developed a database for tracking and management of accounts receivable and payable, and management of delinquent accounts and payment plans. Coordinated with outside vendors for office supplies and office equipment repair, compared quotes from retailers and repair personnel for the lowest prices.

• PROBATE – Managed and tracked decedents' estates, minors' estates, guardianships and disabled persons, drafted accounting of estates and worked with various banks acting as Trustees over estates. Initiated online filing of petition for probate, letters of office and related documents opening probate. Performed document discovery requests and complied with court orders regarding the management of estate assets in addition to assisting attorneys as acting Trustee for clients. Drafted and filed the final report of independent representative and receipt consent as well as the waiver on closing of decedent’s estate.

• ESTATE PLANNING –Drafted Wills, Trusts, Powers of Attorney for Property and Health Care, as well as other customized estate plans and assisted with the transfer of assets into trust including properties located out of state. Also, assisted attorneys as acting Trustee and worked with various intuitions to manage client assets including tracking new tax codes and laws and informing clients of the implications. Assisted acting trustees with compiling and compensating client caregivers, vendors, and general invoices. HARRY E. BARTOSIAK, LTD. & DOUGLAS WORRELL, P.C., 1625 W. Colonial Parkway, Inverness, IL 60067 847-***-**** and 847-***-**** – Jan. 2010 to Oct. 2011 (Laid off from firm when partner closed private practice and joined Levin & Ginsburg)

• BANKRUPTCY – Assisted in initial client interview, collected bankruptcy documents, followed-up with clients regarding missing documents, entered data into BestCase bankruptcy software, prepared reaffirmation agreements, motions for short sale approval and other motions for the Trustee. Developed a client database for tracking and management of bankruptcy documents, monitored deadlines, responded to Trustee requests, and served as client contact for response to general questions.

• REAL ESTATE – Responsible for completing promissory agreements, legal descriptions of property and title affidavits. Drafting and distributing real estate documents, conducting research, analyzing title documents, and explaining real estate codes to clients. EDUCATION

Associates of Applied Science-Paralegal Studies May, 2011 Certificate Program Paralegal Studies

William Rainey Harper College, Palatine, Illinois Magna Cum Laude GPA: 3.84 AWARDS CONFERRED: Lambda Epsilon Chi (LEX) Honors Society, Inductee May, 2011 RELEVANT COURSEWORK: Real Property Law, Contract Law, Community Law, Intellectual Property Law, Computer Assisted Legal Research, Law Office Management, Corporate and Securities Law, Family Law, Litigation, Criminal Procedure, Microsoft Office 2007.

RELEVANT SKILLS

• Adept in organizing and managing a law firm with multiple attorneys each with their own caseload, coordinating multiple schedules including prioritizing work to meet deadlines, answering correspondence, coordinating meetings, and tracking client billing accounts receivable/payable and management of payment plans. Strong ability to take initiative, work in a team environment as well as work independently, including remote positions.

• Extensive experience with websites including Federal Court filing systems Case Management/Electronic Case Filing (CM/ECF) and Public Access to Court Electronic Records (PACER), EZDec Illinois.com and Track Your Closing.com (Real Estate Closing Document Assembly), the Recorders of Deeds for several counties and states, County Clerks, Secretaries of States including Illinois, Wisconsin, Florida, Pennsylvania and Indiana, Clerk of the Court’s websites for various counties.

• Gifted in drafting including contracts, pleadings, complaints, motions, interrogatories, answers, agreements, leases, title commitments, real estate closing documents, pro se documents and other court filings.

• Skilled in Westlaw and LexisNexis legal research, finding and analyzing case law, statutory law and case briefing and using secondary sources including legal encyclopedias and digests.

• Proficient in frequently used legal and productivity software including Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Access, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint), WordPerfect, AIM, Quicken, Paperport, Adobe Acrobat, Photoshop, Smokeball, TimeSlips, Time Matters, Amicus Brief and BestCase Bankruptcy Software.



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