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How our estate planning process works


Initial Discovery Call

We walk you through the estate planning basics and explain and discuss those options in more detail with you during our initial discovery phone call. If you are ready to schedule this now, please click the Schedule A Call link below.

The Questionnaire

Once you decide to move forward, we educate ourselves about your needs based on a questionnaire that we provide to you. CLICK HERE to download.

The Simple Estate Planning Strategy Session

Once we review the forms you provide to us, we schedule a follow-up Simple Estate Planning Strategy Session to explain and discuss the best options available to you, so you can decide how to proceed.


Once you decide on how you want to proceed, we draft your estate plan based on your wishes and present the drafts to you for review.

The Signing

Once you review and finalize the estate planning documents, you then sign the finalized estate planning documents and breathe a sigh of relief knowing that you have taken a major step in simplifying your end-of-life needs and goals.
Michael LaCava Attorney

Michael LaCava

Attorney  //  LaCava Law Firm, LLC

Attorney Michael LaCava has a remarkable passion for helping people navigate the intricate realms of real estate and estate planning, and his journey is a testament to his unwavering dedication to both his professional pursuits and his role as a devoted family man.

Since 2013, Michael has honed his skills to become a trusted advisor for individuals seeking guidance in their property transactions and estate planning endeavors. His expertise extends beyond the technicalities of the law, as he is genuinely committed to understanding his clients’ unique needs and ensuring their financial and legal well-being.

Outside the professional realm, Michael finds comfort and joy in his role as a family man. He is a loving husband to his wife, Melanie, and a devoted father to three awesome kids. In his free time, you’ll find Michael and his family immersed in a variety of activities. From camping trips that bring them closer to nature, to fishing adventures that instill a love for the outdoors, to sporting events where  Michael enthusiastically cheers on and coaches his kids in their various sports, Michael cherishes these moments as opportunities to connect and share his life’s journey with family and friends. 444-7504
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LaCava Law Firm, LLC is dedicated to providing affordable, responsive, and personal service to each client.

Our commitment to each client remains consistent, we treat each client with the professional attention and service they deserve, without cutting corners. The results of that dedication are evident in the reputation we have built. Our clients love us for good reason, we deliver and provide the level of service we promise.

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All about Barrington

Barrington is a village in Cook County and Lake County, Illinois, United States. The population was 10,327 at the 2010 census.[3] A northwest suburb of Chicago, the area features wetlands, forest preserves, parks, and horse trails in a country-suburban setting.

Barrington is part of the Chicago metropolitan area and serves as the hub of activity for the surrounding 90-square-mile (230 km2) region[4] which consists of six independent villages including North Barrington, South Barrington, Barrington Hills, Lake Barrington and Tower Lakes, as well as small portions of Carpentersville, Deer Park, Hoffman Estates, Fox River Grove, Port Barrington and Inverness. The village’s motto is “Be Inspired”.[5]


Economy in Barrington

Although relatively small in population, Barrington features six separate banking institutions, some with multiple branches. Bank of America, the Barrington Bank & Trust Company, Chase, Fifth Third Bank, BMO Harris and Northern Trust all have locations within the village.[54]

The Barrington Area Chamber of Commerce was founded in 1969 to support local businesses.[55] Currently, the organization lists over 750 members; its stated function is “serving as an agent of change, taking the lead in providing leadership for the benefit of the business community by promoting economic opportunities, advocating the interests of business, providing Members with education and resources, and encouraging mutual support.”[55]

Barrington receives much of its sales tax revenue from its half-dozen car dealerships.[24] State sales tax figures indicate that Barrington’s auto sales, gasoline sales and state-taxable auto repairs accounted for $2.1 million in sales taxes for the village in 2008, or approximately 56 percent of its sales-tax income.[24] Local dealerships include Barrington Volvo, Marquardt of Barrington, Motor Werks of Barrington, and Wickstrom Auto Group. In May 2009, Chrysler informed the Wickstrom (which took over the Chrysler/Dodge/Jeep franchise from Champion) location that it would not be among the 40 dealerships closed in Illinois.[24]

The Gatorade Sports Science Institute, often featured in the company’s commercials, is located in Barrington just west of downtown, across the street from Barrington High School. Barrington was also formerly home to GE Healthcare IT prior to relocating to Chicago in 2016.[56] Other notable businesses include defense contractor ISR Systems, part of the Goodrich Corporation (formerly known as Recon Optical),[57] and commercial real estate developer GK Development. For many years, the village was home to the Jewel Tea Company;[58] its former headquarters was razed in the early 21st century for redevelopment as Citizens Park.[59]

In addition to its downtown area, the village is home to several shopping centers, including the Ice House Mall and The Foundry, located northwest of town.


Hospitals and Emergency in Barrington

Located 3 miles (5 km) north of town, Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital, known as “Good Shepherd,” has served the village and surrounding communities since 1979.[24] Prior to the opening of Good Shepherd, the area’s closest major hospitals were located in Elgin, Lincolnshire and Arlington Heights.[24] In 1927, residents established a “Barrington General Hospital” in a house located near the intersection of Hough Street and Lincoln Avenue; however, this hospital closed in 1935.[24] Various resident petitions and fundraising during the 1960s and 1970s renewed interest in a local hospital, and Good Shepherd officially opened on October 17, 1979.[24]

The American College of Surgeons has designated Good Shepherd’s emergency department as a Level II trauma center.[45] The hospital’s medical specialties are Cardiology, Cancer/Oncology, Emergency Services, “Fitness and Wellness”, Imaging, Obstetrics, Pediatric Emergency Medicine, and Women’s Health,[46] and the Emergency Department includes a “Fast Track” center for less serious treatment needs, such as stitches.[45] JourneyCare (formerly Hospice and Palliative Care of Northeastern Illinois) opened the Pepper Family Hospice Center on Lake Zurich Road in 2010.

As of November 2009, the Barrington Police Department had 23 full-time police officers;[24] as of March 2007, the Barrington Fire Department had 38 full-time firefighters.[47] The Village has adopted an Emergency Operations Plan as well as a community notification system called Connect-CTY.[48] Connect-CTY allows authorized village officials to record and deliver voice messages quickly to individual phones in the notification database in urgent situations.[49]Examples of messages that may be sent over the Connect-CTY service include severe weather warnings and updates, hazardous traffic or road conditions inside the village or affecting local routes, and any other urgent situations impacting the village’s safety, property, or welfare.[49] Barrington is also National Incident Management System-compliant.[48]


Barrington Parks and Rec

The Barrington area features numerous parks and nature preserves. The Arbor Day Foundation has recognized Barrington as a Tree City USA every year since 1986, in part due to the village’s Tree Preservation and Management Ordinance governing the proper care for trees within the area.[32][33] The Barrington Park District administers several Barrington area parks including Citizens Park, Langendorf Park (formerly North Park), Miller Park (formerly East Park), and Ron Beese Park( formerly South Park). Langendorf Park features tennis courts, playgrounds, outdoor and indoor basketball courts, baseball fields, meeting/activity rooms, and “Aqualusion”, a water park that includes a zero-depth pool, lap pool, and diving area, and a splashpad. Northeast of town is Cuba Marsh Forest Preserve,[34] a 782-acre (3.16 km2) wetlands preserve featuring 3 miles (5 km) of crushed-gravel trail offering views of the adjacent marsh. The preserve is named for Cuba Road, which provides the park’s northern boundary.[34] It is administered by Lake County Forest Preserves. In 2011, Barrington received a $65,000 grant from the Northwest Municipal Conference for preliminary engineering of a bike path along Northwest Highway.[24] However, a timetable for the project has not yet been set.[24]

Annual celebrations and events in Barrington include the Memorial Day parade, a Fourth of July parade and evening fireworks display, Concours d’Elegance (an auto show), and a Homecoming parade associated with Barrington High School. In addition, the village hosts the “Barrington Brew Fest”, a mid-summer event showcasing Midwest microbrewers and local entertainment,[35] as well as the “Great Taste Fest of Barrington”, a food festival exhibiting fare from local restaurants.[24] During the fourth weekend of every September, Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital hosts “Art in the Barn”, a juried fine arts show that features the exhibition and sale of fine art.[36] Started in 1974 with only 30 artists, the event now attracts over 6,500 visitors and features live entertainment and pony rides for children in addition to the art exhibits.[36] A fundraising event, Art in the Barn has generated more than $2.5 million for Good Shepherd Hospital.[36] During May Barrington also hosts “KidFest Kite Fly” event which is free, fun, family event that gets the entire family outside and moving.

Barrington also hosts a variety of charity functions, including Barrington CROP Hunger Walk;[24] Relay for Life by the American Cancer Society held at Barrington High School;[37] and the Duck Race and Pool Party, a rubber duck raceheld to benefit JourneyCare (formerly Hospice and Palliative Care of Northeastern Illinois).[38]

There are two golf courses within village limits including the Makray Memorial Golf Club. (formerly known as the Thunderbird Golf Course)[39] Located southeast of the village center on Northwest Highway, the 18-hole course totals 7,000 yards (6,400 m) and includes four sets of tees per hole.[39] The other golf course is a five-hole public course operated by the Barrington Park District at the far western end of Langendorf Park.


Architecture in Barrington

The Village of Barrington Historic District was established in 2001 to protect and preserve historical areas of the Village and individual structures and sites within this area which have historic, architectural or cultural significance.[25] Barrington’s Historic Preservation Overlay District is noted for its Victorian, Victorian Gothic, Queen Anne, and other popular late-19th century forms of architecture.[26] Among Barrington’s notable buildings is the Octagon House, also known as the Hawley House. Claimed to be built around 1860, although the oldest home in Barrington Village is on North Avenue dating to 1872, the Octagon House is listed on the National Register of Historic Places;[27] although initially a residence, it now serves as a commercial property.

The downtown area is home to the historic Catlow Theater, which features interiors by noted Prairie School sculptor and designer Alfonso Iannelli.[28] In May 1927, the Catlow Theater opened for business with Slide, Kelly, Slide as its first feature film. The Catlow is also listed on the National Register of Historic Places and continues to operate as one of the few remaining single-screen theaters in the area. The Catlow was one of the first theaters to offer in-theater dining, provided by the adjoining Showtime Eatery. Patrons may bring food from Showtime Eatery (formerly Boloney’s) into the 526-seat auditorium.[29]

Another historic building in the village, the Ice House Mall, is located just northwest of the town’s center. Originally built in 1904 for the Bowman Dairy, the brick structure, with its turn of the 20th century styling, served as an actual ice house for 68 years.[30]Renovations and additions beginning in the 1970s have transformed the original building into a collection of local specialty shops.

The Michael Bay 2010 re-make of A Nightmare on Elm Street was partially filmed in Barrington’s Jewel Park subdivision (Built by the Jewel T company for their executives) using a home actually on Elm Street, using the village’s residential architecture as a backdrop.[31]