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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  //  LaCava Law Firm, LLC

Born in Illinois and raised in Florida, Real Estate and Estate Planning Attorney Michael LaCava graduated from the University of Florida, Levin College of Law in 2013. During school and thereafter, Michael gained valuable experience in the areas of Criminal Law, Personal Injury, Family Law, Real Estate Law, and Labor and Employment.

In 2015, Michael resettled in Illinois with his family, and shortly thereafter founded LaCava Law Firm, LLC, and began serving the Fox Valley area and surrounding Chicagoland. In a short time, Michael earned an excellent reputation for his thoroughness, knowledge, accessibility, and professionalism.

Different in many ways from a typical attorney, Michael prides himself on his responsiveness, attention to detail, and the close relationships that he shares with his clients and other referring professionals. Specializing in estate planning and real estate transactions, Michael has successfully helped over a thousand clients with their needs. 444-7504
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All about Port Barrington

Port Barrington (also referred to as Fox River Valley Gardens or FRG) is a village in Lake and McHenry counties in the U.S. state of Illinois. It was formerly known as Fox River Valley Gardens, but the name was changed in 2002 to Port Barrington. The population was 1,517 at the 2010 census,[3] up from 788 in 2000.


Port Barrington Naming

The village of Port Barrington was incorporated in 1969 under the name Fox River Valley Gardens. At the time, the village had the longest name out of all other incorporated places in Illinois, and was one of the longest town names in the country. For 33 years, Port Barrington shared a ZIP code (60010) with the village of Barrington, 9 miles (14 km) to the south. In 2002, the village established its own post office and zip code. Homeowners in the new Riverwalk subdivision claimed that their home values fell significantly and immediately when their addresses were changed to “Fox River Valley Gardens”. Some people trying to sell their homes at the time found themselves “underwater” (selling at a loss). This prompted residents in the Riverwalk section of the village to express their objection to what appeared to be a “bait and switch” in the change of mailing address. There were several tense village meetings where legal action was being considered by the new residents. In September 2002, the village board voted 4–3 in September 2002 to re-incorporate and change the community’s name to “Port Barrington”. However, several addresses in the older section of the village are still listed under the name Fox River Valley Gardens. In addition, many road signs and maps continue to use the community’s original name, as do the local police and fire departments. As of 2019, the post office is no longer in service, and mail delivery is provided by the postal service in Island Lake, Illinois.


Port Barrington Demographics

As of the census[7] of 2000, there were 788 people, 295 households, and 233 families residing in the village. The population density was 805.0 people per square mile (310.5/km2). There were 320 housing units at an average density of 326.9 per square mile (126.1/km2). The racial makeup of the village was 97.59% White, 0.51% African American, 1.02% Asian, 0.13% Pacific Islander, 0.25% from other races, and 0.51% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.79% of the population.

There were 295 households, out of which 38.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 70.2% were married couples living together, 4.4% had a female householder with no husband present, and 21.0% were non-families. 16.3% of all households were made up of individuals, and 4.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.67 and the average family size was 2.99.

In the village, the population was spread out, with 26.8% under the age of 18, 3.3% from 18 to 24, 43.3% from 25 to 44, 20.3% from 45 to 64, and 6.3% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 41.6 years. For every 100 females, there were 96.5 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 94.9 males.

The median income for a household in the village was $114,750. The median property value in the village was $283,300.


Port Barrington Geography

Port Barrington is located at 


42°14′37″N 88°11′53″W (42.243667, -88.198000).[4]

According to the 2010 census, Port Barrington has a total area of 1.286 square miles (3.33 km2), of which 1.15 square miles (2.98 km2) (or 89.42%) is land and 0.136 square miles (0.35 km2) (or 10.58%) is water.[5]


Lifestyle in Port Barrington

The village is a very active community. Winter has people snowmobiling, cross country skiing, ice fishing and ice skating on village trails and lakes. In the summer, cyclists, runners, fishermen and boaters come from all over the area to this town. The Broken Oar and the Lake County Marina are the two largest attractions.

Halloween tradition is to have children trick or treat on the Sunday before Halloween during the mid-day (11am to 3pm). This increases safety for kids and allows the adults to share a beverage and talk. It is a very fun tradition enjoyed by many. The McHenry County Sheriff has been a great supporter and monitor of the days events. At Christmas, the Santa parade rides through town with an escort of fire engines, McHenry County Sheriff and car loads of people throwing candy to kids waving from their homes and yards.


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