Joseph W. Pieper
Joseph W. Pieper has been practicing law for over twenty-five (25) years, focusing his area of expertise in Probate, involving the administration and litigation of adult disabled estates, decedent’s estates, and minor’s estates. Mr. Pieper is regularly appointed as a guardian ad litem, attorney for respondents in adult guardianship cases, and as a special administrator in the Probate Division of the Circuit Court of Cook County.
Mr. Pieper also provides estate planning for his clients, including drafting wills, trusts and Powers of Attorney. In addition to probate matters, Mr. Pieper also serves clients seeking divorce, and residential real estate assistance.
Mr. Pieper has spoken on various topics, including assisting attorneys in the Chicago Volunteer Legal Services Foundation (“CVLS”) training program for guardian ad litems, and the guardian ad litem’s role in domestic violence situations. Mr. Pieper has been a member with CVLS for over 20 years. In 2002 he received the Distinguished Service Award from the CVLS in recognition of the pro bono work that he has done for the organization. Mr. Pieper was also one of the attorneys featured in the September, 2011 issue of Chicago Lawyer in the magazine’s issue on pro bono work which was being done by Chicago area attorneys.
Prior to becoming an attorney, Mr. Pieper worked for Merrill Lynch Futures in its Commodity Operations Division at the Chicago Board of Trade for sixteen (16) years. Mr. Pieper filled various management roles at Merrill Lynch. While working at Merrill Lynch, Mr. Pieper attended Northwestern University where he received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Economics graduating with honors as a Phi Beta Kappa. Mr. Pieper then went on to DePaul University College of Law, where he earned his Juris Doctor, and graduated with honors in the top ten percent of his class.
He continues to advocate for his clients with personalized and professional attention to all matters.