At our Chicago-based Law Offices, clients with cases ranging from traffic and DUI to misdemeanor and felony are represented by attorneys with experience in all areas of criminal law.

We will analyze your case for the most effective defenses, and discuss our strategy with you. We have experience before most of the Judges in the criminal system and have achieved good results for our clients.

Estate Planning

Our firm handles a variety of estate planning matters, including planning for the distribution of an individual’s property upon his or her death. In serving the client, our attorneys carefully examine wills, insurance, property, and trusts to ensure maximum benefit under the laws.


Probate is the legal process by which a person's debts are paid and assets are distributed upon her or his death. Individual state laws direct the probate court on how to distribute the decedent’s estate. It is important to consult a firm with expertise in this area of the law to ensure the decedent’s assets are distributed correctly.


A will is a person's declaration of how one wants their property dispersed after death. Because there are complex, changing regulations regarding the validity of a drafted will in Illinois, our office continually reviews the rules to be sure your wishes can be honored after your death.


In order to establish a secure and regular income for loved ones left behind, many individuals explore the benefits of trusts. By maintaining your assets in a trust, you can minimize taxes and leave a larger inheritance. Trusts may be used to provide a steady income to the beneficiary over the course of time, rather than distribution in a lump sum. This strategy can reduce the beneficiary's taxes and allow the trust to grow through investment. Trusts can also be established to list charitable organizations as beneficiaries.

Land Trusts

Illinois is one of only a few states that recognize land trusts. A land trust is a way to hold title to real property to avoid probate. Our office advises clients on when to place property in a land trust and provides assistance throughout the entire process.

Our medical malpractice attorneys can help you better understand medical malpractice and the rights of injured patients and their families.

Medical malpractice may be defined as a failure by a medical professional to provide a standard level of care to a patient. This may occur in the initial diagnosis of a patient, when a doctor fails to notice an important symptom or simply does not recognize a serious illness for what it is, possibly discharging the patient or prescribing the wrong treatment. It may also occur before or during any type of medical treatment or in post-operative patient care.

Medication errors, surgical injuries, birth injuries, misdiagnosis and anesthesia errors are some of the primary types of medical malpractice cases handled by the attorneys at the Law Firm of George L. Tamvakis. We strongly support the belief that patients have the right to receive proper treatment for their medical conditions, whatever they may be. We fight for injured patients and the families of patients who have lost their lives due to medical negligence.

Unlike other types of personal injury cases, the facts necessary to prove your case are based on the medical records and testimony of medical experts. Your attorney must have a thorough understanding of the facts of medicine and the law to effectively draw essential facts from these records and to present the best experts, both of which are crucial for a successful outcome in any medical malpractice or negligence case.

Ultimately, your attorney must explain the medical and legal issues to the jury and judge to recover the best settlement or verdict. If you want to receive the largest settlement possible, you must have an attorney who has both the experience and track record to represent your case.

If you have been seriously hurt in a motor vehicle accident, our attorneys can help. You focus on recovering from your injuries, while we focus on your financial health -- medical bills, lost income, and rehabilitation costs.

At The Law Offices of George L. Tamvakis, we have a long history of obtaining compensation for people injured in car accidents. We look forward to helping you.

See our motor vehicle accidents page for more detailed information.

We represent commercial clients and individuals in all transactions that deal with real property and the buildings located on it. Our service includes assistance in purchase and sale, land use, eminent domain, construction, quiet title actions, and closings.

Land Use and Zoning

Our office has years of experience in matters relating to zoning and land use. We have appeared before the appropriate administrative entities advocating our clients' cases for changes in designated real property status. We also have experience with use variances, special use permits, condemnations, and many other administrative land use matters.

Landlord / Tenant

A home is important for a sense of security and well-being. Likewise, the location of a business can be crucial to its survival. Our office has dealt with disputes between landlords and tenants that threaten the relationship between lessors and lessees of residential and commercial property.

If you have lost your spouse, child or other family member due to someone else's negligence or intentionally harmful act, you have legal recourse. Discuss your right to recovery from a wrongful death situation during a free initial consultation with an attorney at our Chicago office.

The loss of a loved one in a fatal accident is an emotionally trying experience. Many individuals also feel angry when a family member died because of someone's carelessness. Legally it is not simply carelessness-it is negligence and you can sue for compensation for your loss.

Our firm handles fatal accident and accidental death claims stemming from a wide variety of personal injury situations, including:

While no amount of money can make up for your loss, it can help make up for lost income, medical costs, and give you some additional financial resources. While we work to settle wrongful death cases outside of court, your case is in the hands of experienced trial lawyers should court become a necessity. We make every effort and exhaust all options available to ensure you receive the maximum compensation for your loss.

*** This information is intended to serve only as a general overview of the rights of employees who have had work-related injuries. This information provides a brief overview of the rights of injured employees as set forth under the Illinois Workers' Compensation Act. This information does not constitute legal advice and does not represent all the rights as set forth under the Illinois Workers' Compensation Act.

It is not intended to explain all the benefits or conditions pertaining to specific cases. Each individual case has to be evaluated by applying the law to the facts of each case.

Portions of this information were excerpted from the Illinois Industrial Commission Handbook on Workers' Compensation.