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Donald R. Schaaf Jr.

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Jerseyville, Illinois
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My practice concentrates to assist and provide individuals with a full range of legal assistance as they pertain not only to their immediate needs, but to their entire life's situation. It is my ideology to counsel and advise clients in ways and means to avoid costly litigation.  However, if the necessity of litigation arises, I will zealously and actively present their case.

My practice does not limit itself to a specific area of law because it is the client who is important to me and my staff..  Most people seeking legal assistance do not fall clearly into one certain area of need. Client's needs often go into areas beyond the immediate and obvious concerns of pending issues. For example:

  • In a dissolution of marriage (divorce) action, a client needs to be made aware that there is more to a divorce than just obtaining a Judgment of Dissolution.  He or she needs to be made aware of asset protection, tax consequences, debt control, present and future estate planning, monetary support for the client's minor children and for his/her non-minor children needing assistance for post secondary educational expenses, and the possible modification and/or enforcement of the divorce decree and the provisions therein in the future.
  • In criminal cases, clients need to be made aware of their rights from the time they are accused until the cause is dismissed, adjudged, or otherwise disposed.  He or she must be made aware of the pre-trial, trial and post-trial requirements of the client.
  • In an personal injury and worker's compensation cases, there is more to discuss than settling the case and receiving monetary compensating. There may be needs to ensure funds for future medical or other forms of care,  guardianships for injured minor children, and payment of liens and other debts.
  • Estate planning is more than drafting a will.  One's financial circumstances may require tax shelters and trusts to protect the assets now and in the future.  Health matters may involve powers of attorney, living wills and guardianships so that the client has a voice at that time he or she is physically incapable or unavailable to act or speak for himself or herself.

    My practice is centered on the premise of not just helping individuals meet and resolve their immediate legal concerns, but also on educating and assisting them with their future needs and desires.

  • Areas of Practice

    • Family Law
    • Mediation
    • Debt Collections
    • Divorce

    Litigation Percentage

    • 50% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

    Bar Admissions

    • Illinois, 1994


    • John Marshall Law School, Chicago, Illinois
      • J.D. - 1991
    • University of Illinois, Champaign, Illinois, USA
      • B.S. - May, 1988
      • Honors: Who's Who of College Students
      • Major: Political Science

    Honors and Awards

    • Who's Who of Executives and Professionals, 1997 - 1998
    • Life Member of the National Who's Who, 2000

    Professional Associations and Memberships

    • Jersey County Bar Association, Librarian, 1996 - Present
    • Jersey County Family Violence Coalition, Founding Member, 1997 - Present
    • Jerseyville Rotary Club, Past President (2002-03), 1997 - Present

    Past Employment Positions

    • Jersey County, Assistant State's Attorney, October 1, 1997 - October 10, 1999
    • Jersey County, Assistant/Special Public Defender, January 1, 2001 - 2003
    • Jersey County, Victim-Witness Coordinator, October 1, 1998 - October 10, 1999

    Schaaf Law Office and Mediation Services represents clients throughout Southern Illinois and the St. Louis Metro East area, including Macoupin County, Greene County, Jersey County, Calhoun County, Madison County, Jerseyville, Carlinville, Greenfield, Plainview, Gillespie, Carrollton, Hardin, White Hall, Brighton, Godfrey, Bunker Hill, Benld and Staunton.


    Schaaf Law Office and Mediation Services
    116 W. Pearl Street
    Suite 100
    Jerseyville, IL 62052
    Phone: 618-241-0141
    Fax: 618-498-8220
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