Lynette J. McKenzie, Ltd.

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Practicing Solely in Residential Real Estate

Where the Attorney Does the Attorney Work
a/k/a Assistants Do Not Perform Direct Legal Services

Two fundamental principles guide the practice with client approval. Firstly, Attorney McKenzie believes that optimal client protection is achieved when the client, attorney, and client’s realtor communicate seamlessly and in real-time. Secondly, Attorney McKenzie insists that tasks crucial for safeguarding a client’s legal liability are undertaken by attorneys, not support staff. To uphold these principles, she conducts direct conference calls with clients and their brokers, personally reviews association disclosures, and shares drafts for client approval while keeping their realtor informed.

Why is it imperative for the attorney to draft letters and hold client calls?
The legal background, licensing and understanding of relevant law is different between a licensed attorney and staff. In direct comparison, the distinction becomes evident. An Admin follows pre-designed responses without the legal foundation to analyze a client’s specific situation and potential risks. Administrative tasks follow set steps that aren’t personalized for a particular situation. On the other hand, legal advice focuses on assisting a specific client and situation, planning the best strategies while considering current circumstances and legal implications. It’s crucial to understand that sticking to a standard way of doing things might not be the best for a specific client and situation. This is why it is imperative that the attorney be in direct communication with clients and be the person drafting and responding to correspondence with opposing counsel.

the practice

Lynette J McKenzie

Lynette J McKenzie

Attorney

Rather than a part of the practice, or an occasional transaction, Attorney Lynette J McKenzie practices only in Residential Real Estate Law. With a commitment to this specific area for over two decades, she has established a comprehensive presence in Cook County, notably in Chicago, as well as Cook, Lake, DuPage, Kane, McHenry, Kendall, Grundy, and Will Counties. This has facilitated a strong foundation in Northern Illinois Real Estate law, encompassing a comprehensive understanding of industry standard contracts, relevant law, and nuanced awareness of the specific procedures and practices that are customary in the various areas within Northern Illinois.

Through a thorough examination of contractual terms, personally drafting and analyzing attorney correspondence, and when applicable, direct review of association disclosures, she is well-equipped to guide discussions with clients and their brokers. This enables clients to understand, evaluate risks, and make informed decisions in the most advantageous direction. The methodology emphasizes the significance of client protection while skillfully maintaining equilibrium with the client’s own overarching goals. Attorney McKenzie is mindful that the client’s journey is paramount, and that within ethical guidelines, that they alone possess the authority to direct their side of the transaction.

Juanita Campos

Juanita Campos

Team Member

Juanita, formerly a client, has transitioned into an integral member of our team. With her association with the office dating back to 2006, she has been directly involved in all administrative aspects of our practice at various times. In accordance with Illinois law, which mandates sellers of association-governed properties to provide specific disclosures to buyers, Juanita now primarily collaborates with Attorney McKenzie, leading the acquisition and distribution of these association disclosures. Her dedication spanning over 17 years and her substantial contributions make her an invaluable asset to our office.
Diane Trojniar

Diane Trojniar

Team Member

Diane has recently joined our firm as its newest member. In her previous role, she served as a closer at the same title company, commencing in 1992. With a wealth of experience not only in the intricacies of the closing process but also in overseeing the seamless coordination between title company and lender requirements, Diane brings valuable insights to our team. Having occasionally assisted an attorney whose staff might be temporarily absent, she now assumes a full-time role within the firm. Diane’s primary responsibilities include managing new contract intake, maintaining calendars, scheduling phone calls, and facilitating the release of attorney-written letters. We are thrilled to welcome her aboard.

our office

Take a peek inside our office, where modern design gracefully converges with a serene aesthetic, forming a space that beautifully encapsulates the essence of the firm’s solid and professional approach to real estate law.

Client Testimonials

Calm and Professional Approach
Lynette McKenzie was a fantastic Real Estate attorney to work with! I live in Colorado and she helped me with my out of State purchase in Chicago. Lynette helped make this a very...
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Diana Ottoborgo
Lynette McKenzie was a fantastic Real Estate attorney to work with! I live in Colorado and she helped me with my out of State purchase in Chicago. Lynette helped make this a very smooth transaction from start to finish. Her response time to my calls and e-mails were very quick. Her assistant Diane was also very helpful. I especially appreciated Lynette’s calm and professional approach to everything. Closing went quickly and smoothly, I appreciated her patience with me throughout the process. She is also very reasonably priced for the amount of time she spent getting me to a successful closing. Thank you Lynette, we are so happy with our purchase. Diana~
Calm and Professional Approach
Diana Ottoborgo
Miriam D.
Lynette is professional, compassionate, smart, responsive and always had our best interest in mind. She negotiated late into evenings, weekends and holidays to navigate the typical challenges that come with a short sale. Lynette helped us take calculated risks but always urged us do ...
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Miriam D.
Lynette is professional, compassionate, smart, responsive and always had our best interest in mind. She negotiated late into evenings, weekends and holidays to navigate the typical challenges that come with a short sale. Lynette helped us take calculated risks but always urged us do what she felt would protect us in the end. I highly recommend Lynette and only wish I could buy her a vacation as a tip. What a champion. Thanks Lynette. We couldn't have done this without you and we now have our dream home.
Miriam D.
Miriam D.
Patient, Responsive and Thoughtful
Lynette was wonderful to work with! As a first time home buyer, she was so patient, responsive, and thoughtful in explaining everything to make sure I understood and felt comfortable in the home buying process. I couldn't recommend Lynette enough, ...
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Svjetlana Stojanovic
Lynette was wonderful to work with! As a first time home buyer, she was so patient, responsive, and thoughtful in explaining everything to make sure I understood and felt comfortable in the home buying process. I couldn't recommend Lynette enough, there is nobody better to have on your side when buying a home.
Patient, Responsive and Thoughtful
Svjetlana Stojanovic
she maintains her professionalism and responsiveness
Lynette was recommended to me by my real estate agent and I can't say how pleased I was with the service I received. As a first time homebuyer, I had a lot of apprehensions both practically (...
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Lelo B.
Lynette was recommended to me by my real estate agent and I can't say how pleased I was with the service I received. As a first time homebuyer, I had a lot of apprehensions both practically (there's lots of paperwork) and, admittedly, emotionally. I didn't know what I didn't know and that was intimidating. As a first-timer, I wanted to understand each step and needed some extra hand-holding. Knowing this, Lynette was there to explain documents and processes before I even asked. I felt very confident with Lynette by my side throughout the buying process. I understand there were some challenges in working with the seller, but I never once caught wind (until after closing) or felt the pressure my team felt because of Lynette's professionalism! She sat through an unusually long (~4 hours) closing process (due to aforementioned challenges) and remained cool and professional through it all. I am now several months past closing and happily residing in my new home and questions still come up (warranties, taxes, etc.) and, without fail, Lynette responds to every email within mere hours and encourages me to call and continue to draw on her for support. THIS, to me, is where I am most impressed. I'm hoping anyone in search of a real estate lawyer takes some time to give Lynette call consultation call. I can attest, she maintains her professionalism and responsiveness throughout AND beyond the sale process. I'm sure you'll be impressed!
she maintains her professionalism and responsiveness
Lelo B.
Ryan G.
Lynette is the best and would recommend her to anyone and everyone! I have no worked with her through the sale of two homes and the purchase of 2 homes and could not imagine working with anyone else. Her professionalism, experience, knowledge, and care is ...
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Ryan G.
Lynette is the best and would recommend her to anyone and everyone! I have no worked with her through the sale of two homes and the purchase of 2 homes and could not imagine working with anyone else. Her professionalism, experience, knowledge, and care is second to none. One thing I love about her is she is real pit bull when it comes to getting things done!! I honestly could not imagine getting through the selling/buying process as easy if it was not for Lynette! Lynette and her team are simply the best there is!!
Ryan G.
Ryan G.
Yesterday, I closed on my first condo! I feel extremely lucky that Lynette was my lawyer throughout the process. She was by my side every step of the way and it was clear that she had my best interest in mind at all times. ...
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Charlotte M.
Yesterday, I closed on my first condo! I feel extremely lucky that Lynette was my lawyer throughout the process. She was by my side every step of the way and it was clear that she had my best interest in mind at all times. She also did an amazing job at explaining all of the paperwork to me. I would not have felt nearly as confident without Lynette. Thank you SO much again!
Charlotte M.
you are in the right hands
I have dealt with Lynette for more than 8 years and had her act as counsel for more than 100 real estate transactions. As an agent, reliability and knowledge are the two things we have to know are ...
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Brian K.
I have dealt with Lynette for more than 8 years and had her act as counsel for more than 100 real estate transactions. As an agent, reliability and knowledge are the two things we have to know are in place when you handle large transactions involving people's life savings or largest asset. In representing clients, nickels and dimes add up fast when transacting property. The law requires that we offer clients a choice or representation but 99% of the time my clients would ask who is the best representation at the best price. I always offered to pay legal fees out of my commission regardless of who my clients chose and most of the time the clients would choose Lynette on recommendation. Her fees are extremely reasonable, often less than her peers and never varied. Lynette is competent, knowledgeable, comprehensive and dedicated. Once she is retained as counsel, every aspect of each transaction went smoothly and flawlessly. I can think of a number of occasions where my clients, and the clients on the other side, were so impressed with her handling that both sides distributed her contact information on referral. If you are looking for an attorney to handle your real estate transaction, you can stop looking and know you are in the right hands the minute your sign the engagement document.
you are in the right hands
Brian K.
construction
We recently purchased a new construction as out of state clients. Lynette was referred to us by our real estate agent. Lynette worked with us through all the various hiccups (we had many!) we had in our buying process due to the state of ...
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Reshma J.
We recently purchased a new construction as out of state clients. Lynette was referred to us by our real estate agent. Lynette worked with us through all the various hiccups (we had many!) we had in our buying process due to the state of the market. She offered us guidance and consistently followed up with the sellers side to keep the process moving along as quickly as possible. She was patient, accommodating and always willing to explain anything in kore detail when we requested. We highly recommend Lynette to anyone seeking a real estate attorney.
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Reshma J.
Gloria L.
Lynette and her team has been tremendously wonderful, professional and with lots of patience. This is team I have recommending to family and friends..Trust me when i say...you wont be sorry!!! Thank you team for all your hard work and support! You're ...
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Gloria L.
Lynette and her team has been tremendously wonderful, professional and with lots of patience. This is team I have recommending to family and friends..Trust me when i say...you wont be sorry!!! Thank you team for all your hard work and support! You're the best!!!
Gloria L.
Gloria L.
Jen W.
I cannot speak highly enough of Lynette! We were buying our first home and our realtor HIGHLY recommended Lynette, and we completely understand why. We had no idea what to expect when buying our home and Lynette took the time to explain everything to ...
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Jen W.
I cannot speak highly enough of Lynette! We were buying our first home and our realtor HIGHLY recommended Lynette, and we completely understand why. We had no idea what to expect when buying our home and Lynette took the time to explain everything to us and make sure that we understood what needed to happen and when. She advocated for us throughout the entire process and made sure that our home buying experience (which we expected to be entirely too stressful) was an enjoyable experience! During our transaction, the sellers tried to pull one over on us a few times and Lynette made sure that not only were we protected, but that we came out on top in the end! I don't know how we could have gotten through this crazy experience without her, but I know that every single time we will go to buy or sell in the future, we will use her! If I could rate her 1000/5 stars, I would! Thank you again so much to Lynette! Your knowledge and expertise is unparalleled!
Jen W.
Jen W.
Responsive, Thorough and Kind...
I have worked with Lynette for all three of my home sales/purchases over the past ten years and have nothing but positive things to say. Lynette ...
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Samantha Daly
I have worked with Lynette for all three of my home sales/purchases over the past ten years and have nothing but positive things to say. Lynette is extremely responsive, thorough and kind. She is an expert in the field and made sure that I clearly understood all decisions being made and that all of my questions were answered. I highly recommend Lynette, especially for first time home buyers/sellers who are not familiar with the process.
Responsive, Thorough and Kind...
Samantha Daly
A A.
Lynette and her team are experienced, professional, effective, and operate with a great sense of urgency. She really went to bat for us and was an amazing asset to our home buying team! Excellent real estate attorney! Don't hesitate to give her a call!!
A A.
Lynette and her team are experienced, professional, effective, and operate with a great sense of urgency. She really went to bat for us and was an amazing asset to our home buying team! Excellent real estate attorney! Don't hesitate to give her a call!!
A A.
A A.
Lynette is very calm, knowledgeable, a careful listener,
Lynette is very calm, knowledgeable, a careful listener, and an expert in real estate law. She provided me with excellent service regarding a real estate tax issue I had with my house. For help with a ...
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Lou P.
Lynette is very calm, knowledgeable, a careful listener, and an expert in real estate law. She provided me with excellent service regarding a real estate tax issue I had with my house. For help with a property in Chicagoland (or the rest of the state), don't hesitate to call her. Thank you so much Lynette!
Lynette is very calm, knowledgeable, a careful listener,
Lou P.
Norma M.
It has been a pleasure working with Lynette on the purchase of our new home. My husband and I were very impressed with Attorney Lynette McKenzie. We found her to be intelligent, knowledgeable, confident, sociable and she was very attentive to our needs. We ...
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Norma M.
It has been a pleasure working with Lynette on the purchase of our new home. My husband and I were very impressed with Attorney Lynette McKenzie. We found her to be intelligent, knowledgeable, confident, sociable and she was very attentive to our needs. We highly recommend Lynette; we would definitely use her again in purchasing another home. We were first time homebuyers and she helped us through the process. She was referred to us by our relator and she did not disappoint us at all. We were very satisfied with how Lynette handled our situation in purchasing our home. Lynette is exceptional at explaining the paperwork with home closings. Lynette knows how to make it happen and Lynnette will go above and beyond to make it happen!
Norma M.
Norma M.
Lynette is an Absolute Pro!
Lynette is an absolute pro! As a first time home buyer and buying a property FSBO it was crucial to have an experienced real estate attorney on ...
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Michael Wendt
Lynette is an absolute pro! As a first time home buyer and buying a property FSBO it was crucial to have an experienced real estate attorney on my side. Lynette gave me the feeling I was protected all the way through closing. Team McKenzie was extremely responsive and quick to answer our questions. I'll recommend Lynette to anyone who wants a high level real estate attorney in their corner. I cant stress how important that is. Thanks Lynette and team!
Lynette is an Absolute Pro!
Michael Wendt
efficient
Lynette and her staff were wonderful to work with. They were efficient, knowledgeable, and quickly responded to any questions. Very nice people to work with. I would highly recommend Lynette McKenzie to all and would definitely work with her again.
Ramsey T.
Lynette and her staff were wonderful to work with. They were efficient, knowledgeable, and quickly responded to any questions. Very nice people to work with. I would highly recommend Lynette McKenzie to all and would definitely work with her again.
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Ramsey T.
Lynette McKenzie is a Rockstar...
Lynette McKenzie is a rockstar when it comes to the attorney portion of a real estate transaction. Lynette came highly recommended through my REALTOR and she did ...
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Nadine Scodro
Lynette McKenzie is a rockstar when it comes to the attorney portion of a real estate transaction. Lynette came highly recommended through my REALTOR and she did not disappoint. We dealt with numerous issues on the other side of the transaction which Lynette handled professionally and with great tact. I was always kept up to date and I was especially impressed with Lynette's follow up on requests; nothing was allowed to slip through the cracks. Additionally, a last minute request for a credit (on my end due to issues which surfaced during the final walkthrough) was most skillfully handled successfully by Lynette during the closing.
Lynette McKenzie is a Rockstar...
Nadine Scodro
extremely responsive.
The most important part of real estate a purchase is the attorney and I would HIGHLY recommend Lynnette. I worked with her on the sale of my property and the purchase of a new property. She ...
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Jacob H.
The most important part of real estate a purchase is the attorney and I would HIGHLY recommend Lynnette. I worked with her on the sale of my property and the purchase of a new property. She was phenomenal in getting everything reviewed and explained in a way I could understand and was extremely responsive.
extremely responsive.
Jacob H.
Michelle M.
If you are looking for an amazing real estate attorney, hands down hire Lynette. I had multiple real estate questions, and the standard response I was receiving from most other law offices was their fee scale, but not with Lynette. I received a kind, ...
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Michelle M.
If you are looking for an amazing real estate attorney, hands down hire Lynette. I had multiple real estate questions, and the standard response I was receiving from most other law offices was their fee scale, but not with Lynette. I received a kind, supportive, and most importantly informative phone call, which in all actuality was probably a consultation...with no charge! As much as I want to hire Lynette she unfortunately does not provide the services I need. She did however, provide contact information for two attorneys that she believed were best suited to handle my legal needs. Thank you Lynette.
Michelle M.
Michelle M.
Leah B.
Lynette was incredible in advising us what to expect as first time home buyers and always available for questions. Especially in these crazy COVID times, I couldn't have imagined anyone making us feel more comfortable. She spent time with us on the phone and ...
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Leah B.
Lynette was incredible in advising us what to expect as first time home buyers and always available for questions. Especially in these crazy COVID times, I couldn't have imagined anyone making us feel more comfortable. She spent time with us on the phone and even made day of feel special despite reviewing legal docs from the car. Thank-you Lynette for all your advice and guidance!
Leah B.
Leah B.
And we will be using her again whenever we need to sell or buy.
Lynette is exactly the person you want when you are buying or selling your home. I can't imagine how we would have navigated this complicated process without her! We have used her twice to buy houses ...
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Krista S.
Lynette is exactly the person you want when you are buying or selling your home. I can't imagine how we would have navigated this complicated process without her! We have used her twice to buy houses and once to sell. And we will be using her again whenever we need to sell or buy.
And we will be using her again whenever we need to sell or buy.
Krista S.
I wish I could give her six stars! Or ten!
I wish I could give her six stars! Or ten! Lynette is truly phenomenal. Her dedication to her clients is off the charts! Personable. Professional. Always communicative. A great counselor in every meaning of the word. ...
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Zach C.
I wish I could give her six stars! Or ten! Lynette is truly phenomenal. Her dedication to her clients is off the charts! Personable. Professional. Always communicative. A great counselor in every meaning of the word. Here's quick synopsis of our experience. Leading up to closing, and all through attorney review, Lynette worked to ensure our interests were met. She coordinated several amendments to our purchase agreement to allow us to add multiple customizations to our new construction property, and she worked incredibly smoothly with all sides. Then, through absolutely no fault of Lynette, our financing unexpectedly fell through because of an overlooked technicality by the bank. Lynette kept us calm throughout the process. She helped us work with two lenders to find our replacement loan. When one of the lenders was slow, she used her extensive connections to speed up the process. She also kept the seller and the seller's attorney apprised and committed to continuing to working with us, rather than walking away. Now, 100% because of Lynette, we are in our dream home! Her skills are truly masterful, and we are convinced that it was all because of Lynette that the deal was saved and went through. I cannot recommend her enough to anyone looking for an attorney in the Chicago area. Her combination of strong advocacy, valuable experience, and extensive knowledge of the ins and outs of the Chicago real estate market are absolutely unmatched.
I wish I could give her six stars! Or ten!
Zach C.
Lynette is Truly a Gem!
Lynette is truly a gem! She assisted my parents with the sale of their property in Illinois. Lynette and her team were communicative every step of the ...
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Andi H.
Lynette is truly a gem! She assisted my parents with the sale of their property in Illinois. Lynette and her team were communicative every step of the way and she took special care to ensure my parents (who aren't native English speakers) understood everything that was happening. Thank you so much to Lynette and her team, I recommend her to anyone looking for assistance on real estate matters.
Lynette is Truly a Gem!
Andi H.
Liam O.
This was our second time using Lynette, and once again it was a great experience! She guided us through the whole process with clarity and tremendous expertise. In light of the pandemic, we were nervous about the process. But she was able to coordinate ...
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Liam O.
This was our second time using Lynette, and once again it was a great experience! She guided us through the whole process with clarity and tremendous expertise. In light of the pandemic, we were nervous about the process. But she was able to coordinate a virtual closing that ensured our sale went through. Our realtor has worked with multiple attorneys, and he was so impressed with her that he told us she is getting all of his business! We can't recommend her enough!
Liam O.
Liam O.
Mike M.
We used Lynette in the sale of our house when moving out of state. I can't thank her enough for all she and her team did to make the process go as smoothly as it did. Very professional, easily reached when a consultation was ...
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Mike M.
We used Lynette in the sale of our house when moving out of state. I can't thank her enough for all she and her team did to make the process go as smoothly as it did. Very professional, easily reached when a consultation was necessary, and for those buying or selling, pay attention to her advice, it is as good as you're going to find. If she recommends it, do it. Ask questions if you like, but heed her advice. Fees were very reasonable, and well worth the money spent. If you're in the area and buying or selling, give her a call, you won't regret it.
Mike M.
Mike M.
When I go into another deal I will be delighted to use her services.
I had an issue with a home purchase I was making fall through. My original attorney and real estate agent did not provide me very much information on why or if it was even legal what ...
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Nina W.
I had an issue with a home purchase I was making fall through. My original attorney and real estate agent did not provide me very much information on why or if it was even legal what they were doing, for about a month I sat in confusion on if I had any recourse. Finally I decided to reach out and ask another attorney. I contacted Lynette and she was responsive and helpful. I provided her information and she was able to explain and clarify to me what had likely happened and what my recourse would be if any. The fact alone that she took the time out to provide me that information was very helpful and lifted a weight off my shoulders. I would recommend her for her good customer service and taking her time to assist me. When I go into another deal I will be delighted to use her services.
When I go into another deal I will be delighted to use her services.
Nina W.
Fred F.
I just purchased a home and Lynette was my attorney. I can't be happier with her service, She was engaging and kept me informed throughout the process and really looked out for my interest. Trust me when I say that you can't go wrong ...
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Fred F.
I just purchased a home and Lynette was my attorney. I can't be happier with her service, She was engaging and kept me informed throughout the process and really looked out for my interest. Trust me when I say that you can't go wrong hiring her.
Fred F.
Fred F.
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