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Practice Overview

Real Estate

Buying a home can be one of the biggest financial transactions of one’s life. It is important to have someone who will look out for your interests and guide you through the process.  John Zachara has handled thousands of real estate transactions and brings his hands on approach to each client.  He serves as the advocate for the buyer between the seller’s attorney, real estate brokers, mortgage lenders, surveyors, management companies, title companies, and other parties involved in the transaction. No matter the type of property being purchased, John requests the necessary documents to provide full disclosure regarding the property, at all times keeping his client’s interest #1.  At the closing, John will answer all questions and make sure that the buyers understand the entire process.

When representing sellers in a real estate transaction, John advocates for fair and equitable consideration.  He reviews the contract and responds to the purchaser’s attorney’s requests. He monitors mortgage approval, reviews the title, prepares closing documents, and represents the sellers at the closing.

When attorneys and real estate agents call John to handle their own transactions, you know that he is respected in his field.

Will & Estate Planning

Whether starting a family, purchasing a home, starting a business, or planning for the future, John Zachara is able to help his clients plan for the unexpected.

John Zachara helps families and individuals alleviate the stress of planning for their future through drafting and preparing:

  • Last will and testament
  • Power of attorney for property
  • Power of attorney for healthcare
  • Living Trust
  • Other documents

Attorney Profile

John J. Zachara

Principal Attorney

John Zachara is a real estate and litigation attorney with almost 40 years of experience practicing in the Chicagoland area.

Established in 1977, the Law Offices of John J. Zachara, Ltd. provides tailored legal services in real estate, will and estate planning, trust, probate and other legal services to individuals and businesses including: sole proprietorships, corporations, partnerships and limited liability companies.

John received his degree from DePaul College of Law in 1976. For more than 35 years he served as an attorney, manager and regional manager at Kemper Insurance, where he handled personal injury and workers compensation matters for hundreds of corporate clients and individuals.

Understanding the complexity of buying a first home, John has conducted seminars to provide detailed instructions and advice for new home buyers on the legal and financial requirements for purchasing property in Illinois.

A seasoned litigator and problem solver, John Zachara’s mission is to provide legal services in a cost effective and timely manner meeting the needs of every client.


  • Worked with John in buying a condo in Chicago. His response time and work were both excellent. It was a pleasure working with John and I would recommend him for anyone who needs an attorney while making your purchase of property in Chicago. Any future attorney needs we have in the Chicago area, John will be who we go to see.

    Les W. - Wiesbaden, Germany - 3/25/2014

  • I've used John on two separate occasions, once to buy a house and the second time to sell a condo. He is thorough, responsive, and a pleasure to work with. I would highly recommend him to buyers and sellers alike.

    Bojan G. - Chicago, IL - 8/7/2013

  • I have used John Zachara as my attorney twice for real estate closings and he is absolutely wonderful and crazy inexpensive for how good he is. I feel very protected with him watching out for my interests. He literally got me $2,550 back at my closing and caught several mistakes in the closing documents. Plus, he's very responsive and easy. You could not choose a better lawyer for your real estate closings.

    H G. - San Mateo, CA - 2/25/2011

  • I was referred to John by my real estate broker. I engaged him to perform standard attorney review of my real estate contract and closing documents. He did a fine job and was very responsive to my many first-time buyer questions. I would readily refer John to others, and would call him again if I move or buy another property.

    B B. - Madison, WI - 8/19/2008

  • This attorney is wonderful... Calm, efficient, and able to translate complex legal issues into layman's terms. He works fast and focuses on keeping the process moving forward

    Dannielle J. - Fairbury, IL - 4/1/2014

  • Attorney John Zachara is extremely professional, efficient and responds to emails and phone calls promptly. The best part is that he is VERY affordable!! Indeed, it is quality work at the most cost effective medium. I hope other lawyers will follow his ways and stop charging excessive fees to make a fortune out of one person's case. He helped reinstated my mortgage after Citi Mortgage erroneously started a foreclosure proceedings while on their loan modification program. I was referred to him by my cousin, who had done two real estate closings with Attorney Zachara. She spoke highly of him and true to her words, John lived up to my expectations. I will definitely refer Attorney Zach to others!

    Diana O. - Evanston, IL - 10/27/2010

  • Efficient and very knowledgeable in real estate matter. This is the thrid times I have used him as my closing attorney.

    Anonymous - Chicago, IL - 6/9/2015

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