About Jeltes Law
Law Offices of J. Jeltes, Ltd. is a team of experienced and compassionate advocates handling legal matters in some of life’s most challenging family transitions, including divorce, adoption, and losing a loved one. Founded in 2009, and with over 20 years of combined experience, the attorneys and staff at Law Offices of J. Jeltes work together to provide skilled, efficient, and affordable legal representation to individuals and families. Restructuring a family or making a huge life change is a vulnerable time for most. We know this reality and endeavor to remain extremely thoughtful and effective in helping you achieve your goals.
Our legal professionals are driven, attentive, and dedicated to achieving the best result possible. Every situation is unique and before hiring our firm, our attorneys will provide you with a comprehensive one-on-one consultation to discuss your legal concerns and goals. A strategic plan of action is crucial to the best long-term results. A successful relationship between client and attorney necessitates trust and patience, so frequent and ongoing communication is an integral tenet of our practice.
Law Offices of J. Jeltes Ltd. handles matters in the following areas:
- Divorce and Legal Separation
- Premarital Agreements
- Child Support, Parental Responsibility and Parenting Time
- Maintenance (Alimony)
- Property Division and Distribution
- Orders of Protection
- Guardianship of Minors
- Guardianship of Disabled Adults
- Decedent Estate Administration (Probate)
- Contested Wills and Admission of Wills to Probate
- Estate litigation
- Estate Planning
About Jenny R. Jeltes
Jenny R. Jeltes is the founder and managing partner of the Law Offices of J. Jeltes, ltd. Jenny brings integrity and honesty to a profession that is rife with conflict. She has been practicing law since 2007.
In 2015 and 2016, Jenny was recognized as one of Chicago’s Top 10 Attorneys in Client Satisfaction by the American Institute of Family Law Attorneys. She also maintains a stellar reputation among colleagues, judges, and other professionals in the field. In 2018, she was named an “Emerging Lawyer” by Leading Lawyers, a reputable peer-selection process for identifying the best lawyers.
Assertiveness is crucial to effective representation and Jenny zealously advocates for her clients with their best interests in mind – even if it means telling them something that they don’t want to hear. She mindfully helps her clients move their lives forward through what can be a very stressful and emotionally draining time.
Jenny understands the pain and turmoil that a divorce can cause. As a child of divorce, she has experienced each parent going through multiple divorces. Her personal experience is exactly what makes her a compassionate and driven attorney. She empathizes with her clients in understanding how divorce affects entire families. Going through a divorce is much more than a legal process – It’s an emotional, life-changing process. Jenny understands this complexity and treats her clients with compassion and detailed attention.
About Kelly Thames Bennett
Kelly Thames Bennett, Attorney & Partner, joined the Law Offices of J. Jeltes, Ltd. in 2016. Kelly has worked in complex family law matters including parentage, divorce, domestic violence, and minor guardianship in Cook County, Will County, DuPage County and Lake County. She is the Secretary for the Standing Committee on Women and the Law of the Illinois State Bar Association and she has taught a continuing legal education seminar in Family Law Litigation Strategy for the Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education. She received her Juris Doctorate degree from DePaul University College of Law. While at DePaul, Kelly was a student attorney for the DePaul Family Law Clinic, representing victims of domestic violence, and underprivileged divorce clients. Kelly received the CALI award for Excellence for her work in the DePaul Family Law Clinic. She also received a grant from Schiller, DuCanto, and Fleck Family Law Center at DePaul to intern at the Chicago Legal Clinic in family law matters.
Ms. Thames Bennett volunteers pro bono legal service through Chicago Volunteer Legal Services. Through CVLS Kelly acts as a guardian ad litem in minor and adult guardianship cases, and as a child representative in domestic relations cases.
In her free time, Kelly enjoys staying active and participating in Chicago’s running events, practicing yoga, doing arts and crafts like macramé and painting, and honing her talent for growing plants. Kelly was born and raised in Texas, lived in New York, and currently lives in the city of Chicago with her husband, Ken.