Miles & Gurney, LLC has closed thousands of real estate transactions in the Chicagoland area.

  • Miles & Gurney provides advice on most legal matters involving the client’s business. This includes structuring the business entity, drafting contracts


WELCOME TO Miles & Gurney, LLC

Welcome to Miles & Gurney, LLC, and thank you for visiting our website. We strive to deliver excellent and efficient legal services to all of our clients by providing a level of competence, diligence, and professionalism that is second to none. Furthermore, we treat all of our clients with respect and dignity. We carefully listen to your problems and find answers to your questions, encouraging communication and collaboration. At Miles & Gurney, LLC, we believe hiring an attorney should feel like lifting a tremendous burden from your shoulders. We take on your problems, and proactively resolve them as if they were our own. We invite you to contact our office to determine if we can be of assistance to you.

Flexible Billing

The attorneys at Miles & Gurney, LLC strive to bill all matters on a flat-fee basis. This allows our clients to accurately predict legal expenses and results in clients feeling more comfortable with the legal process. The billable hour, the most common form of billing in the legal field, can discourage efficiency and increase concern. When a matter requires billing at an hourly rate, we promise to keep our work within our client's budget while mainting top-level service. Our firm measures its legal services by quality and the value we add to our clients -- not the number of hours we bill.


We believe in collaborative attorney-client interaction. Whether there are issues that need to be addressed or a client simply needs to feel more comfortable with their case, our attorneys and staff are always available for our clients. We assume a lead role in every matter in streamlining communication, keeping paties informed and notified, reducing confusion, and preparing and transfering documents efficiently. Simply put, we are modernizing the practice of law.

Contact Miles & Gurney, LLC, Attorneys at Law, for a FREE consultation. We look forward to navigating you through your real estate, estate planning, or corporate needs. Call us now at 312-929-0974 to get started on your consultation.
    Jeff Nobleza
    As a real estate broker I have worked with lawyers from this firm for almost a decade. My clients have always been happy with their work and product. I often recommend that my clients use them. Some of my most complex real estate transactions were able to move forward as a result of their work. These guys and gals are top notch
    Katie Adler
    Having Adam Gurney as my lawyer during my home buying process was the best decision I could have made. He was always available to answer all of my questions day and night. He made something that really overwhelmed me simple and easy to understand. He was much more than a lawyer, he was a very valued partner to my husband and I during our home buying process. I would recommend him to all of my friend and family!.

    Miles & Gurney, LLC has closed thousands of real estate transactions in the Chicagoland area. Utilizing a team approach, we are able to guide our clients through a transaction from contract to closing while providing top-notch customer service along the way.

  • Business & Corporate Law

    Miles & Gurney provides advice on most legal matters involving the client’s business. This includes structuring the business entity, drafting contracts, lease agreements, deeds, and facilitating the purchase or sale of one’s business.


    Nobody likes to think about the possibility of their own death or disability. Despite the uncomfortable nature of these topics, however, it is important to plan for these eventualities if you want your wishes to be carried out.

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Miles & Gurney, LLC ATTORNEYS
Managing Partner
Erik Miles is the founder of the firm and currently serves in an of counsel capacity. Mr. Miles's practice focuses on real estate law, including residential buy/sell transactions, leasing, evictions and foreclosure defense. Mr. Miles has been practicing real estate law for nearly a decade and in that time has completed over a thousand real estate transactions for his clients. Mr. Miles is a former Illinois State Bar Assemblyman. He is a former Co-Chair of the of the Chicago Bar Association Young Lawyers Section Diversity Committee and former DuPage County Bar Association Judiciary Committee Member.

Managing Partner
Adam Gurney is a Chicago attorney who focuses primarily on real estate and business law. In real estate, Mr. Gurney has experience representing buyers and sellers, lessors and lessees, in all phases of real estate transactions. He also handles disputes arising under landlord-tenant law, condominium law, foreclosures, and disputes involving the Illinois Mechanics Lien Act. In business, Mr. Gurney provides counsel to start-up businesses in formation and transactions such as the formation of LLCs, LLPs, and S-Corporations, and the structuring of partnership agreements, employment agreements, and business contracts of all sorts. Mr. Gurney remains directly involved in every case that he handles, and his clients know that they can reach him directly - day or night - whenever they need to.

Joe Busnengo is a Chicago attorney practicing in the areas of probate, family law, and estate planning. While a student at Northwestern University School of Law, he gained experience with family law as an extern at Chicago Volunteer Legal Services and with probate and estate planning as a clerk at Prather Ebner LLP. Since graduating and being admitted to the bar in 2013, he has represented clients in adoption, divorce, and estate planning matters through Chicago Volunteer Legal Services and Wills for Heroes. He is currently a member of the Chicago and Illinois State Bar Associations and serves as co-chair of the CBA YLS Public Outreach—Wills for Heroes subcommittee..

Emma assists the attorneys of Miles & Gurney in all legal matters. Emma has been with Miles & Gurney since its formation and has helped hundreds of clients with the issues that typically arise in real estate transactions, specializing in short sale transactions in particular. Emma can support all parties involved in real estate transactions, guiding them through a transaction from contract to closing by confidently answering questions, preparing detailed and accurate documents, and making sure everyone feels comfortable throughout the process –whether they are doing a short sale for the first time or regularly investing in property. Emma graduated from Moody Bible Institute with a B.A. in Communication Studies. She then went on to earn her Masters of Education in Community Counseling..

Samantha assists the attorneys of Miles & Gurney in all legal matters. Samantha is well-versed in the process of purchasing and selling property and is able to work with all parties to the transaction in doing whatever is necessary to complete matters as efficiently as possible, including the preparation of numerous different types of legal documents. Most importantly, Samantha has assisted hundreds of clients and is able to provide the necessary support to help guide clients through the legal process, making sure that all of the clients’ questions and concerns are addressed in timely fashion. She assists from the start of a contract all the way through closing, and beyond. Samantha graduated from Oakton Community College with an Associate’s Degree in Fine Arts.

Real Estate Law FAQs
  • What is a title examination or abstract?

    A title examination is a study of the records related to the ownership history of the property and sometimes of other matters related to ownership interests in the property. An abstract of title is a collection of public records relating to the ownership of a parcel of real estate. During the examination a title examiner reviews the applicable title information to determine who owns the lands, whether there are any defects in or claims against the ownership and whether any action is needed to make sure the purchaser obtains good record title to the property at closing.

  • What is a survey, and why should I pay for one?

    A survey is a drawing of the property which should show any improvements to the property (such as buildings, driveways and the like), the boundary lines of the property, and any encroachments affecting the property (whether items encroaching on the property by third parties or encroachments by the property against a neighboring property). What details are included in a survey depends entirely on what was required of the surveyor in the contract hiring the surveyor, and what is implied by the certification the surveyor gives on the face of the survey. Surveyors have the ability, if asked, to certify many things, such as: (i) whether the improvements are all located within the boundary lines; (ii) in which flood zone the property is located; (iii) whether the structures are in compliance with applicable setback and height laws; or (iv) whether the property has access to a public right of way. Encroachments on the property may include: (i) utilities (such as water, cable, electricity, and telephone lines) and easements for them; (ii) another party’s right to enter upon your property (such as a common driveway that the property may share with a neighboring property); or (iii) structures not being conveyed with the purchase of the property that are on the property and should not be (such as the fence belonging to a neighboring property owner). Residential lenders usually require that a survey be obtained prior to closing, because a survey is the only document in a closing which confirms that the legal description in the deed matches the piece of property the buyer expects to receive with that deed. In some instances, if the current owner of the property has a recent survey of the property the lender will accept such survey (or perhaps a current recertification of the prior survey so long as there are no new substantial improvements to the property) and new survey costs may be reduced.

  • How does the buyer know how the land surrounding the property will be used?

    Typically, the seller does not guarantee how the area surrounding the property will be used. Some purchase agreements ask the seller to warrant what the seller knows about surrounding property uses that might interfere with the use of the home, but many do not. If a buyer is concerned, he or she should contact the property appraiser or tax collector for the county in which the property is located and determine who owns the surrounding land, or speak to the zoning or planning department of your local municipality prior to purchasing the property to understand how surrounding uses may affect you. The title commitment only discloses information about the property being purchased and does not attempt to inform the buyer about surrounding uses. Sometimes a survey will identify the owners of any immediately adjacent parcels. The purchaser needs to take responsibility for finding out what uses may affect him or her. The buyer can ask the neighboring property owners if they know of plans to develop land surrounding the property. The buyer may also wish to talk with the building or zoning office of the local municipality to confirm the zoning of surrounding property so as to know what kinds of uses might be made in the future, although zoning can be changed.

  • What is commercial financing in general?

    Financing a property is the standard method by which individuals and businesses can purchase residential and commercial real estate without the need to pay the full price in cash up front from their own accounts at the time of the purchase. Financing for non-residential real estate is generally obtained from a bank, insurance company or other institutional lender to provide funds for the acquisition, development, and operation of a commercial real estate venture. Commercial financing loans are secured primarily by real estate and related assets owned by the debtor. Assets used to collateralize commercial finance loans, aside from the real estate, may include fixtures, equipment, bank and/or trade accounts, receivables, inventory, general intangibles, and supplies. Documents evidencing and securing the loan typically include: loan agreements, promissory notes, mortgages or deeds of trust, assignments of rents and leases, financing statements, environmental indemnity agreements, guaranties, subordination, non-disturbance and attornment agreements, estoppel certificates, and other ancillary documents..

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Miles & Gurney, LLC

225 W Washington St

Suite 2200

Chicago, IL 60606


p. (312) 929-0974



Monday: 8am to 6pm

Tuesday: 8am to 6pm

Wednesday: 8am to 6pm

Thursday: 8am to 6pm

Friday: 8am to 6pm

Saturday: Closed

Sunday: Closed