Plaintiff Attorney Requirements

Required Documents

When scheduling a sale date with the Sheriff’s Office, the plaintiff’s attorney will provide a conformed copy (judge’s signature/stamp and Circuit Court Clerk "filed" stamp) of the Judgment  for Foreclosure and Sale including an adjudication of the date of expiration of the period of redemption. A certified copy of the judgment is not required. A cover letter is required on business letterhead to include a requested sale date and redemption date. The plaintiff’s attorney will receive an email confirmation when the sale is scheduled by the Judicial Sales Division of the Sheriff’s Office. 
Documentation to Schedule a Foreclosure Sale (PDF)
Plaintiff Bid Form

If you have questions or need assistance call the Judicial Sales Department at 

Request templates for the following at : [email protected]

  • Post-Sale Documents (certificate of sale, report of sale, receipt of sale)
  • Order Approving Sale (OAS)
  • Sheriff's Deed

Plaintiff Bid and Proof of Publication

The plaintiff bid and proof of publication must be received no later than 3 P.M. the business day before the scheduled sale date. They can be emailed to [email protected]. The notice of publication must be published in a local newspaper in the county at least three consecutive calendar weeks (Sunday through Saturday) once in each week. The first such notice to be published not more than 45 days prior to the sale, the last such notice to be published not less than 7 days prior to the sale in accordance with 735 ILCS 5/15-1507.

Cancellations and Continuances

Notices of cancellation or continuance will only be accepted from the plaintiff attorney. Plaintiff attorneys cancelling or continuing foreclosures must do so in writing. Cancellations and continuances can be emailed to [email protected]. If a sale is continued more than 59 days after the originally published sale date, a new publication is required.

Location of Sale

The sale is held at the Lake County Courthouse every Tuesday at 9:30 A.M. If a federal holiday falls on a Monday, it may affect the scheduling of the following sale day. Please refer to the Sales Schedule on the Foreclosure Information page.  


The total sheriff’s commission fee is $600 per sale.

A $300 non-refundable initial payment of the sheriff’s commission fee is due upon receipt of the Judgment for Foreclosure and Sale and prior to scheduling a sales date. The balance of the sheriff’s commission fee of $300 is due after the sale and prior to issuing the deed or the proceeds from a third party purchase. If a Judgment for Foreclosure and Sale contains multiple PINs, and the individual properties are divided at the sale and sold independently, an additional Sheriff’s Commission Fee of $600 will be assessed.


Each sale is conducted in an open bidding format beginning with the plaintiff’s opening bid.  During the sale, the Sheriff’s Office only accepts bids by registered bidders with verified funds or the plaintiff’s representative, if they are competitively bidding on their behalf.  Registered bidders will be individually called on for their bid.  This process will continue until there is a winning bidder.  All real estate contained within a Judgment of Foreclosure will be offered for sale in its entirety in satisfaction of the debt, unless otherwise specified by court order or upon request of the Plaintiff to offer for sale; any part, parcel or portion of the real estate to be sold independently.

Post Sale Documents

The Lake County Sheriff’s Office recommends the plaintiff’s attorney prepare and submit (no later than the business day following the sale) the following documents for the selling officer’s signature: Certificate of Sale, Report of Sale, and Receipt of Sale.  These documents must be returned to the court to be approved at a confirmation hearing.  The selling officer is not responsible for filing these documents with the court. 

Confirmation Hearing

It is the plaintiff's attorney's responsibility to schedule the confirmation hearing with the Circuit Court Clerk's Office. Scanned email copies of the post sale documents are sufficient for the confirmation hearing.

Issuance of Sheriff’s Deed

After the Confirmation Hearing, the plaintiff’s attorney must submit the Order Approving Sale and a completed deed to the Sheriff’s Office.  The deed is issued after full payment of Sheriff’s commission fees.  The Lake County Sheriff’s Office will create the deeds for all third party sales.

Disbursement of Funds to the Plaintiff

In the case of a third-party sale, the Lake County Sheriff’s Office will issue a check to the plaintiff after receiving the Order Approving Sale court order. It is suggested the court order include the name of the plaintiff and the amount to be disbursed included.


All documents received by the Sheriff’s Office are eFiled with the Circuit Court Clerk's Office after the confirmation hearing and the sale file is closed.