Newark, Illinois Estate Planning Lawyers

Axel R. Cerny
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Free Consultation! Exceptional Estate Planning Lawyer! Dedicated Legal Advocacy!

With a combination of legal knowledge and skill, I provide legal representation for estate planning matters. I am dedicated to the best possible outcomes! Visit my website to see results, call for a free consultation. Read More »
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Alyx Durachta
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Illinois Estate Planning Lawyer

The John Marshall Law SchoolIllinois
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Makedonka Baloski
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Comprehensive estate planning and probate services. Free consultation. Call now!

I’m an experienced estate planning attorney and serve clients throughout Chicago. I provide personalized representation and handle all types of cases, including wills, trusts, living wills, and powers of attorney. Read More »
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Kerry Reid Peck
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Illinois Estate Planning Attorney with 41 years experience

Kerry Peck is the past president of the Chicago Bar Association (CBA) and founder of the Elder Law Committee of the CBA. He is also the managing partner of the Chicago law firm, Peck Ritchey, LLC, whose clients include... Read More »
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Yorkville, IL Estate Planning Attorney
(630) 553-9500 1107 S Bridge St
Yorkville, IL 60560
Estate Planning and Real Estate
Barbara Morton
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Plainfield, IL Estate Planning Attorney with 21 years experience
(815) 733-5350 15300 S. Route 59
Suite 104
Plainfield, IL 60544
Estate Planning, Divorce, Family and Real Estate
Thomas M. Cooley Law School in Lansing, Michigan
Barbara Morton graduated from the University of Colorado with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Communication in 1992. Ms. Morton followed her BA with an MBA in Finance and Accounting from Regis University in Colorado Springs, Colorado in 1996. Ms. Morton received her law degree from Thomas M. Cooley Law School in Lansing, Michigan in 1998. She has been licensed to practice law in Illinois since May 1999. Her practice emphasis is in Family law issues, Real Estate, Wills, Powers of Attorney, Traffic and Personal Injury. She has represented clients in litigation matters before Federal and State Courts, arbitration and...
Fred H. Dickson
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Aurora, IL Estate Planning Attorney with 33 years experience
(630) 897-8840 2000 W. Galena Blvd., Suite 209
Aurora, IL 60506
Estate Planning, Business, Probate and Tax
University of Illinois - Urbana-Champaign
Fred is a fellow of the American College of Trusts and Estate Counsel, an honor bestowed upon very few attorneys. He focuses in the areas of estate and tax planning, trust, estate and probate administration, and business structuring and counseling. Fred enjoys helping people accomplish their personal goals. He has an extensive background assisting clients in the transfer of small businesses and farms during their lifetime or at death while minimizing taxes and expenses. Many of his estate plans are sophisticated and involve using wills, trusts, limited liability companies, family limited partnerships and other closely held entities. He has...
Patricia Gruber
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Plainfield, IL Estate Planning Lawyer with 27 years experience
(815) 436-1996 8380 Old Ridge Rd
Plainfield, IL 60544
Estate Planning, Elder and Probate
University of Wisconsin Law School
Dallas T. Bartz
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Aurora, IL Estate Planning Lawyer with 8 years experience
(630) 897-8840 2000 W. Galena Blvd., Suite 209
Aurora, IL 60506
Estate Planning and Business
University of Illinois College of Law
Dallas was raised in Charleston, Illinois where he was close to his Alma Mater, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. There he received his Bachelor of Science in Finance in 2007 and his Juris Doctor in 2011. He was admitted to practice law in the State of Illinois in 2011. He was later admitted to the United States District Courts for both the Northern and Central Districts of Illinois. He formerly practiced as a public interest attorney in Rockford, Illinois, and as an insurance defense attorney in Joliet, Illinois. He now specializes in estate planning, trust and estate administration,...
Robert Varak
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Naperville, IL Estate Planning Attorney with 23 years experience
4824 Snapjack Circle
Naperville, IL 60564
Estate Planning
The John Marshall Law School
If you are looking for assistance creating a will or living trust, or updating an existing estate plan, please contact the Law Offices of Robert J. Varak to start the process. Your convenience and satisfaction are the most important things to me. I will be happy to come to your home during the day or in the evening to make things easier for you, and I am always available directly to answer your questions. I will give you candid, up-front advice about your options, the costs, and what to expect from the experience of making an estate plan....
Paul V Martin
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Ottawa, IL Estate Planning Lawyer with 46 years experience
(815) 434-2000 511 E. Etna Rd
Ottawa, IL 61350
Estate Planning, Elder, Insurance Claims and Insurance Defense
The John Marshall Law School
Paul is an experienced civil litigation attorney. With a strong background in the insurance defense field for 30+ years, he is a knowledgeable and experienced trial and defense attorney. As well as being a litigator in trial courts, Paul has also argued cases before the Third District Appellate Court and the Supreme Court of Illinois.
He is currently a member of the LaSalle County, Illinois State Bar Assocation and the Illinois Association of Defense Trial Counsel. Paul served on the Illinois Supreme Court Committee on Professional Responsibility from 2006 to 2015; and served as a special assistant Attorney General from...
Aurora, IL Estate Planning Attorney
(630) 892-4344 30 N Stolp Ave
Aurora, IL 60506
Estate Planning and Real Estate
Aurora, IL Estate Planning Lawyer with 27 years experience
(630) 906-5571 605 N. Broadway
Ste. 1
Aurora, IL 60505
Estate Planning, Divorce, Family and Probate
Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law
Aurora, IL Estate Planning Lawyer
(630) 892-4344 30 N Stolp Ave
Aurora, IL 60506
Estate Planning and Real Estate
Marcia A. Franklin
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Illinois Estate Planning Attorney with 38 years experience

Marcia worked with the Federal Communications Commission as an attorney in the Mass Media Bureau and as Branch Manager in the Common Carrier Bureau from 1982 through 1987, and at MCI Telecommunications as a senior... Read More »
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Jasmina de la Torre
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Illinois Estate Planning Attorney with 21 years experience

With over 20 years of experience, I represent clients in Business, Estate Planning, and Real Estate Law matters. I counsel individuals, small and large businesses with a wide array of legal matters. I am dedicated to... Read More »
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Aurora, IL Estate Planning Attorney
(630) 466-9229 38 Windwood Dr
Aurora, IL 60506
Estate Planning and Real Estate
Crest Hill, IL Estate Planning Lawyer with 21 years experience
(213) 622-5124 2405 Ingalls Ave Apt 213
Crest Hill, IL 60403
Estate Planning and Business
DePaul Univ COL
Wilmington, IL Estate Planning Attorney
(815) 476-6583 26065 Willow Ln
Wilmington, IL 60481
Estate Planning, Insurance Defense and Real Estate
Aurora, IL Estate Planning Attorney
519 W Galena Blvd
Aurora, IL 60506
Estate Planning, Divorce, Family and Real Estate
Plainfield, IL Estate Planning Lawyer
(815) 254-9050 530 W Lockport Rd
Plainfield, IL 60544
Estate Planning, Business and Real Estate
Plainfield, IL Estate Planning Lawyer
(815) 436-1996 8380 S Ridge Rd
Plainfield, IL 60544
Estate Planning, Personal Injury and Real Estate
Ottawa, IL Estate Planning Attorney
(815) 434-2000 511 Etna Rd
Ottawa, IL 61350
Estate Planning, Collections, Criminal and Divorce
Joliet, IL Estate Planning Lawyer
(815) 727-5100 211 N Hammes Ave
Joliet, IL 60435
Estate Planning and Real Estate
Aurora, IL Estate Planning Lawyer
(630) 892-4343 563 W Galena Blvd
Aurora, IL 60506
Estate Planning and Municipal
Philip Fornaro
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Hinsdale, IL Estate Planning Attorney with 24 years experience
(708) 639-4320 23 Lincoln Street
Unit 101
Hinsdale, IL 60521
Free ConsultationEstate Planning, Business, Probate and Real Estate
The John Marshall Law School
Philip M. Fornaro is the managing attorney at Fornaro Law. Adopting a “never give up” attitude, Philip has become known for his ability to succeed where others fail for the last 20 years. His decision to diversify his practice in 2004 has resulted in the creation of a full service law firm which provides quality representation in a variety of legal areas. Philip follows the rule that positive energy will yield positive results. This energy is the driving force behind the success of Fornaro Law. He has become adept at creating a network and team between clients,...
David J. Winthers
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Free Consultation! Skilled Estate Planning Advocacy! Practical Legal Solutions!

For over 35 years, I have provided exceptional advocacy for estate planning and family law matters. I will work tirelessly to protect your legal interests! Visit my website for information, call for a free consultation. Read More »
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William S. Wilson
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Free Consultation! Experienced & Compassionate Estate Planning Attorney!

For over 30 years, I have provided knowledgeable, skilled legal counsel and advocacy for those with estate planning needs! Visit my website for more information and client reviews. Free consultation for estate planning! Read More »
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Vincent Anthony Incopero
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Elmhurst, IL Estate Planning Attorney with 5 years experience
(630) 299-7600 381 N York Streetorth
Suite 18
Elmhurst, IL 60126
Free ConsultationEstate Planning, Business, Probate and Real Estate
The John Marshall Law School
REAL Law Group, P.C. is a boutique law firm established in 2015 with the idea that effective representation requires both a professional commitment and personal approach that matches the clients passion and strategic objectives. REAL Law Group, P.C. believes that a real estate transaction, whether it is your first home or commercial property, requires a team approach that emphasizes technical legal skills and communication. REAL Law Group, P.C. has extensive experience advising home buyers and sellers, real estate developers, brokers, investors, lenders and condominium associations in all facets of their real estate and business needs. REAL Law Group,...
Carol A Nolan
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Lisle, IL Estate Planning Attorney with 23 years experience
(630) 668-6600 1001 Warrenville Road
Suite 224
Lisle, IL 60532
Estate Planning, Elder and Probate
Northern Illinois University College of Law
Since 1996, Illinois elder law attorney Carol A. Nolan, has been providing valuable legal advice for seniors and their families. As a skilled Wheaton estate attorney, Ms. Nolan is devoted to the rights and legal options of elderly and disabled people in DuPage County and Chicago's western suburbs. Her Lisle law office handles a wide range of financial, health care, and estate planning matters, including Medicaid applications and planning, disability planning, Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI), guardianships, wills, trusts, and probate administration.

Carol A. Nolan has been a frequent speaker on Elder Law, Medicaid issues, estate planning, probate and trust administration,...
Misty J. Cygan
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(800) 825-9260 15 N Northwest Hwy
Park Ridge, IL 60068
Park Ridge, IL Estate Planning Lawyer with 12 years experience
Estate Planning, Business, Employment and Probate
Shepard Broad Law Center, Nova Southeastern University
Misty has worked hard to become an attorney, which was her dream. She earned her two undergraduate degrees while being on active duty in the United States Air Force. She graduated summa cum laude from North Carolina Wesleyan College with dual degrees. During her four years in the military, Misty was responsible for producing a weekly flying and aircraft maintenance schedule for a fleet of 24 F-15 fighter jets. Misty also provided support for Operation Noble Eagle in response to the 9/11 attacks.

At the core of Misty’s practice is her love of the law and her desire to help people....
Kevin G. Drendel
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Batavia, IL Estate Planning Attorney with 28 years experience
(630) 406-5440 111 Flinn Street
Batavia, IL 60510
Free ConsultationEstate Planning, Business, Municipal and Probate
Northern Illinois University
Kevin G. Drendel Cornell College, cum laude, and a 1991 graduate of Northern Illinois University College of Law, magna cum laude. While at Northern Illinois University, he was a member of the Law Review, and published an article in the University’s scholarly (NIU Law Review 73, 1990). He also received the West Publishing Award for Outstanding Scholastic Achievement. He is admitted to practice in front of all Illinois State Courts and the U.S. District Court, the Northern District of Illinois. Kevin is a member of the Illinois State Bar Association and the Kane County Bar Association. He was a...
Ms. Juli Ann Gumina
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Naperville, IL Estate Planning Lawyer with 24 years experience
(630) 665-7676 1250 East Diehl Road
Suite 400
Naperville, IL 60563
Estate Planning, Divorce, Elder and Family
Chicago-Kent College of Law, Illinois Institute of Technology
Admitted to practice law in 1995, Juli A. Gumina graduated with a J.D. from Illinois Institute of Technology-Kent College of Law, where she was on the Dean's List and a member of the Bar & Gavel Society. Juli received her B.A. from Loyola University in Chicago, where she graduate cum laude and was a member of Alpha Sigma Nu, the national Jesuit honor society. Juli honed her litigation skills for several years as a public defender in DuPage County, prior to joining the firm to focus on family law. Juli is a trained and experienced mediator, and is frequently appointed...
Judith Jenz
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Wheaton, IL Estate Planning Lawyer with 27 years experience
(630) 225-8282 305 S. Naperville Road
Wheaton, IL 60187
Estate Planning, Divorce, Family and Real Estate
Indiana University Maurer School of Law
Judith’s practice is focused in the areas of divorce, custody, paternity, and guardianship proceedings. She is an aggressive trial attorney and persuasive negotiator with extensive experience in negotiating and litigating divorce related issues including custody, visitation, maintenance, child support, the distribution of assets and liabilities, domestic violence and orders of protection.
Mazyar M. Hedayat Esq.
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Romeoville, IL Estate Planning Attorney with 24 years experience
(630) 378-2200 1211 W Lakeview Ct
Romeoville, IL 60446
Free ConsultationEstate Planning, Construction, Probate and Real Estate
University of Michigan - Ann Arbor, DePaul University and University of Michigan - Ann Arbor
Mazyar M. Hedayat is the principal of M. Hedayat & Associates, PC, a law firm that has represented Clients for nearly 25 years in the areas of business law and litigation, bankruptcy law and litigation, real property transactions and litigation, construction law and mechanics liens, corporate law, and more. After attending the University of Chicago and University of Michigan, Mr. Hedayat received his MBA from the U.M. Ross School of Business, and his J.D. from DePaul University College of Law. Mr. Hedayat is a title insurance agent and operated a full-service title company for 6 years....
Daniel J. Kollias
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(630) 407-1200 330 W. State Street
Suite 3
Geneva, IL 60134
Free ConsultationGeneva, IL Estate Planning Attorney with 20 years experience
Estate Planning, Divorce, Domestic Violence and Family
Notre Dame Law School and University of Michigan Law School
Daniel J. Kollias' combination of experience in the real world and in the courtroom sets him apart from other attorneys. He represents clients with the goal of finding practical solutions to complex problems. Prior to starting his firm, Dan successfully owned and managed a restaurant and bar in Elmhurst for a few years before returning to the practice of law. He understands business from the perspectives of both the entrepreneur and the advocate.

Dan is at home both in the courtroom and at the negotiating table. Dan gained extensive in-court experience as a prosecutor in the...
Katrine Fleishman
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Itasca, IL Estate Planning Attorney with 6 years experience
(847) 797-8000 401 West Irving Park Road
Itasca, IL 60143
Estate Planning and Real Estate
Georgetown University Law Center
Katrine R. Fleishman’s (née Lazar) practice is focused in the areas of real estate and estate planning, including trusts, wills, and powers of attorney for health care and property. Katrine helps her clients – whether they are first time homebuyers, experienced investors or anyone in between – navigate the closing process, successfully closing hundreds of real estate transactions. She works with her estate planning clients, tailoring a plan for their future that fits their individual needs.

Katrine has been with Newland and Newland, LLP since 2015. Before joining Newland & Newland, LLP, she was an associate at a Chicagoland firm where...
Jennifer Bunker Skerston
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Streator, IL Estate Planning Attorney with 10 years experience
(815) 672-8505 7 Dannys Drive, Suite 1
Streator, IL 61364
Free ConsultationEstate Planning, Elder, Family and Probate
Michigan State University
Jennifer Bunker Skerston has worked in the Illinois Valley legal community for the past seven years handling many litigation related matters including will contests, property tax appeals, breach of contract, and personal injury claims.

Jennifer Bunker Skerston is actively involved in the Illinois State Bar Association Trusts and Estates Section Council. She is the Editor of the Council’s monthly publication distributed to members throughout Illinois. She also assists the Council in providing continuing legal education to attorneys, determining the need for new legislation, and reviewing and suggesting changes to current legislative proposals affecting wills, trusts and estates....
Mike Drabant
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Illinois Estate Planning Lawyer with 10 years experience

The John Marshall Law School and The John Marshall Law SchoolIllinois and U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois
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Daniel J. Kollias
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Free Consultation! Experienced Estate Planning Lawyer! Protecting What Matters!

I provide exceptional estate planning counsel. I am dedicated to representing the rights and interests of my clients in all areas of estate planning law! Visit my website for client reviews, call for a free consultation! Read More »
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Dion U. Davi
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Joliet, IL Estate Planning Lawyer with 16 years experience
(815) 582-4901 58 N. Chicago Street
Suite 102
Joliet, IL 60432
Free ConsultationEstate Planning, Divorce, Family and Real Estate
The John Marshall Law School
Attorney Dion U. Davi has extensive experience in family, real estate and estate planning throughout Illinois. DuPage family law attorney Dion U. Davi is a skilled negotiator who seeks to resolve legal disputes with a favorable settlement whenever possible. When needed, however, he has the skills and experience to effectively and zealously advocate for his clients in court.
Christopher Maurer
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Wheaton, IL Estate Planning Attorney with 22 years experience
(630) 653-9400 400 S. County Farm Road
Suite 320
Wheaton, IL 60187
Free ConsultationEstate Planning, Divorce, Family and Probate
Loyola University Chicago School of Law
Christopher J. Maurer is a licensed Illinois attorney and a Partner at Anderson & Associates, P.C.
Christopher has over two decades of experience. He practices primarily from the firm's Wheaton office and handles cases in DuPage County, Cook County, Kane County, and the other collar counties. He has focused his practice in the area of family law, including divorce issues (contested and uncontested divorces, high-stakes litigation, complex financial and business divorces), adoptions and paternity cases, preparation of prenuptial agreements and postnuptial agreements, custody disputes, establishing visitation schedules, child support calculation and alimony/maintenance determination, grandparent rights, disputes regarding removing children from...
Angel M. Traub
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Wheaton, IL Estate Planning Attorney with 18 years experience
(630) 426-0196 1776A S. Naperville Rd.
Suite 201
Wheaton, IL 60189
Estate Planning, Arbitration & Mediation, Divorce and Probate
John Marshall Law School, Chicago, IL
Angel M. Traub is a civil litigation attorney & principal owner of A. Traub & Assoc.. She graduated in 98 from NIU with her B.A. & was awarded the Outstanding Woman Student Award & Outstanding Communication Major Award in 98. Angel graduated from The John Marshall Law School with a J.D. In 01 where She was selected as a John Marshall Distinguished Scholar & was a member of the Order of John Marshall, Honorary Scholarship Society. She was admitted to practice in the State of Illinois & the Northern District of Illinois in 2001. Angel is trained & certified...
Dennise McCann
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Wheaton, IL Estate Planning Lawyer with 31 years experience
(630) 653-9400 400 S. County Farm Road
Suite 320
Wheaton, IL 60187
Free ConsultationEstate Planning, Divorce, Family and Probate
The John Marshall Law School
Dennise L. McCann is a Partner Anderson & Associates, P.C. who focuses on complex family law, bankruptcy and probate matters. She has been the managing attorney of the firm's Wheaton office since 2007. Dennise has been a certified mediator and guardian ad litem since 2010. She was nominated for an Inspirational Woman Award in 2012. She served as a career law clerk to the Honorable Susan Pierson Sonderby from 1988 to 1992 and was responsible for reviewing her daily motion call, researching legal issues, drafting opinions and writing speech materials for continuing legal education programs. She graduated from The John...
Sharon R. Mulyk
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Glen Ellyn, IL Estate Planning Attorney with 19 years experience
(630) 852-1100 45 S. Park Road
Suite 230
Glen Ellyn, IL 60137
Estate Planning, Collections, Divorce and Family
The John Marshall Law School
Sharon R. Mulyk is a partner with Mulyk, Laho & Mack, LLC, where her practice is concentrated in family law and collections. Sharon is an active member of the DuPage County Bar Association, where she served as the President from 2012-2013. Sharon has also served, by appointment, as the DCBA Associate Counsel, Chairman of the Family Law Committee Chairman for the Membership Committee, Judiciary Committee, Planning Committee, CLE Committee and has volunteered her time to act as a Judicial Intervention Leader. She is the Past President of the DuPage Association of Women Lawyers and Past President of the DuPage...
Ian Holzhauer
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Naperville, IL Estate Planning Attorney with 12 years experience
(630) 355-8100 222 S Mill St
Suite 200
Naperville, IL 60540
Estate Planning, Business, Probate and Real Estate
Georgetown University Law Center
Ian was raised in Naperville from birth until graduation from Naperville North High School in 2001. He received a full academic scholarship from the University of Florida, where he graduated in 2004 with a B.A. in History, summa cum laude. He earned his J.D., magna cum laude from Georgetown University in 2007. He is a member of the Order of the Coif, having graduated in the top 4% of his class at Georgetown.

After being admitted to the Illinois bar, Ian served as a uniformed attorney in the United States Air Force Judge Advocate General’s (J.A.G.) Corps from 2007 until 2014....
Justin Karubas
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Wheaton, IL Estate Planning Attorney with 21 years experience
(630) 653-1577 1776 S Naperville Rd
Wheaton, IL 60187
Free ConsultationEstate Planning
Chicago-Kent College of Law, Chicago, Illinois
Attorney Justin J. Karubas has been a Principal at Rolewick & Gutzke since April of 2006. He obtained his law degree from the Chicago-Kent College of Law and was admitted to practice law by the Illinois Supreme Court in 1998. Attorney Karubas is a graduate from the University of Illinois at Urbana, Champaign from where he has a B.A. degree in Economics, Finance. Before joining Rolewick & Gutzke, P.C., as an Associate Attorney in 1998, he was a legal clerk both at Illinois Masonic Medical center in 1997 and McKeown, Fitzgerald, Zoller, Buck, Hutchinson, & Ruttle in 1996....
Robert J Boszko
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Wheaton, IL Estate Planning Lawyer with 15 years experience
(630) 653-9400 400 S. County Farm Road
Suite 320
Wheaton, IL 60187
Free ConsultationEstate Planning, Divorce, Family and Probate
Loyola University Chicago School of Law
Robert J. Boszko (“Bob”) began his career at Anderson & Associates, P.C. in 2002 as a law clerk and was hired as an associate attorney in 2004, he is now a Partner with the firm and primarily practices out of the firm's Schaumburg (Cook County) office where his practice is focused on complex financial divorce and custody disputes. Bob’s comprehensive understanding of various areas of law including, Tax Law, Business Transactions and Planning, Real Estate Transactions, and Estate Planning and Administration, provide him the foundation and creativity to resolve complicated divorce and child custody disputes. Bob utilizes compassion and...
Izabela Czajkowska
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Hickory Hills , IL Estate Planning Attorney with 12 years experience
(773) 731-7100 7667 W. 95th St.
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Hickory Hills , IL 60457
Estate Planning, Probate and Real Estate
Chicago-Kent College of Law, Illinois Institute of Technology
Izabela concentrates her practice in estate and trust planning, probate, and estate and trust administration and litigation. Izabela also assists clients in planning for disability and special needs. Izabela also handles guardianship proceedings and serves as a volunteer Guardian Ad Litem for the Cook County Circuit Court. Additionally, Izabela has experience with domestic and international income tax and business planning, and corporate and individual tax controversies. She also advises clients on business succession matters, wealth transfer and preservation, and corporate, partnership and limited liability company transactions, including drafting various business arrangements and agreements. Izabela was named as an Illinois Super...
Sarah A Nolan
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Wheaton, IL Estate Planning Lawyer with 10 years experience
(630) 653-9400 400 S. County Farm Road
Suite 320
Wheaton, IL 60187
Free ConsultationEstate Planning, Divorce and Family
DePaul College of Law
Sarah A. Nolan joined Anderson & Associates, P.C. in 2010 when was hired on as an associate attorney and now a partner of the firm. Sarah works primarily out of the firms Orland Park & Schaumburg offices, where she practices a variety of areas of law, including Family Law, Divorce, Estate Planning, Bankruptcy, Creditor Negotiations, and Litigation. Ms. Nolan handles cases in Cook County and the surrounding collar counties. Ms. Nolan received her Bachelor of Arts degree, Cum Laude, from the Loyola University of Chicago in 2005. In 2009, Ms. Nolan earned her Juris Doctorate from DePaul University -...
Richard A. Greenswag
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Illinois Estate Planning Lawyer with 40 years experience

Rick was affiliated with and became a partner in the law firm Chandler & Greenswag, P.C. from 1979-1993. Thereafter, he operated the Law Offices of Richard A. Greenswag, P.C. from 1993 until he then became a founding... Read More »
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Estate planning arranges for the transfer of an individual's estate at the time of death. An estate consists of all property owned at death before it is distributed by will, trust, or intestacy laws. An estate may contain both real property and personal property. Estate planning allows an individual to decide exactly who will benefit from his or her estate, and to what extent. It can also reduce the taxes imposed on the transfer of assets at death.

An experienced estate planning lawyer can help minimize the amount of the estate surrendered to taxes as well as ensure that the management and distribution of the estate is carried out according to your plans. Particularly when your plans are complex and/or you have substantial property or assets, it is important to have an attorney who can ensure that your plan functions the way you intend. Depending on the complexity of your individual situation, your estate planning team may include attorneys, financial planners, bankers and insurance professionals. Some states certify attorneys as estate planning specialists, which means they have met certain requirements for experience, education, and testing in that field.


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