• Posted on June 6, 2022

    rePosted by Gina Salamone Article originally appearing at www.AgingCare.com, written by Mike Campbell Admitting the need for assistance—and accepting it—is not easy for people as they age. So, how will you know when your aging parent needs help at home? One thing is certain: Mom and Dad aren’t likely to be the ones who tell you! Seniors have a strong desire to remain independent and retain control of their own lives for as long as possible. Typically, an older adult will downplay or hide any issues they have been experiencing until an accident or sudden decline in their health makes […]


  • Posted on November 15, 2021

    Posted by:  Gina Salamone Due to the pandemic, the federal government enacted legislation that stipulated that banks and financial institutions could not initiate foreclosure proceedings against individuals.  That law expired on June 30, 2021.  With the end of the moratorium on foreclosures, a Harvard study estimates that 2.1 million households are behind on their mortgage payments. The study goes on to state that minority households were hit the hardest by the pandemic.  The study found that in early 2021, 17% of Black, 16% of Hispanic, and 16% of Asian-American homeowners were behind on mortgage payments.  White homeowners only accounted for […]


  • Posted on October 12, 2021

    Posted by: The Life and Legacy Planning Group When a couple engages in foundational estate planning, one of the first questions addressed by estate planning attorneys is whether it makes sense for the couple to use a Revocable Living Trust (RLT) as a part of their plan. If using an RLT makes sense, an important follow-up question to married couples should be whether it makes sense for them to use a joint RLT or separate RLTs. What Is a Revocable Living Trust? A trust is a legal concept that allows an individual (i.e., a grantor, settlor, trustor, or trustmaker) to […]


  • Posted on October 5, 2021

    Posted by:  The Life and Legacy Planning Group Do not let constant political and financial speculation prevent you from making tax-free annual exclusion, medical-payment, and educational gifts to or for the benefit of your loved ones. Make Annual Exclusion Gifts Annual exclusion gifts are transfers of money or property in an amount or value that does not exceed the annual gift tax exclusion. In 2021, the annual gift tax exclusion is $15,000 per recipient. Therefore, this year you can give up to $15,000 per person to as many individuals as you choose without having to file a federal gift tax […]


  • Posted on June 28, 2021

    On June 15, 2021, Huck Bouma senior director Brian K. LaFratta participated in the Naperville Chamber of Commerce panel discussion series entitled “Vaccines in the Workplace.” The webinar discussion provided insights to employers regarding the legalities of requiring COVID-19 vaccines for their employees, guidance on incentive programs and other considerations regarding vaccinations. Brian was joined by  Michael Carney, senior vice president of emerging issues at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation; Nate Hoke, Human Resources Specialist at Insperity; and Laura Garafolo, Employment Attorney, Laura Garofalo Law, LLC. To watch the full event, visit https://www.nctv17.com/news/what-employers-should-know-about-covid-19-vaccines/


  • Posted on June 21, 2021

    When placing your loved one into a senior community, it is important to know what level of care they need. However, it is often difficult to determine one level from another.


  • Posted on June 8, 2021

    Patrick Hurley recently represented a client in a nine-day divorce trial in DuPage County Circuit Court. The case involved a variety of complex issues, including contested child custody, dissipation of marital assets, the authenticity of an $80,000 promissory note, and the children’s educational model.


  • Posted on May 25, 2021

    Huck Bouma is pleased to announce that shareholder Aaron E. Ruswick has been selected by the DuPage County Bar Association as the organization’s “2021 Lawyer of the Year”. He will be officially recognized June 15, 2021, at a ceremony at Klein Creek Golf Club. Congratulations, Aaron!


  • Posted on September 15, 2020

    Huck Bouma is honored to participate in the Wheaton Lions Club Food Drive to fight hunger in our communities.


  • Posted on July 6, 2020

    It’s essential these days to be electronically connected, to stay healthy, mentally vigorous and informed, and to forge the social bonds that are so vital to well-being.