• Posted on April 1, 2022

    Education

    • University of  Notre Dame Law School, South Bend, Indiana, 1974
      – J.D.
    • St. Mary’s University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Minnesota, 1969
      – B.A., History

    Associations & Memberships

    • DuPage County Bar Association
    • Illinois State Bar Association
    • National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys
    • Rotary Club of Lombard
      –Board Member
      –Director of International Services
    • Montini Catholic High School
      – Member, Board of Directors
    • Economic Development Committee, Village of Lombard
    • Elmhurst Hospital, Board of Governors
    • Lombard Area Chamber of Commerce
      Past President

    Awards and Recognitions

    • Declaration and Recognition of Service,
      entered in U.S. House of Representatives Congressional Record, February 5, 2018
    • Village of Lombard
      Man of the Year (2001)
      Senior Man of the Year (2017)

    Admissions

    • Illinois

     

    Dennis J. McNicholas, is a Director in the Trusts & Estates and the Real Estate Departments, focusing his practice principally in the areas of estate planning, probate proceedings, guardianship, real estate and mediation.

    Dennis comes to Huck Bouma most recently from the law firm of Dennis J. McNicholas, Ltd. where he had devoted his legal career to Estate Planning, Decedent’s Estates, Guardianship Estates, Elder Law, Elder Mediation, Real Estate, Mediation of Family Disputes and other related areas.

    As for me personally, I am married to the love of my life, Karin, for 48 years this year. Karin is a licensed clinical social worker for over 40 years and has dedicated her life to counseling her clients. I do tease her when I say that she still has not been able to diagnose me.

    We have three adult children and six grandchildren all of whom live within 40 minutes of our home.

    After spending the first four years of my career from 1974-1978 working as a lawyer in downtown Chicago, I decided to start my own practice in the Lombard area so as to be more available to my wife and children. I wanted to be a much more integral part of our children’s activities as they grew up. I have reaped untold benefits from that decision and the bonding with my children and grandchildren that has resulted. I say that young children and grandchildren are like wet cement in which we make impressions that last their entire lives. I dedicated myself to making those impressions the most positive and beneficial as they could be. I now number our three adult children among my best friends.

    Armed with the love and support of my nuclear family, extended family, friends and clients, I have tried over the course of my professional career to integrate my passion to serve others into my personal life as an attorney. In that regard, I have

    • served as a member of The Board of Governors at Elmhurst Hospital for 17 years;
    • served as a Board Member and Director of International Services for The Rotary Club of Lombard which I have belonged to for approximately 35-years.
    • served as a past President of The Lombard Area Chamber of Commerce, and The Economic Community Development Committee for the Village of Lombard for over 30-years.
    • served as a member of The Montini Catholic High School Board for over 25 years.
    • been selected as Man of the Year (2001) and Senior Man of the Year (2017) for the Village of Lombard.
    • published a memoir entitled “God Called Collect from Cleveland”, in addition to being the subject of an article in the December 6, 2017 DuPage County Daily Herald entitled “Lombard Man Aims to Make the Most of His Days”.
    • been contacted by the Honorable Peter J. Roskam in early 2018 and was presented with a Declaration and Recognition of Service which was read into The Federal Congressional Record on February 5, 2018.

    Publications – Books & Articles
    “God Called Collect from Cleveland”, McNicholas (2017).

    Lombard Man Aims to Make the Most of His Days”, published in the DuPage County Daily Herald, December 3, 2017.

    “Could He Have a More Adventurous Life?”, published in Guideposts Magazine: Living Longer, Living Better; August 24, 2017. https://www.guideposts.org/better-living/health-and-wellness/living-longer-living-better/could-he-have-a-more-adventurous-life and

    “Dennis McNicholas on the Benefits of Taking Chances Later in Life”, Guideposts Magazine: Living Longer, Living Better; September, 2017. https://www.guideposts.org/better-living/health-and-wellness/living-longer-living-better/dennis-mcnicholas-on-the-benefits-of


  • Posted on December 10, 2020

    Education

    • Northern Illinois University, Juris Doctor (Law Degree) – – magna cum laude
    • Knox College, English Literature (BA) – – cum laude

    Associations & Memberships

    • Aurora Downtown Board, Board Member & Committee Chair
    • National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, UnProgram Planning Committee
    • Illinois Continuity of Care Association
    • DuPage County Bar Association

    Awards

    • 2016, 2017 and 2018 Emerging Lawyer – Leading Lawyers
    • 2010 and 2011 Illinois Rising Star – Super Lawyers
    • AVVO Rated – Top Attorney

    Accreditations

    Admissions

    • Illinois

    Gina has 15 years of experience focusing on assisting families who are facing current or future long term care issues and developing a plan to access care and protect assets. Additionally, Gina works with all types of individuals to discuss and develop detailed and customized estate plans, including Special Needs Trusts for disabled children and adults.

    Gina serves as an Executive Board Member and committee chair of Aurora Downtown where she works on beautifying the downtown area, organizing special events and attracting and supporting businesses in the downtown.

    Prior to coming to Huck Bouma PC, Gina worked as an attorney at Law ElderLaw LLP.

    Gina enjoys travel, biking and art and is active in her local artist community. Gina lives in Aurora with her husband Shaun Callahan whom she met in law school.

    Gina is happy to serve as an elder law attorney at Huck Bouma PC, and gives everyone a warm welcome and a cheery smile.

    Publications:

    • “Watch Your Mailbox: Your Health Insurance May be Terminated: A Guide to the New Managed Care Program for Illinois Healthcare Participants,” Published in the Kane County Bar Association Bar Briefs (2014) and the Illinois State Bar Association Elder Law Newsletter (2014)
    • “Personal Care Contracts: A Necessary Evil for Illinois Families,” DuPage County Bar Briefs (2013)
    • ”The Top 6 Things You and Your Family Need to Know About Elder Law”, blog appearing in Common Financial Sense, Cross Point Wealth. September 25, 2019.
    • “Bring Big Changes to the Veterans Benefits Process”, article appearing in Seniors BlueBook Fall-Winter 2020 issue (p.39).

         


  • Posted on December 9, 2020

    Education

    • Harvard Law School, J.D., 1999
    • University of Illinois at Champaign/Urbana, M.A. in Comparative Literature, 1996
    • Northern Illinois University, B.A. in English and Philosophy, 1993

    Associations & Memberships

    • American Bar Association
    • Illinois State Bar Association
    • DuPage County Bar Association
    • Kane County Bar Association
    • Chicago Bar Association
    • Elder Counsel

    Admissions

    • Illinois

    Jennifer A. Johnson is a senior Director with the Firm, concentrating her practice in estate planning, special needs planning, business succession planning, guardianship, estate administration and elder law. She represents individuals and families at all income levels.

    Jennifer’s practice involves designing and implementing a custom estate plan for each client. Designing the right plan means choosing the right estate planning tools. Jennifer frequently utilizes irrevocable insurance trusts, family limited partnerships, limited liability companies, shareholder agreements, qualified personal residence trusts, grantor retained annuity trusts, intentionally defective grantor trusts, charitable lead trusts and charitable remainder trusts, and revocable and irrevocable trusts utilizing generation skipping transfer tax planning. Additionally, Jennifer handles all aspects of guardianship, probate, estate and trust administration, including funding and liquidity issues, estate and gift tax return preparation and succession planning for beneficiaries.

    After graduating from law school, Jennifer joined the Milwaukee, Wisconsin office of Quarles & Brady, LLP, where she practiced multi-generational estate and closely held business planning. In 2003, Jennifer became a partner with The Kingsbury Firm, LLC, a boutique estate planning firm serving high net worth families. Looking to give back to the community, Jennifer joined Prairie State Legal Services, Inc. in 2010 as a staff attorney. Prairie State is a non-profit legal services firm that provides free civil legal services to low-income individuals and seniors. At Prairie State, Jennifer worked primarily with seniors and those with disabilities, representing many clients in administrative hearings with the Illinois Department of Human Services and the Social Security Administration.

    Returning to the for-profit sector in 2012, Jennifer joined American Bank and Trust Company, N.A. as a vice president and trust officer. In this role, Jennifer worked with many special needs trusts, as well as traditional trusts for individuals of all income levels.

    Jennifer frequently speaks on the topics of special needs planning, estate planning, elder law and Section 529 college savings plans, including presentations at the Kane County Bar Association, DuPage County Bar Association, Annual Wisconsin State Bar Tax School, the Wisconsin Institute of Certified Public Accountants Annual Tax Conference, the Financial Planners Association’s Financial Planning Symposium, and the Association of Women Lawyer’s Luncheon Seminar Series.

    Jennifer lives in South Elgin with her family. She spends her free time hiking, kayaking and enjoying time with loved ones.

    In October, 2017, Jennifer presented an interactive workshop at the WealthCounsel Symposium 2017, in Hollywood, California, leading a discussion on the topic “Decanting and Friends – Modifying Irrevocable Trusts”. The presentation covered various techniques for modifying irrevocable trusts, with particular emphasis on Decanting and Trust Protector. State law differences were also be discussed, with special emphasis on taxation and asset protection. “Navigating the Transition to Estate Planning”.

     


  • Posted on November 16, 2020

    Wealth Transfer and Estate Planning , Trusts and Estates, Asset Preservation Planning, Business Counseling and Services, Entity Planning and Formation, Business and Fiduciary Taxation, Real Estate

    (630) 221-1755 | radkins@huckbouma.com

    Education

    • DePaul University
      College of Law, Chicago, Illinois, 1991, J.D.
      Honors: With Honors and Order of the Coif
      Law Review: DePaul University Law Review, Member
    • University of Illinois,
      Chicago, Illinois, 1988, B.S.
      Honors: College Honors
      Major: Accounting

    Associations & Memberships

    • Illinois State Bar Association Member

    Admissions

    • Illinois

    Russell A. Adkins is a Shareholder, focusing his practice on individuals and business owners who are in need of advanced tax planning, wealth transfer, business succession planning, family limited partnerships, LLCs or irrevocable trusts. Russ also handles various aspects of tax planning and compliance for these entities, as well as trust and estate administration. Russ has worked extensively on developing and managing Huck Bouma’s Life and Legacy Planning Group, which handles all aspects of estate planning and administration, special needs planning and elder law.

    Russ began his legal career as an associate attorney with McDermott, Will & Emery in Chicago, and subsequently joined the firm of Rooks, Pitts & Poust. After college Russ completed the CPA exam, and prior to beginning his legal career, worked in the tax department of a large public company, USG Corporation. He joined the Wheaton law firm of Huck Bouma, PC in 2000 and became a partner and shareholder of the firm in 2006.

    Russ has resided in Wheaton with his wife, Sue, who is also an attorney with Huck Bouma, PC, since 1995. Russ and Sue met in law school and have raised three boys in the Wheaton community. Russ enjoys music, running and biking, golf and the exciting challenge of being a father to three sons.