• Posted on August 25, 2021

    Education

    • Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL
      B.S. 2019: Political Science; Legal Sociology

    Awards, Associations & Memberships

    • Phi Alpha Delta Pre-Law Fraternity International
      – Member, Former Chapter President
    • National Association of Legal Professionals
      – Member
    • LAGBAC, Chicago’s LGBTQ+ Bar Association
      – Public Interest Member
    • DuPage County Bar Association
      – Affiliate Member

    Justin R. Smith is a Legal Assistant in the Trusts and Estate Administration group.  He joined Huck Bouma, PC in August 2021, bringing a unique legal background and dedication to client service.  Justin began his career in Florida/Georgia and has 2+ years of experience managing probate estates and developing customized estate plans.

    Justin specializes in trust funding / administration, estate planning, probate estates, and various types of asset titling.  He is available to guide families through every step of the process from initial planning to final administration.

    Justin received his Bachelor of Science degree from Florida State University in 2019, with majors in Political Science and Legal Sociology. He is passionate about LGBTQ+ issues, an active environmentalist, and plans to attend law school in the coming years.

    When not in the office, you can most likely find Justin hiking local trails with his rescue dog, Clover.


  • Posted on March 23, 2021

    Education

    • DePaul University, Chicago, Illinois
      Paralegal Certificate, 2012
    • Capella University, Minneapolis, Minnesota
      B.A., Psychology — 12/2019 – Present

    Associations and Memberships

    • Kane County Bar Association
    • Kane County Bar Association, Paralegal committee 2015-2016 Committee Chair

    Jeffrey is a Paralegal in the Estate and Trust Administration Group.

    Most recently, Jeffrey served as the Probate Administrator with the Kane County 16th Judicial Circuit, Geneva, IL, where he coordinated with attorneys, judge(s), pro-se individuals and Circuit Clerk’s Office in the oversight, establishment of and guidance pertaining to decedent estates and guardianships. He also helped organize the scheduling and handling of all probate and guardianship cases for Kane County.

    Jeff lives in DeKalb County with his two dogs and enjoys woodworking, traveling, cooking and home-brewing.


  • Posted on December 11, 2020

    Areas of Practice

    • Elder Law
    • Special Needs Planning & Guardianship
    • Trusts & Estates

    Education

    • Winona State University, Winona, MN, 1991
      B.S., Four-Year Paralegal Program (ABA approved)

    Cindy A. Smith is a paralegal in the estate and trust administration group. She began her career in 1991 working for a sole practitioner focusing in the area of domestic relations and litigation. Since then she has worked for a large downtown firm in commercial litigation and then made the transition to a small suburban firm where she began to focus on estate planning and estate administration. Her move to Huck Bouma in 2008 was to expand her experience relative to complex estate and trust administration. Cindy’s main focus is to assist the attorney and work closely with families at a difficult time to ensure the administration process is smooth, timely, and upholds the wishes of the estate plan executed by the decedent.


  • Posted on December 11, 2020

    Areas of Practice

    • Business Services
    • Trusts & Estates – Wealth Transfer & Estate Planning

    Education

    • Northern Illinois University, 1983

    Kathy Martinez has been working at Huck Bouma since its inception. Kathy joined the law firm of Bouma & Martin, P.C. in 1984, when the firm consisted of four attorneys in a small downtown Wheaton office. Kathy is currently a paralegal for the Business Services Practice Group.

    She oversees corporate, limited liability company, and limited partnership administration. This includes formation of the entity, annual maintenance via preparation of annual reports, preparing corporate minutes, assisting clients with qualification in other states, obtaining foreign representation, and various other issues that may arise in the operations. She also assists our Trusts & Estates practice group with various transfers of corporate holdings into trusts. As Kathy has been with the firm over thirty years, she has seen many changes and lots of growth.

    Kathy has resided in Naperville since 1992. She enjoys dogs, movies, and travel.


  • Posted on December 11, 2020

    Areas of Practice

    • Real Estate

    Education

    • University of Northern Iowa

    Gwyn R. Livingston provides paralegal support services for the real estate practice group at Huck Bouma.

    In 1997, Gwyn began her career in real estate with her position as a real estate closing specialist at Chicago Title & Trust Company. Gwyn furthered her career at Attorneys’ Title Guaranty Fund, Inc., where she worked in the western suburbs as an independent closer for the title agent. After having facilitated so many real estate closings, she has gained extensive experience in preparing title searches, RESPAs and other closing documents.

    Gwyn is originally from Northeastern Iowa, and attended the University of Northern Iowa.

    Gwyn resides in Winfield. When not at work, she enjoys reading, working out, watching sports and spending time with her family and friends.


  • Posted on December 11, 2020

    Areas of Practice

    • Trusts and Estate Administration

    Education

    • Northern Illinois University, B.A. 2012

    Maritza Gonzalez is a paralegal in the Estate and Trust Administration group. She joined Huck Bouma, PC December 2016, bringing a diverse legal and trust administration background. Maritza began working as a legal assistant at Prairie State Legal Services, a non-profit legal firm that provides free civil legal services to low-income individuals and seniors. While working at Prairie State, she finished her Bachelor of Arts degree at Northern Illinois University, majoring in Political Science with an emphasis in Public Law and Public Administration.

    Maritza began her career in 2012 working at a community bank as a trust associate specializing in operations and administration of traditional trusts, estates, guardianships, and special needs trusts. Her primary focus is the administration of trusts and estates, guiding clients and their families through the administration process.

    Maritza resides in St. Charles and enjoys coaching youth soccer. She is also an Outreach Coordinator for FIRST Robotics Team 2451 and travels with the team for competitions as much as she can.


  • Posted on December 11, 2020

    Education

    • Northern Illinois University

    Diane Barnes is a paralegal in the estate planning group, although her experience covers a wide range of fields; including real estate, estate and trust administration and corporate. Her practice includes all areas of trust funding and assisting clients complete beneficiary designations for retirement accounts. She specializes in the preparation of deeds to fund clients’ trusts with real estate; as well as the formation and funding of limited liability companies, and the funding of a wide variety of sophisticated estate planning vehicles such as irrevocable trusts, qualified personal residence trusts and grantor retained annuity trusts.

    Diane began her legal career with the suburban satellite office of a large Chicago firm. During her 16 years at that firm, her areas of expertise included estate and trust administration, both residential and commercial real estate, and corporate work. She joined Huck Bouma in 2000 in an effort to further challenge herself, and to deepen her knowledge of estate planning.

    Diane attended Northern Illinois University and received a bachelor’s degree in Business. Diane lives in the western suburbs with her family and enjoys bicycling and showing her dog in agility.


  • Posted on December 11, 2020

    Areas of Practice

    • Business Services
    • Trusts & Estates

    Education

    • Certified Public Accountant, State of Illinois, 2006
    • Columbia College of Missouri, 2002, BS in Business Administration with an emphasis in Accounting.
      – Honors: Alpha Sigma Lambda National Honor Society
    • William Rainey Harper College, Palatine, Illinois, 1993, Associate in Applied Science in Legal Technology.
      – Honors: College Honors

    Admissions, Associations & Memberships

    • 2010 – 2019 Member of the Illinois CPA Society Taxation Estate, Gift and Trusts Committee

    Awards and Recognitions

    • Illinois CPA Society, Distinguished Service Award 2019-2020
      recognizing significant contributions to the Tax – Estate Gift and Trust Committee

    Beth M. Cwik began her career as a paralegal at a small general practice law firm. She soon moved into a more specialized position at a large suburban law firm primarily focusing on estate planning, estate administration and corporate law. With the full support of her family, Beth went back to college to complete her bachelor’s degree in accounting and began work at a public accounting firm where she handled the preparation of business and individual income tax returns as well as assisting small business clients. When the occasion arose to take a position, which combined her paralegal skills and love for tax, she jumped at the opportunity to join the Huck Bouma estate planning team where her primary responsibilities include all aspects of estate/succession planning and associated tax work.

    Beth enjoys spending time with her family, reading, Zumba and volleyball.

    Publications:
    Illinois CPA Society Practice Advantage e-Newsletter, various articles and alerts