• Posted on June 15, 2022

    Education

    • IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law, Chicago, Illinois
      – Juris Doctor
    • Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana
      – Bachelor of Arts, Political Science

    Associations & Memberships

    • DuPage County Bar Association

    Admissions

    • Illinois

    Thomas H. Clark is a director in the Estate Planning Department, focusing his practice principally on advising individuals and families on their specific Estate Planning needs and objectives.

    In addition to providing assistance with Trust and Estate Administration, Tom places an emphasis on helping the parents of children with special needs. This emphasis stems from being the parent of a child who suffers from Autism.

    Parents of children with Special Needs typically need assistance with special needs trusts, obtaining guardianship when their child becomes an adult, and navigating the various government programs available to disabled adults, including but not limited to Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and Medicaid.

    Prior to joining Huck Bouma, Mr. Clark was the sole practitioner of Thomas Clark Law, a firm he created to assist parents like himself.

    Before starting Thomas Clark Law, Tom spent 15 years administering trusts and estates for three of Chicago’s largest trust departments, giving him an in-depth knowledge of trust and estate law solutions.

    Tom’s experience, both personal and professional, enables him to ask the right questions, make practical recommendations and provide effective solutions for each client’s estate planning and trust administration needs. He is also able to explain complicated estate planning concepts to clients and prospects, both individually and in group settings.

    Tom grew up in Oak Park and has been a lifelong resident of suburban Chicago. He and his wife, Molly, are the proud parents of Jack (aka Jackie Bear) and have been active in the Autism community and other organizations supporting children with disabilities since their son was diagnosed.


  • 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 December 9, 2020

    Education

    • Lake Forest College
    • John Marshall Law School, Chicago, Illinois

    Associations & Memberships

    • DuPage County Bar Association
    • Illinois State Bar Association
    • Illinois Real Estate Lawyers Association

    Admissions

    • Illinois

    Robert L. Renfro, a Director with the Firm, concentrates his practice in both the commercial and residential real estate market. As Chair of the Huck Bouma Real Estate Practice Group, he has extensive experience in purchase and sale transactions as well as office, retail and industrial leasing.
    Rob has represented clients in a wide variety of real estate matters, whether it involves assisting a client in securing a “mom and pop” retail lease in downtown Glen Ellyn or negotiating office lease in the Willis Tower. Rob has also advised condominium boards in association matters and has assisted property owners in matters of finance and title.

    Along with his real estate practice, Rob handles much of the firm’s guardianship matters and advises staff on probate issues. He routinely appears in court to represent executors and administrators of probate estates and is often called upon to represent local medical facilities to secure guardians for indigent patients.

    Rob is a graduate of Lake Forest College, having transferred there following his freshman year at Iowa State University. He received his law degree at John Marshall Law School in Chicago.

    Rob has served as a Village of Glen Ellyn Trustee, President of the Glen Ellyn Chamber of Commerce, and Chair of the Glen Ellyn Architectural Review Commission. Rob is also a member of the Kiwanis Club of Central DuPage. He and his wife Viki, and daughter Rachel, continue to reside in Glen Ellyn.