• 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

    • 2016, 2017 and 2018 Emerging Lawyer – Leading Lawyers
    • 2010 and 2011 Illinois Rising Star – Super Lawyers
    • Illinois State Bar Association
    • Kane County Bar Association
    • Aurora Downtown Board, Board Member & committee Chair

    Accreditations

    Admissions

    • Illinois

    Gina Salamone, a Director with the Firm, concentrates her practice on elder law, estate planning and special needs planning. For over a decade, Gina has been 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 a 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. Jennifer also draws on her extensive experience with special needs, Medicaid, and Veterans benefit planning when helping clients design their estate plan, as well as appealing Medicaid decisions, Social Security disability decisions and Veterans benefit decisions. 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 St. Charles with her husband, Scott, and their four children. Jennifer is a board member of the Youth Robotics and STEM Education Foundation, Co-Coordinator of FIRST Robotics Team 2451, and an enthusiastic Girl Scout leader.

    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

    • Monmouth College, Monmouth, Illinois
      – A.B. Economics, German
    • Duke University School of Law, Durham, North Carolina
      – J.D.
    • John Marshall Law School, Chicago, Illinois
      – LL.M. in Taxation
      – Certification in Financial Planning

    Associations & Memberships

    • Appointed by the Illinois Supreme Court to its Committee on Character and Fitness, 2002 – 2004
    • Wealth Counsel
    • Elder Counsel
    • The Advisors Forum
    • DuPage County Bar Association
      – Chairman: Estate Planning and Probate Committee 1993 – 1994
      – Chairman: Business Law Committee 1992-1993
    • Suburban Chicago Planned Giving Council 1997 – 1999
    • Illinois State Bar Association
    • DuPage County Estate Planning Council

    Awards and Recognitions

    • Wealth Counsel Drafting Award, 2019

    Admissions

    • Illinois

    Heinz J. Brisske concentrates his practice primarily in the areas of Wealth Transfer and Estate Planning and Special Needs Planning. Estate Planning involves so much more than providing for the transfer of physical assets at death, and Heinz has spent the better part of his legal career helping people with their life and death family planning situations. Arguably, little planning is needed when everyone is healthy and everything is going along as planned, but planning for the unexpected and unforeseen requires experience that comes only with years of working with individuals and families in various situations, including family legacy planning, business succession planning, planning for the education of children, working toward retirement, planning for disability, incapacity and, ultimately, death. Heinz helps his clients achieve proactive, not reactive, solutions to the various issues that confront them during the different phases of their lives.

    After receiving his Juris Doctor (JD) degree from Duke University School of Law, Heinz began his legal career as an associate with the litigation firm of Hinshaw, Culbertson, Moelmann, Hoban and Fuller (now Hinshaw & Culbertson) in Chicago, Illinois. After three years, he and two other attorneys formed the general practice law firm of Murphy, Jones and Brisske in Lombard, Illinois. That firm subsequently merged with the practice of Allen S. Greene in Wheaton in 1978. The firm of Greene, Jones & Brisske was active in the legal community in DuPage County for more than 20 years. During those years, Heinz learned a great deal about family relationships and dynamics, lessons that have helped him immensely as he subsequently developed his estate planning practice.

    Heinz earned a Master of Laws (LL.M.) in Taxation from the John Marshall Law School in 1997. In 1999, he co-founded the boutique estate planning firm of Huck & Brisske, LLC, with Kevin Huck. After Kevin’s retirement at the end of 2012, the law firm of Huck & Brisske merged its practice into Huck Bouma, PC. Together, they formed the Life & Legacy Planning Group of Huck Bouma. Built on a “Legacy of Trust,” the attorneys in the Life & Legacy Planning Group are highly respected estate planning, estate administration and elder law attorneys.

    Currently residing in Wheaton with Ellen, his wife of 47 years, Heinz still enjoys spending time with his two children, Laura and David. The Brisske family has a close relationship and spends time together regularly. Laura is a stay-at-home mom, married to Corey, a packaging engineer with Fabri-Kal in Kalamazoo, Michigan. They have two little girls, Lilia and Josephine. David is an Investment Professional at the New York City offices of Permira, a private equity firm based in London.

    An avid photographer and wine collector, Heinz also enjoys the occasional round of golf. The Brisskes’ favorite way to relax is to spend time at their getaway in Scottsdale, Arizona, no matter the season.

    Speaking Engagements: Publications:

    Estate Planning Traps and Pitfalls, DCBA Brief, 1995
    Implementation of and Substitutes for Advance Medical Directives, DCBA Brief, 1996
    The Family Limited Partnership: An Overview, DCBA Brief, 1997
    Helping Clients Leave a Legacy.. not Just an Inheritance, Wealth Counsel Quarterly, 2017, Q1; 2017

    Heinz has spoken on the subjects of Estate Planning and Retirement Planning in numerous forums for the clients of various financial planning firms and independent financial planners. He has also been a presenter in various programs for the DuPage County Bar Association.

    Heinz was a principal speaker at Provena Mercy Medical Center Foundation’s Philanthropic & Legacy Planning for Professional Advisors on the topic of Estate and Gift Tax Update: Crystal Ball Anyone? in 2010.

    Heinz has been an active presenter on behalf of WealthCounsel, LLC. In 2013, he taught a series of two and one-half day seminars, or “practice-building boot camps,” which were taught to estate planning practitioners in various cities around the country. The topic of the programs was Comprehensive Revocable Living Trusts and Practice Development Solutions. In 2014, he co-presented a course for WealthCounsel in Cambridge, Massachusetts called Estate Planning Essentials. In October, 2017, he presented an interactive workshop at the WealthCounsel Symposium 2017, in Hollywood, California, leading a discussion on the topic “Navigating the Transition to Estate Planning”. The workshop explored the pitfalls and opportunities involved in starting an estate planning practice for attorneys who have been engaged in any number of other practice areas.

    Reopening Together” with Heinz Brisske (June, 2020). ElderCounsel members across the country were interviewed to hear how their law firms were handling the changes needed to continue business during COVID-19. Everything from document signings to marketing plans were discussed. https://eldercounsel.com/reopening-together-with-heinz-brisske/

    Heinz has also presented various online webinars for WealthCounsel and the Advisors Forum.

    “AV®, AV Preeminent®, Martindale-Hubbell DistinguishedSM and Martindale-Hubbell NotableSM are certification marks used under license in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell® certification procedures, standards and policies.”


  • 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.