• 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 April 6, 2021

    Education

    • Loyola University, School of Law –
      Chicago; J.D. 2010
    • Roosevelt University Paralegal School
      Paralegal Certificate with
      Honors, 2003
    • Hanover College – B.A., 2002

    Associations & Memberships

    • Illinois State Bar Association
    • Greater North Shore Estate Planning
      Council

    Community Involvement

    • President, Kiwanis Club of Glenview – Northbrook, 2011–2012
    • President-Elect, Kiwanis Club of Glenview-Northbrook, 2010–2011
    • Board of Directors, Kiwanis Club of Glenview-Northbrook, 2005–2012
    • Chairman, Glenview School District 34 Caucus, 2005

    Admissions

    • Illinois

    Tim focuses his practice on estate planning and estate and trust administration, as well as business law. He has experience counseling a wide range of clients, from young families to those transitioning to senior communities.

    Tim has drafted hundreds of diverse plans, including plans for high net-worth individuals, individuals in second marriages and estranged family members. He employs a holistic approach with his clients and seeks to understand their needs and then develops the details of their plan.

    Tim’s competent and confident handling of all legal issues surrounding the administration of an estate plan allows the families rely on his legal expertise so they may focus on grieving and remembering their loved ones. Tim helps his business clients create and maintain their companies, assisting with bylaws, operating agreements, buy/sell agreements, shareholder agreements, and annual filing requirements with the state.

    His goal is to fully support his clients and to develop and maintain personal relationships while counseling them through life’s changes and challenges.

    Tim resides in Arlington Heights and enjoys supporting his favorite soccer team Arsenal, as well as reading historical novels and golfing and spending time with his nieces and nephews.


  • Posted on March 23, 2021

    Education

    • Northern Illinois University College of Law
      J.D., 2020
    • Northern Illinois University
      BA Political Science, 2016

    Admissions

    • Illinois

    Spencer Gribble is an associate in the Wealth Transfer and Estate Planning practice area, focusing his practice principally on advising individuals and families on estate planning objectives centering around various types of trusts, wills, powers of attorney, and living wills.

    Spencer received his law degree from Northern Illinois College of Law. He also holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from Northern Illinois University.


  • Posted on March 23, 2021

    Education

    • Chicago-Kent College of Law,
      Juris Doctor, cum laude 2020
    • Elmhurst University
      BA Psychology, summa cum laude 2016

    Associations & Memberships

    • Women’s Bar Association
    • Du Page County Bar Association

    Admissions

    • Illinois

    Awards

    • CALI Award recipient – Estate Planning, best exam 2019
    • CALI Award recipient – Legislation, best exam 2018
    • Recipient of three Outstanding Attorney Awards at American Mock Trial Association tournaments

    Alexandra Prejzner is an associate attorney in Huck Bouma’s litigation practice group. Alexandra represents businesses and individuals on a variety of civil litigation matters including commercial disputes and contested estates and guardianships.

    Alexandra attended Elmhurst University, where she graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelor’s of Arts in psychology. She received her Juris Doctorate and graduated cum laude from the Chicago-Kent College of Law.

    Alexandra served as team captain of her Mock Trial team at Elmhurst University and subsequently competed in Chicago-Kent College of Law’s Moot Court team.

    As a point of interest, Alexandra enjoys painting, reading, and traveling.


  • Posted on December 10, 2020

    Education

    • Chicago-Kent College of Law, Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago, Illinois 2013, Master of Taxation (LLM)
    • Pepperdine University School of Law, Malibu, California 2011, J.D.
    • Law Journal: Journal of Business, Entrepreneurship, and the Law, Associate Editor
    • Pepperdine University, Malibu, California 2006, Magna Cum Laude
      Honors: Dean’s List; Golden Key Society
      Major: Political Science

    Associations & Memberships

    • Illinois State Bar Association Member
    • DuPage County Bar Association Member
    • WealthCounsel

    Admissions

    • Illinois

    Carleton W. Yoder joined Huck Bouma, PC in 2013.  Carleton, a Director with the Firm, concentrates his practice in the areas of Trusts and Estates, tax and transactional matters, business succession planning, estate and gift strategies, estate and trust administration, and wealth transfer through estate and gift planning.

    Carleton handles estates both large and small, and represents his individual and business clients’ transactional and operational needs through the custom drafting of Wills, Revocable Living Trusts, Irrevocable Trusts, Grantor Retained Annuity Trusts, Charitable Remainder Trusts, and business succession plans.  He believes in taking the time to understand his clients’ needs, objectives, and desires before applying the tools available to fulfill those needs.

    Carleton attended Pepperdine University where he graduated, magna cum laude, with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science. He later returned to Pepperdine to attend its School of Law where he received his Juris Doctor. After graduating law school, Carleton moved back to DuPage County.  Carleton enjoys the study of taxation, and during his first year with Huck Bouma, distinguished himself by finishing his Master of Laws in Taxation (LLM) at Chicago-Kent College of Lawearning the CALI award in Tax Accounting and State and Local Taxation.

    Carleton was born in Chicago, raised in DuPage County, and currently resides in Wheaton with his family. He enjoys photography, automobiles, and going on bike rides with his family on the Illinois Prairie Path.

    Publications:
    Pitfalls of the Power of Attorney for Property, DCBA Brief, 2015

    “The 8.5 Steps Toward Ensuring Your Estate Plan is in Order,” blog appearing in Common Financial Sense, Cross Point Wealth. May 2, 2019.


  • Posted on December 10, 2020

    Education

    • DePaul College of Law, J.D.
    • University of Illinois, B.A.

    Admissions, Associations & Memberships

    • Illinois

    Memberships

    • DuPage County Bar Association
    • Illinois State Bar Association Member

    Anastasia Xinos is a Director in the Life and Legacy Planning Group, concentrating her practice in the areas of estate planning, estate and trust administration, probate, guardianship and real estate, both residential and commercial. Anastasia’s experience includes helping individuals and families plan to transfer wealth, including wills, revocable trusts, irrevocable trusts and other estate planning tools, as well as helping families after their loved ones pass.

    A graduate of DePaul University College of Law in Chicago, Illinois, Anastasia received her Juris Doctor in May 2006. During her law school career, Anastasia co-founded and was president of the Hellenic Law Society from 2004-2005 and vice president 2005-2006. She also received the honors of being on the Dean’s list and awards for the highest marks in two of her classes. Anastasia received her Bachelor of Arts, cum laude, in Political Science, and a minor in German, from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

    Anastasia is a member of the American Bar Association, Illinois State Bar Association, Chicago Bar Association and DuPage County Bar Association. She has mentored several younger attorneys through the DuPage County Bar Association Mentor/Mentee program and enjoys sharing her knowledge and skills with new attorneys.

    Prior to joining Huck Bouma, Anastasia worked at Gardiner Koch Weisberg & Wrona in Naperville and Chicago, and the Law Offices of Rogers and Associates, LLC, in Naperville.

    Anastasia speaks Greek fluently, as it is her first language, and is also proficient in spoken German. She lives in Woodridge, with her husband, and enjoys spending her free time with her family and reading.


  • Posted on December 10, 2020

    Education

    • Loyola University Chicago, B.A., 1971
    • John Marshall Law School, J.D., 1976

    Admissions, Associations & Memberships

    • Illinois State Bar Association
    • State Bar of Arizona
    • Illinois
    • Arizona

    Joseph W. Tully has been an attorney for over 40 years, and is licensed to practice law in Illinois and Arizona. In 2015, his law practice merged with that of Huck Bouma.

    His practice is concentrated in the areas of estate planning, trust administration, probate, and business services. By employing proven and effective techniques, Joe enables his estate planning clients to minimize taxation and avoid the costs and delays associated with probate.
    Joe is counsel to many small business entities. He advises business owners on tax and other matters. He provides advice on business succession planning.

    Joe and his wife, Karen Sakash PhD, reside in Chicago and also spend time at their residence in Cochise County, Arizona. They are the proud parents of three adult daughters: Elisabeth, Katherine and Sarah.

    Joe enjoys fishing, golf, poker and riding his all-terrain vehicle.


  • Posted on December 10, 2020

    Education

    • IIT-Chicago-Kent College of Law, J. D. with distinction, 1973
      University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, B.A., English Literature

    Associations & Memberships

    • Illinois State Bar Association
      Member, Real Estate Law Section Council (Chairman 1993-94)
    • DuPage County Bar Association
      Member, Section Council, Business Law and Practice Section
    • Chicago Bar Association
      Board of Managers (1983-85)
      Chairman, Young Lawyers Section (1982-83)
      Member and former Chairman, Herman Kogan Media Awards Committee
    • American Bar Association
    • Chicago Mortgage Attorneys Association

    Admissions

    • State of Illinois
      U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
    • State of Illinois
    • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois

    BRUNO W. TABIS, JR. joined Huck Bouma in 2018, after previously practicing in Chicago for nearly 40 years. Bruno serves as general counsel for closely held businesses, concentrating on the formation and maintenance of corporations and LLCs, mergers and acquisitions, employment matters, contract negotiations and UCC issues, as well as consulting and advising the principals on general business matters.

    His commercial real estate practice includes purchases and sales, condominium development and conversions, project development and construction contracting, leasing, property management and environmental compliance, permitting and remediation.

    Bruno counsels business owners and individuals on estate and succession planning, preparation of Wills, Trusts, and Powers of Attorney, and is experienced in probate proceedings and trust and estate management and administration.
    He also practices in the areas of financial institutions and finance, representing both banks and borrowers in loan documentation, mortgage and real estate financing, UCC financing, workouts, forbearances, renegotiations and commercial short sales.

    Currently residing in the Stonebridge area of Aurora, Bruno had lived in Wheaton for 35 years, where he continues to be active in the community. He was a founding member and on the original board of directors for the New 200 Foundation and was a long-time member of St. Paul Lutheran Church where he served as President. His wife, Stacie Pierce, teaches English at Wheaton-Warrenville South High School.

    Bruno has been rated AV “Preeminent”by Martindale-Hubbell and named to Chicago’s Top Rated Lawyers.

    Bruno is an accomplished technical, deep wreck SCUBA diver. He has explored numerous Lake Michigan shipwrecks, including the 370 foot deep Carl D. Bradley, a Great Lakes freighter and Edmund Fitzgerald look-alike which also broke up in a November storm.

    Speaking Engagements/Presentations

    • DuPage County Bar Association, Business Law MCLE Meeting, “Common Provisions Affecting Transferability of Ownership Interests in Closely Held Corporations and LLCs,” May 14, 2019.
    • Illinois State Bar Association “Legislative Update,” Real Estate Law Update 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018 “Listing Agreements/Engagement Letters/Disclosure Forms,” Residential Real Estate Transactions from Listing to Closing, 2015
    • Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education “Estate Planning with Real Estate”; 11th Annual Real Estate Short Course, 2015 “Statutory Update”; 10th Annual Real Estate Short Course, 2014
    • DuPage County Bar Association “Hot TODIs and Other Real Estate Cures,” Joint Presentation of Estate Planning and Probate Law and Practice Real Estate Law and Practice Sections, 2014
    • West Suburban Illini Alumni Association “Legal Considerations in Business Entity Formation and Maintenance,” 2014
    • LORMAN Education Seminars-CLE presenter on finance, title insurance, survey, environmental and real estate matters at multiple seminars.
    • Omni Juris Banking Seminar, Annecy, France 1998-presenter Impact of Environmental Law on American Banks.
    • Chicago Bar Association, Kane County Bar Association and other organizations -Presenter on environmental, bank lending and real estate matters at multiple seminars.
    • Instructor, IIT-Chicago-Kent College of Law, Real Estate Document Drafting (1978-79).

    Publications

    • “Illinois Totten Trust: The Rights of Legal Representative of a Beneficiary Who Predeceases the Trustee”, Chicago- Kent Law Review: Vol 48, Iss. 1, reviewed in American Bar Association Journal , vol. 58, August, 1972, p. 876
    • ”Totten Trusts Tottering in Illinois” resulting in statutory revision of statute, now incorporated into “Illinois Trust and Payable on Death Accounts Act”, 205 ILCS 625/1 et seq.
    • “Illinois Conservator’s Right to Invade Joint Savings Account”
    • Chicago- Kent Law Review, vol. 48, Iss. 2, most recently cited by Wisconsin Supreme Court in Johnnie Russ vs. Elliott Russ(2007), 2007 WI 83, 302 Wisc 2d 264, 734 N.W. 2d 874

    Community Service

    • Wheaton Lions Club .NEW 200 Foundation (now Student Excellence Foundation), founding member and original board member
    • St. Paul Lutheran Church, Wheaton, Illinois
    • Coordinated Advice and Referral Programs for Legal Services (CARPLS), Chicago, Illinois Advisory Board Founding member, original board of directors


  • Posted on December 10, 2020

    Education

    • University of Kansas School of Law, Lawrence, Kansas, 1969
      JD
    • The University of Kansas, 1971
      M.B.A.
    • University of Kansas, 1964
      B.A., Major: Economics

    Associations & Memberships

    • DuPage County Bar Association
    • Village of Glen Ellyn, 1998 – 2003 Trustee
    • Village of Glen Ellyn, Plan Commission Vice Chair
    • University of Kansas Law School
      Board of Governors (2020-2024)
      Member: KU Chancellor’s Club
      Alumni Assn President’s Club

    Admissions

    • Illinois

    Jay B. Strayer focuses his legal practice on corporate and commercial law, with an emphasis on mergers and acquisitions. Jay also counsels individuals and business owners in their estate planning, probate, and commercial real estate transactional needs.
    Jay was a principal in the law firm of Fewkes Wentz & Strayer in Naperville, Illinois until his firm merged with Huck Bouma in 2007. Prior to entering the private practice of law, Jay was Assistant General Counsel of McGraw-Edison Company, where he directed the activities of the corporate legal staff. Jay was also General Counsel and Secretary of Atcor, Inc., a publicly traded manufacturer and distributor of steel conduit pipe and related products. Jay was also Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary of The Jepson Corporation, a diversified holding company that operated ten manufacturing subsidiaries.

    Jay is a retired U.S. Naval Reserve Officer (Commander), specializing in defense logistics and contract administration, and served as Commanding Officer of two Naval Reserve Units. He has served his community as a trustee of the Village of Glen Ellyn from 1998-2003, and currently is Vice Chair of the Plan Commission. Jay and his family are longtime residents of Glen Ellyn.

    Beginning in 2020, Jay has been appointed to a four year term on the Board of Governors of the University of Kansas Law School.


  • Posted on December 10, 2020

    Education

    • Valparaiso University School of Law, Valparaiso, Indiana; Juris Doctor, 2010
    • DePaul University, Kellstadt Graduate School of Business
      Master of Science in Accountancy 2017

    Associations & Memberships

    • DuPage County Bar Association
      Vice Chair – DCBA Tax Law Committee

    Admissions

    • Illinois

    Matthew Schroeder is an associate in the Wealth Transfer and Estate Planning practice area focusing his practice principally on advising individuals and families on estate planning objectives that range from simple to sophisticated, centering around various types of trusts, wills, powers of attorney, and living wills. Matthew also has experience in assisting individuals and trusts with various federal and state tax-related matters.

    Prior to joining Huck Bouma, Matthew worked at law firms located in Chicago and Hinsdale.

    Matthew is involved in the local and Chicago communities through organizations such as DuPage County Estate Planning Council, Volunteer Income Tax Assistance and Big Shoulders Fund.

    Matthew lives in La Grange Park. In his free time, Matthew enjoys playing golf and spending time with his wife, Ashley, and his two sons, Henry and Harrison.