• 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”.