• Posted on June 27, 2022

    Education

    • Northern Illinois University School of Law, DeKalb, Illinois
      – Juris Doctor (magna cum laude)
    • Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, Illinois
      – Master of Arts, Sociology
    • Smith College, Northampton, MA
      – Bachelor of Arts, Sociology

    Associations & Memberships

    • DuPage County Bar Association
    • Illinois State Bar Association

    Admissions

    • Illinois
    • United States District Court of the Northern District of Illinois

     

    Sarmistha Banerjee is an associate in the Wealth Transfer and Estate Planning practice area, focusing her practice principally on advising individuals and families on estate planning objectives centering around various types of trusts, wills, powers of attorney, and living wills. She assists clients with multiple specialized needs to prepare comprehensive estate plans.

    Before joining Huck Bouma, Sarmistha gained experience in employment, estate planning, family law, guardianship, probate and real estate at respected law firms in downtown Chicago and in the collar counties. She has served as a court-appointed Guardian ad Litem for disabled adults and minors in guardianship proceedings and has courtroom and litigation experience in probate, guardianship and domestic relations matters, including appearing before the Third District of the Illinois Appellate Court for oral arguments.

    Sarmistha completed her law degree from Northern Illinois University College of Law magna cum laude and was one of five students to graduate with a certificate in civil advocacy. She was a finalist in the internal Mock Trial Competition, recognized as Most Effective Advocate in a special topics course on Supreme Court Advocacy, and was second best oralist of 90 at the Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition.

    While in law school, Sarmistha was selected as one of five students nationwide for a summer internship with the legal department of BP America. She was a research assistant for the Dean of the law school and a 7-11 licensed intern in the Office of General Counsel of Northern Illinois University. She was a founding student of the Northern Illinois University College of Law Health Advocacy Clinic created in partnership with Hesed House and Aunt Martha’s Health Center.

    Sarmistha is an active member of her legal community. In law school, she was an invited speaker and ambassador for the Office of Admissions, a mentor for the Women’s Law Caucus, and a founding board member and president of the NIU Law chapter of the American Constitution Society for Law and Policy, which selected her as a Next Generation Leader.

    She has served on the Board of the New Lawyer Division of the DuPage County Bar Association and on the Board of the DuPage Association of Women Lawyers.

     

       


  • 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 June 1, 2022

    Education

    • Illinois Institute of Technology Chicago-Kent College of Law
      Chicago, Illinois, 1993
      Juris Doctor (with honors)
    • University of Illinois,
      Urbana-Champaign, Illinois, 1983
      B.S., Accounting

    Associations & Memberships

    • Du Page County Bar Association, Member
    • Illinois State Bar Association, Member
    • Texas State Bar Association, Member
    • DuPage County Estate Planning Council, Member
      Board Member, 2001-2010
    • Five Star Professional
    • Influential Women in Business

    Certifications

    • Certified Public Accountant

    Admissions

    • Illinois
    • Texas

     

    Kimberly S. Coogan is a director in the Estate Planning Department, focusing her practice principally in the areas of Wealth Transfer and Estate Planning and Special Needs Planning.

    Kim comes to Huck Bouma from Bellock & Coogan, Ltd., where she was a founding member.

    Her areas of expertise include Estate Planning and Estate Administration, Charitable Planning, Business Planning, and Business Succession Planning.

    Prior to becoming an attorney, Ms. Coogan practiced as a Certified Public Accountant. She was involved in all aspects of corporate audit work, and some tax work.

    Ms. Coogan is a Past President and is currently a member of the DuPage County Estate Planning Council, the DuPage County, Illinois and Texas Bar Associations. She is currently a member of the DuPage Foundation Professional Advisors Committee.

    She has also been a speaker and moderator for the Illinois Institute of Continuing Legal Education and has served on the Illinois State Bar Association Federal Taxation Council, the Chicago Bar Association Young Lawyers Tax Committee, Hinsdale Hospital Foundation Advisory Board, and the DuPage Community Foundation Next Generation Initiative.

    Her volunteer work includes assisting at DuPage PADS shelters and co-chairing the charity Christmas gift collection at her church.

    Ms. Coogan was named a 2012 Influential Women in Business by the Daily Herald Business Ledger, and a 2014 and 2015 Five Star Estate Planning Attorney in Chicago Magazine.

    Ms. Coogan enjoys yoga, spending time at her lake retreat gardening, cooking, golfing, water-skiing, entertaining, and spending as much time with her family as possible.

     


  • Posted on June 1, 2022

    Education

    • Illinois Institute of Technology Chicago-Kent College of Law
      Chicago, Illinois, 2007
      Juris Doctor (with honors)
    • University of Wisconsin
      Madison, Wisconsin, 2002
      B.S. (graduated with Distinction)

    Associations & Memberships

    • Du Page County Bar Association
      Estate Planning, Probate sections
    • DuPage County Estate Planning Council
    • Illinois State Bar Association
      Trusts & Estates section
      Real Property section

    Admissions

    • Illinois
    • United States District Court, Northern District of Illinois

    Derek M. Johnson is a Director in the Estate Planning Department, focusing in the areas of Wealth Transfer and Estate/Trust Planning, Probate and Trust Administration, Estate and Gift Taxation, Business Organizations and Acquisitions, Real Estate Transactions, and Contract Review and Negotiations.

    Derek began his legal career working on a wide range of transactional and litigation matters, including trusts and estate planning, business transactions and litigation, general commercial litigation, and commercial and residential real estate transactions and litigation. As time passed, Derek realized his passion lay in the transactional practice areas of trust and estate planning and administration, corporate law, real estate, and other related areas in which he currently serves his individual and business owner clients. Not one to discount his other legal experience, Derek also relies on the skills he learned as a former litigator in developing sound strategies for representing his clients with an eye toward careful legal drafting and assisting clients in anticipating and avoiding disputes.

    Derek was raised in Wheaton and graduated from Wheaton-Warrenville South High School. In 2017, Derek returned to live in Wheaton with his wife, Jami, and their two children. In his free time, Derek enjoys spending time with his family and friends, exercising, reading, and exploring new music. Derek looks forward to meeting and working with you to accomplish your goals.

     

    Representative Published Works
    • Accessing a Deceased Loved One’s E-mail and Other “Digital Assets” (Jan. 30, 2019).
    Link: https://www.oakbrookestateplanning.com/articles/accessing-a-deceased-loved-ones-e-mail-and-other-digital-assets
    • Derek M. Johnson, Debts, Secret Tax Liens, and Other Estate Traps, Illinois Bar Journal, Vol. 106, No. 10 (Oct. 2018).
    Link: https://www.oakbrookestateplanning.com/articles/debts-secret-tax-liens-and-other-estate-traps
    • Derek M. Johnson, Income Tax Consequences for Probate Estates When Resolving Claims for Less Than the Full Amount,
    Illinois State Bar Association, Trusts & Estates Section Newsletter, Vol. 65, No. 3 (Sept. 2018).
    Link: https://www.oakbrookestateplanning.com/articles/income-tax-consequences-of-claims-against-probate-estates
    • Kimberly S. Coogan, Carrie M. Buddingh & Derek M. Johnson, To Port . . .Or Not To Port?,
    DCBA Brief, Vol. 28, Issue 10 (June 2016)
    • Derek M. Johnson, Illinois’ Health Care Agency Laws: A Hierarchical Game Of Who’s On First,   DCBA Brief, Vol. 25, Issue 6 (March 2013)

     


  • Posted on June 1, 2022

    Education

    • Marquette University Law School,
      Milwaukee, Wisconsin, 1973
      Juris Doctor
    • University of Detroit,
      Detroit, Michigan, 1968
      Accounting

    Associations & Memberships

    • Du Page County Bar Association
    • Estate Planning Council, Member
    • Estate Planning Council, Past President

    Admissions

    • Illinois
    • Wisconsin

     

    Charles J. Bellock is a director in the Estate Planning Department, focusing his practice principally in the areas of Wealth Transfer and Estate Planning and Special Needs Planning.

    Charles J. Bellock comes to Huck Bouma most recently from the law firm of Bellock & Coogan Ltd., where was a founding attorney since its inception in January of 2004.

    Mr. Bellock has been practicing law in the areas of tax and financial matters, as well as business and estate planning and administration since 1973.

    He has extensive experience in working with high net worth clients in all aspects of corporate, estate and financial planning.

    He also has worked with many family-owned and other closely held businesses on various corporate and succession planning matters.

    Mr. Bellock is a member of the DuPage County Estate Planning Council and is a past president. He has been a lecturer at the Illinois Institute of Continuing Legal Education and served as the moderator for the Annual IICLE Estate Planning Short Course.

    In his free time, Mr. Bellock plays golf as often as possible. He is a past President of Butterfield Country Club in Oak Brook.
    He also enjoys spending time with his daughters and grandchildren in Chicago and Boston.

    Classes/Seminars:
    • Illinois Institute of Continuing Legal Education (IICLE), Lecturer
    • Illinois Institute of Continuing Legal Education (IICLE), Estate Planning Short Course, Moderator


  • Posted on May 31, 2022

    Education

    • Northern Illinois University College of Law, DeKalb, Illinois
      – Juris Doctor
    • Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, Illinois
      – Masters of Science, Taxation (magna cum laude)
    • University of Miami, Coral Gables, Florida
      – Bachelors of Science, Accounting (cum laude)

    Associations & Memberships

    • DuPage County Bar Association

    Admissions

    • Illinois

     

    Abid Sabzali is an associate in the Estate Planning and Business Services practice areas, focusing his practice principally on advising individuals and families on estate planning objectives and asset protection strategies, in addition to handling matters involving business services.

    Abid received his law degree from Northern Illinois University College of Law, magna cum laude. He also holds a Masters of Science Degree in Taxation from Northern Illinois University, magna cum laude, and a Bachelors of Science Degree in Accounting from the University of Miami in Coral Gables, Florida, cum laude.

    Prior to shifting his focus to law, Abid served as Comptroller for various private management companies. In this role, he helped: foster expansion; maintained financial records; and assisted general counsel in navigating through various legal issues.

    Having now been on both ends of the attorney/client relationship, Abid hopes to bring his diverse background to build and maintain strong client relationships.


  • Posted on April 1, 2022

    Education

    • University of  Notre Dame Law School, South Bend, Indiana, 1974
      – J.D.
    • St. Mary’s University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Minnesota, 1969
      – B.A., History

    Associations & Memberships

    • DuPage County Bar Association
    • Illinois State Bar Association
    • National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys
    • Rotary Club of Lombard
      –Board Member
      –Director of International Services
    • Montini Catholic High School
      – Member, Board of Directors
    • Economic Development Committee, Village of Lombard
    • Elmhurst Hospital, Board of Governors
    • Lombard Area Chamber of Commerce
      Past President

    Awards and Recognitions

    • Declaration and Recognition of Service,
      entered in U.S. House of Representatives Congressional Record, February 5, 2018
    • Village of Lombard
      Man of the Year (2001)
      Senior Man of the Year (2017)

    Admissions

    • Illinois

     

    Dennis J. McNicholas, is a Director in the Trusts & Estates and the Real Estate Departments, focusing his practice principally in the areas of estate planning, probate proceedings, guardianship, real estate and mediation.

    Dennis comes to Huck Bouma most recently from the law firm of Dennis J. McNicholas, Ltd. where he had devoted his legal career to Estate Planning, Decedent’s Estates, Guardianship Estates, Elder Law, Elder Mediation, Real Estate, Mediation of Family Disputes and other related areas.

    As for me personally, I am married to the love of my life, Karin, for 48 years this year. Karin is a licensed clinical social worker for over 40 years and has dedicated her life to counseling her clients. I do tease her when I say that she still has not been able to diagnose me.

    We have three adult children and six grandchildren all of whom live within 40 minutes of our home.

    After spending the first four years of my career from 1974-1978 working as a lawyer in downtown Chicago, I decided to start my own practice in the Lombard area so as to be more available to my wife and children. I wanted to be a much more integral part of our children’s activities as they grew up. I have reaped untold benefits from that decision and the bonding with my children and grandchildren that has resulted. I say that young children and grandchildren are like wet cement in which we make impressions that last their entire lives. I dedicated myself to making those impressions the most positive and beneficial as they could be. I now number our three adult children among my best friends.

    Armed with the love and support of my nuclear family, extended family, friends and clients, I have tried over the course of my professional career to integrate my passion to serve others into my personal life as an attorney. In that regard, I have

    • served as a member of The Board of Governors at Elmhurst Hospital for 17 years;
    • served as a Board Member and Director of International Services for The Rotary Club of Lombard which I have belonged to for approximately 35-years.
    • served as a past President of The Lombard Area Chamber of Commerce, and The Economic Community Development Committee for the Village of Lombard for over 30-years.
    • served as a member of The Montini Catholic High School Board for over 25 years.
    • been selected as Man of the Year (2001) and Senior Man of the Year (2017) for the Village of Lombard.
    • published a memoir entitled “God Called Collect from Cleveland”, in addition to being the subject of an article in the December 6, 2017 DuPage County Daily Herald entitled “Lombard Man Aims to Make the Most of His Days”.
    • been contacted by the Honorable Peter J. Roskam in early 2018 and was presented with a Declaration and Recognition of Service which was read into The Federal Congressional Record on February 5, 2018.

    Publications – Books & Articles
    “God Called Collect from Cleveland”, McNicholas (2017).

    Lombard Man Aims to Make the Most of His Days”, published in the DuPage County Daily Herald, December 3, 2017.

    “Could He Have a More Adventurous Life?”, published in Guideposts Magazine: Living Longer, Living Better; August 24, 2017. https://www.guideposts.org/better-living/health-and-wellness/living-longer-living-better/could-he-have-a-more-adventurous-life and

    “Dennis McNicholas on the Benefits of Taking Chances Later in Life”, Guideposts Magazine: Living Longer, Living Better; September, 2017. https://www.guideposts.org/better-living/health-and-wellness/living-longer-living-better/dennis-mcnicholas-on-the-benefits-of


  • Posted on November 8, 2021

    Education

    • Loyola University, Chicago, Illinois, 2020
      Juris Doctor
    • Loyola University, Chicago, Illinois, 2014
      History & Classical Civilization

    Associations & Memberships

    • DuPageCounty Bar Association

    Admissions

    • Illinois

    Sarah Muenzer is an associate in our Estate Planning practice group.  Her practice is focused on estate planning matters, including drafting wills and trusts and advising on both legal and tax issues relating to her clients’ estates.

    Ms. Muenzer received both her undergraduate and law degrees from Loyola University Chicago.  She graduated from the undergraduate program cum laude with a double major in History and Classical Civilization.

    While at Loyola Law, Sarah graduated cum laude, served as Editor-in-Chief of the Consumer Law Review, was awarded a certificate in Tax Law, served as a student tutor for Contract Law, and participated as a brief writer in the Vis Moot International Arbitration Competition.

    Prior to law school, Sarah had a career in sales and marketing at a data and technology company, where she specialized in taking complex concepts and making them understandable and accessible to her clients.

    Sarah fosters strong client relationships and trust through her ongoing commitment to honest communication, accessibility, efficiency, and professionalism.


  • Posted on October 18, 2021

    Education

    • University of Illinois Chicago School of  Law
      (formerly UIC – John Marshall Law School), Chicago, Illinois
      – Juris Doctor, 2021
    • Loyola University of Chicago,
      Chicago, Illinois
      – B.A., Biology

    Associations & Memberships

    • DuPage County Bar Association

    Admissions

    • Illinois

     

    Rigas P. Pappas is an associate in the Wealth Transfer and Estate Planning practice area,  focusing his practice on the creation of individualized estate planning documents, including wills, powers of attorney and revocable and irrevocable trusts. He works one-on-one with clients, providing wealth preservation and asset protection strategies.

    Rigas received his law degree from University of Illinois Chicago School of Law (formerly UIC — John Marshall Law School). He also holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Biology from Loyola University of Chicago.


  • 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.