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Huck Bouma congratulates Aaron Ruswick

July 16th, 2020|


Huck Bouma is pleased to announce that Shareholder Aaron E. Ruswick is a recipient of a 2020 DuPage County Bar Association (DCBA) Directors’ Award, recognizing his significant contributions to DCBA programs and projects over the previous year.


The DuPage County Bar Association serves the attorneys, judiciary and citizens of DuPage County, Illinois in providing legal education, business development and networking opportunities, designed to enhance and benefit our membership and community, while upholding the highest degree of civility and professionalism.


Congratulations, Aaron!
Photo dated 7-16-2020


“Reopening Together”

June 15th, 2020|

“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.

Attorney Heinz Brisske joined ElderCounsel Chief Executive Counsel, Valerie Peterson, J.D. to discuss:

  • How client meetings are being conducted
  • “Drive up” document signings in detail
  • Working from home as an essential business

Law firms are making adjustments to ensure all clients and employees are safe while also getting the work done.

Click here to view the interview:  https://eldercounsel.com/video_library/reopening-together-with-heinz-brisske/

Visit the ElderCounsel website at:  https://eldercounsel.com/

Complimentary WEBINAR: Paycheck Protection Program Loan Update

June 11th, 2020|

Illinois NAELA April, 2020 Spotlight Member

April 3rd, 2020|

Huck Bouma is proud to announce that Gina Salamone has been selected by the Illinois chapter of  National Association of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA) as its April, 2020 Spotlighted Member. The spotlighted member is chosen based on their contributions to the Illinois NAELA organization.

Gina, a director at Huck Bouma, has been practicing Elder Law exclusively for over 12 years. Gina feels that her work in the field of Elder Law improves a client’s life and alleviates stress rather than causing it. She’s developed great relationships with clients/multiple generations of families and guesses that she gets a lot more hugs than the typical attorney! Gina appreciates the community that NAELA offers and that it allows her to interact and share ideas with other Elder Law attorneys.

In her spare time, Gina serves as an Executive Board Member of Aurora Downtown. If you see any holiday decorations, flowerpots or plushy character costumes in a downtown Aurora parade, chances are Gina was involved, including wearing the costume itself if no one else will do it!

Gina, thank you for your contributions to Illinois NAELA!

Huck Bouma welcomes Bomie K. Leonard

March 2nd, 2020|

Huck Bouma is proud to announce that Bomie K. Leonard has joined the Firm as an associate its Trusts and Estates Practice area.

Bomie focuses her practice on wealth transfer and estate planning, federal estate, gift, and generation-skipping tax planning, estate and trust administration, and business planning.  She counsels individuals and families on a variety of matters, including asset protection, legacy planning, family office structuring, and succession planning.  

In her spare time, Bomie is a volunteer attorney at Prairie State Legal Services.  She enjoys playing paddle, practicing yoga, entertaining, and spending time with her family and friends.

Welcome, Bomie!

New Laws for Business ~ Do You Know What You Don’t Know?

February 11th, 2020|

On February 20, 2020, attorney Brian K. LaFratta will be speaking at the Wheaton Chamber of Commerce panel discussion series entitled “New Laws for Business ~ Do You Know What You Don’t Know?”  Brian will be discussing recent Illinois employment law changes such as:

  • the Impact of Marijuana Legislation on Employers
  • Increased Scope of Discrimination and Harassment Laws
  • New Requirements for Severance and Settlement Agreements
  • Required Employee Handbook Changes

For more information and/or to register to attend this panel discussion, click here.

Unbilled Hours of Service – Part Two

February 6th, 2020|

Huck Bouma’s Unbilled Hours of Service is devoted to feeding our hungry neighbors in Northern Illinois.
On February 3, 2020, this group packed 1,273 pounds of food, providing 1,061 meals!

The Mission of the Northern Illinois Food Bank: “To lead the northern Illinois community in solving hunger by providing nutritious meals to those in need through innovative programs and partnerships.”  In short – for no one to be hungry in northern Illinois.

Volunteer. Donate. Get Involved.  www.solvehungertoday.org

Huck Bouma Welcomes James E. Goodman, Jr.

February 3rd, 2020|

Huck Bouma is proud to announce that James E. Goodman, Jr. has joined the Firm as a Director in its Trusts and Estates Practice area. Jim’s general practice includes – but is not limited to – the areas of estate planning, wills, probate, elder law, taxation, business law, corporate law, and real estate law.

Jim previously served as a Shareholder with the Iowa firm of O’Connor & Thomas, PC and previously held the positions of Associate attorney with Shaff & Farwell in Clinton, Iowa, and as a Trust Officer for National Bank of Waterloo and American Trust & Savings Bank in Dubuque, IA.

Welcome, Jim!

Estate Planning for the 99%

December 9th, 2019|

On Monday, December 9, 2019, Huck Bouma attorneys Brett M. Dale and Stephen A. Frost spoke at the Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education (IICLE) program, Estate Planning for the 99%.  

Brett explored the topic of ‘Anticipating Conflict in Estate Administration: Plan for Tomorrow – Today’.

Stephen discussed  ‘I’m Middle-Class–Why Do I Need to Worry About Estate Taxes?’


Overall, this IICLE program was a refresher course in the best practices in foundational estate planning documents, taking a comprehensive look at planning issues, structuring an estate plan using strategies other than trusts, and reducing or eliminating the imposition of the Illinois estate tax.

IICLE® accomplishes its mission through (1) the presentation of continuing legal education programs designed by and for Illinois attorneys; (2) the publication of comprehensive practice handbooks designed by and for Illinois attorneys; and (3) the continued development and maintenance of additional legal resources designed to enhance Illinois law practice.

Top Probate Administration Challenges for Paralegals

December 2nd, 2019|

Huck Bouma paralegal, Erika Jurgenson, will be a featured speaker during the Institute for Paralegal Education Audio Webinar, “Top Probate Administration Challenges for Paralegals“.  Erika will specifically address the challenges involved in preparing for Administration and managing documents for Probate and Estate Filings.

This Audio Webinar will be held Thursday, February 6, 2020, 1:00 – 4:15 pm CDT.  Register today at 800-793-5274 or visit ipe-sems.com.

Unbilled Hours of Service

November 15th, 2019|

This group filled 512 sacks of potatoes (2560lbs+) and didn’t want to take the mandatory work break imposed at the Northern Illinois Food Bank (no injuries or workers comp claims filed that we know of). …Huck Bouma’s Unbilled Hours of Service this year was devoted to feeding our hungry neighbors in Northern Illinois.

Trusts from A to Z

October 18th, 2019|

Huck Bouma paralegal, Erika Jurgenson, will be a featured speaker at the National Business Institute Seminar, “Trusts from A to Z: Understand all the Wealth Planning Options Available to Your Clients.”  Erika will specifically be addressing the topics of both Special Needs Trusts and Charitable Trusts.

This seminar will be held Tuesday, November 19, 2019 at the Hilton Chicago/Oak Lawn, 9333 South Cicero Ave., Oak Lawn, IL 60453.

Agenda specifics on Tuesday, November 19, 2019:

Special Needs Trusts (SNTs)
1:00 – 1:45, Erika L. Jurgenson
When are SNTs Used? (SNTs vs. ABLE Act Accounts)
Types of SNTs
Tax Consequences of SNTs
Preserving Benefits Eligibility
Trustee Powers and Duties (What Can the Distributions be Used for?)
Sample Trust Language

Charitable Trusts
1:45 – 2:30, Erika L. Jurgenson
When are Charitable Trusts Used?
CRTs vs. CLTs
Tax Planning, Requirements and Consequences
Trustee Powers and Duties and Administration Issues
Exceptions to the Rules
Charitable Planning in Smaller Estates
Sample Trust Language

ICPAS Presentation – Private M&A Transactions

September 26th, 2019|

Huck Bouma attorneys Michael J. Marshall and Aaron E. Ruswick will be presenting a Primer on Leading Clients Through Private M&A Transactions at the Thursday, October 3, 2019 meeting of the Fox Valley Chapter of the ICPAS.

This course will cover the topics of structuring a transaction, the role of financial statements, net working capital, and tax representations and covenants.

National Association of Personal Financial Advisors

September 3rd, 2019|

On Friday, October 4, 2019,  attorney Brett M. Dale will be speaking at the National Association of Personal Financial Advisors (NAPFA) Fall 2019 National Conference, held at Hyatt Recency McCormick Place, Chicago.

Brett is a Shareholder with the Firm and Chairman of the Estate Planning Group.

Brett will be addressing the topic, Anticipating Conflict in Estate Administration.  The thoughtful estate planner can take many steps during the planning process to reduce the chances of conflict arising after the key witness, the client, has left the scene.   Plan with the expectation that conflicts will occur.

The discounted rate ($200 savings) for #NAPFA19 Oct. 1-4 in #Chicago ends 9/4.
Earn NAPFA & #CFP CE, meet #FeeOnly Advisors from across the country and check out business solutions in the exhibit hall:

Heinz Brisske, WealthCounsel Drafting Award recipient

August 6th, 2019|

Huck Bouma celebrates with attorney Heinz Brisske, the recipient of the WealthCounsel Drafting Award.  Heinz received this award at the WealthCounsel Symposium 2019, held in Boston, MA.  This award recognizes what we already know —  his expertise, professionalism and commitment.  Congratulations, Heinz!


WealthCounsel Symposium is the legal education event for trusts and estates, business law, and elder law professionals — featuring legal technical seminars, interactive panels, inspiring keynote speakers, and much more. 


Tricia Buhrfiend, 2019 Lawyer of the Year

June 20th, 2019|

Huck Bouma celebrates with attorney Tricia R. Buhrfiend as she is recognized as a 2019 Lawyer of the Year by the DuPage County Bar Association. This recognition was presented at the 2019 Presidents Ball and Installation Dinner on June 7, 2019, and honors her long-standing commitment to the DuPage County Bar Association. Congratulations, Tricia!

Huck Bouma Welcomes Joseph E. Keavy

May 13th, 2019|

Huck Bouma is proud to announce that Joseph E. Keavy has joined the Firm as an Associate in its Mergers and Acquisitions Practice area.  Joe concentrates his practice in the areas of mergers and acquisitions, commercial real estate transactions, entity formation, corporate finance, and business transactions.

Joe represents both buyers and sellers in merger and acquisition transactions, including market entry acquisitions, strategic add-on acquisitions, sales of privately held businesses to larger companies and private equity funds, cross-border transactions, and asset acquisitions and dispositions.  In addition, Joe advises lenders and borrowers in commercial lending and financing transactions, including secured and unsecured credit facilities, real estate and other asset-based loans, SBA and Freddie Mac financing, and loan modifications and work-outs.


Huck Bouma Welcomes John Regan

May 1st, 2019|

Huck Bouma is proud to announce that John E. Regan has joined the Firm in its Real Estate, Business Services and Trusts and Estates Practice areas. Mr. Regan concentrates in commercial and residential development real estate law, including acquisitions and entitlements. He also counsels governmental bodies with regard to general corporate matters, finance and tax matters, general bond matters and litigation. Prior to joining Huck Bouma, John was a partner at a well-known Elgin law firm. Aside from his experience with commercial and residential development real estate law, including acquisitions and entitlements, his other areas of practice include corporate and commercial law, estate planning, trust and probate.

Welcome, John!

Huck Bouma Welcomes Kelly Petersen

April 22nd, 2019|

Huck Bouma is proud to announce that Kelly L. Petersen has joined the Firm as an Associate in its Estate Planning Practice area.

Kelly’s practice focuses on the areas of estate planning and estate and trust administration, including decedent’s estates and adult guardianships.  Prior to joining Huck Bouma, Kelly practiced family law and represented clients in domestic relations proceedings. Kelly’s experience in family law complements her practice in estate planning, particularly with respect to the negotiating and drafting of nuptial agreements.

Welcome, Kelly!

Welcome, Kirsten Casas!

March 15th, 2019|

Huck Bouma is pleased to announce that Kirsten A. Casas has joined the Firm as an associate attorney in its litigation practice group.  Kirsten represents businesses and individuals on a variety of civil litigation matters including commercial disputes and contested estates and guardianships.  She has experience arguing dispositive motions, as well as trying cases to a jury verdict and before the bench.

Prior to joining Huck Bouma, Kirsten was the Senior Staff Attorney for 16th Judicial Circuit Court of Illinois between 2009 and 2011.  After entering private practice, she practiced in the areas of civil litigation, plaintiff’s personal injury, municipal litigation, land-lord tenant, and contested guardianships.

Kirsten received her undergraduate degree from the University of Notre Dame and graduated cum laude from Loyola University Chicago School of Law.

Before becoming a lawyer, she taught in Austria through the Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship Program.

Since growing up in a military family, she is happy to have planted roots in Batavia, where she lives with her husband.

Huck Bouma welcomes Eric Malnar

March 4th, 2019|

Huck Bouma is proud to announce that Eric J. Malnar has joined the Firm as a Director in its Litigation Practice area.

Eric is an experienced litigator licensed to practice in Illinois and Wisconsin. He focuses his practice principally on commercial litigation including foreclosures, workouts and debt restructurings, real estate, and employment practices claims.

Prior to joining Huck Bouma, Eric was a partner at a well-established Chicago law firm. Aside from his focus on commercial litigation he has represented manufacturers, real estate developers, financial institutions, insurance companies, and entrepreneurs in a broad range of matters including breach of contract, complex commercial litigation, bankruptcy, breach of fiduciary duty, franchise litigation, real estate litigation and title insurance disputes, regulatory litigation, shareholder disputes, intellectual property, trademark and copyright, consumer fraud, securities litigation, legal malpractice, class action, and trade secrets litigation.

Again, welcome!

2019 Advocacy Breakfast Collaborative

February 8th, 2019|

Congratulations to Huck Bouma paralegal, Bonnie Schraedel,  the emcee of of the 2019 Advocacy Breakfast Collaborative.

This breakfast event was sponsored by Agency on Aging Northeastern Illinois.  Bonnie sits on the Advisory Council of this Agency.

The purpose of this session was to provide older adults, persons with disabilities and their advocates an opportunity to learn about essential long-term services and supports and discuss how their federal and state legislators will protect and support these services.

The event was a ‘full house’ hosting over 100 people, including various state representatives, senators, and other elected officials.

Again, Congratulations!

Fun times in Aurora downtown this year, in community

January 3rd, 2019|

Huck Bouma attorney Gina Salamone is a volunteer at-large board member for Aurora Downtown. As chair of the Streetscape Committee, Gina worked to get the star and tree on the Leland Tower restrung this year.  Not only did she work diligently to find the right contractor, but she housed thousands of lights in her home because she wanted to make sure they made it to the Leland Tower in time for the holidays.

Gina’s holiday spirit didn’t stop there, however. She is in charge of ordering costumes for the Winter Lights parade, run by city government of Aurora Special Events in partnership with Aurora Downtown. This year, she was one of Santa’s elves, and she added some friendly reindeer and a large Bumble to the parade.

The large gold and red lighted present box on the southeast corner of New York and River Streets is thanks to Gina and the Streetscape Committee.

Originally appearing in the December 27, 2018 publication of  The Voice. 


Welcome Bruno Tabis, Jr.

December 17th, 2018|

Huck Bouma PC is pleased to announce that  Bruno W. Tabis, Jr. has joined the Firm in the Business Services and Estate Planning Practice Groups.  Huck Bouma welcomes Bruno, and acknowledges the strength that he brings to the Firm.  Welcome, Bruno!