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DuPagePads Welcomes New Board Members

June 15th, 2021|

Huck Bouma PC is pleased to announce that office manager, Mary Morrissey was recently welcomed by DuPagePads to serve on its Board of Directors.  Mary is one of five recently-added board members.

Board chair, Vickie Tabbert, expressed her excitement for the onboarding of these new leaders sharing “One of the most critical components of the success of an organization is the leadership that guides it to achieve its mission. In an organization like DuPagePads that leadership comes from the Board of Directors.

“These individuals volunteer their time and offer their expertise to help the organization achieve its goals. We are very fortunate at DuPagePads to have highly skilled and dedicated leaders serving in this capacity and we are thrilled to welcome several new board members to our team. Their passion, experiences, and commitment to ending homelessness are the reasons they were selected to join us and we look forward to their contributions in the future.”

Congratulations, Mary!  We applaud your contributions to the effort to end homelessness in our community!!

 

Visit https://dupagepads.org/dupagepads-welcomes-five-new-members-to-board-of-directors-2/ to read why each of the newest board members are eager to serve and expand the mission and solutions to end homelessness.

 

Vaccines in the Workplace

June 15th, 2021|

On June 15, 2021, Huck Bouma senior director Brian K. LaFratta will be speaking at the Naperville Chamber of Commerce panel discussion series entitled “Vaccines in the Workplace.”

This webinar will provide insights to employers regarding legalities of requiring COVID-19 vaccines for their employees, guidance on incentive programs and other considerations regarding vaccinations.

Brian will be joining Michael Carney, senior vice president of emerging issues at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation; Nate Hoke, Human Resources Specialist at Insperity; and Laura Garafolo, Employment Attorney, Laura Garofalo Law, LLC.

Congratulations to Patrick B. Hurley!

June 8th, 2021|

Patrick Hurley recently represented a client in a nine-day divorce trial in DuPage County Circuit Court. The case involved a variety of complex issues, including contested child custody, dissipation of marital assets, the authenticity of an $80,000 promissory note, and the children’s educational model. During the pendency of the case, which lasted more than two years, the client’s husband was represented by five different attorneys.

Pat’s client was awarded primary residential parent status, despite the recommendation of the husband’s retained custody expert. Pat’s client likewise prevailed with regard to several claims of dissipation of marital assets, defeated the husband’s claim of a valid promissory note, and secured the client’s educational preference for the children.

Congratulations, Pat!

Aaron E. Ruswick – DCBA Lawyer of the Year

May 25th, 2021|

Huck Bouma is pleased to announce that shareholder Aaron E. Ruswick has been selected by the
DuPage County Bar Association as the organization’s
“2021 Lawyer of the Year”.

He will be officially recognized June 15, 2021, at a ceremony at Klein Creek Golf Club.

Congratulations, Aaron!

 

Adopt-A-Grandparent Campaign

February 25th, 2021|

Huck Bouma PC along with others, participated in the National Campaign – Adopt-A-Grandparent, as seen on WGN.

We would like to thank Michelle from Awesome Balloons Creations for creating these darling Balloon Buddies for the residents of Independence Village in Naperville. With the support of donations from Michelle Tibble herself, Huck Bouma, and Naperville Rotary After Dark, we were able to provide a balloon buddy for each of the 48 residents.

Nothing but joy and kindness was spread from the delivery of the buddies for all the residents, Huck Bouma Staff, and members of Naperville Rotary After Dark.

 

 

Receiving Christmas Cheer

December 24th, 2020|

Christmas, 2020 posed a whole new set of challenges for nursing home residents, with holiday visits from loved ones limited, and, in some cases not allowed at all due to COVID-19.

Huck Bouma PC shared holiday cheer with local nursing home residents by preparing and delivering over 1,200 Christmas cards containing wishes for a most joyous holiday season as well as words of encouragement to let them know they are not forgotten.

The received responses were deep and heartfelt.

In the chaotic, bewildering moment that is today, the deep personal knowledge of community is important. A strong community provides an environment of safety and security. Communities are people. They are not abstractions. They are human beings.

Huck Bouma is proud to be part of such a wonderful community.

Delivering Christmas Cheer

December 18th, 2020|

 

The holidays can be a hard and lonely time for nursing home residents any year, but 2020 poses a whole new set of challenges with visits from loved ones limited, and, in some cases not allowed at all due to COVID-19.

Most nursing home residents have been on lockdown – meaning no congregate meals, confined to their rooms, and without family, friend, chaplain, and volunteer visitors. The nursing home staff are exhausted due to covering for staffing shortages and remain dedicated, compassionate, and supportive of the residents.

The December 15 morning editorial in the Chicago Tribune has caught the attention of many people and has been widely circulated…

Huck Bouma PC has shared holiday cheer with local nursing home residents by preparing and delivering over 1,200 Christmas cards containing wishes for a most joyous holiday season as well as words of encouragement to let them know they are not forgotten.

It is the little things in life that will go a very long way this holiday season.

 

Spreading Christmas Cheer

December 15th, 2020|

The holidays can be a hard and lonely time for nursing home residents any year, but 2020 poses a whole new set of challenges with visits from loved ones limited, and, in some cases not allowed at all due to COVID-19.

Huck Bouma PC has decided to share holiday cheer with local nursing home residents by delivering  Christmas cards containing wishes for a most joyous holiday season as well as words of encouragement to let them know they are not forgotten. 

It is the little things in life that will go a very long way this holiday season.

Lawyers Lending A Hand Toy Drive

December 8th, 2020|

 

Huck Bouma is proud to participate in the 2020 ‘Lawyers Lending a Hand Toy Drive’, sponsored by the DuPage County Bar Association (DCBA).

 

A donation box will be available in the Huck Bouma office reception area at 1755 South Naperville Road, Suite 200, Wheaton, IL.

Nothing can stop the spirit of giving!

Visit the DCBA website, to view more information as it becomes available.
collections will be accepted until 5:00pm on Wednesday, December 16, 2020

A Paralegal’s Guide to Putting Out Fires: Distraught Clients and More

October 23rd, 2020|

Huck Bouma paralegal, Erika Jurgenson, will be a featured speaker during the Institute for Paralegal Education Audio Webinar, “A Paralegal’s Guide to Putting Out Fires: Distraught Clients and More”.  Erika will be providing ‘Insightful Tips to Help You Work Through Any Problem.’

This Audio Webinar will be held Tuesday, December 1, 2020, 10:00am – 11:00am (CDT).

Register today at 800-793-5274, or visit https://ipe.nbi-sems.com/87908ER.

Succession Planning Alternatives for Law Practices

October 19th, 2020|

Huck Bouma Shareholder, Aaron Ruswick will be the featured speaker on a live Webinar via Zoom, hosted by the DuPage County Bar Association on Friday, October 23, 2020 (12:00 pm – 1:00 pm CST).

Succession planning alternatives for smaller law firms will be explored, including a review of sale, merger, buy-sell agreement, and doing nothing. The current rules and ethics regarding succession planning will also be discussed.

Register for this Webinar by visiting the DuPage County Bar Association website at https://www.dcba.org/events/EventDetails.aspx?id=1431980&group=

Questions? Please contact Deb Kennedy at dkennedy@dcba.org or 630-653-7779.

Only DCBA Members will qualify for PRMCLE credit.
Electronic handouts will be provided in advance.

Working Under Pressure and Managing Deadlines

October 6th, 2020|

Huck Bouma paralegal, Erika Jurgenson, will be a featured speaker during the Institute for Paralegal Education Audio Webinar, “A Paralegal’s Guide to Working Under Pressure and Meeting Deadlines”.  Erika will specifically address the topics ‘Secrets to Performing Better Under Pressure Prioritizing’ and ‘Staying Organized and in Control’.

This Audio Webinar will be held Thursday, October 29, 2020, 10:00am – 11:00am (CDT).

Register today at 800-793-5274, or visit https://ipe.nbi-sems.com/87766ER

 

Fox Valley Chapter ICPAS Day of Service – FOOD DRIVE

September 28th, 2020|

On Wednesday, September 30, 2020 (3:00pm to 5:00pm), The Fox Valley Chapter of the Illinois CPA Society  was proud to be able to sponsor a Food Drive to support the Glen Ellyn Food Pantry.  The parking lot of the Huck Bouma office building at 1755 S. Naperville Road, Wheaton, IL served as a drop off location.

UPDATE
10-26-2020 2:00 pm
Thanks to all who contributed to the Food Drive for the Glen Ellyn Food Pantry.  The Fox Valley Chapter of the The Illinois CPA Society (ICPAS) came out strong as we were able to fill ICPAS member Dawn Griffin’s van, as well as to collect other donations!!!

About the Glen Ellyn Food Pantry:
Through generous donations and partnerships, the Glen Ellyn Food Pantry is able to provide meals to 33,000 individuals annually. The Pantry serves needy Glen Ellyn neighbors as well as surrounding communities.

Please note:  Monetary donations can always be made to
the Glen Ellyn Food Pantry online at: https://www.glenellynfoodpantry.org/


 

Wheaton Lions Club Food Drive; September 14 – September 28

September 15th, 2020|

is honored to participate in the

Wheaton Lions Club
Food Drive to Fight Hunger in Our Community!

Monday, September 14th
thru
Monday, September 28th

The Wheaton Lions Club is partnering with
Wheaton and Carol Stream businesses to collect non-perishable food
Please join this community effort and donate!

People’s Resource Center’s (PRC) will be the beneficiary of all donations.

This project is part of the Wheaton Lions “Focus on Hunger”
which also supports the clubs’ primary “Pillars of Service” for the community.

The current list of items in greatest demand includes:
Canned vegetables
Canned and dry beans
Rice (white or brown)
Canned meat (tuna, chicken)
Diapers size 6
Baby wipes
Low sugar cereals

NOTE: Perishable food and products past their expiration date will not be accepted.

A donation box will be in the lobby of our office building at
1755 South Naperville Road, Wheaton, IL

You may also visit http://wheatonlions.org/lions-food-drive.php to find the donation box closest to you.

Thank you to all participating in this Hunger Drive Event!

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?’

https://www.iicle.com/ep99

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.