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Kathleen M May

Kathleen M May

also known as Katie May

Practice areas:

Elder Law, Estate Planning, Probate, Trusts

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About Me

Kathleen M. May concentrates her practice in the areas of Elder Law and Special Needs planning, Wealth Transfer and Estate Planning, and Estate and Trust Administration. Utilizing her background and experience in the healthcare industry, Katie assists clients and their families navigate the complex system of government benefits as well as to design and implement the legacy they wish to create. She is accredited by the Veterans Administration, and helps veterans qualify for veterans' pension benefits. Katie takes a holistic approach to her practice and understands that the legal issues her clients are facing are intertwined with many other facets of their life and helps clients to reach their objectives.
 
Katie graduated from Eastern Illinois University, cum laude, in 2005 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management. She went on to receive her Juris Doctor, magna cum laude, from Stetson University College of Law in 2011. She distinguished herself by receiving a Certificate of Concentration in Elder Law, a program for which Stetson is nationally recognized. During her course of studies, she completed numerous hours of volunteer service at the Gulfport Senior Center and assisted seniors at Gulfcoast Legal Services, a legal aid clinic. Subsequently to obtaining her Illinois license, she became licensed to practice law in the state of Florida in 2012.
 
Katie serves as the leader of the Illinois Collaborative of ElderCounsel, of which she is also a member. She serves on the Board of Directors of the Wheaton Chamber of Commerce as well as being a member of the Young Professional Board of Directors for the Center for Disability and Elder Law in Chicago. Finally, Katie serves on the Editorial Board of the DuPage Bar Association publication, The Brief, as the Student Articles Editor.

Katie was born and raised in Stickney, Illinois, and currently resides in Westchester with her daughter. She spent four years in St. Petersburg, Florida, where she completed her legal education. Between activities with her young daughter, Katie enjoys sharing her passion for Irish Dance with the children she teaches. She also loves to jog and spends time on the running trails in the suburbs of Chicago.

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Practice Areas

Licensed since 2011

  1. Elder Law: 60%
  2. Estate Planning: 20%
  3. Trusts: 10%
  4. Probate: 10%

Payment

Fees:

Fixed (Sometimes)

Payment Types:

Cash, Check, Credit Card

Attorney Endorsements

5 total 

  • James Noel Voeller

    Kathleen May is a great attorney. I have known Kathleen for several years and have found her to be articulate and compassionate about what she does. She understands the law and is able to communicate with her clients in a manner that makes them feel like friends. Unlike so many lawyers who talk down to their clients, Kathleen is extremely personable. You will not be disappointed that you hired Kathleen to be your lawyer.

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    James Voeller Estate Planning Attorney
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  • David Grant Voeller

    How are you supposed to know if an attorney is reliable, competent, and can get results, or is simply a master of masquerade? I once met an attorney who liked to bring up the fact that he had been practicing law for over 40 years. But it quickly became evident that he hadn’t grown much from the experiences of those 40 years. He was a terribly incompetent lawyer! (Apparently longevity was his only selling point.) Talking to other attorneys, I quickly realized this lawyer’s incompetence was well known within the profession. So how do YOU avoid getting a lawyer like that? Peer reviews give you the inside scoop on whether an attorney knows what they are doing, can get results, and are right for you. I suggest Katie May is the right choice. I know attorneys nationwide in Katie’s field of practice, and her skills, expertise, and results are first-rate. When you need advice, you don’t want to wonder if you picked the right attorney. You can be confident working with Katie May!

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    David Voeller Estate Planning Attorney
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Contact Info

Huck Bouma P.C.

1325 N. Main St.
Wheaton, IL, 60187

Resume

License

StateStatusAcquiredUpdated
FLMember in Good Standing201208/12/2015
ILActive And Authorized To Practice Law201108/17/2015

Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

Avvo Contributions

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Awards

Award NameGrantorDate Granted
Matthew Bender Elder Law Book AwardStetson University College of Law2011

Work Experience

TitleCompany NameDuration
Associate AttorneyHuck Bouma P.C.2011 - Present
H.R. and Social Services AssistantManor Care2009 - 2010

Associations

Association NamePosition NameDuration
Center for Disability and Elder LawYoung Professionals Board Member2013 - Present
DuPage County Bar AssociationEditorial Board Member2012 - Present
National Association of Elder Law Attorneys (Illinois Chapter)Board Member2012 - Present
DuPage Estate Planning CouncilMember2012 - Present
DuPage County Bar AssociationMember2011 - Present
Illinois State Bar AssociationMember2011 - Present
ElderCounselIL Forum Leader & Member2011 - Present
WealthCounselMember2011 - Present
National Academy of Elder Law AttorneysYoung/New Lawyer Steering Committe & Member2010 - Present

Publications

Publication NameTitleDate
DuPage County Bar Association BriefNot Just a Facelift: The Illinois Power of Attorney Power2015
DuPage County Bar JournalSNFs Must Conduct Pre-Admission Criminal History Background Checks: "Knowing is Half the Battle" and Care Planning ist he Other Half2012

Education

School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
Stetson University College of LawCertificate of Concentration in Elder LawJuris Doctor2011
Eastern Illinois UniversityManagementB.S. Business2005

Speaking Engagements

Conference NameTitleDate
DuPage County Bar Association Mega MeetingEstate Planning & Elder Law Special Situations: Case Studies of Autism and Dementia2015
DuPage County Bar AssociationIllinois Advanced Directives2015
Rules of Trust Administration in IllinoisUnique Issues in the Administration of a Special Needs Trust2014
Rules of Trust Administration in IllinoisDecanting and Directed Trusts in Illinois2014
Hinsdale HospitalPlanning for a Disabled Loved One2014
Edward HospitalEthical Issues in End of Life Decision Making2014
Breakfast at Belmont VillageAdministering an Estate: Tips for Those Assisting Seniors2014
Manor Care Health ServicesUnderstanding VA Pension Benefits2013
DuPage Convalescent CenterMedicaid 2.0 (Revised)2013