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Michael graduated from Pace University in New York with a Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting and Psychology, worked briefly as the general accountant in the medical science industry before attending Pace University’s School of Law in White Plains, New York. 

He then worked in the Tax Department for Coopers & Lybrand, CPAs in Portland, Oregon.  He began his law practice in Portland, and moved to Chicago in 1989 where he continued his law practice and concentrated in Estate and Tax Planning.  The Stuart Legacy Alliance, LLC was created to address the recognized the need in the community for advisors to work together to accomplish clients’ goals more effectively.  The firm’s philosophy is that collaborating with a client’s advisory team better accomplishes the client’s overall goals in a proactive and dynamic way.  Currently the firm concentrates the practice in the areas of Estate and Exit Planning, Business Planning and Asset Protection with many innovative programs to help families and businesses keep their plans on track.

He serves on the Boards of the Mental Health Association of Greater Chicago and on the Executive Board of the Boy Scouts of America.

Michael enjoys the outdoors and can be found hiking, biking and occasionally playing a round of golf.


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Practice areas


  1. Estate Planning: 50%
    36 years
  2. Trusts: 35%
    36 years
  3. Business: 15%
    36 years



Fixed (always)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

7 total 

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  • Brad A. Galbraith

    Michael is an intelligent, thoughtful attorney who designs estate plans for clients that are tailored to their individual needs. I highly recommend Michael.


    Brad Galbraith Trusts Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

  • George Steven Bellas

    Michael is a colleague with whom I have had the pleasure of working with on a professional level and on a community level when we worked together on church related projects. Michael is a true professional. His concerns for the welfare of his clients is his highest concern. He understands the nuances of the law and can structure plans that best suit the needs of his clients. More importantly, he is someone who can be trusted and relied upon by his clients, friends and family.


    George Bellas Litigation Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

Contact info

3701 Algonquin Rd Ste 150
Rolling Meadows, IL, 60008


ILActive And Authorized To Practice Law199005/17/2016
NYCurrently registered 198707/11/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Creating Lasting LegaciesWealth Counsel, LLC2012
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Member/ManagerThe Stuart Legacy Alliance, LLC2009 - Present
AttorneyM. G. Stuart, P. C.2004 - 2009
Association namePosition nameDuration
Mental Health Association of Greater ChicagoBoard Member2009 - Present
Greater North Shore Financial and Estate Planning CouncilN/A2007 - Present
Hellenic Bar Association of IllinoisN/A2006 - Present
Northwest Suburban Estate Planning CouncilN/A2005 - Present
WealthCounselN/A2000 - Present
Publication nameTitleDate
Doctor of Dentistry MagazineExit Planning - Protecting Your Most Valuable Asset2009
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Pace UniversityElectronic Data Processing, AccountingOther - Bachelors1973
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
WebinarCreating Lasting Legacies2012
Regional ConferenceEstate Planning in 2010 - Opportunities for Advisors2010
E Women's NetworkThe Focused Legacy℠ Process2009