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Martin John Fogarty

Estate planning Attorney at Glenview, IL

5.0   4 reviews
  • Licensed for 34 years
    State IL
    Acquired 1990
    Active and Authorized to Practice Law No misconduct found

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

About Martin

Learn Martin’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Estate planning
    Wills, Trusts, Powers of Attorney, Special Needs Planning, Asset Protection,

  2. Probate
    We begin by mapping out the probate process and then strategically simplify, combine and eliminate steps in the process. This gets your matter through the probate system surprise free, aggravation free and fast, all at a reasonable fee.

  3. Elder law
    A leader and advocate for a new standard of elder law to be adopted by the legal industry. It’s from this conviction that Marty founded ElderSmart® to support families through the Elder Transition.

  4. Guardianship
    We expedite the guardianship process for you. When you’re in a guardianship case, you want thorough and responsive advocacy. With decades of guardianship work under our belt, we’re ready to support you through the process.

  5. Trusts

  6. Wills and living wills
    Probate is a legal safety net for situations where an individual didn’t make a plan to distribute his or her assets. Let's work together on a plan

Marty is the founder of The Heartland Law Firm as well as ElderSmart® – a 501c3 non-profit organization.

Marty’s spent nearly 30 years solving problems with others – as an attorney, confidant, mentor and business owner, friend, father and spouse.

Marty believes that life is a journey, and that the milestones along the way serve as transition points. During our lifetime – we all benefit from a relationship with someone who offers us supportive, caring expertise. The Heartland Law Firm is founded on this idea and its mission is to Enrich Lives in meaningful ways.

Marty is also an innovator. He is a leader in the “Elder Advocate” movement and has advocated for a new standard of elder law to be adopted by the legal industry: that “Elder Law without social work is an incomplete solution.” The Heartland Law Firm sees “Elder Law” as a subset of the “Elder Transition” It’s from this conviction that Marty founded ElderSmart® to support families through the Elder Transition.

Milestones that Marty helps individuals, families and business owners include:

  • Estate Planning of all levels (basic wills to complex trusts)
  • Business Succession
  • High Net Worth Tax Planning
  • The Elder Transition –Protecting your elderly oved one’s Well-Being; Family Care Plans, including Medicaid and VA Qualification.

Marty was born and raised in Chicago’s Austin neighborhood, attended Fenwick High School in Oak Park, and The University of Illinois at Champaign. He received his Juris Doctor in 1989 from the Loyola School of Law in Chicago.

Marty lives in Glenview with his wife, four kids and dog.

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The Heartland Law Firm Ltd.
1545 N. Waukegan Road 2nd Floor, Suite 2 9
Glenview, IL, 60025

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  4 customer reviews
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Posted by SMF | December 13, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Fast - Thorough - Organized - Knowledgeable
Heartland team has Meg the Nurse, Marty the Attorney, Kathy the LCSW, Simona the Public Benefits expert, and Brendan the tax expert - to guide and support me and my family. My dad has Alzheimer’s- without this comprehensive approach I’d be lost. I like: -the year long unlimited engagement; -nursing and social worker tandem support; -protection of my assets Holistic approach!!
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Posted by Michele | December 1, 2018
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Well rounded advice
I’ve known Marty for a long time. He has always made sure to get a complete picture of the situation before advising and will always reach out to other professionals as needed for an accurate assessment and solution
Posted by anonymous | October 12, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Fast - Knowledgeable - Caring - Affordable
Marty really listened to me and my family. He spent time and effort helping us articulate what outcome we wanted to create in a difficult situation we faced with our mom. He helped us understand the landscape we were in and what our options were. He then drew out the path forward - and helped us work together as a family to get clear on our plan and next steps. I highly recommend The Heartland Law Firm if you have any elder law or estate planning issue!
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Posted by C.S. | July 9, 2014
Expert Advice with Heart
Marty's geniune concern for us, coupled with his legal expertise made this difficult time something we were better prepared to handle. He is truly one-of-a kind, and I couldn't imagine working with anyone else.


  • Free Consultation 30 minutes


AVVO RATING 8.1 (Excellent)

Work Experience

  • Founder
  • The Heartland Law Firm
  • 2000 - Present
  • HR Director
  • Chicago Park District
  • 1998 - 2000
  • Staff Attorney
  • Chicago Park District
  • 1997 - 1999
  • Assistant Attorney
  • Wood, Phillips, Clark, VanSanten and Mortimer
  • 1995 - 1997
  • Assistant State's Attorney
  • Cook County State's Attorney's Office
  • 1990 - 1995
  • Student Intern
  • Cook County State Attorney's Office
  • 1988 - 1989
  • Student Intern
  • Federal Judicial Internship to the Honorable James Alesia
  • 1987 - 1988
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  • Loyola School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1989
  • University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1986

Sample of Legal Cases

  • In Re Arthur U.
  • Working with the Medicaid rules and the Nursing Home - we were able to structure a win-win arrangment that supported the client's well being and peace of mind.


  • Elder Counsel
  • 2014 - Present
  • Leading Edge Elder Care Network
  • Founder
  • 2009 - Present
  • Lawyers with Purpose
  • 2009 - Present
  • National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys
  • 2008 - Present
  • Chicago Bar Association
  • N/A
  • Wealth Counsel
  • N/A
  • Northwest Suburban Bar Association
  • N/A
  • National Network of Estate Planning Attorneys
  • 2001 - 2008
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2013
  • Accredited Attorney
  • US Veterans Administration
  • 2010
  • Certified Mediator
  • Center for Conflict Resolution
  • 2002


  • Atlantic Publishing Group, INC
  • The Complete Guide to Medicaid and Nursing Home Costs - How to Keep Your Family Assets Protected
  • 2016
  • Asset Protection for Middle America
  • They can't take my IRA - can they?
  • 2014

Speaking Engagements

  • Law Day
  • The Medicaid let you keep more than you think.
  • 2011
  • NSBA Meeting
  • Understanding VA Benefits
  • 2009
  • Continuing Legal Education
  • Asset Protection
  • 2003

Attorney endorsements

Received (3)
Given (4)
Endorse Martin
Estate planning Attorney | Sep 10
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Marty is a true counselor. He cares about people and really listens. His knowledge of the law and how it works for the benefit of clients is solid. I Highly recommend this attorney."
Estate planning Attorney | Mar 08
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Marty is an excellent attorney and always implementing new and innovative solutions to help his clients. I would absolutely trust him to handle my estate and probate matters."
Guardianship Attorney | Jul 02
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."