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Marilyn Rowley is an Illinois licensed attorney specializing in estate law, elder law, business planning, asset protection, wealth preservation, trusts and wills. She is the founder and managing director of Rowley Law, LLC. Rowley Law serves clients in the Chicago area and surrounding suburban communities.


For over twenty years, Marilyn Rowley and her team have advised, designed, customized and formalized the signing, witnessing and notarizing of thousands of legal planning documents including living trusts, wills, health care power of attorneys, property power of attorneys, living wills, special needs trust, children’s trust, marital trusts, credit shelter trusts, IRA trusts, Medicaid planning trusts, asset protection trusts, insurance trusts, limited liability company formation documents, partnership formation documents, business planning documents and real estate transfer deeds.


Training


Ms. Rowley attended the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, attaining her Bachelors Degree in Finance from the College of Business which ranks 5th among Business Schools through out the country, including Ivy League Universities.


At DePaul College of Law, Marilyn Rowley concentrated her legal education on highly technical, transactional courses and was the only student in her class to complete the entire series of the technical Federal Uniform Commercial Code Courses. In addition, she had the prestigious honor of being selected for an Internship with the Honorable Judge Coar, a Federal Bankruptcy Judge in the Northern District of Illinois, researching federal law, legal case law and writing legal opinions.


Upon graduation from Law School, Ms. Rowley took the Bar Exam, a written test that determines whether a candidate is qualified to practice law, scoring among the top 2% of approximately 2,000 Bar Exam test takers.


Community Service


To further educate and reach out to the community, Marilyn Rowley served as an adjunct faculty professor, teaching college credit courses on Law including topics on estate transfers, probate and real estate. Presenting over 250 hours of lectures, she was consistently rated with the highest ranking of “Excellent” for her teaching from the college.


In addition, to further educate the legal community, Marilyn Rowley taught Estate Planning Basics to Illinois licensed Attorneys. The course, which she wrote and presented, was evaluated and approved by the Supreme Court of Illinois as a credited Continuing Legal Education Course for Illinois Attorneys. Upon review, the course was 100% recommended by her attorney peers.


Media


As a guest on local television and radio programs, Ms. Rowley has discussed today’s legal topics including avoiding probate, living trusts, real estate and transfer issues.


Other Training and Business Experience


Prior to law school, Marilyn Rowley was employed as a Flight Attendant for American Airlines, selected within a group of 1% of over 200,000 applicants from through out the country. Stationed in New York City, her major route flown was New York to California. In addition, Ms. Rowley worked as a Financial Broker’s Trade Assistant at the Chicago Board of Trade.


Ms. Rowley has personally utilized her finance and legal expertise, purchasing, profitably selling and maintaining fourteen real estate properties with a market value of over four million dollars. In addition, Ms. Rowley had attained her Real Estate Broker License and Title Agency Certification. Ms. Rowley harnessed these skills by acting as the real estate broker, title agent and/or attorney, on the business transactions. Her experiences of inspecting the physical condition of properties, negotiating the purchase and sales price, evaluating market value, reviewing title histories, analyzing potential rents for long term and short term leases, preparing and negotiating leases, finding reliable tenants, forming limited liability companies for asset protection, acting as general contractor for rehabbing, hiring and managing sub-contractors has given Marilyn Rowley a certain edge, appreciation and understanding of the unique needs of business owners.


Marilyn Rowley’s finance degree, law degree and experience is a knowledge base that is unique among her attorney peers and lends itself to a legal practice focused on estate law, elder law, business planning, asset protection planning, wealth preservation, trusts and wills.

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Practice areas

Licensed

  1. Estate Planning: 75%
    23 years
  2. Wills: 10%
    23 years
  3. Trusts: 10%
    23 years
  4. Elder Law: 5%
    23 years

Payment

Fees:

Fixed (sometimes)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

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Contact info

Rowley Law

2300 Barrington Rd Ste 400
Hoffman Estates, IL, 60169-2036

Resume

License
StateStatusAcquiredUpdated
ILActive And Authorized To Practice Law199205/17/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Awards
Award nameGrantorDate granted
A+ RattingBetter Business Bureau2016
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
AttorneyRowley Law1993 - Present
Title AgentFirst American Title Insurance Company2008 - 2016
Adjunct ProfessorWilliam Rainey Harper College2002 - 2004
ExternshipUnited States Bankruptcy Court, Northern District Of Illinois1990 - 1990
Associations
Association namePosition nameDuration
ElderCounselMember2015 - Present
Better Business BureauMember2015 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
ProbateProbate Successfully Adjudicated Completed
Tax AppealAppeal Won
Complex Tax and Inheritance PlanningPlanning Successfully Completed
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Publications
Publication nameTitleDate
NewsletterNo "One Size Fits All" Strategy with Estate Tax Planning2016
NewsletterProtecting That Special Family Member - Your Pet2016
NewsletterLiving Trust and Probate Avoidance2014
Education
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
DePaul University College of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1990
University of Illinois, Urbana-ChampaignBanking, Corporate, Finance and Securities LawBS - Bachelor of Science1985
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Higher Learning TV ShowAvoiding Probate2014
Instructor for CLE Attorney EducationTeaching Requirements of Will to Attorneys2011