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Marilyn Anne Rowley

Estate planning Attorney at Hoffman Estates, IL

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  • Licensed for 31 years
    State IL
    Acquired 1992
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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.


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.


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

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Posted by anonymous | March 7, 2013
Develops great client/attorney relationship
I felt very comfortable with Ms. Rowley. Her calm, competent demeanor and attention to detail quickly assured me she was just what I needed.


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Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • Rowley Law
  • 1993 - Present
  • Title Agent
  • First American Title Insurance Company
  • 2008 - 2016
  • Adjunct Professor
  • William Rainey Harper College
  • 2002 - 2004
  • Externship
  • United States Bankruptcy Court, Northern District Of Illinois
  • 1990 - 1990
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  • DePaul University College of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1990
  • University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
  • BS - Bachelor of Science
  • 1985

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Tax Appeal
  • Appeal Won
  • Probate
  • Probate Successfully Adjudicated Completed
  • Complex Tax and Inheritance Planning
  • Planning Successfully Completed
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  • ElderCounsel
  • Member
  • 2015 - Present
  • Better Business Bureau
  • Member
  • 2015 - Present

Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • A+ Ratting
  • Better Business Bureau
  • 2016


  • Newsletter
  • No "One Size Fits All" Strategy with Estate Tax Planning
  • 2016
  • Newsletter
  • Protecting That Special Family Member - Your Pet
  • 2016
  • Newsletter
  • Living Trust and Probate Avoidance
  • 2014

Speaking Engagements

  • Instructor for CLE Attorney Education
  • Teaching Requirements of Will to Attorneys
  • 2011

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Hoffman Estates Estate planning Lawyer Marilyn Anne Rowley
Marilyn Anne Rowley
Estate planning Attorney
Hoffman Estates, IL
Licensed for 31 years