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.
|IL||Active And Authorized To Practice Law||2011||12/20/2021|
|Award name||Grantor||Date Granted|
|Matthew Bender Elder Law Book Award||Stetson University College of Law||2011|
|Associate Attorney||Huck Bouma P.C.||2011 - Present|
|H.R. and Social Services Assistant||Manor Care||2009 - 2010|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|Center for Disability and Elder Law||Young Professionals Board Member||2013 - Present|
|DuPage County Bar Association||Editorial Board Member||2012 - Present|
|National Association of Elder Law Attorneys (Illinois Chapter)||Board Member||2012 - Present|
|DuPage Estate Planning Council||Member||2012 - Present|
|DuPage County Bar Association||Member||2011 - Present|
|Illinois State Bar Association||Member||2011 - Present|
|ElderCounsel||IL Forum Leader & Member||2011 - Present|
|WealthCounsel||Member||2011 - Present|
|National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys||Young/New Lawyer Steering Committe & Member||2010 - Present|
|DuPage County Bar Association Brief||Not Just a Facelift: The Illinois Power of Attorney Power||2015|
|DuPage County Bar Journal||SNFs Must Conduct Pre-Admission Criminal History Background Checks: "Knowing is Half the Battle" and Care Planning ist he Other Half||2012|
|Stetson University College of Law||Juris Doctor||2011|
|Eastern Illinois University||B.S. Business||2005|
|DuPage County Bar Association||Illinois Advanced Directives||2015|
|DuPage County Bar Association Mega Meeting||Estate Planning & Elder Law Special Situations: Case Studies of Autism and Dementia||2015|
|Rules of Trust Administration in Illinois||Decanting and Directed Trusts in Illinois||2014|
|Rules of Trust Administration in Illinois||Unique Issues in the Administration of a Special Needs Trust||2014|
|Edward Hospital||Ethical Issues in End of Life Decision Making||2014|
|Hinsdale Hospital||Planning for a Disabled Loved One||2014|
|Breakfast at Belmont Village||Administering an Estate: Tips for Those Assisting Seniors||2014|
|Manor Care Health Services||Understanding VA Pension Benefits||2013|
|DuPage Convalescent Center||Medicaid 2.0 (Revised)||2013|