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Paul A. Smolinski

also known as Palos Elder Law, Ltd.

About me

Paul Smolinski has been practicing law in Palos Heights since 1988.  We work diligently to understand clients concerns and to offer clients logical and practical solutions.  It is our goal to a establish a long term partnership with you and your family!


We are an Elder Law firm.  Elder Law includes matters pertaining to nursing homes, probate court, guardianships, estate planning documents, medicaid and tax laws.  But our experience comes also from having practiced in the areas of:  bankrutpcy, divorce, adoption, real estate and business representation.  Our broad experience helps you receive answers based on real-life situations and real-life resolutions to problems.


That's where we came up with our slogan "Protecting Clients ... Families ... and their Assets for over 20 years."


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Practice areas


  1. Elder Law: 25%
    28 years, 1.2 thousand cases
  2. Trusts: 20%
    29 years, 650 cases
  3. Medicaid & Medicare: 20%
    10 years, 250 cases
  4. Probate: 20%
    29 years, 300 cases
  5. Estate Planning: 15%
    29 years, 1 thousand cases



Hourly ($300/hour), Fixed (sometimes)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

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Contact info

Paul A. Smolinski, Ltd.

6446 W 127th Street
Palos Heights, IL, 60463-2248


ILActive And Authorized To Practice Law198705/17/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
LitigatorNational Association of Trial Lawyers1989
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PresidentPalos Elder Law, Ltd.1992 - Present
InvestigatorChicago Police Department1982 - 1984
Association namePosition nameDuration
National Academy of Elder Law AttorneysMember1989 - Present
Chicago Bar AssociationMember1988 - Present
American Bar AssociationMember1987 - Present
Illinois State Bar AssociationMember1987 - Present
Southwest Bar AssociationMember1987 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Estate of Margaret GussFavorable Settlement - Will Contest
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Publication nameTitleDate
Elder Law News - IllinoisBeware Agents - Changes to the Illinois Power of Attorney Laws - 20112011
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
John Marshall Law School, ChicagoLawJD - Juris Doctor1987
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Senior Seminar Series - Part 1Medicaid, Estate & Financial Planning2011
Information on Aging at HomeBrand New Medicaid Rules in Illinois2011
Elder Planning Solutions - 2010Medicaid Planning in 20102010
Various LocationsElder Law & Probate Avoidance2009