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Michelle Bugajsky

Estate planning Attorney at Downers Grove, IL

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About Michelle

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Attorney Michelle Bugajsky focuses her practice on probate, estate planning, and family law. Michelle concentrates on these practice areas because they allow her to be deeply involved with helping people and families attain their best outcome through stressful times. Whether assisting clients in planning for their futures or helping clients through problems in the here and now, Michelle provides caring and thoughtful legal services. Michelle understands that without someone to guide them in times of strife, clients may struggle with the difficulties involved in making educated and focused decisions. Michelle fills that need – she sees clients through their legal needs in difficult and challenging times and she works intensely to craft results tailored to what is most important to each individual client. Michelle takes great pride in combining her keen legal expertise of probate and estate planning law with a plan uniquely crafted for each specific client or family.

Michelle attended the University of Illinois at Chicago, where she obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree, double majoring in Political Science and Criminal Justice. Thereafter, Michelle accepted an academic scholarship to attend the Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago-Kent School of Law. While attending Kent, Michelle focused her studies on family law, taxation and estate planning. During law school, Michelle served as a 711 attorney, a research assistant, and a judicial extern. Through these, Michelle gained rare insight into judicial decision-making and courtroom strategy. 

Michelle joined a DuPage County general practice firm. There Michelle established herself and quickly rose through the ranks from associate to senior associate, where she was ultimately entrusted with the day-to-day administration of the firm. Today, as a partner at SBK Law Group, Michelle’s goal is to continue to bring her client’s personal, creative, and attentive legal services in the areas of decedent’s estates, estate administration, guardianships, estate planning, mediation, and family law. Michelle’s vision for SBK is to offer clients a welcoming environment, high quality legal services, value, and personalized care.

At SBK Law Group, Michelle offers representation in all areas of probate and comprehensive estate planning. Michelle’s family law role at the firm often focuses on mediation and financial matters, with Michelle frequently weighing in on key issues such as asset division, maintenance, child support, retirement accounts, and executive compensation.

Licensed for 13 years
State IL
Status Active And Authorized To Practice Law
Acquired 2009
Updated 01/06/2023

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

Contact Michelle

SBK Law Group
3051 Oak Grove Drive, Suite 107
Downers Grove, IL, 60515

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Posted by Karen | September 20, 2022
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Practicing law is more than just a profession for Michelle. Her compassion compliments her expertise in the practice in both Family and Elder Law matters. I found her to be extremely competent as well as very thorough in her communication.
Posted by Marinna | September 2, 2022
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Awesome Attorney
I now consider Michelle to be our "Family Attorney". I've already sent two referrals to her law firm. Michelle first assisted me and my sister a couple of years ago with a Guardianship case for my now deceased mom. She was brilliant; and this was during Covid. She recently assisted me with my estate planning. I am one happy client. I am a criminal defense attorney and have NO experience in this area of the law. Michelle has been a blessing to me and my family. I highly recommend her law firm.
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Posted by anonymous | May 12, 2022
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The BEST!
Michelle is professional, very knowledgeable, quick to respond, kind, and, thorough. She helped my husband and I to develop our trusts. We feel she has given us the support we needed to do this. Thank you, Michelle! Also, a big thank you to her very competent assistant, Marilu!
Posted by Elizabeth | October 6, 2021
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Knowledgable and Responsive
As a former legal secretary of 8 years, I have high expectations when it comes to my own representation. Michelle was my counsel for both a guardianship for an elderly neighbor as well as estate planning for my husband and myself. She knew the law, was familiar with our judge, was professional in both her appearance and communication. She was prepared, prompt and welcoming. I highly recommend SBK law group and specifically Michelle
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Posted by Lois | September 18, 2021
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Prepared wii, power of attorney for health and real estate
Michelle prepared the titled documents for me. She was very thorough and did a great job to ensure my wishes were followed.
Posted by anonymous | October 22, 2020
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SBK Law Group
Michelle from SBK Law Group helped me with several family transactions and she was wonderful. She was always available to answer my questions and help me understand the process. I would highly recommend Michelle and her staff. MMT
Posted by Andrew | September 23, 2020
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Michelle Bugajsky
Michelle was a true professional and was someone I truly trusted through my whole divorce process. I counted on her to do the hard things that I couldn’t do myself in the most difficult time in my life. Divorce in no way is easy especially coming from the side that didn’t want this in any way. Michelle gave me everything I was supposed to get per Illinois law and then some. Most importantly I was never questioning any decisions because everything was explained to me before any papers were signed. I appreciate her and SBK team very much, especially Michelle’s paralegal Marilu which made everything so smooth. Thank you!!
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Cost

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  • Free Consultation 30 minutes
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 9.5 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Founding Partner
  • SBK Law Group
  • 2019 - Present
  • Associate attorney
  • Associate attorney
  • 2015 - 2020

Education

  • Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago Kent College of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2009
  • University of Illinois, Chicago
  • Political Science and Criminal Justice
  • 2005

Associations

  • DuPage County Bar Association, Law Practice Management Committee
  • Vice-chair
  • 2022 - Present
  • Will County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2021 - Present
  • National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys - Illinois
  • Education committee
  • 2021 - Present
  • National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys
  • Member
  • 2018 - Present
  • DuPage County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2009 - Present
  • Illinois State Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2009 - Present
  • Chicago Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2009 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Awards

  • Elite Lawyer
  • Elite Lawyers of America
  • 2022
  • Elite Lawyer Award
  • Elite Lawyer
  • 2021
  • 10 Best Law Firm Client Satisfaction
  • American Institute of Legal Counsel
  • 2018

Publications

  • National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA)
  • NAELA Profile
  • 2019

Attorney endorsements

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Given (2)
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Probate Attorney | Dec 17
Relationship: Co-worker
"Michelle cares deeply for her clients and always want to help them achieve the best result possible. Michelle excels at finding creative solutions to help the client maximize their goals."
Downers Grove Estate planning Lawyer Michelle Bugajsky
Michelle Bugajsky
Estate planning Attorney
Downers Grove, IL
Licensed for 13 years
Free Consultation