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Michael Andrew Otte

Elder law Attorney at Chicago, IL

3.7   3 reviews
  • Licensed for 14 years
    State IL
    Acquired 2009
    Status
    Active and Authorized to Practice Law No misconduct found

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

About Michael

Learn Michael’s areas of practice.

5
Practice areas
  1. Elder law
    25%
    VA benefits planning; Medicaid benefits planning; Supplemental Needs Trust drafting; Guardianship representation; power-of-attorney drafting and consultation; Family Caregiver Agreement drafting

    16 years, 100 cases

  2. Estate planning
    25%
    Revocable and Irrevocable Trust drafting and consultations; Wills, Powers-of-Attorneys, other basic planning tool drafting and discussion; Income/Estate/Gift tax guidance and consulting;

    16 years, 100 cases

  3. Trusts
    25%
    Trust drafting; Trust Administration; Representation of Trustees and Successor Trustees in administration and distribution of trust assets; Supplemental Needs Trust administration

    16 years, 60 cases

  4. Probate
    15%
    Representation of Executors and Administrators; Citations to Discover and Recover Assets; Accounting and Inventory drafting; creditor negotiation;

    16 years, 45 cases

  5. Guardianship
    10%
    Representation of Petitioners for Appointment of Guardians of Persons and Estates; Accounting drafting

    16 years, 30 cases

Michael A Otte, Associate Attorney, is in his sixth year with the practice.  His practice focuses on trust and probate administration.  Additionally, Michael’s particular area of expertise is in elder law matters, including  Medicaid planning, Veteran’s Benefit planning, guardianship, nursing home contract review, and other issues affecting the legal needs of older people.  Michael enjoys giving seminars on his areas of expertise in order to educate the public on important estate planning concepts. Mr. Otte is a member of the Chicago Bar Association, the Illinois State Bar Association, and the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys.   

After earning his BA at the University of Iowa in Economics, Michael spent one year in Austin, TX as an Americorps VISTA volunteer and later earned a teaching certificate and taught history in Austin for two years.  Upon his arrival In Chicago, Michael worked for Neighborhood Housing Services of Chicago in the city of Chicago, where he taught classes on mortgages, credit, and lending.  Additionally, he worked under contract with AARP to counsel seniors on elder financial matters, with a specific emphasis on reverse mortgage counseling. While he was a law student, Michael clerked for a law firm that specialized in elder law and estate planning. Following law school, he worked as an attorney for that practice, sharpening his skills in elder law and Medicaid planning.  

Education

Mr. Otte received his B.A. in Economics at the University of Iowa, spending almost a year in their overseas program at Goethe Universitat, Frankfurt, Germany. He received his law degree from Loyola University Chicago School of Law, serving as associate editor on the Consumer Law Review.

 

Personal

Born and raised in Decorah, IA, Michael now lives in Skokie, IL with his wife Nia, 3-year-old son Andrew, and newborn twin daughters Helen and Georgia.  He enjoys reading, running, following the Minnesota Twins and the Minnesota Vikings, and trout and bass fishing.  Michael sits on the Board of Directors of Senior Connections, an Evanston, IL-based not-for-profit aimed at recruiting, training, and supporting volunteer visitors who befriend isolated older adults in the community.  Michael is also an adjunct professor at the College of DuPage in the Paralegal Program, leading a course on Elder Law for Paralegals

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Location

Otte & Czajkowska, LLC
6035 North Northwest Highway
Suite 201
Chicago, IL, 60631
Otte & Czajkowska, LLC - By Appointment Only
7667 W. 95th Street
Suite 203
Hickory Hills, IL, 60457
Otte & Czajkowska, LLC
1901 North Roselle Road
Suite 210
Schaumburg, IL, 60195
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Reviews

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Posted by Steve | November 12, 2014
Great Estate Attorney!
Michael guided me through a relatively complex probated estate. Throughout the process I felt that Michael was on my side, took the matter at hand very seriously and was very thorough in everything that he did. I would recommend Michael to anybody needing help with complex estate issues or general estate planning.
Posted by Nancy | September 10, 2014
Estate Planning during a divorce
Michael helped me through a fairly complex estate plan during a recent divorce. He was patient and thorough, and gave me excellent guidance. I feel that the plan I left with will be of great benefit to my children in the future.
Posted by anonymous | January 23, 2023
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Run away, don’t walk!!!
If you value attorney client privilege, solid legal advice and want a lawyer who is not self serving and money hungry but rather zealously advocates for you stay clear. My husband and I are both attorneys in another jurisdiction. This crook took advantage of our emotional states.

Cost

Rates
  • Free Consultation 60 minutes
  • Hourly Rates $ 125-275 per hour
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 8.1 (Excellent)

Work Experience

  • Associate Attorney
  • The Law Offices of Chester M. Przybylo and Assoc.
  • 2010 - Present
  • Associate Attorney
  • Delaney Law Offices, Ltd.
  • 2008 - 2010

Education

  • Loyola University Chicago School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2009
  • University of Iowa
  • Bachelor of Arts
  • 1997
  • Johann Wolfgang v. Goethe Universitat
  • International Business Certificate
  • 1997

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Estate of J Thomas
  • Successful settlement for Estate Beneficiary
  • Estate of Szczepan Karwowski, Alleged Disabled
  • Our client was appointed at an evidentiary hearing

Associations

  • Chicago Bar Association, Elder Law Committee
  • N/A
  • Illinois State Bar Association, Elder Law Section
  • N/A
  • American Academy of Estate Planning Attorneys
  • N/A
  • National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys
  • N/A
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Languages Spoken

  • English
  • German

Honors and Awards

  • Joseph and Bessie Feinberg Scholar
  • The Joseph W. Bernstein Fund
  • 2006

Speaking Engagements

  • Estate Administration
  • Probate
  • 2016
  • Estate Administration: Start to Finish
  • Probate
  • 2015
  • Elder Law for Paralegals
  • Elder Law
  • 2015
  • Elder Law Course
  • The Home: Reverse Mortgages and other Aging In Place financing options
  • 2012
  • Elder Law Course
  • The Home: Reverse Mortgages and other Aging In Place financing options
  • 2011
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Attorney endorsements

Received (5)
Given (1)
Endorse Michael
Estate planning Attorney | Jun 03
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Michael provides the benefit of a big-firm background with the attention to detail you would expect only at a small firm. Michael makes the time to explain the intricacies of the ever-changing estate implications. I have worked with Michael on behalf of a wide variety of my clients, and he provides significant value and saved my clients at all levels of the estate process. Cannot recommend him highly enough!"
Probate Attorney | Apr 13
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I have worked with Mike on several matters. He is liked and respected by other lawyers and many of the probate judges. He is the first person I call if I have a question on medicaid planning. I have referred several clients to Mike. The people I referred were all impressed with Mike."
Guardianship Attorney | May 26
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer."
Elder law Attorney | Jan 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I highly recommend Michael for your elder law and estate planning needs. He is well respected in the legal community and provides professional, effective, and friendly service to his clients."
Estate planning Attorney | Aug 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. They are an expert in the field of estate planning."
Estate planning