Cynthia Hayes Hutchins J.D.

Education

  • Law School: Northwestern University, J.D., cum laude, 1987
  • Undergraduate: University of Michigan, B.A., 1980

Professional Memberships:

  • DuPage County Bar Association;
    • Chair, Estate Planning and Probate Committee (1998-1999 and 2014-2015)
    • Chair, Tax Practice Committee (1996-1997)
  • Illinois State Bar Association
  • American Bar Association
  • National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, former member

Year Joined Firm

  • 1997

Areas of Practice

  • Estate Planning
  • Trust Law
  • Wills
  • Probate
  • Estate and Gift Taxation
  • Probate Administration
  • Probate Litigation
  • Contested Trusts and Estates
  • Guardianship
  • Elder Law

Bar Admissions

  • Illinois, 1987
  • U.S. Federal Courts, 1987
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Illinois

Education

  • Northwestern University School of Law, Chicago, Illinois
    • J.D., Doctor of Jurisprudence (Cum Laude) - 1987
  • University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan
    • B.A., Bachelor of Arts - 1980

Published Works

  • Estate Planning & Probate Law Update, DuPage Bar Brief, 2006
  • The Case for Inter Vivos Will Deposits, DuPage Bar Brief Publication, 1996
  • Professional Responsibility: Settlements and Judgements Involving Minors and Wards: What Every Lawyer Needs to Know About the Local Rules, DuPage Bar Brief, 1998

Presentations

  • "Anatomy of a Disputed Documents Case" DuPage County Bar Association, April, 2016
  • "Long Term Care Planning" DuPage Convalescent Center, April, 2016
  • "Case Studies in Estate Planning--Autism and Dementia" DuPage County Bar Association Mega Meeting, January, 2014
  • "Probate Litigation" National Business Institute Seminar, October, 2011
  • "Probate Practice: The Essential Basics," "Closing the Estate" and "Common Probate Problems and How to Solve Them," National Business Institute Seminar, October, 2010
  • "Medicaid Planning for the Community Spouse," DuPage County Bar Association Elder Law Committee, October, 2009
  • "Roadblocks in Probate" National Business Institute Seminar, May, 2008
  • "Common Issues to be Prepared for in Litigation and Probate", National Business Institute Seminar, January, 2008
  • "Wills and Chancery" DCBA Seminar, December, 2007
  • "Six Things to Consider About Your Estate Plan", Community Presentation, August, 2007
  • "Advanced Issues in Guardianship" Panel, Illinois State Bar Association Seminar, May, 2007
  • "Common Issues to be Prepared for in Litigation and Probate", National Business Institute Seminar, January, 2007
  • "What to Watch for: Proposed Changes for Medicaid Eligibility," DCBA Mega Meeting Presentation, January, 2005
  • "Guardianship Petitions for Disabled Adults," DCBA Estate Planning and Probate Committee Presentation, October, 2005
  • "Illinois Estate Tax Update," Community Presentation, June, 2004
  • "Probate Administration in DuPage County," DCBA Mega Meeting Presentation, January, 2004
  • "How to Open a Guardianship Estate," DCBA Mega Meeting Presentation, February, 2001
  • "Planning for Your Future," Community Presentation, 2000
  • "Trusts, Trustees & Distributions," DCBA Elder Law Seminar Presentation, November, 2000
  • "How to Open a Guardianship Estate," DCBA Committee Presentation, October, 2000
  • "The Pitfalls of Joint Tenancy Accounts," Community Presentation, October, 2000
  • "Control Your Financial Future," Community Presentation, October, 1999
  • "Planning for a Second Marriage," Aging Well Consortium, College of DuPage, April, 1999
  • "Estate Planning," Community Presentation, 1999
  • "Guardianship Practice," DuPage Association of Women Lawyers Seminar Presentation, March, 1998
  • "Guardianship Training Program," Circuit Court Program Presentation, April, 1997

Reported Cases

In re Estate of Ann L. Cuneo, Deceased, 334 Ill. App. 3d 594, 780 N.E. 2d. 325, 269 Ill. Dec. 140 (2nd Dist., 2002).

Honors and Awards

  • Cum Laude graduate of Northwestern University School of Law, 1987 - Present
  • Chair, DuPage County Bar Association Probate Committee, 1998 - 1999 and 2014 - 2015
  • Illinois State Bar Associations, 1987 - Present
  • American Bar Association, 1987 - Present
  • National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys., 2003 - 2016
  • Chair, Tax Committee, DuPage County Bar Association, 1990 - 1991

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Illinois Bar Association, Member, 1987 - Present
  • American Bar Association, Member, 1990 - Present
  • DuPage County Bar Association, Member, 1990 - Present
  • National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, Member, 2003 - 2016

Past Employment Positions

  • Mayer Brown & Platt, Attorney, 1987 - 1990
  • Peregrine & Stime, Attorney, 1990 - 1996
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