The Overview.Our firm is located in Palos Heights, Illinois. Our areas of concentration include: Elder Law Issues (review of contracts for nursing homes and continuing care retirement communities, medicaid planning and spend down issues); Estate Planning (trusts, wills and powers of attorney to keep you out of probate court and to simplify life and to protect assets); Probate Court - Decedent's Estates and Guardianships (when court is necessary, we assist clients in working through a complicated system); and Administration of Trusts (despite the desire to "avoid probate" by the use of a Living Trust, there are many rules (legal, tax & ethical) that need to be followed by your Successor Trustee - we help do the job correctly!).
While we do practice in numerous areas, no small firm is able to provide services in all of the facets of law. So, if we are not able to help you with your concern, we would be happy to assist you in finding a reputable local law firm that can give the same individual service and care that we take pride in and that you deserve.
Look further inside our web site to find out more about our firm and the areas of law in which we can assist you. We hope that our site has information which you will find useful. However, please heed my "do not try this at home" warning: While gathering information and learning on the internet is good, it is not possible for the average person to comprehend the full scope of an elder law practice. While reading legal books and articles is helpful, it is truly only by "practicing" elder law can a person become competent. In my opinion, it is the experience in the law, life and matters of the complex human relationships that shape an intelligent person with a law degree into a "wise and trusted" counselor and advisor with respect to the many facets of aging in the United States today!
Palos Elder Law Staff
The Team. Paul A. Smolinski is the principal attorney in the law firm. Paul graduated in 1987 from the John Marshall Law School in Chicago, Illinois. Paul is a member of the American Bar Association, Illinois State Bar Association, Chicago Bar Association, Southwest Bar Association and the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys.
Pamela Wawrzyniak is the law firm's paralegal. Pam has been with our firm since 1991 and she is in charge of keeping contact with our many clients to insure that they are informed as to the progress of their legal matters and to offer assistance when questions arise.
A PROUD MEMBER OF THE NATIONAL ACADEMY OF ELDER LAW ATTORNEYS