Leynee Cruz Flores is a principal whose practice is concentrated in all areas of trust and estate administration and litigation, including probate and guardianship. Licensed in both Florida and Illinois, Leynee’s unparalleled responsiveness to legal solutions and practical approaches are highly valued by her clients. She currently leads the firm's 17-lawyer Estate & Trust Administration & Litigation practice group.
Leynee prosecutes and defends both corporate fiduciaries and individuals in claims regarding competency, breach of fiduciary duty, undue influence and disputes concerning assets. Known for her asset recovery strategies and prosecuting claims against abusers and exploiters, Leynee is regularly appointed as Guardian Ad Litem and attorney for objecting respondents by Cook County Probate Division judges in matters of guardianship administration and litigation.
Leynee’s practice is all encompassing — from the initiation of proceedings to the discharge of representatives. Clients depend on her skillful approach in administering and litigating wills, trusts, powers of attorney and the distribution of non-probate assets.
She has provided exceptional representation and possesses a deep knowledge in all aspects of both probate and guardianship administration and litigation matters. Understanding that clients seeking her services have likely suffered a loss, she walks them through the process with great compassion.
Clients who are single, married or in a committed relationship and from divergent economic levels rely on Leynee to establish an effective estate plan specifically tailored to their financial goals. This includes the preparation of wills, trusts and additional creative planning devices to promote efficient wealth transfer and asset preservation.
Finding and delivering creative solutions has become one of the hallmarks of Leynee’s practice. Before joining Chuhak & Tecson and while practicing in South Florida, Leynee worked alongside attorneys based in Havana, Cuba, representing Cuban national beneficiaries. There she experienced challenging situations such as no internet access or fax machine service. Communications were often limited to telegrams and most of the families she counseled did not have a concept of private banks or commercial markets. Leynee’s drive and determination allowed her to work through these limitations and provide the assistance that her clientele needed. Since then, she has continually sought out resourceful methods to deliver top-notch service to clients from all walks of life.
Leynee received both her J.D. and certificate in elder law from St. Thomas University School of Law in Miami, Florida. Prior to receiving her degree, she founded and served as president of the Elder Law Society, which was recognized in 2013 as the Student Bar Association's Organization of the Year.
Her passion for elder law extends well beyond her practice. In 2014, she volunteered at the Center for Disability & Elder Law in Chicago where she advised, drafted and executed estate planning documents for low-income elderly and disabled clients. She is currently a member of the Young Professionals Board for the Center for Disability & Elder Law and continues to provide pro bono legal services to the center’s clients.
Leynee is the immediate past president of the Hispanic Lawyers Association of Illinois, serves as treasurer for the Hispanic Lawyers Scholarship Fund, and on the board of directors for the Chicago Bar Association’s Young Lawyer’s Section. She also currently serves as a delegate to the Coalition of Women's Initiatives in Law and as co-chair of Chuhak & Tecson's Business Development & Marketing Committee.
Leynee was selected in 2019 and again in 2020 as Rising Star by Super Lawyers Magazine, an honor earned by only 2.5% of Illinois attorneys. In 2019, she was named to the Latinos 40 under 40 list by Negocios Now.