Principal

Molly A. Ward

Molly A. Ward
Practice Areas

Estate & Trust Administration & Litigation
Estate Planning & Asset Protection
Litigation

Education

DePaul University College of Law, J.D. (2002)

University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana, B.A. (1999)

Bar & Court Admissions

Illinois (2002)

North Carolina (2011)

U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois (2002)

Molly Ward has extensive experience in representing clients and providing them unmatched attention to suit their needs. A Principal, Molly concentrates her practice in estate planning, probate, and estate, trust and guardianship administration and litigation.

Molly works with clients to prepare wills, living and testamentary trusts, irrevocable trusts, special-needs trusts, living wills, family limited partnerships, and powers of attorney for healthcare and property, based on each individual's specific needs.

Whether it is a simple will for clients beginning to grow their wealth, start a family or ensure their children will be taken care of in the future, or a complex estate plan for high-net-worth individuals, she works with clients at every stage in life. Molly also assists clients with estate and inheritance tax issues and nursing home relocations.

In her trusts and estates practice, Molly handles all aspects of estate and trust matters. She is experienced in assisting clients with the administration of probate estates—from simple small estate affidavits to complex estate and trust administration matters. She administers decedent estates and guardianships of disabled adults and minors.

Molly also has broad experience in litigated trusts and estates, including recovery of assets, breaches of fiduciary duty, contested accountings, joint tenancy and beneficiary designation disputes, contested claims, heirship disputes, and will and trust contests based on, among other things, lack of capacity and undue influence. She has successfully argued matters before the Illinois Appellate Court.

Molly is passionate about advocating for her clients and believes that a successful attorney-client relationship is based on communication. One of her primary goals is keeping cost in mind, thoroughly exploring settlement options to decide whether pursuing a settlement is the right choice for her clients. Based on her diligence, Molly has facilitated numerous successful settlements for her clients through pre-trial mediation conferences.

At Chuhak & Tecson, Molly has served in various leadership roles, including chairing the Library Committee and Recruitment Committee, and currently as a member of the Associate/Law Clerk Oversight Committee.