Chuhak & Tecson welcomes principals Christine A. Barone and Janet Wagner joining the firm

Chuhak & Tecson is pleased to announce that Christine A. Barone has joined the firm as a principal in the Estate Planning & Asset Protection and Estate & Trust Administration & Litigation practice groups and Janet Wagner has joined the firm as a principal in the Banking group.

Barone focuses her practice on elder law. This encompasses contested and uncontested adult guardianships, decedents’ estates, trust administration and litigation, estate planning and asset protection. Notably, she handles planning for those with disabilities or special needs and long-term care planning for eligibility and appeals for Medicaid benefits. She has also represented nursing homes in securing and appealing Medicaid benefits for their residents and claims for payment from the State of Illinois in the Illinois Court of Claims. She prepares and reviews contracts, wills, trusts, special needs trusts and powers of attorney.

Barone is a Certified Elder Law Attorney (CELA), which is an exclusive honor bestowed on a select group of attorneys by the National Elder Law Foundation. Currently, there are only 17 CELAs in Illinois providing resourceful and inspired solutions for clients faced with elder law issues. She is a member of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys. She is also a former president and current board member of the Veterans’ Legal Aid Society.

“With the addition of Christine, we are thrilled that our firm now has two Certified Elder Law Attorneys,” said Lindsey Paige Markus, principal and practice group leader of the firm’s 24-attorney Estate Planning & Asset Protection practice group. “Mallory Moreno, who recently joined Chuhak & Tecson, is also a CELA, and with Christine, they will bring their experience and passion to advocate on behalf of our elderly population and individuals with disabilities.”

Barone finds the most rewarding aspect of assisting and representing her clients is alleviating some of the burden that they feel in extremely stressful and overwhelming situations. She has the knowledge and skills to assist clients step-by-step to try to confront concerns and worries that are often life altering. She understands that communication is critical to an attorney-client relationship and will sit down and discuss the various outcomes and scenarios so that her clients can not only make informed decisions, but also feel a sense of relief.

Barone received her B.S. degree in political science, English minor, from the University of Iowa and earned her J.D. degree, with a certificate in tax law, from Loyola University Chicago School of Law.

Janet Wagner focuses her practice on banking and commercial financing transactions. She provides trusted counsel, exacting documentation and clear communication to commercial banks, credit unions, institutional lenders, insurance companies and other lenders in a wide range of commercial and real estate financing matters.

A highly skilled attorney with extensive experience in analyzing transactions in the banking, corporate and real estate areas, Wagner enjoys creating documents that reflect the exact intentions of the transaction, especially when the transaction is challenging and more unusual. With her comprehensive knowledge of all phases of a loan or credit transaction, she is able to chart the progress of a matter while explaining the technicalities and route to a successful closing.

“We are so excited to have Janet join our team,” said Ed Burke, principal and practice group leader, Banking group. “She brings not only a wealth of experience on the documentation side, but practical experience to help our clients from A to B in the most efficient manner possible.”

In addition to real estate and commercial lending, Wagner has advised lenders on documenting loans secured by unique collateral, including boats, aircraft, rail cars and film rights. Working with her colleagues at the firm, she also handles commercial transactions and corporate matters, counsels clients on the day-to-day operations of businesses, reviews, negotiates contracts and other business documents, and advises clients on corporate governance matters and choice of entity.

Wagner received her LL.M. degree in Child & Family Law and her J.D. from Loyola University Chicago School of Law and earned her B.A. degree, cum laude, in Philosophy, from Mundelein College (now Loyola University Chicago).