Molly A. Ward


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, trust and guardianship administration and litigation, and estate planning.


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, including the transfer of assets and estate tax returns. 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, contested guardianships, 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.

In her estate planning practice, 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.

At Chuhak & Tecson, Molly previously served in various leadership roles for the firm, including chairing the Recruitment Committee, Associate/Law Clerk Oversight Committee and Library Committee, and serving on the Associate Liaison Committee and Finance Committee. She is also a founding member of the firm’s Women Helping Women program.


DePaul University College of Law, J.D., 2002
University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana, B.A., 1999

Bar Admissions
Illinois, 2002
North Carolina, 2011

Court Admissions
U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois, 2002

Memberships & Associations
  • American Bar Association
  • Chicago Bar Association, including Probate Practice and Trust Law Committees
  • Coalition of Women’s Initiatives in Law
  • Illinois State Bar Association
  • Leading Lawyer (2020 – 2024)
Community Involvement
  • Women Helping Women, founding member