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ESTATE PLANNING &

ELDER LAW ATTORNEYS

Super Lawyers

Serving Northwest Chicago, Hickory Hills and Near North Suburbs

CHICAGO ESTATE PLANNING LAWYERS

LAWYERS ON CHICAGO'S NORTHWEST SIDE FOR ELDER LAW, MEDICAID, AND VA PENSION PLANNING


At Otte & Czajkowska, LLC, we understand the importance of planning for the future. Our experienced attorneys realize that you have worked hard throughout your lifetime and that you deserve to enjoy the fruits of your labor and to have your wishes for your estate honored. In order to make that happen, it is crucial to develop a comprehensive estate plan that fully protects your assets and distributes them to your heirs and beneficiaries at your direction. With more than 20 years of combined legal experience, our team has the knowledge and tools to help you create an estate plan that is customized to meet your unique needs.

Attorneys Michael A. Otte and Izabela Czajkowska took over the law firm of Chester M. Przybylo & Associates in 2017. Under the new name of Otte & Czajkowska, LLC, the practice continues to offer a full range of estate planning and elder law services to clients throughout Chicago's Northwest Side. We are also proud to serve the Polish-speaking members of our community. Our team understands that estate planning and elder law matters can be confusing for anyone, but especially so for those who do not speak English as their primary language. Ms. Czajkowska is a Polish-speaking attorney who is prepared to help clients provide their loved ones with long-term security and peace of mind.

ELDER LAW ATTORNEYS SERVING CHICAGO

VA AID AND ATTENDANCE/PENSION PLANNING VA AID AND ATTENDANCE/PENSION PLANNING


If you or your spouse served in the U.S. Armed Forces during wartime, you may be eligible for a number of healthcare-related benefits through the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), including the Aid and Attendance benefit. The Aid and Attendance benefit is a special pension program for wartime veterans and their surviving spouses who are homebound or who require nursing home care. Attorney Michael A. Otte is accredited by the Department of Veterans Affairs to assist you with your VA claim and application and to help you get the benefits you earned through your service.

MEDICAID PLANNING MEDICAID PLANNING


Medicaid is a complex series of benefits programs established by the federal government and administered by each state for its citizens. While there are several different elements under the umbrella of Medicaid, the Medicaid Long-Term Care program is one that many seniors rely on for help when they require ongoing care. At Otte & Czajkowska, LLC, we help aging individuals plan, apply, and qualify for Medicaid benefits for long-term care expenses while protecting and preserving assets for their descendants.

PROBATE PROBATE


According to Illinois law, most estates with assets valued at more than $100,000 or those that include real estate must be administered through the process of probate. During probate, the estate is validated, all debts are settled, and the remaining property is distributed to heirs in accordance with the deceased person's will and state law. Our attorneys can help prepare an estate for probate so that the process can be completed as quickly as possible. We also offer guidance to executors and other fiduciaries as they carry out their assigned responsibilities.

ADULT GUARDIANSHIPS ADULT GUARDIANSHIPS


If you have a family member or friend who is struggling to manage their own affairs due to a health issue or disability, you may be able to help by seeking an adult guardianship. Guardianship of an adult can be granted in Illinois if the adult is found to be disabled and in need of assistance. The process of obtaining guardianship can be complex, but we can help. The experienced team at Otte & Czajkowska, LLC will work with you in determining the type of guardianship that is needed and filing your request in court. We can also assist you in carrying out your duties as guardian for your loved one.

TRUST ATTORNEYS SERVING CHICAGO

REVOCABLE TRUSTS


A revocable trust is a trust that can be modified or revoked at any time during the lifetime of the trust's creator. There are many different types of revocable trusts, and our team can help you choose the right ones for your unique situation.

IRREVOCABLE TRUSTS


An irrevocable trust cannot be changed once it is established, but the permanency of such trusts can be useful in qualifying for Medicaid and minimizing tax liabilities. Our lawyers will assist you in exploring your options regarding irrevocable trusts and other asset protection strategies.

SPECIAL NEEDS TRUSTS


Special needs trusts, also called supplemental needs trusts, allow heirs or beneficiaries with special needs to receive inheritances without jeopardizing their eligibility for government benefit programs like Medicaid and Social Security Disability Income (SSDI).

Michael Otte

MICHAEL A. OTTE 
PARTNER


Michael Otte

Attorney Michael A. Otte concentrates in the areas of estate and trust planning, administration, and litigation. He is also qualified to serve clients with elder law matters, Medicaid planning, guardianships, and nursing home contract review. Mr. Otte is accredited by the Department of Veterans Affairs General Counsel to assist veterans with VA claims, applications, and concerns.


 
IZABELA CZAJKOWSKA

IZABELA CZAJKOWSKA 
PARTNER


IZABELA CZAJKOWSKA

Attorney Izabela Czajkowska focuses her practice on estate and trust planning, probate administration, estate-related litigation, disability planning, and guardianships. In addition, Ms. Czajkowska is experienced in domestic and international tax and business planning and business succession matters. She is fluent in Polish and provides Polish-language legal services.


 
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Testimonials
  • Great Estate Attorney! Michael guided me through a relatively complex probated estate. Throughout the process, I felt that Michael was on my side, took the matter at hand very seriously and was very thorough in everything that he did. I would recommend Michael to anybody needing help with complex estate issues or general estate planning.

    - Steven

  • Michael helped me through a fairly complex estate plan during a recent divorce. He was patient and thorough and gave me excellent guidance. I feel that the plan I left with will be of great benefit to my children in the future.

    - Nancy

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