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Michelle Bugajsky

Attorney

Attorney Michelle Bugajsky focuses her practice on probate, estate planning, and family law. Michelle concentrates on these practice areas because they allow her to be deeply involved with helping people and families attain their best outcome through stressful times. Whether assisting clients in planning for their futures or helping clients through problems in the here and now, Michelle provides caring and thoughtful legal services. Michelle understands that without someone to guide them in times of strife, clients may struggle with the difficulties involved in making educated and focused decisions. Michelle fills that need – she sees clients through their legal needs in difficult and challenging times and she works intensely to craft results tailored to what is most important to each individual client. Michelle takes great pride in combining her keen legal expertise of probate and estate planning law with a plan uniquely crafted for each specific client or family.

Michelle attended the University of Illinois at Chicago, where she obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree, double majoring in Political Science and Criminal Justice. Thereafter, Michelle accepted an academic scholarship to attend the Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago-Kent School of Law. While attending Kent, Michelle focused her studies on family law, taxation and estate planning. At this time, Michelle served as a research assistant for Professor Jonathan Decatorsmith. In addition, Michelle had the privilege of completing a judicial externship for the Hon. Raul Vega in the post-decree domestic relations division of the Circuit Court of Cook County. As a judicial extern, Michelle gained rare insight into judicial decision-making and courtroom strategy. Practicing for two years as a 711 student attorney in Chicago-Kent’s family law and low-income taxpayer clinics, Michelle gained vast and invaluable legal experience. In doing so, Michelle found her true passion for helping families in need. Following graduation, Michelle successfully completed a post-juris doctorate program earning a certificate in advanced legal studies with an emphasis in family law and estate planning.

After taking some time away from law to manage a family business, Michelle joined a DuPage County general practice firm. There Michelle established herself and quickly rose through the ranks from associate to senior associate, where she was ultimately entrusted with the day-to-day administration of the firm. Today, as a founding partner at SBK Law Group, Michelle’s goal is to continue to bring her client’s personal, creative, and attentive legal services in the areas of decedent’s estates, estate administration, guardianships, estate planning, mediation, and family law. Michelle’s vision for SBK is to offer clients a welcoming environment, high quality legal services, good value and personalized care.

At SBK Law Group, Michelle offers representation in all areas of probate and comprehensive estate planning. Michelle’s family law role at the firm often focuses on mediation and financial matters, with Michelle frequently weighing in on key issues such as asset division, maintenance, child support, retirement accounts, and executive compensation.

Michelle grew up in Arlington Heights in the Northwest Suburbs of Chicago. After college, Michelle and her husband established residence in Elmhurst. Michelle has a history of charitable work for organizations supporting young mothers, at-risk youth and animal shelters. In her spare time, Michelle enjoys remodeling her home, trying her hand at interior decorating, spending time biking and outdoors with her family, and traveling. Michelle’s other passion - the ocean. She loves to spend the day at the beach and revels at the chance to scuba or snorkel. Today, Michelle her husband and their two young children call West Suburban Naperville their home, enjoying all that the area has to offer.

Michelle is licensed to practice in Illinois. She is a member of the DuPage County Bar Association, the Illinois State Bar Association, and past member of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys. Michelle is a 2018 recipient of the American Institute of Legal Counsel 10 Best Law Firm client satisfaction award in the area of Estate Planning Law.

Educational Background

  • Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago Kent College of Law, Chicago, IL May 2009, J.D.
  • University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago, IL Dec 2005, BA in Political Science and Criminal Justice

Bar Admissions & Years

  • Illinois 2009

Legal Practice Areas

Relevant Past Employment Positions

  • Senior Associate at O’Flaherty Law 2015-2020

Current/Past Affiliations or Offices Held

  • DCBA
  • ISBA
  • CBA
  • NAELA

Honors and Awards

  • American Institute of Legal Counsel, 10 Best Law Firm Client Satisfaction, Estate Planning Law, 2018
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