Darcy Chamberlin

Darcy J. Chamberlin

Attorney at Law

Ms. Chamberlin has been a licensed attorney for over 30 years. She is admitted to practice in the State of Illinois and the federal bar. Ms. Chamberlin is a graduate of Indiana University, where she received a B.A. in 1976 and a J.D. in 1979. She lives in the Western Suburbs with her husband.

Ms. Chamberlin has been given the highest rating possible, AV Preeminent, 5.0 out of 5.0 from the respected Martindale-Hubble peer review guide, in recognition of her highly regarded legal skills and professional ethics.

Ms. Chamberlin is a Fellow of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel (ACTEC). ACTEC is a nonprofit association of more than 2,600 trust and estate lawyers who practice throughout the United States, Canada, and the world. Membership in ACTEC is by election of the Regents of the College. Candidates for election as an ACTEC Fellow must meet rigorous eligibility critera in the active practice of probate, trust law and estate planning.

Ms. Chamberlin has been selected in the past as a Five Star Wealth Manager in the area of Estate Planning.

She has been named a “Leading Illinois Attorney” by the Leading Attorney Network, an organization that asks Illinois attorneys to name experts in their area of practice.

Ms. Chamberlin is a member of the Special Needs Alliance and a current member and former Treasurer of the Illinois Chapter of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA). She is a former member on the Board of Directors of Community Support Services, Inc., a non-profit organization located in the Western Suburbs serving people with developmental disabilities and their families.

Ms. Chamberlin has made many presentations in the firm’s areas of practice. She also has published articles that serve as authoritative references.

Presentations, Publications, and Interviews

Ms. Chamberlin has made many presentations to attorneys, bar associations, and other groups. Selected presentations are listed below.

Presentations

  • “Preventing Elder Financial Exploitation with Estate Planning”
    IICLE Elder Law Conference
    Lisle, IL – November 3, 2016
  • “Selected Tax Issues in Special Needs Planning”, “Traditional Housing Issues in Special Needs Planning”, “Creative Housing Solutions: Thinking Outside the Box”
    IICLE Special Needs Trust Conference
    Lisle, IL – September 23, 2016
  • “Special Needs Planning”
    Du Page Estate Planning Council
    Oak Brook, IL – March 2, 2016
  • “Special Needs Trust Planning”
    NAMI Metro Suburban
    Oak Park, IL – February 21, 2016
  • “Wills and Trusts”
    Ups for Downs
    Elk Grove Village, IL – February 16, 2016
  • Moderator – Elder Law Conference
    Illinois Institute of Continuing Legal Education
    Lisle, IL – November 13, 2015
  • “Special Needs Trusts”
    NAMI
    Oak Park, IL – March 1, 2015
  • “FUTURE PLANNING: Legal Issues when a Child with Special Needs Turns 18”
    Autism & Special Needs Seminar
    Palos Hills, IL – November 15, 2014
  • “Special Needs Trusts and Alternatives”
    IICLE Special Needs Trust Planning Conference
    Chicago, IL – July 30, 2014
  • “Future Planning: Guardianship and Special Needs Trusts”
    The Dravet Syndrome Foundation Family and Medical Professional Conference
    Chicago, IL – June 28, 2014
  • “Future Planning: Guardianship, Government Benefits and Special Needs Trusts”
    Epilepsy Foundation Consumer Conference
    Chicago, IL – November 16, 2013
  • “Naming a Special Needs Trust as a Beneficiary on an IRA”
    IICLE Special Needs Trust Planning Conference
    Chicago, IL – September 27, 2013
  • “Estate Planning and Advanced Directives”
    The Aging Care Connections Lecture Series
    La Grange, IL – March 27, 2013
  • “Adult Special Needs Clients & the Relationship with Elder Law”
    IICLE Practice Academy: Essentials of Elder & Special Needs Law
    Chicago, IL – March 18, 2013
  • “The Impact of the Smart Act on Special Needs Trust Planning”
    Du Page Estate Planning Council
    Oak Brook, IL – March 6, 2013
  • “The Impact of the Smart Act on Special Needs Planning”
    Kane County Bar Association Estate, Probate and Elder Law Seminar
    Geneva, IL – February 27, 2013
  • “Considerations When Drafting A Special Needs Trust for a Beneficiary with Mental Illness”
    IICLE Special Needs Trust Seminar
    Chicago, IL – June 7, 2012
  • “The Role of a Special Needs Trust Attorney in Injury Cases”
    IICLE Special Needs Trust Seminar
    Chicago, IL – June 8, 2012
  • “Personal Injury Settlements: Qualified Settlement Funds and Medicare Set Asides”
    IICLE Special Needs Trust Seminar
    Springfield, IL — August 26, 2011
  • “Personal Injury Settlements: Qualified Settlement Funds and Medicare Set Asides”
    IICLE Special Needs Trust Seminar
    Chicago, IL — August 4, 2011
  • “Irrevocable Trusts and Long Term Care Planning”
    IICLE Elements of Elder Law Conference
    Springfield, IL — June 24, 2011
  • “Irrevocable Trusts and Long Term Care Planning”
    IICLE Elements of Elder Law Conference
    Chicago, IL — June 10, 2011
  • “The Role of the Special Needs Attorney in Personal Injury Cases”
    IICLE Special Needs Trust Seminar
    Springfield, IL — June 11, 2010
  • “The Role of the Special Needs Attorney in Personal Injury Cases”
    IICLE Special Needs Trust Seminar
    Chicago, IL — June 3, 2010
  • “Special Needs Trust Planning for the Future”
    Jewish Child & Family Services
    Skokie, IL — May 11, 2010
  • “Special Needs Trust Planning and Divorcing Parents”
    Collaborative Law Institute
    Arlington Heights, IL — March 23, 2010
  • “Legal Issues When Your Special Needs Child Turns 18”
    Owen Ellementary School District 204
    Naperville, IL — January 27, 2010
  • “Special Needs Legal Issues Panelist”
    Linkages Resource Fair
    Chicago, IL — October 21, 2009
  • “Legal Issues When Caring for an Older Adult”
    Kraft Foods, Inc.
    Northfield, Il — October 1, 2009
  • “Drafting Third party and OBRA Special Needs Trusts”
    IICLE Special Needs Trust Seminar
    Springfield, IL — June 19, 2009
  • “Drafting Third Party and OBRA Special Needs Trusts”
    IICLE Special Needs Trust Seminar
    Chicago, IL — June 5, 2009
  • “Special Needs Trust Planning”
    SEASPAR
    Downers Grove, IL — May 2009
  • “Special Needs Trust Planning and Divorcing Parents”
    Collaborative Law Institute
    Oak Brook, IL — May 21, 2009
  • “Basics of Special Needs Trusts”
    Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education, Elder Law Conference
    Northbook, Illinois — December 9, 2008
  • “Client Perspectives on Charitable Giving”
    Chicago Plan Giving Council
    Chicago, Illinois — September 14, 2008
  • “Asset Protection and Medical Expenses”
    Have a Heart Foundation Support Meeting
    Oak Brook Terrace, Illinois — August 19, 2008
  • “Drafting Special Needs Trusts”
    Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education, Special Needs Trust Conference
    Springfield, Illinois — March 6, 2008
    Chicago, Illinois — March 13, 2008
  • “Types of Special Needs Trusts”Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education, Special Needs Trust Conference
    Chicago, Illinois — March 13, 2008
  • “Medicaid Planning Two Years after the Deficit Reduction Act”Du Page County Estate Planning Council
    Oak Brook, Illinois — February 12, 2008
  • “Spousal Renunciations”Chicago Bar Association, Trust Law
    Chicago, Illinois — January 14, 2008
  • “Elder Law Short Course”Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education
    Naperville, Illinois — November 29 and 30, 2007
  • “Types of Special Needs Trusts and How They Differ”Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education
    Chicago, Illinois — April 5, 2007
    Springfield, Illinois — April 11, 2007
  • “Drafting Special Needs Trusts”Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education
    Chicago, Illinois — April 5, 2007
    Springfield, Illinois — April 11, 2007
  • “Beneficiary Designations on Non-Qualified Annuities”Chicago Bar Association Trust Law Committee
    Chicago, Illinois — February 12, 2007
  • “Estate Planning Options for Persons with Disabilities and their Families”Trinity Services, Inc.
    Joliet, Illinois — September 14, 2006
  • “Deficit Reduction Act and Medicaid”Illinois CPA Society
    Chicago, Illinois — July 25, 2006
    Skokie, Illinois — June 14, 2006
  • “Elder Law Update “Deficit Reduction Act and OBRA SNTs”Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education
    Chicago, Illinois — June 7, 2006Springfield, Illinois — June 2, 2006
  • “Special Needs Trusts”Du Page Home Ownership Center
    Affordable Housing Breakfast
    Wheaton, Illinois — May 11, 2006
  • “Starting Points: Drafting Basic Wills and Trusts, Moderator”Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education
    Chicago, Illinois — February 24, 2006

Publications

Ms. Chamberlin is a recognized expert in the estate planning field. Several publications are listed below.

  • Chapter, “Tax Issues for Special Needs Trusts”Special Needs Trust Handbook
    Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education
    2016
  • “Checklist 10-18. Estate Planning for Parents of a Disabled Child”Legal Checklists
    Thompson West Publications
    2004
  • “Estate Planning for Families with Disabled Children”Illinois Bar Journal
    1987
  • “Guardianships of Disabled Adults”Illinois Bar Journal
    1985

Interviews

  • “Safe Storage of Will, Other Documents Vital”Special Section: Planning Ahead. An Estate and Funeral Guide.
    Chicago Tribune

    April 14, 2004
  • “Preserving Nursing Home Residents’ Assets is Harder Than Ever”Illinois Bar Journal
    March 2004
  • “Elder Law: Will is Just One of Several Necessary Documents”Chicago Tribune
    March 20, 2002