Karen R. Mills

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Practice Areas
  • Estate Planning
  • Special Needs Planning
  • Asset Protection
  • Trust and Estate Administration
  • Probate Litigation
  • Guardianships for Minors and Disabled Adults
Education
  • Northern Illinois University College of Law (J.D. Cum Laude, 2012)
  • Aurora University (B.A., Magna Cum Laude, )
Admissions
  • 2018 Supreme Court of the United States
  • 2014 Illinois Supreme Court
  • 2014 U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois

Karen came to the practice of law with over 18 years’ experience in trusts, estates, guardianships and wealth management at JPMorgan Chase and BMO Harris Private Bank where she was known for building enduring client relationships through truly listening and understanding her clients’ needs.  She concentrates her practice in estate planning, guardianships, probate and trusts, including contested matters.  Her experience covers a wide range of family dynamics, advising clients regarding taxes, business interests, asset protection and long term care planning.

Karen also actively participates in public service and pro bono work.   For over two decades, Karen has been an active member of the DuPage Adult Protective Services and Abuse and Neglect Program Multidisciplinary Team.  She is the Chair for Continuing Legal Education for the DuPage County Bar Association, past Chair for the DCBA’s Estate Planning & Probate Section and is on the Board of Directors.  Karen is an accomplished public speaker and is a member of the faculty for the Illinois Institute of Continuing Legal Education.  Karen serves on the Northwestern Memorial Hospital Foundation Board of Directors, is an Executive Committee Member and is Co-Chair of the Philanthropic Advisory Council for NWM Central DuPage and Delnor Hospitals. 

  • Illinois Institute of Continuing Legal Education, Faculty
  • Illinois State Bar Association
  • DuPage County Bar Association
    • Board of Directors
    • Planning Committee, 2019 – Present
    • 2019-2020 CLE Chair
    • 2018-2019 CLE Vice Chair
    • Recipient of 2017-2018 DCBA Board of Directors Award for Outstanding Service, 6/7/18
      • DuPage County Bar Association Estate Planning & Probate Section
      • 2017-2018 Chair
      • 2016-2017 Vice Chair
      • Moderator – Challenges in Estate Planning for Second Marriage, Mega Meeting, 1/28/17, Lisle, Illinois
  • Northwestern Memorial Hospital Foundation
    • Board of Directors
    • Executive Committee Member
    • Co-Chair Philanthropic Advisory Council, NWM Central DuPage and Delnor Hospitals
  • DuPage County Adult Protective Services Abuse and Neglect Program
    • Multidisciplinary Team Member
  • Illinois State Bar Association High School Mock Trial Invitational, Wheaton, Illinois
    • February 1, 2020 – Evaluator
    • February 4, 2017 – Evaluator
    • February 13, 2016 – Evaluator
  • Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity, International
  • DuPage County Bar Association – Estate Planning & Probate Section MCLE, Wheaton, Illinois
    • April 14, 2015: Trust Administration…Lessons from the Front
  • Edwards Hospital, Naperville, Illinois
    • April 16, 2015: Advanced Directives
  • Lighthouse Financial 2015 Graduation Awards Night, Geneva, Illinois
    • April 20, 2015: Advanced Directives Before College and the Impact of Social Media
  • DuPage County Adult Protective Services Conference, College of DuPage, Glen Ellyn, Illinois
    • July 15, 2015: An Agent or a Guardian Angel…
  • Villa St. Benedict, Lisle, Illinois
    • July 23, 2015: Three Things You Need to Know About Digital Estate Planning
  • Northwest Community Hospital, Arlington Heights, Illinois
    • September 17, 2015: Power of Attorney for Healthcare
  • Belmont Village, Carol Stream, Illinois
    • October 22, 2015: Who Needs a Guardian Angel?  When is Guardianship the Right Choice?
  • National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association, American Legion Post 57, Elgin, Illinois
    • November 10, 2015: Advanced Estate Planning
  • LivingWell Cancer Resource Center, Geneva, Illinois
    • January 14, 2016: What to Do When the Unexpected Happens
  • DuPage County Bar Association Mega Meeting, Lisle, Illinois
    • January 30, 2016: “Beaver” Doesn’t Live Here Anymore…Estate Planning for Today’s “Modern Family”
  • Edwards Hospital, Naperville, Illinois
    • April 18, 2016: Illinois Advanced Directives
  • William Blair & Company, LLC, Chicago, Illinois
    • April 20, 2016: Getting Your Affairs in Order…at Any Age
  • Charles Library, St. Charles, Illinois
    • April 23, 2016: Advanced Estate Planning
  • Illinois Paralegal Association Spring Education Conference, Willis Tower, Chicago, Illinois
    • May 5, 2016: Estate Planning for Special Assets
  • Continuing Education for Discharge Planners, Sponsored by BrightStar Care of Naperville/Oak Brook Chateau Center, Harvester Place, LaCabanita, Burr Ridge, Illinois
    • May 19, 2016: Protecting Your Digital Assets
  • Living Well Cancer Resource Center, Geneva, Illinois
    • November 19, 2016: Planning for the Unexpected
  • DuPage County Bar Association Mega Meeting, Lisle, Illinois
    • January 28, 2017: Don’t Let Location, Location, Location…Become Complication, Aggravation and Litigation 
  • LivingWell Cancer Resource Center, Geneva, Illinois 
    • July 15, 2017: This is Not Your Father’s File Cabinet…How to Create a Digital Estate Plan
  • DuPage County Adult Protective Service Conference, Carol Stream, Illinois
    • July 19, 2017: From Clark Can’t to Clark Kent:  How you Can Help Kryptonite Proof the Case for the Court
  • Illinois Paralegal Association Fall Education Conference, Palmer House Hilton, Chicago, Illinois
    • November 1, 2017: “Beaver” Doesn’t Live Here Anymore…Estate Planning for Today’s Modern Family
  • Aquion Water Treatment Products, Roselle, Illinois
    • November 9, 2017: Getting Your Affairs in Order…at Any Age
  • Continuing Education Institute of Illinois, Wildfire, Oakbrook, Illinois
    • December 5, 2017: Cultural Diversity in the Workplace
  • Continuing Education Institute of Illinois, Jimmy’s Charhouse, Elgin, Illinois
    • December 6, 2017: Who Needs a Guardian Angel?  When is Guardianship the Right Choice?
  • DuPage County Bar Association – New Lawyers Section, Wheaton, Illinois
    • December 8, 2017: Helping Your Clients Leave a Legacy, not a Burden
  • DuPage County Bar Association – New Lawyers Section, Wheaton, Illinois
    • March 15, 2018: An Agent or a Guardian Angel?
  • DuPage County Adult Protective Service Conference, Carol Stream, Illinois
    • July 18, 2018: GPS for Navigating the Crossroads of Guardianship and Mental Health Court
  • Carol Stream Rotary Club, Holiday Inn & Suites Chicago, Carol Stream, Illinois
    • July 31, 2018: Getting Your Affairs in Order…at Any Age
  • Continuing Education Institute of Illinois, Cooper’s Hawk, Naperville, Illinois
    • August 1, 2018: Who Needs a Guardian Angel…When is Guardianship the Right Choice?
  • Strohschein Law Group, St. Charles, Illinois
    • August 21, 2018: Mental Health Issues and the 100 Acre Woods
  • DuPage County Bar Association – Estate Planning & Probate Section MCLE, Wheaton, Illinois
    • September 26, 2018: “Family Feud”…and the Survey Says…Siblings, Stepsiblings and Half Siblings!
  • Illinois Institute of Continuing Legal Education – Elder Law Short Course, Lisle, Illinois 
    • October 9, 2018: Elder Orphans: Care and Legal Issues Surrounding Seniors Without Family
  • Older Adult Health and Wellness Symposium – College of DuPage, Glen Ellyn, Illinois 
    • February 8, 2019: The Elder Orphan Crisis
  • Continuing Education for Nurses, Social Workers and Discharge Planners, Advocate Good Samaritan Hospital, Downers Grove, Illinois 
    • February 13, 2019: Medicare Myths and Benefits for Real Life in 2019
  • City of Naperville, Naperville, Illinois 
    • March 28, 2019: Getting Your Affairs in Order…at any Age
  • Wheaton Rotary Club, Arrowhead Golf Club, Wheaton, Illinois 
    • May 1, 2019: Getting Your Affairs in Order…at any Age
  • Illinois Institute of Continuing Legal Education – Estate Planning Short Course, Chicago,, Illinois 
    • May 7, 2019: Moderator
  • DuPage County Bar Association 11th Hour PRMCLE Seminar, Naperville,, Illinois 
    • June 20, 2019: When Helping Hurts: Compassion Fatigue in the Legal Office 
  • DuPage County Adult Protective Services Conference “Be the Intervention”, Naperville, Illinois 
    • July 24, 2019: Ten Things in Estate Planning You Never Knew Your Needed
  • Continuing Education Institute of Illinois, Clarendale, Addison, Illinois 
    • July 25, 2019: Celebrity Estates
  • Edward Jones, Wheaton, Illinois 
    • August 14, 2019: Getting Your Affairs in Order…at any Age
  • Favia Group, Chicago, Illinois 
    • August 29, 2019: Trustee Training Program
  • Edward Hines, Jr. VA Hospital, Hines, Illinois 
    • September 6, 2019: GPS for Navigating the Crossroads of Guardianship and Mental Health Court
  • National Business Institute Illinois CLE, “Trusts: The Ultimate Guide”, Naperville, Illinois
    • September 24, 2019: Tax Deduction with Trusts
  • Bank Financial, Downers Grove, Illinois 
    • October 9, 2019: What’s Your Plan B?
  • Illinois Institute of Continuing Legal Education – Elder Law Short Course, Lisle, Illinois 
    • November 21, 2019: Moderator, Judicial Perspectives on Guardianships 

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