Michael G. Stuart, JD, CPA

Attorney & Counselor at Law

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Michael is a widely recognized attorney and CPA who has been a trusted advisor to his clients in the areas of business law, asset protection, and trust & estate planning. Among financial advisors and clients, he has earned the reputation as a responsible, reliable, and thoughtful advocate. His practice has enjoyed significant growth by maintaining his philosophy of continually educating clients about their options while building strong relationships.

Michael has been practicing law since 1981 and has served on the estate planning and probate sections of several bar associations, has spoken on estate planning issues to various public groups, and has appeared on Channel 23’s Accountability financial forum. He has written and published articles on corporate, individual, and estate tax planning.

As the founder and visionary of a thriving law firm, The Stuart Legacy Alliance, LLC (SLA), he has developed a process that professionals and business owners can use to guide them through the complex issues they face during transition. It is SLA’s goal to help them achieve their personal and financial goals and attain peace of mind.

As a holistic estate planner, Michael works in concert with his clients’ financial advisors, CPAs, insurance advisors, and other financial and legal professionals to ensure that all plans developed truly have the clients’ goals and objectives in mind.

Speaking Engagements

As an experienced speaker on a variety of topics, Michael speaks to both consumer and professional groups on Business and Estate Planning topics including:

  • Creating and Preserving Family Legacies
  • Trusts and Wills
  • Probate
  • Tax Implications
  • Special Needs Planning
  • Business Startup
  • Business Exit and Succession Planning
  • Charitable Giving

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Admitted to practice law before the following courts…

  • Illinois Supreme Court
  • Oregon Supreme Court – Inactive Status
  • New York State Court of Appeals
  • U. S. District Court – Oregon
  • U. S. District Court – Northern District of Illinois
  • U. S. Tax Court
  • Circuit Court of Appeals – Ninth Circuit
  • The United States Supreme Court

Admitted to practice as a Certified Public Accountant in…

  • Illinois
  • Vermont – Inactive Status
  • Wealth Counsel, LLC
  • Advisor’s Forum
  • Northwest Suburban Estate Planning Council
  • North Shore Estate and Financial Planning Council
  • Financial Planning Association
  • Illinois State Bar Association
  • Illinois CPA Society – Fox River Trail and O’Hare Chapters
  • Oregon State Bar Association
  • Hellenic Bar Association
  • American Association of Attorney-Certified Public Accountants