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J. Amber Drew

Associate

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F: (630) 871-9869

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J. Amber Drew

J. Amber Drew named as an Illinois Rising Star in the Estate Planning & Probate practice area by Super Lawyers Magazine.

Ms. Drew concentrates her practice in estate planning, probate and trust administration, and guardianships. She advises clients regarding estate, gift, and generation-skipping transfer tax issues, as well as non-tax issues, such as planning for retirement, providing for family members with special needs, and planning for varied family situations. She prepares wills and trusts of all levels of complexity and also handles estate and trust administration including litigated matters. Amber is a mediator with the Sixth Circuit’s Foreclosure Mediation Program and sits on the Illinois State Bar Association’s Elder Law Section Council.

Experience

Prior to joining CCM, Amber worked as an estates and trusts attorney for seven years at Webber & Thies, P.C., in Urbana, Illinois. She served as Treasurer of the Champaign County Bar Association for most of that time, as well as spending many years on the board of the Orpheum Children’s Science Museum. Amber continues to engage in philanthropic work in connection with and outside of her work at CCM.

Prior to becoming a lawyer, Amber was a consultant with PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP, working as a software developer in the supply chain management arena.

Publication & Seminars

Don’t Forget Dad! Short-term Guardianships Aren’t Just for the Kids, ISBA: ELDER LAW, Feb. 2016

Protecting Assets While Qualifying for Medicaid: Trust Based Medicaid Planning in Detail, J. A. Drew, Ch. III, National Business Institute – CLE; Seminar Presenter, Mar. 10, 2015

Protecting Assets While Qualifying for Medicaid: Using Special Needs Trusts, J. A. Drew, Ch. IV, National Business Institute – CLE; Seminar Presenter, Mar. 10, 2015

Webber, Carl and J. Amber Drew, Every Will Needs a Paragraph Allowing for a Supplemental Needs Trust, ISBA: ELDER LAW, Apr. 2013, vol. 18, no. 4

A Comprehensive Look at Guardianships” Amber Drew and Roaa Al-Heeti – continuing legal education presentation to the Champaign County Bar Association, Mar. 23, 2013

The Military, Veterans, and the Law: A Primer for Young Lawyers, ISBA: YOUNG LAWYERS DIVISION, Jun. 2012

Death of Dawn Donut: The Demise of Concurrent Trademarks, J.L. TECH. & POL’Y Spring 2007, pg. 101 et seq.

Personal

 

Practice Areas

Estate Planning
Probate & Trust Administration
Guardianships

Education

Juris Doctor,
University of Illinois College of Law
Champaign-Urbana, Illinois

Bachelor of Arts in
Computer Science,
DePauw University, Greencastle Indiana

Admission to Practice

Illinois State Bar
Minnesota State Bar
New Jersey State Bar
Washington DC Bar

Memberships

Illinois State Bar Association
DuPage County Bar Association
Kane County Bar Association

East Central Illinois Women Attorneys Association
past VP of Membership as well as Treasurer

Junior League - past Treasurer

PEO

Honors & Awards

While in law school, Amber was an editor of The Journal of Law, Technology & Policy.

Terrence D. Paul Law Scholarship

Distinction of Honors, Legal Research & Writing.