Michael H. Erde

North Suburban office
(773) 286-3800

Elder Law Attorney

Partner since 1980  

Michael H. Erde has been practicing law in Chicago for over 40 years.  I am a Certified Elder Law Attorney (CELA), certified by the National Elder Law Foundation as well as an elected member of the Council of Advanced Practitioners (CAP), a small group of premiere elder law attorneys, all of whom have been members of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA) for at least 10 years, are CELAs and are AV rated by Martindale-Hubbell.  I am a Member of NAELA and a Board Member of its Chicago Chapter.

I am recognized by my peers as an Illinois Super Lawyer for Elder Law, as featured in Chicago Magazine,and in 2012 was featured as one of 15 of Chicago’s Top Rated Lawyers for Elder Law by Martindale-Hubbell Lawyer Ratings, as featured in the Chicago Tribune and other news periodicals.

Mr. Erde is on the Board of Directors of the Sauganash Chamber of Commerce and the Greater North Shore Estate Planning Council.  I Founded the Chicago Bar Association Asset Protection Committee and is former Chairman of its Elder Law Committee.  I is also a Member of the Edgebrook Chamber of Commerce & Peterson/Pulaski Industrial Council; the Elder Law Section Committee of the Illnios Bar Association, the Senior Citizens’ Will Program of the Chicago Bar Association, the Chicago Bar Association’s Probate and Trust Committees, the Northwest Suburban Bar Association’s (NWSBA) Wills, Trust, Probate, and Elder Law Committee, and the NWSBA’s Probate Forms and Suburban Practice Committee.

Mr. Erde has been an Instructor/Lecturer on topics including:  Estates and Trusts, Elder Law, Guardianships, Probate, Medicaid, Medicare, and Ethics in Elder Law at numerous accounting, religious, corporate, and educational institutions including:  the Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education (IICLE), Lorman Educational Services, U.S. Customs Service, the Controller of the Currency, the Environmental Protection Agency, the National Business Institute (NBI), the John Marshall Law School, television and radio news, and a major cruise line.  I am also the Author of numerous articles on Elder Law, Medicaid, Trusts, and Asset Protection.

In addition, Mr. Erde previously managed over 40 commercial and residential real estate properties.  Prior to going into private law practice, I was a trust officer of the Exchange National Bank (now Bank of America) and a member of the tax department of an accounting firm.

Michael Erde lives in Highland Park, Illinois with my wife of 42 years.  They have two daughters who have followed my lead into law.  I was a member of the Ravinia Festival Community Relations Commissions and volunteers for the Chicago Bar Association Senior Will Program.  I have been appointed by the probate court of Cook County as Guardian Ad Litem on Guardianships and as special administrator on probate (decedent) matters.

Areas of Practice

  • Elder Law
  • Estate Planning
  • Guardianships
  • Probate & Estate Administration
  • Business Organizations

Litigation Percentage

  • 15% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Certified Legal Specialties

  • Certified Elder Law Attorney, NELF
  • Real Estate Broker, Illinois, 1972

Bar Admissions

  • Illinois, 1969
  • U.S. Federal Court, 1969
  • U.S. Tax Court, 1973


  • University of Illinois College of Law, Champaign, Illinois
    • J.D. – 1968
  • John Marshall Law School, Chicago, Illinois
    • Master in Tax Credits
  • Washington University, St Louis, Missouri
    • B.S. – 1965
    • Honors: Dean’s List

Published Works

  • Probate, Northwest Sub Bar Journal
  • Trustee, Individual or Bank, Northwest Sub Bar Journal
  • New Developments in Estate Planning, Probate, Taxes, Northwest Suburban Bar Journal
  • Trustees Individuals or Institutions, Northwest Suburban Bar Journal
  • Frogs, Dogs (as pet therapy) & Chimpanzees & the Elder Law Attorney, ISBA Elder Law Journal
  • How I Became an Elder Law Attorney, ISBA Elder Law Journal
  • Elder Abuse Article, ISBA Elder Law Journal
  • How to Make a Summary Care Plan, Illinois Institute of Continuing Legal Education (IICLE) – Special Needs Trusts

Representative Clients

  • Devon Bank (As Executor & Trustee)
  • Bank of America formerly La Salle National Bank (As Guardian)
  • Pro-Pak Packing Company
  • Sadie Kravitz, Real Estate Development


  • Judge Michael Jordan
  • Judge Lee Preston
  • Attorneys’ Title Guaranty Fund- Dennis Norton
  • Melvin Gottlieb
  • Alex Gruzmark
  • Barbara DeCoster
  • Barry Kozak


  • Lecturer, Elder Law, Medicare and Elder Law, Living Trusts, Asset Protection and Tax in Probate, National Business Institute, Half Moon Company LLC and Lorman Education Services including Top 10 Estate Planning Techniques & More in 2008
  • Lecturer, Estates and Trusts, Local Adult Education Programs
  • Lecturer, Trusts, Centel Company
  • Lecturer, Trusts, People’s Court
  • Lecturer, Trusts, Various CPA Firms
  • Lecturer, Trusts, Senior Citizens Centers
  • Lecturer, Trusts, Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund
  • Guest Lecturer, Wills, Trusts and Estate Taxes, Holland-America Cruise Lines
  • Estate Planning and Elder Law, Television and Radio Appearances
  • Lecturer, Seminar on Planning for Disabled Beneficiaries, Families of Children with Down’s Syndrome
  • Lecturer, Seminar on Estate Planning & Asset Protection, Lake County Apartment Owners Association
  • Lecturer, Seminar on Estate Planning, U.S. Customs and Environmental Protection Agencies
  • Presenter, Senior Citizens Law Day and Law at the Library, Chicago Public Library
  • Lecturer, Seminars on Y2K, Elder Law Attorney and Internet Websites
  • Lecturer, Seminars on Estate Planning, Multiple Sclerosis Society’s Law Day Meeting
  • Lecturer, Seminars on Supplemental Needs Trusts, Advocates Behind Legal Education
  • Lecturer Attorneys Guarantee Title on Medicaid & Elder Law

Honors and Awards

  • President Chamber Commerce Award
  • Champion of Alzheimer Research Award

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, Member and Counsel for Advanced Practitioners
  • Northwest Suburban Bar Association, Probate Forms and Suburban Practice Committee, 1986
  • Edgebrook and Sauganash Chamber of Commerces, Director and Counsel, 1994 – Present
  • Peterson-Pulaski Industrial Council, Director and Counsel
  • Lake County Apartment Owners Association, Director and Counsel
  • Chicago Bar Association, Member, Senior Citizens Will Program
  • Illinois State Bar, Member, Committee on Trusts
  • Northwest Suburban Bar Association (NWSBA)- Chairman, Committee on Wills, Trusts, Probate and Elder Law and Board of Governors
  • National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, Member
  • Illinois Alliance for Aging and Ravinia Festival Community Relations Commission, Member
  • Irene Josselyn Center for Mental Health, Member, Board of Directors
  • Attorneys’ Title Guaranty Fund, Agent
  • Cook County Guardianship Proceedings, Guardian Ad Litem
  • Lake County Adoption Cases, Former Guardian Ad Litem
  • Northwest Community Mental Health Center, Member, Advisory Board
  • Illinois Bar Association, Member, Section Committee in Elder Law
  • Illinois Bar Association, Chairman, Business Advice & Financial Planning Section Council, 2001 – 2002
  • Chicago Bar Association, Chairman, Elder Law Committee, 1998 – 1999
  • Chicago Bar Association, Member, Nominating Committee, 1999
  • Chicago Bar Association, Founder and Chairman, Asset Protection Committee, 2000
  • Illinois State Bar Association, Vice Chairman, Business Advice and Financial Planning Committee
  • Chicago Bar Association, Former Chairman, Probate Committee
  • Illinois Department on Aging, Member, Elder Abuse and Neglect Program Multidisciplinary Team
  • Greater North Shore Estate Planning Council, Member, Board of Directors, Treasurer

Past Employment Positions

  • Lake County, Illinois, Guardian Ad Litem, 1990
  • Exchange National Bank (now Bank of America), Trust Officer
  • Tax department member of accounting firm

Ancillary Businesses

  • Licensed Real Estate Broker
  • Manager of over Thirty Units of Real Estate
  • Exchange National Bank, Former Trust Officer
  • Arthur Andersen, Former Member of Tax Department
  • ARAG Prepaid Legal Services
  • Volunteer Auctioneer for Charities (SP)


  • Phi Alpha Delta
  • Zeta Beta Tau

Michael H. Erde, PC