- Illinois, 2010
Steven M. Novak graduated cum laude from the John Marshall Law School, where he served as a staff editor for The John Marshall Law Review. Steven M. Novak also received three CALI Awards from John Marshall in the areas of Property, Civil Procedure, and Evidence. Prior to attending law school, Steven M. Novak graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana – Champaign in 2007, earning a Bachelor of Arts in History.
Upon graduating law school, Steven M. Novak served as a supervising staff attorney at the John Marshall Veterans Legal Support Center & Clinic. During his time at the Clinic, Steven M. Novak managed the Veterans Benefits division, which focused on assisting veterans appealing the denial of their benefits. On behalf of veterans or their family members, Steven M. Novak drafted numerous appellate briefs and co-authored two amicus briefs to the United States Supreme Court dealing with veteran’s law issues.
Probate law deals with two of the most painful aspects of the human experience: death and disability. This is further emphasized by the unique challenges that face each family. In my practice, I have seen children financially exploit their parents and fiduciaries who fail to honor the trust that was placed in them. I founded the Estate and Probate Legal Group to help our clients protect those who can no longer protect themselves, and to hold those accountable who have taken the opportunity of a death or disability to enrich themselves. I also recongize that even the “simplest” probate matter is rarely simple for the family or loved ones inolved. With my firm, I could provide the precise guidance and experience that I wanted to deliver to each of my clients.