About Michael A. Babiarz



Michael is a serial entrepreneur. In addition, he has spent the last 25 years assisting others in business formation and development, as well as estate planning and administration, senior and retiree issues, and real estate. His education and experience carried into the classroom, with hands-on experience in curriculum design, teaching and presentations in college, continuing education, and professional seminar environments. He is acknowledged for his capacity to inspire, achieve consensus, mediate, and teach and coach individuals of diverse cultural and educational backgrounds. Michael is known for having an innovative, participatory style, tailoring a variety of modalities to energize and maximize learning, and help his participants achieve outstanding results. He is a poised, entertaining and influential speaker, presenter of ideas, leader and coach. He is a prolific freelance writer, and professional jazz musician. In 2013, he retired from the practice of law to devote his energies to his passion — helping soon-to-be retirees, people in transition and small entrepreneurs succeed wildly.

Although he no longer offers legal advice, he draws upon his experience as an attorney, combining it with his wife Ann’s 25+ years’ experience in financial services, to help clients craft strategic plans for a successful and exciting lifestyle.


EXPERT RATING, Global Certificate

Life Coach Certification, 2013


Juris Doctor, with High Distinction, 1988 

  • Staff Editor, The John Marshall Law Review
  • Dean’s Scholarship; John N. Jewett Scholarship
  • American Law Book Company Prize for Scholarly Attainment
  • Elected to the Order of John Marshall


Bachelor of Arts, Applied Behavioral Sciences, 1985 (GPA 3.88)

Attorney at Law, Licensed in Illinois (retired status)


Attorney at Law / Principal (retired status, 5/2013)  1989-2013

Law Offices of Michael A. Babiarz Palatine, IL

Practice concentrated in estate planning, living trusts, wills, estate & trust administration, elder law, business development & consultation.

  • Popular presenter and instructor at professional meetings, Bar groups, local senior centers, and area professional schools.

Adjunct Professor  2008-2011

William Rainey Harper College/Paralegal Studies Program Palatine, IL

Instruct students from a wide range of ages and backgrounds in a “smart” classroom setting (with accessible integrated PCs, overheads, etc.) for American Bar Association-accredited program. Use Blackboard software for on-line support of classes.

  • Develop lesson plans, adapting own materials (including Asset Protection Planning for Seniors) to supplement the text. Employ variety of teaching methods as appropriate (e.g., lecture, discussion, collaborative projects, mentoring, Socratic method, free-writing, multimedia), sometimes changing every 20 to 40 minutes throughout class session to promote a lively, holistic, challenging environment. 
  • Selected as participant in Harper program to increase enrollment for special classes.
  • Student ratings from  classes were almost unanimously “Very High.”

Instructor  2004-2011

High School District 211/Continuing Education Program Palatine, IL

Developed and teach Estate Planning, Estate Preservation, and Elder Law courses to adult continuing education.

  • Accountable for textbook review and selection of instructional resources, working with suppliers and vendors.
  • Developed Elder Law curriculum.

Coach/Consultant             2006 -present

Ann Babiarz & Associates, LLC          Barrington, IL/Naples, FL

  • Design & Deliver group presentations
  • One-on-One trainer/consultant/strategic planner for solo & micro-entrepreneurs and those retiring from their primary career or business

Law Clerk 1988-1989

Illinois Supreme Court Ottawa & Springfield, IL

Appointed as judicial clerk to assist the Honorable Justice Howard C. Ryan in research and drafting of Court’s opinions.

  • Participant in opinion on In Re Longeway (Illinois “right to die” involving termination of life support).


  •  Asset Protection Planning for Chaotic Times, Michael A. Babiarz Publication TBA Spring, 2016
  • Free Agent (Making the Decision to Blaze Your Own Trail), Michael A. Babiarz, Amazon. com 2015 
  • Flashes of Light  (How to reboot your life, business or both when chaos strikes!), Michael A. Babiarz & Ann M. Babiarz, Amazon.com 2015
  • Asset Protection Planning for Seniors, Michael A. Babiarz, J.D., Harbor House Press, 1998.  Updated and self-published 2006 (www.assetprotectionforseniors.com)
  • The Graveyard Gamble, Michael A. Babiarz & Ann M. Babiarz, 2008 (www.graveyardgambit.com)
  • The Graveyard Gambit, Michael A. Babiarz & Ann M. Babiarz, 2006 (www.graveyardgambit.com)

30+ articles published in IAFP Chapter News, The Chicago Daily Law Bulletin, The John Marshall Law Review, The Briefcase, The ABA Elder Law Committee Update, The Chicago Suburban Times Newspapers, and other bar journals, senior citizen publications, and professional periodicals. Topics include:

  • Problems of Joint Accounts with Someone Other Than Your Spouse
  • Seniors & Professionals
  • Illinois Statutory Tenancy by the Entirety
  • An Introduction to Elder Law
  • Highlights of Medicaid & Tax Law Changes Made During 1993
  • Medicaid Gifting After OBRA ‘93
  • Proposed Amendments to the Medicaid System
  • The Financial Planner as Advisor to the Trustee
  • Guarantor Provisions in Nursing Home Contracts
  • What is Probate?
  • Problems of Joint Tenancies with a Non Spouse
  • Using the $125,000 Exclusion
  • Choosing Illinois’ Judges:  Election is Merit Selection
  • Planning for Incapacity:  Durable Powers of Attorney
  • Protecting the Assets of the Elderly in Nursing Homes
  • How Lawyers Can Avoid Discipline Under Rule 7-110(a)
  • Lack of Review of Veterans’ Disability Claims:  Is the Proposed Veterans’ Administration Adjudication Procedure & Judicial Review Act the Answer?


American Bar Association

  • Chairman, Committee on Elder Law (1995-1996)
  • Chair, Panel Presentation, Annual Meeting, Orlando, FL (August 1996)
  • Chair, Panel Presentation, Annual Meeting, Chicago, IL (August 1995)
  • Chair, Panel Presentation, Annual Meeting, San Francisco CA (August 1992)
  • Invited Speaker, Arkansas Bar Association (October 1993)
  • Chair, Panel Presentation, Midyear Meeting, Dallas, TX (August 1992)
  • Invited Speaker, Elder Law, Annual Meeting, Atlanta, GA (February 1992)

Palatine Township Senior Citizens Council, 1991-2006

  • Chairman, Board of Directors (2003-2004), Board Secretary, First Vice Chair, Second Vice Chair
  • Chairman/Coordinator, “The Generations Concert”, fundraiser for 2005 endowment fund 
  • Planned Giving Committee (2003-2004)
  • Gala Committee, (2003)
  • Chair, Bylaws Committee (1991-2003)
  • Participant, interdisciplinary programs with local elementary school district
  • Instrumental in purchase of building, from research to fundraising to school board presentation. Collaborated with local park district. 
  • Frequent speaker & presenter

Illinois Capital Resource Center

  • Panel attorney and pro bono attorney, post-conviction capital cases

Community Activities:

  • Planned Gifts Committee, Northwest Community Hospital Foundation, 2006
  • Elk Grove Village Senior Center, pro bono legal services & quarterly presentations (January, March, June, September), 1991-2011
  • Frequent speaker, Barrington Area Coalition on Aging (BACOA)
  • Frequent guest speaker before senior, health care, and church groups.

Frequent presenter, Elder Law programs, offered by retirement communities, nursing homes, senior citizens groups.

  • Elected to Palatine Park District Honor Roll, February 2007
  • Honored as Outstanding Volunteer, Palatine Park District, February 2007
  • Professional Jazz Musician Naples- Ft. Myers, Florida/Barrington, IL