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James J. Wochner (Ret.)

James J. Wochner is the founder of The Wochner Law Firm in Northbrook, Illinois. He graduated from St. Louis University, St. Louis, Missouri, earning a degree in Economics. While in college, he participated in intercollegiate varsity basketball and baseball.

Mr. Wochner received his Juris Doctor degree from St. Louis University after attending night law school. By day he taught mathematics and history and coached athletics in a high school in St. Louis, Missouri. He is presently a member of the Illinois State Bar Association and its section on Trusts and Estates. He is admitted to practice before all the courts in the State of Illinois. He has been in private practice since 1973 concentrating in personal estate and business planning.

James Wochner is well known as an estate and asset protection planner. He is recognized for his ability to reduce complex legal principles into understandable concepts. After graduation from law school, Mr. Wochner served as a trust counsel for the Trust Department of the First National Bank of Chicago where he gained invaluable experience in the drafting and implementation of estate planning documents. Since that time he and his staff (all of whom have over 30 hours of Hospice volunteer training) have drafted and implemented thousands of estate planning documents for their clients, including trusts, wills, family partnerships, charitable trusts and other complementary documents.

He is a founding member and past president of the American Association of Trust, Estate and Elder Law Attorneys (AATEELA), a national professional organization organized to enhance and further the quality of trust, estate and elder law legal services. He is also presently on the Board of Directors of AATEELA.

He has served on the boards of several charitable and community service organizations including serving as Chairman of the Board of Directors of Medical, Eye and Dental International Care Organization (M.E.D.I.C.O.)based in Georgetown, Texas (medico.org). Mr. Wochner is a trained Hospice Volunteer.

Contact Info:

Phone: (847) 272-7360
Email: [email protected]

Current Employment Position(s):
Founding Partner

Areas Of Practice:

Estate Planning
Estate, Gift & Generation Skipping Transfer (“GST”) Planning & Reporting
Estate & Trust Administration
Probate (decedent’s estate)
Business Planning
Residential Real Estate

Bar Admission:


St. Louis University
St. Louis University School of Law


Illinois State Bar Association, Member Trusts and Estate Section
American Association of Trust, Estate and Elder Law Attorneys, Founding Member, Past President, Director
Medical, Eye and Dental International Care Organization (MEDICO), Past Director and Chairman of Board of Directors