By Rick Law of the Estate Planning Center at Law ElderLaw. Conveniently located Just west of the Chicago Premium Outlet Mall.

Law ElderLaw is pleased to announce our new partner, Zach Hesselbaum, J.D., LL.M. Taxation.

Zach’s favorite things, mentioned here according to their priority, include spending time with his wife, Kelly, who works as a school social worker in Bloomingdale, Illinois. Together, Kelly and Zach have an adorable toddler named Rockne.

Zach is also a sports enthusiast, and specifically a fan of the Chicago White Sox and Dallas Cowboys. In addition, he loves getting to know people and conversing with them. He says, “I love talking to people and getting to know them! I like to be a ‘connector’ — I search out ways to help people through connecting them to others I have met.” The only thing that really bugs Zach is losing, because he is a naturally competitive person.

Zach’s other pastimes include attending sports events of any kind, collecting sports memorabilia, and spending time with friends. Zach and Kelly recently moved to Wheaton, Illinois from Chicago. While they often still go “downtown,” Zach and Kelly are getting to know the rest of the Chicago Metro area as well.

Zach is a person of integrity, perseverance, and goodwill. He has been nurtured by three very important people: his mother Judi, his stepfather Phil, and his grandfather Jim.

He says, “My mother, Judi, my life professor, has instilled in me an incredible work ethic with a drive towards helping people. Since a young age I can remember being taught that hard work will pay off if you are dedicated. Yet this was always conditioned by the warning that you cannot be selfish — you must consider others as you try to reach your goals. She taught this not only through practicing what she preached while working countless hours at Copley Hospital in Aurora, aiding her patients, but additionally, through creating an environment for me that would create success without having things handed to me. It amazes me to talk with my mom now and have her point out little things she did to shape me when I was younger that have become habit today. This is particularly true when we discuss my life goals and the drive I have to be successful in helping others. The best part about all of this is she continually expressed her love and desire for me to succeed while teaching me the correct way to do things.

A lesson I have learned from my stepfather, Phil, that has paid off greatly for me, is that you can be a tremendous leader without losing your gentle nature. Through watching the way he deals with people, I have gained a great deal of “social intelligence.” I enjoy being in situations where I am the leader, because I like to rationally sort out situations and reach the desired goal without disregarding others’ feelings along the way. I believe this talent has been honed by watching my stepfather deal with tense situations in his profession as an oncologist — with a kind, gentle, yet decisive hand that he uses to create success in situations that look extremely bleak.

My grandfather, James, has done a great deal to shape who I am. Since a young age my grandfather wanted me to be his protégé. I recall his teaching me the lessons he learned as a World War II pilot, and how he worked through his education on the G.I. Bill, and how he climbed the corporate ladder at Caterpillar to be a highly successful vice president. Even though he has now been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s Disease, to this day I can hear his life lessons in my mind. When I find myself in a tough situation, I remember his words of wisdom, and they always head me in the right direction.

Lastly, I have a great group of friends. I am constantly amazed by how loyal we have been to each other, staying in contact since we were so young. We are extremely dedicated to one another, and this is something I am constantly learning from as well.”

Zach is a highly respected member of the Estate Planning Center at Law ElderLaw and especially appreciated by all for his servant’s heart. He always seems to be looking for ways to help those around him.

Education:

  • DePaul University College of Law: Masters of Law in Taxation candidate 2011
  • Valparaiso University School of Law: Juris Doctor
  • Valparaiso University: Bachelor of Arts, cum laude — double majoring in Political Science and Philosophy

Bar Admissions

  • Admitted to practice in the State of Illinois
  • Professional Affiliations
  • Kane County Bar Association
  • DuPage County Bar Association
  • Chicago Bar Association
  • Past presenter to the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA) on veterans benefits

Sincerely,

Rick L. Law, Attorney, Estate Planner for Retirees.

Rick was named the #1 Illinois elder law estate planning attorney for the past 3 years in a row by Leading Lawyer Magazine. He is co-author of “Alzheimers and the Law”, published by the American Bar Association. Rick has been quoted in the Wall Street Journal, AARP Magazine, TheStreet.com, and numerous newspapers and articles. Rick is the lead attorney for Law ElderLaw, LLP, focusing in Estate Planning, Guardianship, and Nursing Home Solutions. His goal is to give retirees an informed edge when it comes to dealing with an uncertain future. Get flexible retirement strategies that work during good times and bad, plus information on how you can save your home and assets from being used to pay for long term care.