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Welcome to the
 Stepnowski Law Offices

The Law Office of  Edward L. Stepnowski (1924 - 2013)
The Law Office of  Frank E. Stepnowski

1515 N. Harlem Ave., suite 205-2
Oak Park, Illinois 60302
telephone (708) 848-3662, 848-3663
fax (708) 848-0219

Welcome to our site.

Located in Oak Park, Illinois, we are dedicated to giving our clients the highest degree of legal services. 

About us:


Edward L. Stepnowski (1924 to 2013) was born  in Chicago, Illinois.  During World War II, he served first with the Army Specialized Training Program and then with the 326th Airborne Regiment.  He graduated from dePaul University Law School and was admitted to practice in the State of Illinois in 1950.  He was admitted to practice before the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, and the United States Supreme Court.  He was a 63-year member of the Chicago Bar Association, and received the meritorious service award from the Advocates Society.  Mowie po polsku.

Frank E. Stepnowski was born in Chicago, Illinois, and attended Fenwick High School. He earned a degree in Economics from the University of Dallas and graduated from Northwestern University Law School.   He was admitted to practice in the State of Illinois in 1984, the Northern District of Illinois in 1984, and the United States Supreme Court in 1988.  He clerked for the Illinois Appellate Court for four years, and has worked in private practice since then.

2015: Frank recently won appeals against a health insurer which attempted to pay only $50,000 on hospital bills of $600,000.  The hospitals and doctors then tried billing the patient for the balances.  After the appeals, the insurer paid the claims with no further cost to the patients.  He is currently working with the Illinois State Bar Association on publishing warnings on the operation of health insurance "narrow networks" and "balance billing."

On April 16, 2013, he was a panelist addressing the Chicago Bar Association Probate Law Committee in a discussion webcast to its members.  He addressed current legislation pending in Illinois protecting people with disabilities and proposed changes to the guardianship laws.

Articles and Resources

Click here for the Parents of Children with Disabilities Library

These articles discuss tax deductions for those with disabilities, the Americans with Disabilities Act, and insurance.

Wills and Estate Planning Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

New: Protect your new graduate with a power of attorney

Living Trusts, Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

New: Power of Attorney forms

The New Illinois Power of Attorney Act took effect January 1, 2015.  The law enabled new forms for the Power of Attorney for Health Care and Power of Attorney for Property.  Both forms are important for protecting your future and estate planning.  They designate someone to act on your wishes if you become disabled or suffer a medical emergency.  Call  your attorney to discuss which forms can help you.  An experienced attorney can modify the forms to meet your specific needs and provide for situations that  the legislature did not consider.  Every adult should have these forms before an emergency strikes.

New: Transfer on Death Instruments
Illinois has a new law permitting a deed to transfer residential property upon death, but is this deed always best for your situation?  Will a land trust provide more benefits? Ask your attorney.
  Recently, many people have come to us because their parents or spouses died without preparing for the transfer of the title of their residences.  Now the children are stuck in costly proceedings to clear the title to prevent foreclosure, to deal with a bank, to refinance the mortgage, to deal with freeloading siblings, to find distant relatives who may get a share of the house, or even just to repair the house. 

If you own a home, putting your home in joint tenancy, a land trust, or a TODI can save your loved ones from worry, drawn-out proceedings, and expenses. Properly prepared, you can get the title deed in their names without giving up your control of the property.  Preparing the title is relatively inexpensive and often more important than a signing a Last Will and Testament. 

Contact Us:
1515 N. Harlem Ave., suite 205-2 
Oak Park, Illinois 60302 
telephone: (708) 848-3663, 848-3662 
fax: (708)  848-0219