About Myself

Prior to establishing Dobben Law LLC, I was a partner with Hoogendoorn & Talbot LLP, a premier Chicago estate planning firm, for twenty-five years. I have also served as an adjunct professor at Loyola University Chicago, teaching Wills, Trusts, and Estates.  

Licensed to practice in both Illinois and Michigan, I am a member of the Illinois State Bar Association, Chicago Bar Association, State Bar of Michigan, Chicago Estate Planning Council, and South Suburban Estate Planning Council.

  • Valparaiso University, Valparaiso, Indiana, B.A., 1981
  • Duke University, Durham, North Carolina, J.D., 1984
  • DePaul University, Chicago, Illinois, LL.M., 1991
Professional Activities
  • Adjunct Professor, Wills, Trusts, and Estates, Loyola University of Chicago School of Law, (2010-2013)
  • Advocate Gift Planning Advisory Committee for Advocate Charitable Foundation
  • South Suburban Estate Planning Council  
Civic Activities
  • Bethshan Association, Palos Heights, IL (1993-1998, 2003-2008, 2009-2015); President (1996-1998, 2003-2008, and 2010-2015)
  • Roseland Christian School, Chicago (1993-1998); President (1993-1997)
  • Manitoqua Ministries, Frankfort, IL (1997-2001)

  • “Estate Planning: The Initial Client Interview,” 81 111. B.J. 261
  • “A Practical Guide to Living Trusts,” 82 111. B.J. 107 (book review)
  •  “Tax Apportionment Planning - Anticipating the Unexpected,” Illinois State Bar Association, Law Ed. Series
  • “Irrevocable Insurance Trusts - An Integral Part of Even a Modest Estate Plan: The Basics,” Illinois State Bar Association, Law Ed. Series
  • “An Overview of the Acronym Devices,” Illinois State Bar Association, Law Ed. Series
  • Lawyer’s Guide to the Chicago Job Market - Estate Planning,” Chicago Bar Association, Young Lawyer Section
  • “Estate Planning: The Initial Client Interview,” 81 111. B.J. 261, reprinted in Gary W. Beyer, Teaching Materials on Estate Planning (1st ed. 1995 and 2nd ed. 2000)
  • “Advising Executors and Trustees About Investment Obligations: What If a Fiduciary Buys High and Sells Low?” Illinois Institute For CLE

  • South Suburban Estate Planning Council
  • Chicago Bar Association (Young Lawyers Section)
  • Barnabas Foundation Annual Meeting
  • Lyric Opera of Chicago Overture Society Planned Giving Conference
  • Land Trust Council of Illinois
  • Chicago Bar Association (Young Lawyers Section) - Estate Planning Committee
  • The Chicago Financial Planning Group
  • The Estate Planning Council of Greater Joliet
  • National Society of Fundraising Executives - Chicago Chapter
  • Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education
  • Law Ed Series of Illinois State Bar Association