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Attorney Max Elliott routinely speaks to professional and community groups on topics such as:

  • Wealth preservation and estate plan protections for elders
  • Estate planning for the LGBTQ community;
  • Estate planning and wealth preservation for women professionals and smallbiz owners;
  • Wealth preservation and the intersection of estate planning, financial planning, and retirement planning; and
  • Estate planning as it relates to women’s health.

The intersection of estate and financial planning not only considers death but equally important also considers and helps secure the future with respect to education and retirement funding. All too often today’s parents have to choose between assisting their children and enjoying retirement. To help address and prevent this unfortunate dilemma, The Law Offices occasionally hosts free seminars on the intersection of estate and financial planning, bringing in financial planning professionals to address important questions and concerns.

Information about upcoming events is announced in the monthly e-mail newsletter, the Lotus Brief, whose subscription link is below.

Please e-mail us if your group is interested in having Max speak at a function or if you are interested in attending one of The Law Offices’ seminars and would like to reserve a spot.

Since COVID prevented our firm from providing our monthly pro bono service at the community center we had been working with, we decided to pivot from  Office Hours to “Access to Justice” or “A2J.” We’re bringing critical and fundamental information about social and legal justice issues to as many as we can.

If you’re interested in attending, email us here. Our first video is available at the top of the screen.

2021 Access to Justice (A2J) Pro Bono Program
on Bankruptcy and Foreclosure

2020 Office Hours on Powers of Attorney

Max Elliott begins to speak on
Estate Planning for Transgender and Queer Persons
at the Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education

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Guest & Participant Comments

"I enjoyed being able to ask questions at the end of the session on a one on one personal encounter."

"Your seminar helps to encourage people to talk about this and act upon this topic, no matter how difficult it is to think and talk about."

"I enjoyed how personable Max was with her guests and appreciate her time and concerns for our family's security."

"You are so helpful. Your knowledge and experience goes a long way...
Many walked away from our symposium with more knowledge than when they walked in."

Speaking Engagements


  • 12 Estate Planning Tips for Generational Planning, ProLaw CLE
  • Virtual Estate Planning – Digital Currency and Posthumous Children, ProLaw
  • Navigating Identity(ies) in the Legal Profession, DePaul University College of Law
  • 20 Practice Tips to Wow Your Smallbiz Clients, Lawline


  • Marriage Equality in the Crosshairs: Estate Planning Protections amidst Targeted Discrimination, Esquire CLE
  • Preventing Disasters: Estate Planning for Older, Unmarried LGBTQ Couples in Illinois, Lawline
  • Future Planning: Cryptocurrency, Cryonic & Posthumously-Conceived Children, Lawlline


  • Planning Family-Owned Businesses: Avoiding Earthquakes while Building Legacies, Lawline
  • How to Incorporate Estate Planning into Your Offering: The Silver Tsunami, Planning Trends and Estate Planning Myths, African-American Association of Financial Professionals (AAAA)
  • Working in a Solo-Small Firm Practice Environment, DePaul University College of Law


  • Avoiding the ARDC Checkmate: The Ethical Difficulties of Lawyers Functioning in Dual Roles, The Chicago Bar Association Trust Law Committee
  • Professional Wills and Advanced Directives for the Solo/Small Firm Practitioner, Chicago Bar Association Solo and Small Firm Committee
  • Working in a Solo Small Firm Practice Environment, DePaul University College of Law, Career Services
  • Starting a Solo/Small Firm Practice, DePaul University College of Law, Career Services


  • LinkedIn for Lawyering. Cook County Bar Association
  • Estate Planning and Wealth Preservation Considerations, LiSA (Life Insurance Settlement Association)
  • The Lottery & Estate Planning for Elders: You Don’t Need A Ticket to Win, Thrivent Financial
  • Practical Tips and Lessons for Students Pursuing a Legal Career, DePaul University College of Law BLSA (Black Law Students Association)


  • What if I Am Neither: Estate Planning for the Transgender and Queer Community, Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education (IICLE)
  • Estate Planning for LGBTQ Couples: Legal Changes in Plain EnglishPart Deux, IntraSpectrum Counselling
  • Developing a Successful Estate Planning Career, DePaul University College of Law
  • Social Media for Lawyers: Business and Client Development Tips, the Cook County Bar Association
  • Building a Successful Solo and Small Firm Practice, DePaul University College of Law – Legal Career Services
  • Celebrating Black History Month: The Essence of the African American Community and the Law, DePaul University College of Law – Black Law Students Association (BLSA)
  • Estate Planning for LGBTQ Couples: Legal Changes in Plain English, IntraSpectrum Counselling


  • Interviewing Skills for Law Students, DePaul University College of Law, Career Services
  • Tax and Estate Planning for Same-Sex Couples, Chicago Bar Association, Trust Law Committee
  • The Silver Tsunami: Are You Prepared? (Estate Planning for Baby Boomers & Their Families), Dinner Seminar – The Law Offices of Max Elliott, Ltd.
  • Basic Estate Planning Documents for Today’s Families, Chicago Women’s Health Center (CWHC)
  • Successful Small Firms, DePaul University College of Law, Career Services
  • Marketing & Technology for a Solo/Small Firm Lawyer, Chicago Bar Association – Alliance for Women
  • Succession Planning for Attorneys, BMO Harris & Black Women Lawyers’ Association (BWLA)


  • Basic Estate Planning Is an Oxymoron, Chicago Bar Association, Solo/Small Firm Group
  • Basic Estate Planning Documents for Same-Sex Couples, CWHC
  • Changes in the Estate Planning Landscape in Light of the Illinois Civil Union, DePaul University College of Law – OUTLaws
  • Basic and Intermediate Estate Planning Fundamentals, MetLife and Chicago State University
  • Going Solo in a Recession, Hot Topics in Family Law, DePaul University College of Law – Schiller DuCanto & Fleck Family Law Center
  • Marriage Equality, Hot Topics in Family Law, Schiller DuCanto & Fleck Family Law Center
  • LGBT Employment and Relationship Rights, McDermott Will & Emery, BWLA
  • Estate Planning and the Illinois Civil Union, Chicago Urban League – Affinity Community Services