Chicago attorney Carrie M. Buddingh

Carrie M. Buddingh


Phone:   630-434-0400 ext.149

Direct Line:   (630) 596-5768

Fax:   (630) 434-0444

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Carrie M. Buddingh is an Estate Planning Attorney in DuPage County, including Naperville, Lisle, and Oak Brook. Her experience includes consulting with high net worth clients regarding estate planning goals and crafting tax efficient strategies to transfer wealth to the next generation, including drafting and implementing Grantor Retained Annuity Trusts, Intentionally Defective Grantor Trusts, Spousal Lifetime Access Trusts, Qualified Personal Residence Trusts, Irrevocable Life Insurance Trusts, 2503(c) Trusts, Crummey Trusts, and Dynasty Trusts.

She also assists with estate and trust administration, including aiding trustees/executors in the collection of assets and the division of such in accordance with the terms of the will/trust and state law, drafting of non-judicial settlement agreements, court attendance in various state courts, and preparation of court documents, inventories, and annual accountings.

In addition, Ms. Buddingh advises business owners on day-to-day concerns along with long term objectives, such as the creation and implementation of a succession plan, drafting of severance agreements, shareholders’ and stock redemption agreements, operating agreements, non-compete agreements, formation and maintenance of various types of entities.

Bar Admissions

  • Illinois, 2007
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Illinois, 2008
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 2013


  • John Marshall Law School, Chicago, IL, May 2007,
    • J.D.
  • University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA, 2003
    • B.A. Political Science

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • DuPage County Bar Association, Member 2008 – Present
  • DuPage County Estate Planning Council, Member 2010 – Present
  • Illinois State Bar Association, Member 2012 – Present
  • United Way of Metro Chicago, Board of Directors, Member 2015 – Present
  • United Way of Metro Chicago – West Suburban Region, Chair 2015 – Present
  • United Way of DuPage and West Cook County, Board of Directors, Member 2010-2015
  • United Way of DuPage and West Cook County, Board of Directors, President 2014-2015

Honors and Awards

  • 30 Under 40, Glancer Magazine, February 2015
  • Influential Women in Business, The Business Ledger, November 2014


  • 2018 – Year of the Limited Liability Company, Business Ledger, February 2018
  • To Port . . . or Not to Port?, DCBA Brief, June 2016
  • Death and Divorce – Estate Planning Considerations. Advanced Family Law, National Business Institute, 2015
  • Navigating Complex Asset Cases. Advanced Family Law, National Business Institute, 2015
  • The Illinois QTIP: Another Moving Target, Estate Planning Council Monthly Meeting, 2012
  • Hiring Attorney Will Help Buyer Navigate Real Estate Transaction, Naperville Sun, 2009
  • The Meaning Behind the Confusing Alphabet Soup of Business Ownership, Naperville Sun, 2008

Past Employment Positions

  • Bellock & Coogan, Ltd., Oak Brook, IL, Partner, July 2015 – April 2018
  • Bellock & Coogan, Ltd., Oak Brook, IL, Associate Attorney, August 2010 – July 2015
  • The Gierach Law Firm, Naperville, IL, Associate Attorney, January 2008 – August 2010

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Main Office
  1001 Warrenville Road, Suite 500
Lisle, IL 60532



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