Michaela P. Franco
Michaela concentrates her practice in elder law, with a focus on adult guardianship, probate and trust administration, and litigation for vulnerable adults against abuse, neglect, and exploitation. When not practicing law, Michalea is a certified yoga instructor and a long-distance runner.
Michaela has been licensed to practice law since 2006. Prior to joining the firm in September of 2015, she practiced for nine years with the Cook County Public Guardian, where she represented the Public Guardian as legal guardian for disabled adults and served as the court appointed Guardian ad Litem (GAL) for abused and neglected minors. Her experience with the Public Guardian provided her with a broad background in probate matters, litigation, and client counseling. While obtaining her Master’s Degree in Clinical Psychology, Michaela researched caregiver stress and depression as part of a study initiated by the Alzheimer’s Association. After graduating, she worked as a research assistant for a longitudinal study of brain aging through the National Institutes of Health. Michaela’s clinical background provides her with a unique perspective on elder law issues.
- Juris Doctor from Chicago-Kent College of Law
- Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology from Loyola University Maryland
- Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the College of St. Benedict
- Chicago Bar Association
- National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, National and Illinois Chapter.
- In connection with the Chicago Volunteer Legal Services’ Adult Protection Services Project, Ms. Franco is assisting, pro bono, the Cook County Adult Protective Services Agencies with their abuse, neglect and financial exploitation cases.