Amy J. DeLaney

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Elder Law Attorney in Chicago, IL

Delaney Delaney & Voorn, Ltd.
111 N Wabash Ave, Suite 1205
Chicago, IL 60602
Phone: 708-675-8922
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2014 - 2021
Licensed Since: 1999
Practice Areas: Elder Law (50%), Estate Planning & Probate (40%), Estate & Trust Litigation (10%)
Attorney Profile

Attorney Amy J. Delaney is a founding partner with Delaney Delaney & Voorn, Ltd., law firm, which has law offices in Chicago, Oak Brook and Orland Park, Illinois. A nationally ranked lawyer with more than 22 years of total legal experience, Ms. Delaney provides exceptional counsel and support to clients throughout the greater Chicago metro region and all across the state who have legal needs involving any of the following:

·       Elder law

·       Medicaid planning

·       Special needs planning

·       Estate planning

·       Guardianships and conservatorships

·       Probate and estate administration

Certified as an elder law attorney by the National Elder Law Foundation, Ms. Delaney has served as president and board member for the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, where she continues to serve as treasurer as well as on various committees in the organization. She has also served on the editorial board of the academy's Elder Law Attorneys Law Journal, and she maintains active involvement with several other legal organizations in her area devoted to elder law.

As such, Ms. Delaney is able to provide an unmatched level of representation to those she serves, and she has received Superb, 10 out of 10 client ratings on Avvo. Honored by her peers for her outstanding professionalism, she has also earned an AV Preeminent peer review rating* from Martindale-Hubbell along with consistent designation as a Leading Lawyer from Leading Lawyers Network as well as the network's designation as one of the Top Ten Elder Law Attorneys and Top 100 Female Lawyers in Illinois.

Adding further credence to her leadership skills and in-depth knowledge of her practice areas, Ms. Delaney currently serves as adjunct professor at John Marshall Law School, and she is a past adjunct professor at Moraine Valley Community College. She also has several publications to her credit, and she routinely conducts lectures and continuing legal education seminars across her region on a variety of legal topics.

A 1992 graduate of the University of Illinois, Ms. Delaney earned her master's degree from the school in 1995. She then attended Lewis & Clark Law School, where she obtained her Juris Doctor in 1998.

*AV®, AV Preeminent®, Martindale-Hubbell Distinguished and Martindale-Hubbell Notable are certification marks used under license in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Martindale-Hubbell® is the facilitator of a peer review rating process. Ratings reflect the anonymous opinions of members of the bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Rating™ fall into two categories – legal ability and general ethical standards.

Practice Areas
  • 50%Elder Law
  • 40%Estate Planning & Probate
  • 10%Estate & Trust Litigation
Focus Areas

Estate Planning, Probate & Estate Administration, Will Contests


8 Years Super Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers: 2014 - 2021

White Papers

  • Harmonizing Hodgepodge or Eliminating Individualism - A brief analysis of the UTC and its Impact on Special Needs Trusts in Illinois (2018) - In Illinois, there were several recent attempts to adopt the Uniform Trust Code (“UTC”). In 2015, the legislature introduced House Bill 6312, but the bill became stuck in committee.[1] During the last session, legislators again filed House Bill 2526; however, the bill did not ever leave the committee.[2] The adoption of the UTC has occurred in thirty-two (32) jurisdictions to date.[3] Some of the greatest opposition to the adoption of the UTC has been from special needs advocates. Many attorneys who practice in the area of governments benefits planning are very concerned with how the adoption of the UTC will influence special needs trusts.[4] The two greatest issues include: (1) Will the government be able to attach the beneficial interest of a special needs trust? (2) Will the trust be considered an available resource? The analyses of these two concerns surround three components of a trust: distribution standards, control, and spendthrift provisions. [1]The author served as the NAELA (National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys) liaison to the Uniform Law Commission’s discussions held in Chicago concerning the initial drafting of the UTC, and has provided comments on behalf of the Illinois Chapter of NAELA with respect to pending legislation in the most recent legislative sessions. Illinois General Assembly, Bill Status of HB6312, Illinois Trust Code, (last visited August 7, 2018).[2] Illinois General Assembly, Bill Status of HB2526, Illinois Trust Code, (last visited August 7, 2018).[3] Thirty-one (31) states and the District of Columbia have enacted a version of the UTC. The states that have enacted a version of the UTC are Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Florida, Kansas, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, New Jersey, New Hampshire, New Mexico, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, West Virginia, Wisconsin, and Wyoming.[4] For the purposes of this article, “special needs trusts” include supplemental needs trusts and special needs trusts.

About Amy J. DeLaney

Admitted: 1999, Oregon

Professional Webpage:

Other Outstanding Achievements

  • 2010: NAELA, Illinois - Outstanding Chapter Member

Bar/Professional Activity

  • U.S. District Court
  • U.S. Tax Court
  • Illinois
  • Oregon
  • Washington
  • AV Rated by Martindale-Hubbell
  • South Suburban Estate Planning Council
  • Illinois Bar Association
  • Member of the NAELA Executive Committee on DRA Adoption in Illinois
  • Veterans Administration
  • Member, Chicago Bar Association
  • U.S. Tax Court
  • Past President of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, Illinois Chapter
  • U.S. District Court
  • Board Member, Illinois Chapter of NAELA 

Pro bono/Community Service

  • Veterans’ Legal Aid Society
  • University of Illinois College of Nursing, Advisory Board
  • National Elder Law Foundation
  • Has served on Charitable Boards including Alvernia Manor Retirement Community, Veterans Legal Aid Society, University of Illinois at Chicago Nursing School Advisory Board.

Educational Background

  • Master’s degree from the University of Illinois at Springfield
  • Bachelor’s degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Scholarly Lectures/Writings

  • National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys Editor of the NAELA Journal, law review
  • John Marshall Law School, Professor
  • Maneuvering the Labyrinth of Nursing Home Admissions and Evictions, NAELA Journal (2009) Illinois Institute of Continuing Legal Education, Faculty Member and Frequent Lecturer (2005-present)
  • Law Ed, Faculty Member and Frequent Lecturer (2009-present) NAELA VA Seminar, Practical Advice on Application Preparation (2011)
  • Removal of Rogue Agents presented at national NAELA Conference in Las Vegas, NV (2011)
  • Nursing Home Residents Rights - Recognizing Red Flags presented at national NAELA Conference in Seattle, WA, (2012)
  • Contributing Author to Elder Law, published by Lexis-Nexus, Contributing Author to Advising Elderly Clients and their Families, published by IICLE
  • Navigating the Labyrinth of Nursing Home Contracts, NAELA Law Journal

Special Licenses/Certifications

  • Certified Elder Law Attorney (only one of twelve in the State of Illinois), as certified by the National Elder Law Foundation ABA Certified Program. **This certification is not required to practice law in the State of Illinois nor is it recognized by the Supreme Court in Illinois, 2005


  • Outstanding Chapter Member, Illinois Chapter, National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, 2010
  • Super Lawyer
  • Appeared on PBS to comment on the Constitutionality of the use cameras in nursing homes to monitor care.
  • Quoted in Daily Southtown
  • Council of Advanced Practitioners, National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, 2017
  • Leading Lawyer, Leading Lawyers Network, 2013
  • Quoted in Chicago Tribune

Industry Groups

  • Consumers
  • Health Care
  • Hospitals
  • Nursing Homes
Show More
Office Location for Amy J. DeLaney

111 N Wabash Ave
Suite 1205
Chicago, IL 60602

Phone: 708-675-8922

Last Updated: 7/14/2021

Page Generated: 0.67400598526001 sec