Evans Legacy Law Group

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Estate Planning Law Firm

At Evans Legacy Law Group, we are not just “document drafters” that just create a “one size fits all" estate plan.  You, your family, your goals and the particular mix of assets you own are unique and we create customized plans based on your particular situation. We form a working relationship with our clients. 

We educate you, take the time to get to know you, your family, and what’s important to you and/or your business. We will discuss your concerns, values, goals and we are dedicated to gladly and patiently answering all of your questions.  Our goal is to create an estate plan that is exactly right for you and your family. 



Attorney Shanise Evans' practice focuses on helping families and business owners enhance their lives today and secure their futures tomorrow. With over 21 years of experience, she excels in guiding her clients through the often-confusing maze of financial and legal decisions to enable them to effectively plan for their families and/or business and reach their goals. Her considerable legal expertise includes family protection, wealth preservation, and values-based planning, as well as planning strategies for unmarried couples and divorced individuals. In addition, Shanise combines her legal expertise and acute business acumen to assist her clients in planning for the creation, growth and success of their businesses.

Her work with high-net-worth families and business owners extends from her previous experiences as an Associate Trust Counsel at A. G. Edwards Trust Company, an Attorney and Wealth Strategist with Edward Jones, and a Fiduciary Advisory Specialist at Wells Fargo. Shanise also has significant expertise in the nonprofit sector, as she has previously assisted clients with charitable gift planning as a Vice President at Bank of America Merrill Lynch and assisted in directing the planned giving program at Northwestern Medicine's Northwestern Memorial Hospital Foundation, in which she educated and advised individuals on various charitable gifting techniques, as part of their overall estate and gift tax planning.

Shanise is a member of the Wealth Counsel, a national organization of trusts and estates attorneys and other legal, tax and business professionals who design sophisticated planning techniques for families and businesses. She actively serves on the boards for the Greater North Shore Estate & Financial Planning Council, as well as the Lake Forest-Lake Bluff History Center. Shanise also is a member of the following organizations: Chicago Estate Planning Council (Diversity and Networking Committees); Illinois State Bar Association (Trusts & Estates Committee); Lake County Bar Association (Trusts & Estates Committee); and the Missouri Bar (Probate and Trust Law Committees).

As Shanise has a true passion for educating and serving her community on the value of wealth generation and the importance of leaving a legacy for the efficient and meaningful transfer of that wealth, she is available for speaking engagements and has routinely presented before various professional and community organizations.

Shanise received her law degree from Saint Louis University School of Law and her MBA from the Saint Louis University John Cook School of Business. She also received her degree in Business Administration/ Marketing from Truman State University. In addition, as she is a member of both, the Illinois and Missouri Bars, she routinely advises and assists families and businesses in both states. Shanise lives in the suburbs of Chicago with her husband and family and loves to attend sporting events, as well as the many wonderful cultural attractions around the Chicagoland area.

Curtis Evans

Chief Operating Officer

With an impressive tenure of over 28 years in executive-level leadership positions within Fortune 100 companies, Curtis brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to Evans Legacy Law Group. His background encompasses a vast array of skills in management, operations, IT strategies, and workflow design.

As the Chief Operating Officer of Evans Legacy Law Group, Curtis is responsible for shaping the firm's strategic and long-range goals. His role includes setting pivotal operational objectives and policies that drive the implementation of these ambitions. Under his leadership, the firm has excelled in providing top-notch service operations that enhance client services.

In his multifaceted role, Curtis is also charged with creating an effective organizational structure to support the firm's wide-ranging practice areas. His functional oversight includes recruiting, human resources, administrative services, practice support services, marketing, library services, financial accounting, reporting, information services, and technology.

Beyond his professional life, Curtis is a devoted family man who loves to travel and spend quality time with his wife and three children. His passion for the family is a core value that resonates throughout his life, further enhancing his connection with the community and the clients he serves at Evans Legacy Law Group.



Hannah brings a wealth of experience and expertise to the table. She has a background in Project Management with a passion for understanding businesses and their unique needs, she strives to partner with clients to develop actionable talent roadmaps that drive immediate value and foster long-term success. She believes in the power of collaboration and customization.

She received a B.S. in Industrial Engineering Technology and Hospitality from The University of Southern Mississippi and brings a unique blend of skills that enables her to analyze complex processes and find innovative solutions. Over the years, she has successfully managed multiple large federal construction projects, implementing process improvement systems that have streamlined operations and boosted efficiency. Her experience allows her to provide simple and scalable solutions, while also offering a realistic approach to managing change.

Beyond the professional sphere, she is a passionate soccer coach, an active player in the world of rugby, holds many roles in professional organizations, and is always studying to obtain new certifications. Her experiences have taught her valuable skills in leadership, teamwork, and adaptability, which she brings to every project and client interaction.  In addition, she is a proud military spouse and a mother to a vibrant tween daughter. These experiences have instilled in her a strong sense of adaptability, resilience, and empathy, which she brings to every project and interaction. Hannah understands the unique challenges, and demands of a military lifestyle, and provides unwavering support and exceptional service to our clients.


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Our services include a no-charge, 3-year review to ensure that as your life changes, so will your estate plan to safeguard your assets for maximum protection.

If this sounds like the kind of relationship you're looking for, please Book a Call to schedule your personal Legacy Wealth Planning Session today.
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