Kathryn G. Shores

Kathryn G. Shores

Lake Forest, Illinois

Kathryn Shores focuses her practice on estate and trust administration, litigation, and planning, including a focus on guardianship administration and litigation.  Ms. Shores has successfully litigated matters in both state and federal court, and regularly appears in courts in Lake, Cook, and McHenry Counties.

In her guardianship and elder law practice, Ms. Shores knows that planning and caring for a disabled or aging family member can be both overwhelming and emotional; therefore, it is her goal to approach every matter with diligence and compassion. Ms. Shores takes pride in listening to and understanding each unique client's situation, in order to obtain the best result possible for  the client. 

Ms. Shores is a nationally Certified Guardian and currently chairs the Lake County Bar Association's Guardianship Help Desk.

Areas of Practice

  • Trusts and Estates
  • Guardianship, Elder Law
  • Estate Planning
  • Litigation
  • Special Needs Planning
  • Estate and Trust Litigation

Litigation Percentage

  • 60% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Bar Admissions

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


  • Stetson University College of Law, Gulfport, Florida
    • J.D. magna cum laude - 2007
    • Law Review: Stetson Law Review, Articles Editor, 2005 - 2007
  • Stetson University, Deland, Florida
    • B.A. cum laude - 2004
    • Major: Political Science

Published Works

  • Survey of Illinois Law: Trusts and Estates, Contributing Author, Southern Illinois University Law Journal, Volume 39, Summer 2015
  • The Docket, Author, The Void Transfers to Caregiver Act: A New Tool in the Fight Against Elder Abuse(May, 2015)


  • Speaker, Introduction to Guardianship (LCBA Guardian Ad Litem Training), 2016 - Present
  • Speaker, Reducing Fiduciary Liability (IICLE Elder Law Short Course), 2016 - Present
  • Speaker, Guardianship Inventories and Accountings (ISBA Guardianship), 2015 - Present
  • Speaker, Interstate Guardianship Issues (IICLE Elder Law Short Course), 2017 - Present

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • National Association of Elder Law Attorneys, 2015 - Present
  • Lake County Bar Association, 2013 - Present
  • National Guardianship Association, 2015 - Present
  • National Certified Guardian, 2015 - Present
  • Lake County Bar Association, Gaurdianship Help Desk, Chairman, 2016 - Present

Past Employment Positions

  • Gordon & Karr LLP, Associate Attorney, 2009 - 2013
  • State Attorney's Office, Sixth Judicial Ciruit, FL, Assistant State Attorney, 2007 - 2008

Pro Bono Activities

  • Guardianship Help Desk, 2014 - Present
  • PADS of Lake County, 2012 - 2015


  • English