Ashley C. Coppola prosecutes and defends guardianship actions related to estates of adults with disabilities and minors. She also represents fiduciaries in matters involving claims of lack of capacity, undue influence, and fraud.
Ashley routinely represents individuals, corporate fiduciaries, health care providers, and state agencies in all stages of guardianship litigation and administration. She possesses intimate knowledge and strategy involving statutory protections for the physical safety of adults with disabilities and minors. Additionally, Ashley prosecutes asset recovery actions against financial exploiters and also provides defense related to asset recovery actions. She litigates matters regarding enforceability of powers of attorney and conversely defending agents under powers of attorney accused of misconduct in connection with guardianship proceedings. Frequently appointed by judges in the Probate Division of the Circuit Court of Cook County, Ashley often serves as Guardian Ad Litem in adult guardianship matters as well as defense counsel for adults with an alleged disability.
Ashley also represents individual and corporate fiduciaries in matters involving claims of lack of capacity, undue influence, fraud, and forgery, prosecuting and defending actions on behalf of institutional fiduciaries, individual fiduciaries, and personal representatives in breach of fiduciary duty, fraud, negligence, and recovery of asset claims. Ashley also prosecutes and defends will contests and other post-death estate challenges, such as contested heirship, accountings, and claims.
Named among Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch in America® for Litigation – Trusts and Estates and Trusts and Estates (2022-2023)
Illinois Super Lawyers Rising Star (2015-Present)
Leading Emerging Lawyer in Trust, Will & Estate Planning Law, Emerging Lawyers Magazine (2017)
Illinois State Bar Association
Chicago Bar Association
National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys
Women’s Bar Foundation
President of the Women’s Bar Foundation’s Junior Board
Past Chair of the Chicago Bar Association’s Elder Law Committee
Member of the National Academy for Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA)
Vice-chair of the National Guardianship Committee
Supporter, Misericordia Heart of Mercy
Supporter, Adult Down Syndrome Medical Center