Afton is a Partner at CROKE FAIRCHILD DUARTE & BERES, where she counsels individuals, families, business owners and financial institutions on a wide range of estate planning issues.
Afton confidently advises her clients with her expertise in complex trust and estate law. She enjoys getting to know her clients in the planning stages and continues to represent clients with trusts and estates throughout the administration process. She represents both fiduciaries and individual beneficiaries in contested trust and estate proceedings in state courts throughout Illinois and often resolves family conflicts outside of court.
Afton started her practice as an associate at Wildman, Harrold, Allen & Dixon LLP and joined Hamilton, Thies & Lorch LLP in 2005 with the founding partners where she practiced law as a partner through 2021.
Afton is actively involved in the Chicago Bar Association staying up to date with Illinois trust law as a member of the Trust Law Executive Committee. Afton is Co-Chair of the Annual Outing Committee for the Chicago Estate Planning Council and a member of the Section of Taxation, Real Property, Trust and Estate Law of the American Bar Association. Afton has lectured on retirement planning for the Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education; presented “Gifting Strategies to Consider in Light of Possible Tax Law Changes” to the Chicago Bar Association (October 2020); and co-authored, “Estate Planning Forms and Commentary: Irrevocable Life Insurance Trusts handbook” for the Illinois Institute of Continuing Legal Education, updated and republished (2021).