Ben concentrates his practice in the areas of sophisticated estate and gift tax planning, asset protection planning, guardianship matters, charitable planning, and estate and trust administration. Ben also devotes a significant portion of his practice to complex will and trust controversy and litigation. This includes representing trustees, executors and beneficiaries in a variety of matters such as:
Ben has been recognized by various independent organizations on their top lists of top attorneys. Leading Lawyers Network named Ben as one of the Top Attorneys in Illinois in Trust, Will & Estate Planning Law. He has also been recognized in the selective roll of Illinois Super Lawyer (2015 - 2017) and Illinois Super Lawyers Rising Stars (2009-2014) in the areas of Estate Planning & Probate and Estate & Trust Litigation.
Before joining Strauss & Malk LLP, Ben practiced with two prominent Chicago law firms.
“The Promissory Note Problem: Why Refinancing a Promissory Note May Create Income Tax and Gift Tax Consequences,” Trusts & Estates Magazine.
“Advising the Client with Sudden Wealth” (co-author), Journal of Taxation of Investments.
Navigating the Trustee's Duty to Disclose - How Much is Enough, or Too Much? Beneficiaries' Rights to Information, Chicago Estate Planning Counsel (March 2014).
Additionally, Ben has presented before the Chicago Estate Planning Council (CPEC), American Law Institute (ALI), Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education (IICLE) and the Chicago Bar Association (CBA) regarding various estate planning and trust administration issues, such as:
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