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Michael S. Strauss

Phone: (847) 562-1400
Fax: (847) 562-1422

Mike concentrates his practice in estate and trust planning, including estate tax reduction; asset protection; wealth succession; probate and estate administration; business transactions and real estate; and technology licensing and contracting.

Mike is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin at Madison, DePaul University, and Chicago-Kent College of Law. He is the updating author of Post Mortem Tax Planning, published by Warren, Gorham & Lamont; a co-author of Estate and Gift Planning for the Business Owner, published by RIA, the current author of Post-Mortem Estate Planning, also published by RIA, and has written a number of articles for Estate Planning magazine and The Journal of Taxation. He is a member of The Order of the Coif.



  • Chicago-Kent College of Law, J.D. with high honors (1998)
  • DePaul University, M.B.A. (1994)
  • University of Wisconsin at Madison, B.S. (1992)

Licensed to Practice

  • Illinois


  • The Order of the Coif, Member


"The Value of Worthlessness: Non-Business Bad Debt Deductions for Intra-Family Loans," Journal of Taxation (May 2017).

"Applying the OID Rules to an Intra-Family Promissory Note," Estate Planning (September 2016).

"Using Technology to Enhance a Trusts and Estates Practice," Estate Planning (November 2015).

"Unwrap Some 'Gift Loan' Complexities of Section 7872," Journal of Taxation (June 2015).

"Unwrap Some 'Gift Loan' Complexities of Section 7872," Estate Planning (May 2015).

"Qualified Disclaimer Can Cover Partial Interest in Trust," Estate Planning (April 2014).

"Post Mortem Tax Planning" (updating author), (Warren Gorham & Lamont).

"Estate and Gift Planning for the Business Owner" (co-author), (RIA).

"Post-Mortem Estate Planning" (current author), (RIA).