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William C. Weinsheimer

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

William C. Weinsheimer (pronounced Weins-heimer) practices estate planning and estate and trust law. He focuses on tax and succession planning for owners of closely held businesses, key executives, and other wealthy individuals. He also advises clients regarding trust and estate administration, charitable planning and fiduciary litigation, and related areas of taxation. He is frequently invited to speak on these topics.

Bill is the former chair of the Probate Practice Committee of the Chicago Bar Association and a past director of the Chicago and Illinois Bar Foundations. He has been an active member of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel (ACTEC), where he recently chaired the Task Force on Patenting Estate Planning Techniques. He is a past regent of ACTEC, a former Illinois State chair, a former editor of ACTEC Notes, a past chair of ACTEC’s Editorial Board and Practice Committee, and a co-author of the ACTEC guide for clients entitled "What it Means to Be a Trustee." Bill received the 2010 Austin Fleming Distinguished Service Award from the Chicago Estate Planning Council, and has been recommended by his Illinois peers as a Leading Lawyer in the areas of Trust, Will & Estate Planning Law every year since 2005.

Bill is involved in a variety of community groups, including the Chicago Symphony Orchestra Planned Giving Advisory Council, Ravinia Festival Planned Giving Advisory Council, Chicago Community Trust Professional Advisors Committee, and the Economic Club of Chicago. He was the recipient of the 2000 Thomas R. Leavens Award from Lawyers for the Creative Arts, an organization which he helped found in 1972.

Bill is a graduate of Northwestern University School of Law and the University of Notre Dame. Prior to joining Strauss & Malk LLP, he was a partner in two prominent Chicago firms, where he chaired or co-chaired their respective trusts and estates practices.

Education

  • Northwestern University School of Law, J.D. (1965)
  • University of Notre Dame, B.B.A. (1962)

Licensed to Practice

  • Illinois
  • United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
  • United States Tax Court

Associations & Recognition

  • Chicago Bar Association
    Chicago Bar Foundation, Former Director

    Probate Practice Committee, Former Chair
  • Illinois Bar Association
    Illinois Bar Foundation, Former Director
  • Illinois Leading Lawyer in Trust, Will & Estate Planning Law
    (2005 - present)
  • American College of Trust and Estate Counsel (ACTEC)
    Past Regent; Former Illinois State Chair
    Task Force on Patenting Estate Planning Techniques, Editorial Board, and Practice Committee, Former Chair
    ACTEC Notes, Former Editor
  • Chicago Estate Planning Council
    Austin Fleming Distinguished Service Award (2010)
  • Chicago Symphony Orchestra Planned Giving Advisory Council
    Chair (2006 - 2009)
  • Ravinia Festival Planned Giving Advisory Council
    Member
  • Chicago Community Trust Professional Advisors Committee
    Member
  • Economic Club of Chicago
    Member
  • Lawyers for the Creative Arts
    Co-Founder
    Thomas R. Leavens Award (2000)