Benton C. Strauss

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Benton C. Strauss

Fax: (847) 562-1422

Ben concentrates his practice in: estate and trust planning, including asset protection, tax reduction, estate administration and estate and trust controversies; business transactions, including partnership, LLC and corporate matters, business transfers and wealth succession; and key employee benefits and executive compensation, including qualified and non-qualified benefits. A substantial portion of his clients are active or retired entrepreneurs and their businesses.

Ben has written and spoken widely. He initially authored, and regularly updates, the book entitled "Estate and Gift Planning for the Business Owner," published by RIA, and he also co-authors "Post Mortem Tax Planning," published by Warren Gorham & Lamont. Among the organizations to which Ben has lectured are the Minnesota and Illinois CPA societies, the Chicago Bar Association and the Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education.

Ben is a fellow of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel. He was chair of the Chicago Bar Association Trust Law Committee, is past president of the 6,000 member Non-Resident Lawyers Division of the State Bar of Wisconsin, and served on the Board of Governors of the State Bar of Wisconsin.

Ben previously practiced law with two of the largest Chicago law firms.

Education

  • Loyola University Law School, J.D. (1972)
  • University of Illinois (1968)

Licensed to Practice

  • Illinois (1972)
  • Wisconsin (1987)

Associations & Recognition

  • Board of Governors of the State Bar of Wisconsin, Member (2001 – 2004)
  • Non-Resident Lawyers Division of the State Bar of Wisconsin, President (2002 – 2003)
  • American College of Trust and Estate Counsel, Fellow (1995 – present)
  • Chicago Bar Association Trust Law Committee, Chair (1991 – 1992)

Publications

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

"Estate and Gift Planning for the Business Owner" (RIA).

News & Articles

In September 2021, our team, led by Jay Glaubinger and Ben Feder, successfully closed a $21MM in Fannie Mae Supplemental Loans for a multifamily residential portfolio with four properties in two states having 1,382 residential units. This transaction… Read More
Benjamin presented on the topic of “Promissory Notes – Everybody is Doing Them, But are They Doing Them Correctly? Opportunities to Maximize Related Planning Benefits and Minimize Corresponding Risks.” Location: Live Webcast – Registe… Read More
Partners Jay Glaubinger and Benjamin Feder successfully closed a client’s $24MM acquisition of a 400-unit apartment complex in Omaha, Nebraska. The transaction included negotiations with joint venture partners and the assumption of an existing loan… Read More

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