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

Benjamin will present 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 – Regi… Read More
Very proud of Benjamin N. Feder and Rebecca A. Levin for the great work they did on their article regarding No Contest Provisions. Check out the article HERE Read More
When transactions (either gifts or sales) between family members, or trusts for the benefit of family members, are entered into the government requires a minimum interest rate to avoid treating the interest component of the transaction as a gift (oft… Read More

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