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Benjamin N. Feder Will Present at the IICLE 64th Annual Short Course on May 25, 2021

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
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Check Out Our New Article in Trusts and Estates Magazine - November 2020

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
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Historically Low Interest Rates Provide Great Opportunity for Gift Planning and Estate Reduction Techniques

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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SM&F Succeeded in Closing on Client's $33.5MM Apartment Acquisition - May 5, 2020

Very proud of our team that closed a $33.5MM apartment portfolio acquisition with Freddie Mac as the principal lender and the principal acquirer being an irrevocable gift trust to leverage estate tax and creditor protection benefits. Not easy to do i… Read More
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Michael S. Strauss presented at the CBA's Probate Practice Committee - April 21, 2020

Michael presented via webcast on “Filing and Payment Deadlines for Federal Estate Tax Returns and the Reasonable Cause Exception Under Section 6651(a).” Read More
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Planning During a Life-Threatening Illness - April 2020

COVID-19 has affected most families throughout the country recently. Strauss Malk & Feder LLP would like to offer the below guidance to help those families facing some difficult choices in the coming months due to this life-threatening illness. P… Read More
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Michael S. Strauss presented at the ABA Tax Section 2020 Mid-Year Tax Meeting in Boca Raton, FL - February 1, 2020

Michael presented on “Can an AFR Loan be Treated as Not Issued for Full and Adequate Consideration if Later Valued in the Note Holder’s Gross Estate at a Discount?” Read More
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2020 Illinois Super Lawyers of Strauss Malk & Feder LLP

Strauss Malk & Feder LLP is honored to have five of it’s attorneys named as Illinois Super Lawyers in 2020. Congratulations to these attorneys for all their hard work: Mary D. Cascino Benjamin N. Feder Benton C. Strauss William C. Weinsheim… Read More
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Michael S. Strauss presented at the 45th Annual Notre Dame Tax & Estate Planning Institute

Michael presented on “How § 7872 and the OID Timing Rules Impact Intra-Family Notes and Their Valuation for Transfer Tax Purposes” https://law.nd.edu/for-alumni/alumni-resources/tax-and-estate-planning-institute/ Read More
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Benton and Michael Strauss featured in Leading Lawyers Magazine

Our own Benton and Michael Strauss are featured in the May 2019 Leading Lawyers Magazine – Consumer Edition. Click here to see the article Read More
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Arnie concentrates his practice in business and transactional matters, providing tax consulting, negotiating, structuring and documenting services for: corporations and their owners; persons engaged in sophisticated real estate transactions; health c…
Jay concentrates his practice in business and real estate transactions and their financing, tax law, employee benefits and estate planning. Jay assists clients in corporate, partnership and limited liability company matters, including negotiating and…
Mary concentrates her practice in the areas of estate planning; asset protection planning; business succession planning; tax planning and charitable gifting; as well as estate and trust administration; and decedent’s and guardianship probate estate…
Mark concentrates his practice in the areas of estate and gift tax planning, asset protection planning, probate practice, federal taxation, and real estate/business transactions. He is a member of the Lake County Bar Association, the Lake Forest-Lake…
Joyce concentrates her practice in estate planning, probate, individual and partnership taxation, corporations and not-for-profit organizations. She is a graduate of Yale University and Vanderbilt University School of Law, where she was an editor of…
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 clien…
Matt concentrates his practice in the areas of estate and gift tax planning; probate, trust and estate administration; estate and gift tax compliance; tax law; and charitable planning. He is a member of the Chicago Bar Association, Illinois State Bar…
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 practic…
Ken concentrates his practice in commercial real estate, probate and estate planning, litigation, and business planning matters. He takes pride in the long relationships he has established with his clients, some of which have spanned 40 years. With h…
David concentrates his practice in the areas of litigation and domestic relations. He has experience in such matters as: contract disputes, real estate and construction litigation, personal injury, family law matters, trust and estate controversies,…
Julia concentrates her practice on designing and implementing estate plans and leveraged wealth transfer techniques for individuals and family groups. She counsels clients on all aspects of estate and business succession planning. Julia’s dedicated…
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…
Brad concentrates his practice in the area of litigation and has experience in such matters as: breach of contract claims; business tort claims; trust and estate controversies; fraud and misrepresentation suits; shareholder remedy actions; partnershi…
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 transf…