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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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Estate Tax Repeal - The End of Estate Planning

There has been much discussion recently about potentially repealing the “death tax.” A bill introduced in the House on January 3, 2017 (H.R. 198) would repeal the gift, estate and GST (generation skipping transfer) taxes. A different bill introdu… Read More
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Newsletter Issue 7: What a Client Should Know in the Discovery Process of Litigation

“We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, therefore, is not an act, but a habit.” – Aristotle Read the Strauss & Malk LLP Newsletter: Issue 7: What a Client Should Know in the Discovery Process of Litigation Read More
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Newsletter Issue 6: 2011 New Tax Law

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Newsletter Issue 4: Roth IRAs and the New 2010 Rules

“An investment in knowledge always pays the best interest.” – Benjamin Franklin Read the Strauss & Malk LLP Newsletter: Issue 4: Roth IRAs and the New 2010 Rules. January 2010 Read More
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Newsletter Issue 5: The Estate Tax: "I'll Be Back!"

“Like mothers, taxes are often misunderstood, but seldom forgotten.” – Lord Bramwell Read the Strauss & Malk LLP Newsletter: Issue 5: The Estate Tax: “I’ll Be Back!” by Michelle Gooze-Miller. January 2010 Read More
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Newsletter Issue 3: Illinois Expands Statute to Amend Trusts

“A single conversation across the table with a wise man is better than ten years mere study of books.” – Henry Wadsworth Longfellow Read the Strauss & Malk LLP Newsletter: Issue 3: Illinois Expands Statute to Amend Trusts. November… Read More
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Newsletter Issue 2: The Last GRAT

“Sometimes when I consider what tremendous consequences come from little things, I am tempted to think there are no little things.” – Bruce Barton Read the Strauss & Malk LLP Newsletter: Issue 2: The Last GRAT. July 2009 Read More
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Newsletter Issue 1: Illinois Estate Taxes: It Isn't Always Pretty

“Certainty? In this world nothing is certain but death and taxes.” Benjamin Franklin “But we can help with the latter….” Benton C. Strauss Read the Strauss & Malk LLP Newsletter: Issue 1: Illinois Estate Taxes: It Isn’t Always Pre… Read More
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Attorney Spotlight

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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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,…
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…
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…
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…