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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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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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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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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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Michael S. Strauss presents at the 62nd Annual IICLE Estate Planning Short Course (Chicago and Champaign)

Michael presented on the “Perils and Pitfall of Promissory Notes” Intra-family promissory notes: gifts caused by below AFR interest (Section 7872), income tax consequences if interest is not paid at least annually under the original issue discoun… Read More
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Benjamin N. Feder Presented at the IICLE 2019 Business Valuation, Financial & Tax Issues in Divorce program on January 21, 2019

Benjamin co-presented “Top Ten Things that Estate Planning Attorneys Want Divorce Attorneys to Know – But They Often Don’t.” Location: Hilton Lisle/Naperville Date: 1/21/19 https://www.iicle.com/business-valuation-financial-tax-issues-in-divo… Read More
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Benjamin N. Feder Presented at Investments & Wealth Institute - Wealth Advisor Forum - Oct. 9, 2018

Benjamin co-presented “Managing the Complex Dynamics of High-Net-Worth Families with Divorces and Multiple Marriages” at the Investments & Wealth Institute – Wealth Advisor Forum Location: Chicago Marriott Downtown Magnificent Mile Date… Read More
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Navigating the Trustee's Duty to Disclose — How Much is Enough, or Too Much? Beneficiaries' Rights to Information

“Navigating the Trustee’s Duty to Disclose — How Much is Enough, or Too Much? Beneficiaries’ Rights to Information,” presentation by Strauss & Malk LLP for the Chicago Estate Planning Counsel, March 2014, and for the Ill… Read More
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Beneficiary Rights to Information

“Beneficiary Rights to Information,” presentation by Strauss & Malk LLP for the Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education Estate Planning Short Course (57th Annual), Spring 2014. Read More
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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…
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