Benjamin N. Feder has been named as a Fellow by the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel (ACTEC), which is the most highly recognized estate planning and trust organization in the country. Benjamin joins Benton Strauss, William Weinsheimer, and Mary Cascino, all of whom are existing ACTEC Fellows at Strauss & Malk LLP, which is extraordinary for a firm of only 15 lawyers. ACTEC is comprised of approximately 2,700 lawyers nationwide who represent the country's top trust and estate planning attorneys. In Illinois alone, less than 100 attorneys have been named to this prestigious list of lawyers.

William C. Weinsheimer, ACTEC Fellow, had this to say about Benjamin, “As an experienced ACTEC Fellow, I welcome my colleague, Ben Feder, to membership in ACTEC. I have great admiration for Ben’s judgment and skills in representing clients in tax and estate planning and in trust and estate litigation matters. And given his active participation as a Continuing Legal Education writer and speaker, his admission to ACTEC is a well deserved honor. I am confident that Ben will become an active contributor to the work of the College.”

To be eligible for membership as a Fellow in ACTEC, a lawyer must have no less then 10 years of active experience practicing estate planning and trust law. Finally, membership as a Fellow in ACTEC is obtained through an election from the Board of Regents in the College. Individual attorneys meeting the criteria for membership are then nominated by Fellows of the College and subjected to careful review by both state and national membership selection committees.

All ACTEC Fellows make substantial contributions to the field of trust and estate law through writing, lecturing, teaching, and bar leadership activities. The Fellows work together to fulfill these primary goals:

  • Enhance their ability to provide the most efficient and highest quality services to their clients;
  • Develop qualified trust and estate counselors;
  • Improve and reform probate, trust and tax laws, procedures, and standards of professional responsibility; and
  • Cooperate with bar associations and other organizations with similar missions.

Benjamin continues to be recognized among the leading attorneys in the nation and the state of Illinois for his work and publications in the field of trust and estate law. To see more information about Benjamin, follow this link to his bio.

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