Chapman and Cutler LLP has been advising clients in estate, probate and trust matters for more than 70 years.We are dedicated to offering comprehensive trust and estate-related services that span several generations for many families. We counsel clients with respect to business succession; charitable, estate and gift planning; estate and trust administration; fiduciary litigation and income tax planning and compliance. We also provide corporate fiduciary trust counsel services.Our group practitioners have extensive experience in the field of trusts and estates and include members of The American College of Trust and Estate Counsel, a national organization of distinguished estate planners, and a past Chair of the Chicago Bar Association Trust Law Committee. Our group practitioners frequently speak and write on a variety of estate planning topics. Our group includes attorneys who have earned advanced LLM degrees in taxation.
Trusts and Estates Updates
- InterviewMay 2020
Rebecca Wallenfelsz, a partner in Chapman's Trusts and Estates Department, participated in an interview on the Divorce and Beyond Podcast.
- Client AlertFebruary 3, 2020
This Client Alert covers the new rules that apply to decanting. It is the fifth installment in a six-part series on the new Illinois Trust Code.
- Client AlertJanuary 7, 2020
Late in 2019, Congress passed the Setting Every Community Up for Retirement Enhancement or the SECURE Act. With few exceptions, the provisions in the Act are effective for retirement plans, IRAs, contributions and distributions on or after January 1, 2020.
- Client AlertDecember 2, 2019
This Client Alert covers the new rules that apply to beneficiary representation. It is the fourth installment in a six-part series on the new Illinois Trust Code.
- Client AlertOctober 1, 2019
This Alert covers the new rules that apply to the modification or termination of irrevocable trusts. It is the third installment in a six-part series on the new Illinois Trust Code.
- Client AlertAugust 19, 2019
This Alert covers the newly created powers granted to a trustee under the ITC, a well as the previously existing, but now codified, powers. This Alert is the second installment in a six-part series on the new Illinois Trust Code, a version of the Uniform Trust Code.
- Client AlertJuly 15, 2019
Last week, Governor Pritzker signed HB 1471, giving Illinois new trust laws as of January 1, 2020. This Alert is the first installment in a six-part series on the new Illinois Trust Code, a version of the Uniform Trust Code.
- Client AlertJanuary 3, 2018
On December 22, 2017, President Trump signed into law the most sweeping tax law changes in the last thirty years. Highlights of the new tax reform legislation as they impact individuals are summarized in this Client Alert.
- Client AlertDecember 22, 2017
Overlooked in the many discussions about the new tax laws are the consequences on trusts and estates and the high likelihood trusts and their beneficiaries will see larger income tax bills for the next seven years. This Client Alert focuses on how the tax changes will impact trusts and estates, identify some of the significant uncertainties and provide recommendations for fiduciaries.
- Client AlertNovember 13, 2017
In addition to changes in life, changes in the estate tax rules over the last decade have altered the planning options available for many married couples. If the federal estate tax laws are actually repealed by the current Congress, these options will be relevant for all married couples.
- ArticleWhat the FATCA Is Going On? Navigating Various U.S. Tax Implications and Compliance Requirements for International Clients and AssetsEstate Planning Course Materials JournalOctober 2017
In an environment of growing global mobility of many families and heightened regulatory and compliance pressures, many U.S. estate planning advisors are encountering international issues for their clients with increasing frequency.
- Client AlertClient AlertNovember 13, 2015
Many individuals no longer face a federal estate tax or need to be concerned with dividing assets between spouses for tax planning purposes. But for individuals residing in Illinois, and even non-residents who own Illinois property, not only is there still an estate tax, but the exemption is much smaller.
- Client AlertClient AlertSeptember 15, 2015
According to Giving USA, Americans gave an estimated $358.38 billion to charity in 2014, surpassing the peak last seen in 2007 prior to the Great Recession.
- Client AlertClient AlertJuly 29, 2015
According the U.S. Census Bureau, the number of unmarried, cohabiting couples in the United States has nearly doubled in the last decade. Since they are not subject to the rights and obligations that accompany a marital relationship, partners committing to a serious relationship should consider the need to affirmatively plan for themselves, each other, and any children.
- Client AlertClient AlertOctober 1, 2014
The Federal gift and estate tax exclusion amount shelters gifts and testamentary bequests from gift and estate tax.
- Client AlertClient AlertMarch 11, 2014
The Tax Reform Act of 2014 intends to simplify and consolidate the individual taxation scheme by consolidating, changing, or eliminating a variety of current tax benefits and the tax rates.
- Client AlertClient AlertSeptember 25, 2013
In today’s mobile society, individuals change their place of residence for a number of reasons: a new job opportunity, a new place for treatment or care, retirement or simply a desire for a change in life.
- Client AlertChapman Client AlertJanuary 8, 2013
Late in the evening of January 1, 2013, Congress passed the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012, avoiding the tax portion of the so-called “fiscal cliff.” President Obama signed ATRA into law on January 2, 2013.
- Client AlertClient AlertSeptember 25, 2012
On August 10th, the Governor signed into law two bills (former HB 4662, now Public Act 97-0920, and former HB 4663, now Public Act 97-0921), making Illinois one of a growing number of states with statutes that address trust decanting and directed trusts. The new statutes will go into effect January 1, 2013. This client alert covers the trust decanting statute. Our prior client alert addressed the directed trust statute.
- Client AlertClient AlertAugust 15, 2012
On August 10th, the Governor signed Public Act 97-0921 (former HB 4662 and 4663) making Illinois one of a growing number of states with statutes that address directed trusts and trust decanting. These new statutes will go into effect January 1, 2013. This client alert covers the directed trust statute.
- Client AlertClient AlertJuly 10, 2012
With slightly less than six months remaining before the reappearance of the lower $1 million exemption from US gift tax, we are resending our June 2011 Client Alert regarding the advantages of using part or all of the $5 million (now $5.12 million) gift tax exemption before it expires at year-end.
Please contact your Chapman and Cutler LLP Trust and Estate attorney to discuss how and whether you may benefit from this unprecedented gifting opportunity.