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Dean Richard Hedeker

also known as Dean Hedeker

About me

Dean R. Hedeker is a leading Chicago-area authority on estate and tax planning, business law, and investments. Dean has more than 30 years' experience helping business owners and families grow, protect, and pass on their hard-earned money through tax planning, estate planning, and investment management services.

Over the past 10 years alone, Dean has created more than 2,000 estate plans and every year he handles more than 300 complex tax returns for business and families. Currently, he manages the wealth of more than 80 hard-working families.

Dean is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and has a Bachelor's degree and a Juris Doctor-both with highest honors-from DePaul University. He is licensed to practice law in Illinois and Pennsylvania. He is also a Registered Financial Consultant (RFC) and has served as an education adviser, Fellow and most recently appointed to Board of Governors of the American Academy of Estate Planning Attorneys.

Dean has made presentations at more than 500 events attended by legal, financial, and healthcare professionals and has been a featured source for WBBM's Noon Business Hour, WGN Radio, WLS Chicago, and CBS 2 Chicago. He has also co-authored three additional books on estate planning. He is principal at Dean R. Hedeker, Ltd., and principal of Hedeker Wealth Management Group, LLC.

Most recently Dean co-authored the book CUT YOUR TAX IN 2010 whichprovides the straight talk on why poor estate and retirement planning can cost you dearly.  Plus, the book provides insights on the capital gains trap, the tax benefits of living trusts, and other tax-saving tips. Many of the techniques discussed are the building blocks of a good estate plan. Without an estate plan, you’re paying too much in taxes on your assets right now. And your family will pay dearly—maybe even more than they can afford—after you’re gone. To learn more about this book go to


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Practice areas


  1. Tax: 35%
    37 years
  2. Estate Planning: 30%
    34 years
  3. Tax Fraud & Tax Evasion: 15%
    37 years
  4. Probate: 10%
    34 years
  5. Other: 10%
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Hourly ($150-400/hour), Fixed (sometimes)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

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Contact info

Dean R. Hedeker, Ltd.

1 Overlook Point
Suite 250
Lincolnshire, IL, 60069-4319


ILActive And Authorized To Practice Law198111/12/2015
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
30 Year Anniversary for Practice of Law AwardLexis Nexis "Martindale-Hubbell"2012
Chicago 2011 Five Star Wealth ManagersChicago Magazine2011
Chicago 2010 FIVE STAR Wealth ManagersChicago magazine2010
FellowAmerican Academy of Estate Planning Attorneys2009
Education Advisory BoardAmerican Academy of Estate Planning Attorneys2000
CPAUniversity of Illinois1978
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Owner/PrincipalHedeker Wealth Management Group, LLC2002 - Present
Owner/PrincipalDean R. Hedeker, Ltd.1987 - Present
Tax ManagerArthur Andersen & Co1981 - 1987
Association namePosition nameDuration
American Academy of Estate Planning AttorneysBoard of Governors2010 - Present
Illinois State Bar AssociationMember1986 - Present
Illinois State Bar Association, Elder Law SectionMember1986 - Present
Illinois State Bar Association, State and Local Taxation Section, Federal Taxation CommitteeMember1986 - Present
Illinois CPA SocietyMember1986 - Present
Publication nameTitleDate
Daily HeraldFour strategies to lower your taxes2015
Fox BusinessStock Losses Can Actually Be a Tax Benefit2014
Wall Street JournalA Creative Way to Pay a Tax Liability2014
Chicago TribuneDurable power of attorney eases mountain of worry2011
Cut your Tax in 2010Cut your Tax in 20102010
The Lincolnshire ReviewTrust funds not just for the rich2009
Senior ConnectionReal Security2009
Senior ConnectionKeeping the Economy in Perspective2009
Senior ConnectionEstate Planning in the Electronic Age: Protecting Your Online Assets2009
Love, Money, ControlLove, Money Control2004
Total Wealth ManagementTotal Wealth Management2004
Strictly BusinessStrictly Business2002
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
DePaul University College of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1981
University of IllnoisN/ACertified Public Accountant1978
DePaul UniversityN/ABS - Bachelor of Science1978
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
WBBM 780 Talk Radio Noon Business HourFiscal Cliff2012
84 WHAS Radio LouisvilleTax Tips from new book CUT YOUR TAX IN 2010 (AND PRESERVE YOUR LEGACY)2010
Tax Breaks for the UnemployedTax Tips for the Unemployed2009
National Association of Health UnderwritersLong Term Care2001
GE Financial Assurance National ConventionFinancial Planning2001
GE Financial Assurance National ConventionFinancial Planning2000