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Louis Theodore Wierenga

Tax Attorney at Arlington Heights, IL

5.0   22 reviews

also known as Law Office of Louis T. Wierenga, LLC

  • State Years
    Texas - TX < 1 year
    Illinois - IL 14 years
  • Licensed for less than one year
    State TX
    Acquired 2023
    Status
    Eligible to Practice in Texas No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 14 years
    State IL
    Acquired 2008
    Status
    Active and Authorized to Practice Law No misconduct found

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

About Louis

Learn Louis’s areas of practice.

5
Practice areas
  1. Tax
    50%
    Individual, business, and estate taxation and accounting. From tax return preparation to internal/external auditing and appeals.

    11 years, 10,000 cases

  2. Business
    15%
    Doing Business As (D/B/A's), Sole Proprietors, General/Limited Partnerships, LLCs, & C & S Corp. Reviewing, redlining, drafting & negotiating a wide range of agreements. From Operating/Shareholder, Asset Purchase & other Commercial Agreements.

    15 years, 1,000 cases

  3. Estate planning
    15%
    Trusts, Wills, Powers of Attorney for Healthcare and Property, Living Wills, Family Limited Partnerships, ILITs, GSTs, Crummeys, Special Needs, and other more advanced instruments when needed. We handle Probate matters as well.

    11 years, 500 cases

  4. Probate
    15%
    Assistance for when a loved one passes away with or without a will and court supervision is required.

    11 years

  5. Personal injury
    5%
    Assistance when you have been injured in an accident that was caused by someone else.

    15 years

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Services We Provide Include:

• Probate & Estate Planning: Estate Administration, Wills, Trusts, Powers of Attorney, Living Wills

• Business Formation & Transactional Matters: Creation of Business Entities (i.e. LLC, Corp., Partnerships) & Other Business Agreements including Mergers & Acquisitions; 

• Income Tax Returns: Planning & Preparation (Individuals, Partnerships, Corp., Trusts, Gift & Estate Tax, Tax-Exempt Org., Payroll & Others); and 

• Audits & Appeals: Representation in Problematic Tax & Regulatory Matters.

 

 

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Reviews

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Posted by Abby | April 6, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Highly recommend!
Lou is wonderful to work with! He has advised us on several personal and business matters. He is a careful and thoughtful reviewer and regularly helps us to make important financial decisions. His team is highly skilled and provides accounting services to our business as well. We are very happy with his legal advice and could not recommend him more!
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Posted by Rachel | April 5, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Look No Further!
Louis and his staff provide excellent service! Always patient, knowledgeable, organized and answer all questions with clear explanations. I highly recommend, simply because they care about their clientele!
Posted by Christine | April 5, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent and knowledgeable Lawyer
Lou was very professional, knowledgeable and efficient. Lou knew the best type business to file for my consulting business in my state. He helped me close out a previous filing and create a new one quickly. He had a fast and thorough turn around. We also used his services to draft and execute our trust. We would highly recommend Lou and have sent many family members his way.
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Posted by anonymous | February 17, 2021
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Very responsive and helpful!
Other attorneys take note, this is how to practice law. Louis (Lou) has been very helpful in assisting me with financial, tax, and security questions that I have had. He returns calls very promptly, is HIGHLY knowledgeable, and is very professional. Other attorneys had literally no idea what they were talking about, yet still somehow marketed themselves as tax/financial/retirement/estate/will/probate specialists. I would not hesitate to both hire him in the future and to recommend to a friend/family member. Highly recommend!!
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Posted by Justin | November 7, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Fair, honest, sharp attorney
We used Louis's services for a work dispute relating to the wife's maternity leave. He responded promptly, which was a BIG deal to us. He was very knowledgeable, and was able to help us out big time! We searched for an attorney we can trust, with our best interest in mind, and if you are looking for the same...look no further than Louis.
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Posted by Cody | November 18, 2017
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Contract review
I had Mr. Wierenga go through a contract with me to make sure I was not being taken advantage of. Not only did he catch multiple things wrong with the contract but he also found background on the company which led me to cease all dealings with them. Saved me a lot of headaches and kept my money safe.
Posted by Josh | November 17, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Great Attorney
Louis has handled two LLC formations for myself, business partnership contracts as well as my 2016 personal and business taxes. In the formation of my LLCs he gave me my costs up front and guided me through the entire process. The LLC formation would be my first and his thorough questioning set my worries at easy. The entire formation was a breeze for me. With both of the LLC formations he drew up contracts for the partnerships. Took the ideas that both myself and partners had, did a little mediating between us and drew up contracts that everyone was satisfied with. His ability to effectively communicate between us, understanding our needs, and drawing firm lines in the sand were undoubtedly a cause for those partnerships success. When Louis did my 2016 taxes he found more than a few errors made by my previous accountant that left both myself, partner and business vulnerable to the IRS. Louis was able to figure out a plan to rectify my tax issues and ensure that I stay off the IRS call list. I will most certainly be using Louis in the future for both my business and tax needs. *Disclaimer: Louis is a long time Family Friend, 2017 was my First time using him
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Posted by anonymous | November 17, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Estate plan
Lou was very helpful, thorough and efficient when compiling my entire plan. He made the process quick and painless, and now I feel 100% better for having do so. I highly recommend contacting Lou when you are ready to do your plan.
Posted by Anje | November 17, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Will
He made out a wonderful will and living will, he explained everything very clearly, went out of his way to send me copies of everything because I could not view it off my phone , very professional and kind and patient.
Posted by Craig | November 15, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Highly recommended
Mr Weirenga is as good as they get! He is extremely thorough and knowledgeable. I recommend him to all my family and friends.
Posted by Kathryn | June 8, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Lou for Tax Advice
I had messed up my taxes when I was moving around and consulting a few years back and went to Lou for help to help me get things back on track so I'd be squared away if I were to get audited. I've been working with him for a few years now and he's been great. He is professional, extremely organized, and even reminds me when I need to start the ball rolling with things. I have recommended him to several of my friends who are or were in similar situations as me and they have all had positive experiences with him as well.
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Posted by Jack | June 7, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Louis is the Best
I had the pleasure of dealing with Louis this year instead of my regular accountant. Needless to say, Mr. Wierenga has earned himself my thanks and repeat business. I plan on bringing my company taxes to him as well as my personal next year. Louis took the time to answer my questions, my wife's questions, and truly figure out our situation in order to give us the best possible return. Can not recommend him enough. Thanks Louis!
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Posted by Teresa | June 7, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Estate planning attorney
Lou was very accommodating and helpful with our estate and living will preparation
Posted by anonymous | June 7, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent!
Louis helps us transferred property title and filed tax return, very knowledgeable and professional. I would highly recommend him.
Posted by anonymous | June 7, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent
Lou was always available by phone or email. Responded quickly to my concerns, and was always able to answer questions or explain the situation in a way that I could understand. Very helpful and transparent!
Posted by Sara | June 7, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Taxes 2016
I was referred by a friend to Lou to do my 2016 taxes. He was very professional, prompt, organized and knew what he was talking about. He made the whole process painless as I dread doing taxes every year. I would definitely use him again and refer him to others!
Posted by anonymous | September 29, 2015
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Lou knows tax and business inside out!
I have been self employed for 3 years now. I left working for the government in 2012 to open my own firm. I had zero business background and never had to deal with the in depth tax filings that come with being self employed. That's where Lou came in. When I was feeling overwhelmed and in over my head, Lou swooped in and took control of the situation. He counseled me in my business practices and helped me get organized. When tax time came around he sent me a personalized and detailed organizer that made my part doing my taxes simple and stress free! Then he did his magic and saved me A TON of money in income tax liabilities!!! He knows tax law forward and backward! I have had several dealing with Lou over the last three years. Any time a question arises in my company I can pick up the phone and Lou is there to give me an answer. He is a very ambitious and intelligent attorney with a passion for his practice area. I can say with confidence that Lou will be my business and tax attorney for many many years to come. I even had him do my loved ones wills and trusts (he can do it all!!!!) ! Anyone looking for help with building or bettering a business or a phenomenal tax attorney, I recommend Louis Wierenga.
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Posted by Bridget | September 29, 2015
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Great resource!
Lou is a great resource for assistance in resolving a wide variety of legal matters. I'd recommend him to anyone looking for great client service and effective problem resolution.
Posted by Casey | September 15, 2015
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Tax amendment
Louis was extremely fast and efficient in assisting me with fixing an older 2012 return that I had incorrectly filed. He was able to help me minimize the amount that I owed the IRS saving me quite a bit of money.
Posted by Casey | September 15, 2015
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Tax amendment
Louis was quick and efficient with helping me amend my incorrect returns from 2012. He was able to help me reduce what I owed the IRS considerably.
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Cost

Rates
  • Free Consultation 30 minutes
  • Hourly Rates $ 325-375 per hour
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Partner
  • Law Office of Louis T. Wierenga, LLC
  • 2008 - Present
  • Volunteer Attorney
  • CARPLS
  • 2012 - 2012
  • Judicial Law Clerk
  • Richard J. Daley Center
  • 2007 - 2007
  • Legal Department Intern
  • Rush University Medical Center
  • 2007 - 2007
  • Summer Associate
  • Patton & Ryan, LLC
  • 2006 - 2008
  • Law Clerk
  • Goldstine, Skrodski, Russian, Nemec & Hoff, Ltd.
  • 1999 - 2000
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Education

  • Valparaiso University School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2008
  • University of Illinois
  • BS - Bachelor of Science
  • 2004
  • University of London
  • N/A

Legal Cases

  • $250,000 in taxes down to $35,000
  • $250,000 down to $35,000
  • $11,000 Garnishment Fully Refunded
  • $11,000 refund
  • IRS LEVY on $300,000+ tax balance
  • Amount due reduced from $300,000+ to under $20,000
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Associations

  • Wills For Heroes - Chicago
  • Volunteer Attorney
  • 2016 - Present
  • Illinois State Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2015 - Present
  • American Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2008 - Present
  • Mercy Home for Boys & Girls: Chicago Children's Charity
  • Volunteer
  • 2015 - 2016
  • Chicago Bar Association
  • Co-chair
  • 2015 - 2018
  • Chicago Bar Association
  • Co-chair
  • 2011 - 2014
  • FINRA
  • Series 7 - Securities Representative
  • 2006 - 2008
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Top 100 Tax Twitter Acounts
  • Forbes
  • 2020
  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2019
  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2018
  • Volunteer of the Month-August
  • CARPLS
  • 2012
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Speaking Engagements

Attorney endorsements

Received (17)
Given (30)
Endorse Louis
Tax Attorney | Jun 08
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Lou is an outstanding tax attorney and has a deep understanding of tax and tax planning issues. I often consult with him on tax issues for some of my corporate clients and appreciate his practical approach to matters."
Tax Attorney | May 23
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Louis has a razor-sharp mind and such an easy command of tax law that you begin to wonder whether there is anything on the subject he doesn't know. I refer friends with tax issues to Louis with complete confidence that they will be in excellent hands. I recommend him highly to anyone in need of a tax expert."
Tax Attorney | May 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. I know Louis from one of my lawyer networking groups, and I would not hesitate to refer a tax matter to him."
Tax Attorney | May 17
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Louis is a knowledgeable tax attorney. I have always found him to be accessible and reachable whenever I have a tax issue or question. I highly recommend his services."
Tax Attorney | May 15
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Louis is a very skilled tax attorney. He has extensive experience and very reasonable rates. I strongly recommend his services."
Tax Attorney | May 10
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Louis is a trusted colleague and highly-valued member of our legal community. Whenever I have a tax issue or question, he's the first person I turn to. I enthusiastically endorse him."
Tax Attorney | Sep 14
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I've known Louis for some time and he has been a wonderful resource for both myself and my clients. He has a firm grasp on tax laws and has a talent for coming up with innovative solutions to meet his client's needs. He is responsive and thorough and I am confident that anyone who seeks him out will be happy with the level of service and attention he provides."
Tax Attorney | Aug 23
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"His knowledge is unparalleled and I frequently seek his insight for my clients."
Estate planning Attorney | Aug 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Lou is a conscientious and knowledgeable attorney. He is attentive and personable. As a real estate attorney, there are sometimes tax/estate planning issues that need to be addressed prior to purchasing a home. I feel confident referring people to Lou for these issues as well as contract issues."
Unknown Attorney | Aug 17
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Lou is a valuable member of the Chicago legal community. I've worked with Lou and know him to be thorough, professional, and friendly. I would not hesitate to hire him or to refer to him."
Tax Attorney | Aug 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Louis is a great resource for my clients and I feel very comfortable referring people to him. As a divorce attorney there are often tax related issues which intersect with divorce issues and Louis is always willing and able to give valuable insight regarding tax issues and how they will impact my clients."
Tax Attorney | Aug 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Lou is a very knowledgable attorney and provides his clients with intelligent and efficient representation. His business and economic background serves him well in representing clients. I am happy to recommend Lou's practice to those in need of business and tax advice."
Tax Attorney | Sep 25
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Louis is a very professional and intelligent lawyer. I endorse him for corporate law/tax needs and would definitely refer to him in these areas."
Tax Attorney | Sep 24
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Louis is incredibly knowledgeable, thorough and respected in the legal community. I would not hesitate to refer Louis a case as I know the client would be well represented."
Tax Attorney | Sep 15
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Lou is one of the best lawyers in his field of practice. He is practical, smart and personable. I wholeheartedly endorse Lou. If your looking for one of the best, look no further."
Tax Attorney | Jul 22
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer. Lou has the energy and insight to assist businesses with their tax questions and other needs. He is honest, direct and can get the job done."
Corporate and incorporation Attorney | Dec 05
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Lou is a personable and hard working lawyer who works hard to satisfy and fulfill his clients expectations. His focus on small businesses and their concerns makes hm a great fiit for any business that is incorporating, merging, expanding, or planning. He is a pillar of the legal community and I know him personally from his participation in the bar association committee of which I am chair. I recommend him without hesitation."
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