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I have a highly Personalized Approach To Create A Custom Tailored Estate Plan For My Clients.Drafting Wills & Trusts to ensure that WHAT you own, goes to WHO you want, WHEN and HOW you want.Probate is a court ordered process to distribute assets to beneficiaries.Estate and gift taxes are confiscatory taxes which may devour over 50% of your estate.Trust settlement is the process of paying debts & distributing assets to beneficiaries.
|IL||Active And Authorized To Practice Law||1991||05/16/2017|
|MI||Not authorized to practice-Administrative||1983||05/14/2017|
|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Certificate of Appreciation for Past Presidency of Organization||Lake County Estate Planning Council||2009|
|Managing Partner||Robert J. Kolasa, Ltd.||1993 - Present|
|Associate Attorney||Corcoran & Corcoran, PC||1990 - 1993|
|Supervising Senior||Kpmg Peat Marwick||1989 - 1990|
|Associate Attorney||Raymond & Dillon, PC||1987 - 1988|
|Attorney||Internal Revenue Service, Chief Counsel||1983 - 1987|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|Lake County Estate Planning Council||Member||1995 - Present|
|Greater North Shore Estate Planning Council||Member||1994 - Present|
|Specialized Trusts for IRA account||IRA Accumulation Trusts executed|
|See all legal cases|
|Illinois State Bar Association Trusts & Estates Newletter||Avoiding malpractice under the new estate tax portability rules||2014|
|Illinois Bar Journal||Making Constitutional Challenges to the Illinois Tax on Trust Income||2013|
|Illinois Bar Journal||Making Gifts can Reduce Illinois Estate Taxes||2012|
|The Docket - A Publication of the Lake County Bar Association||The New Federal & Illinois Estate Tax Laws||2011|
|Illinois State Bar Association Trusts & Estates Newsletter||George Steinbrenner's Estate Tax Home Run||2010|
|Illinois Bar Journal||The Illinois QTIP to the Rescue||2009|
|The Docket - A Publication of the Lake County Bar Association||Federal and Illinois Estate Tax Laws under the Obama Administrationn||2009|
|Illinois Bar Journal||How to Use Gifts to Reduce Illinois Estate Taxaes||2008|
|The Docket - A Publication of the Lake County Bar Association||Charitable IRA Rollovers Are (Sort Of) Here!!!||2006|
|The Docket - A Publication of the Lake County Bar Association||Drafting Trusts for Asset Protection||2006|
|The Docket - A Publication of the Lake County Bar Association||Asset Protection Changes by the New Bankruptcy Act||2005|
|The Docket - A Publication of the Lake County Bar Association||Hello 13, Goodbye 7 - The Bankruptcy Abuse and Consumer Protection Act of 2005||2005|
|The Docket - A Publication of the Lake County Bar Association||What To Say If Your Clients Ask: "Since the Death Tax Has Been Repealed, Why Do I Need Estate Planning?||2001|
|The Docket - A Publication of the Lake County Bar Association||Advise Your Clients on How They Can Increase Their Incomes, Avoid Capital Gains Taxes, Reduce Estate Taxes and Become a Saint||1995|
|Georgetown University Law Center||Taxation||LL.M - Master of Laws||1983|
|University of Detroit||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||1982|
|University of Detroit||Accounting||BS - Bachelor of Science||1979|
|Estate Planning Seminar||How to Control Your Wealth after Death (if you want to)||2015|
|Estate Planning Seminar||Income Taxation of Trusts||2014|
|Estate Planning Seminar||Fun with Esate Tax Portability||2013|
|Estate Planning Seminar||How to Keep Money in the Family||2012|
|Estate Planning Seminar||Planning for the Illinois QTIP Election||2012|
|Estate Planning Seminar||Reducing Illinois Estate Taxes Through Lifetime Gifts||2012|
|Estate Planning Seminar||The Illinois Estate Tax & Lifetime Gifts||2012|
|Estate Planning Seminar||The 2010 Tax Act has (GULP!) Arrived||2010|
|Estate Planning Seminary||Recent Changes to the Estate and Income Tax Laws Will Affect You!!!||2009|
|Estate Planning Seminar||Status of the Estate and Gift Tax Laws under the New Administration||2008|
|Estate Planning Class||Estate Planning||2008|
|Asset Protection Class||Asset Protection||2005|
|Estate Planning Seminar||Funding Trusts||2003|
|Estate Planning Seminar||Estate Planning After Death Tax Repeal||2001|
|Estate Planning Seminar||Tax Allocations and Apportionment||1998|
|Estate Planning Seminary||Funding Trusts||1997|
|Estate Planning Seminar||The Attorney Planning for Probate||1997|
|Estate Planning Seminar||Disclaimers and Disclaimer Trusts||1995|
Posted by anonymous
Robert was available to meet with me after work which is hard to find these day. He also listened to what I wanted to achieve and offered suggestions. Great job for a fair price.
Posted by Jay
I was referred to Robert by another attorney (whom I had found via a referral service at work) when my estate planning needs were deemed too complex for the first attorney to handle. Robert took my telephone call (personally) on my first contact attempt, then set up a no-charge consultation for my wife and me the very next day!
Our initial appointment was highly informative, and we were able to use the feedback Robert provided (for free at that point) to make immediate changes to our portfolio beneficiaries, etc., and thereby achieve more than half of our stated objectives. We were so appreciative that we, of course, scheduled follow-up 'on-the-clock' appointments to further refine our plan. Subsequent meetings solidified our approach, and when concluded, we had a new trust, two new wills, updated POA's, and a feeling of confidence in our overall future plan.
What I found so satisfying was that Robert was able to condense the actual documentation we required to a minimal number of changed or updated pages with carefully crafted amendments where applicable, or well-written new documents with specific, clear, and concise 'non-rambling' provisions.
Mark Twain once quipped, "I wanted to write you a short note, but I didn't have time, so I wrote you this long letter". Robert has mastered the skill of the 'short but effective' vs. the 'long and rambling' and Twain would be proud!
I could not have been more satisfied with our engagement, including with the very reasonable final fee. I highly recommend Robert Kolasa for anyone who needs an estate plan review, update, or commencement.
William Sweetnam, Class action Attorney
Relationship: Worked together on matter
Robert is an excellent estate planning attorney. He has successfully written estate plans for a diverse range of clients and is very knowledgeable regarding estate taxes, probate and asset protection. His CPA credentials and former IRS experience gives him a leg up on other attorneys. Robert has my highest recommendation as a very competent estate planning attorney.