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Robert J. Kolasa

About me

I take pride in my highly personalized approach which takes into account the individual needs and goals of each of my clients to create a custom tailored estate plan. My background as a C.P.A. and former IRS attorney, along with a 30-year legal career, complements my “straight talk” and strong technical analysis in leading clients through the estate planning, trust administration and estate tax maze.


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Practice areas


  1. Estate Planning: 40%
    23 years
  2. Trusts: 25%
    23 years
  3. Tax: 20%
    23 years
  4. Probate: 15%
    23 years



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  • William Michelangelo Sweetnam

    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.


    William Sweetnam Class action Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

Contact info

Kolasa Robert J Attorney Cpa

1401 N. Western Avenue
2nd Floor
Lake Forest, IL, 60045


ILActive And Authorized To Practice Law199105/11/2016
MINot authorized to practice-Administrative198305/14/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Certificate of Appreciation for Past Presidency of OrganizationLake County Estate Planning Council2009
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Managing PartnerRobert J. Kolasa, Ltd.1993 - Present
Associate AttorneyCorcoran & Corcoran, PC1990 - 1993
Supervising SeniorKpmg Peat Marwick1989 - 1990
Associate AttorneyRaymond & Dillon, PC1987 - 1988
AttorneyInternal Revenue Service, Chief Counsel1983 - 1987
Association namePosition nameDuration
Lake County Estate Planning CouncilMember1995 - Present
Greater North Shore Estate Planning CouncilMember1994 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Specialized Trusts for IRA accountIRA Accumulation Trusts executed
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Publication nameTitleDate
Illinois State Bar Association Trusts & Estates NewletterAvoiding malpractice under the new estate tax portability rules2014
Illinois Bar JournalMaking Constitutional Challenges to the Illinois Tax on Trust Income2013
Illinois Bar JournalMaking Gifts can Reduce Illinois Estate Taxes2012
The Docket - A Publication of the Lake County Bar AssociationThe New Federal & Illinois Estate Tax Laws2011
Illinois State Bar Association Trusts & Estates NewsletterGeorge Steinbrenner's Estate Tax Home Run2010
Illinois Bar JournalThe Illinois QTIP to the Rescue2009
The Docket - A Publication of the Lake County Bar AssociationFederal and Illinois Estate Tax Laws under the Obama Administrationn2009
Illinois Bar JournalHow to Use Gifts to Reduce Illinois Estate Taxaes2008
The Docket - A Publication of the Lake County Bar AssociationCharitable IRA Rollovers Are (Sort Of) Here!!!2006
The Docket - A Publication of the Lake County Bar AssociationDrafting Trusts for Asset Protection2006
The Docket - A Publication of the Lake County Bar AssociationAsset Protection Changes by the New Bankruptcy Act2005
The Docket - A Publication of the Lake County Bar AssociationHello 13, Goodbye 7 - The Bankruptcy Abuse and Consumer Protection Act of 20052005
The Docket - A Publication of the Lake County Bar AssociationWhat 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 AssociationAdvise Your Clients on How They Can Increase Their Incomes, Avoid Capital Gains Taxes, Reduce Estate Taxes and Become a Saint1995
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Georgetown University Law CenterTaxationLL.M - Master of Laws1983
University of Detroit Mercy School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1982
University of DetroitAccountingBS - Bachelor of Science1979
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Estate Planning SeminarHow to Control Your Wealth after Death (if you want to)2015
Estate Planning SeminarIncome Taxation of Trusts2014
Estate Planning SeminarFun with Esate Tax Portability2013
Estate Planning SeminarHow to Keep Money in the Family2012
Estate Planning SeminarPlanning for the Illinois QTIP Election2012
Estate Planning SeminarReducing Illinois Estate Taxes Through Lifetime Gifts2012
Estate Planning SeminarThe Illinois Estate Tax & Lifetime Gifts2012
Estate Planning SeminarThe 2010 Tax Act has (GULP!) Arrived2010
Estate Planning SeminaryRecent Changes to the Estate and Income Tax Laws Will Affect You!!!2009
Estate Planning SeminarStatus of the Estate and Gift Tax Laws under the New Administration2008
Estate Planning ClassEstate Planning2008
Asset Protection ClassAsset Protection2005
Estate Planning SeminarFunding Trusts2003
Estate Planning SeminarEstate Planning After Death Tax Repeal2001
Estate Planning SeminarTax Allocations and Apportionment1998
Estate Planning SeminaryFunding Trusts1997
Estate Planning SeminarThe Attorney Planning for Probate1997
Estate Planning SeminarDisclaimers and Disclaimer Trusts1995