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We, at Strauss & Malk, LLP, strive to be a premier multi-disciplinary law firm. I am part of the Estate Planning and Wealth Preservation group, but we also have a business and corporation group, a litigation group and a real estate group.


As Counsel in the Estate Planning and Wealth Preservation group, I perform a variety of tasks including:


·         Advising clients and drafting and implementing estate plans,

·         Estate and trust administration, including probate if necessary,

·         Planning for Incapacity

·         Basic and Advanced Estate Planning, 

·         Asset preservation planning,

·         Charitable planning, and

·         Tax planning.


Our team strives to provide exceptional estate, tax and financial planning services suitable to our clients' needs, whether it is a simple core estate plan involving a basic will, living trust and powers of attorney or the plan requires advanced planning ranging from irrevocable insurance trusts to dynasty trusts to family offices.


We assist our clients in customizing and optimizing the transfer of wealth to future generations, protecting assets, as well as minimizing taxes and satisfying charitable ends.


In the administration arena, we strive to facilitate the probate process, if probate is necessary, and expedite the administration of estates and trusts to substantial completion within a year. With proper estate planning, this goal is certainly attainable.



I am a Fellow of the prestigious American College of Trust and Estate Counsel and past chair of the Illinois Bar Association Trusts and Estates Section Council. As chair, I spearheaded the recently enacted Directed Trusts and Decanting statutes in Illinois. In service to the legal community, I have been active in Chicago and Illinois Bar Associations and Estate and Financial Planning organizations as a frequent speaker and author.


Practice areas


  1. Probate: 30%
  2. Trusts: 25%
  3. Estate Planning: 25%
  4. Tax: 10%
  5. Other: 10%
  6. More 

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Strauss & Malk, LLP

135 Revere Drive
Northbrook, IL, 60062

Cascino & Associates, P.C.

385 Lincoln Avenue
Glencoe, IL, 60022-1521



ILActive And Authorized To Practice Law199405/11/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
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Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
CounselStrauss & Malk, LLP2014 - Present
Adjunct ProfessorJohn Marshall Law School2013 - Present
Senior CounselHandler Thayer, LLP2009 - 2014
AssociatePasquesi Associates1999 - 2009
Association namePosition nameDuration
American College of Trust and Estate CounselFellow2011 - Present
Greater North Shore Estate and Financial Planning CouncilMember2010 - Present
Chicago Estate Planning CouncilMember2009 - Present
Chicago Bar AssociationMember, Trust Law, Probate and Asset Protection Committees2008 - Present
Illinois State Bar Association, Trusts and Estates SectionPast Chair2002 - Present
Glencoe Chamber of CommerceBoard Member2010 - 2013
Evanston Symphony OrchestraBoard Member2010 - 2012
Illinois State Bar Association, Trusts and Estates SectionChair2009 - 2010
Publication nameTitleDate
Illinois Bar JournalDecanting & Directed Trusts2014
Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal EducationAdvance Directives, Chapter 14, Estate Planning for Illinois Attorneys2011
Illinois Bar JournalThe New Illinois Power of Attorney Act2010
Chicago Daily Law BulletinEstate Planning and Administration in 20102010
Estate Planning for Illinois Attorneys: The Basics and BeyondAdvance Directives2007
ISBA Trusts & Estates NewsletterVarious TitlesN/A
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Loyola University Chicago School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1994
University of ChicagoN/AMA - Masters1972
Loyola University ChicagoN/ABA - Bachelor of Arts1971
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
WebcastDecanting & Directed Trusts2013
Evening Presentation at Glencoe Public LibraryBasic Estate Planning2010
Basic Estate AdministrationCounseling the Client2010
Probate Practice Part 1Ethics in Estate Planning2009
CAN-TV Cable Channel 21HIPAA and Advance Directives2009
CAN-TV Cable Channel 21Basic Estate Planning2009
IICLE Teleconference CLE ProgramAdvance Directives2008
Basics of Estate AdministrationClaims Against the Estate2008