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Gary Roger Waitzman

Estate planning Attorney at Lincolnshire, IL

5.0   13 reviews

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I am passionate about helping families solve the problems that keep them up at night.  I have a wonderful wife Katie, three adult children, three beautiful grandchildren and one more on the way.  I live in Riverwoods with Katie and our dog Buster who we rescued from the Anti Cruelty Society in 2007.

 

I love studying history and World War 2 is a huge part of my life.  I have visited Normandy France five times and took a group of seven friends as a private tour in 2012 and am planning another in October of 2014. 

 

I love pets and have helped many of my clients provide for their people and pet loved ones as well.

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Licensed for 42 years
State IL
Status Active And Authorized To Practice Law
Acquired 1980
Updated 10/11/2022
State WI
Status Resigned
Acquired 2013
Updated 09/07/2022

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Gary Roger Waitzman
250 Parkway Drive Suite 130
Lincolnshire, IL, 60069-4340

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Posted by Andrew | March 20, 2014
Andrew M. Engle
If you ever find the need to work with a highly qualified and trustworthy estate planning attorney, I strongly recommend Gary Waitzman. Gary is thoughtful, intelligent, cost-sensitive, and a huge asset to have on your team. Gary started out as my attorney and has morphed into a close friend. Gary has been the trusted advisor to my family, my friends and many of my own clients. When protecting your most important asset (your family), you want the best – GET GARY!!
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Response from Gary Waitzman March 21, 2014
thank you Andrew. In the Family Law area I feel the exact same way about you.
Posted by anonymous | March 8, 2014
Why I think I have found a fabulous attorney
Gary has been my attorney for several years and has always been knowledgeable, supportive, helpful and trustworthy in many different legal matters. He has tremendous business knowledge and also is an informed estate planner
Posted by Monica | March 1, 2014
A Trusted Advisor
Gary is knowledgable and more importantly very much in my corner when it comes to any matter that I am facing. Not only is he technically sound, he is creative and caring in his solutions to life's legal issues. It is wonderful to have such a quality advisor who has my back.
Posted by Carl | February 26, 2014
A trusted attorney
My wife, Barbara and I have known and appreciated Gary Waitzman's legal services for many years. In the world of law and finances, we have found that he knows his craft and is a very capable person. As we all know, in today's world it is not always easy to find individuals who not only have the expertise, but also can be trusted to give a client the best counsel one could ask. Carl
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Posted by katie | February 26, 2014
Estate Planning Guide through thought provoking Decisions
Gary values the time he spends with clients to solve their personal and complex estate planning needs. Gary has a process to break estate planning down to a manageable size to get your family protected. Once you complete the process you will have calmer state of mind that what you value is protected.
Posted by Scott | February 24, 2014
Excellent Lawyer. Very good with clients.
I have worked with Gary for almost 7 years. He always does what he says. And he has a great way of describing options, including the advantages and disadvantages, so I feel like an intelligent decision can be made.
Posted by Barry | February 23, 2014
Outstanding personal service and extensive knowledge.
I have worked with Gary Waitzman for almost 20 years. He has always been one of my most trusted advisors. His knowledge of Estate Planning, Taxation and Business Law has been essential to the success of my business and the protection of my family's assets. Gary has handled my company's legal matters, my personal estate planning, my business and personal tax advice and preparation and many assorted issues. If I have a legal, tax or estate planning question, Gary is my "go to" guy. Hiring an attorney is always a difficult decision. I can assure you that Gary is a great selection - his experience is unparalleled and he will quickly become one of your most valuable assets.
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Posted by Steve | February 21, 2014
Estate Planning Expert
Gary has handled all of my estate planning for several years. I have recommended Gary to numerous financial planning clients of mine and everybody seemed quite satisfied. Steve Delott CLU, CHfC
Posted by anonymous | February 21, 2014
Not your normal attorney.
Definitely recommend for estate planning purposes. Helped my young family craft a smart and effective estate plan where we could be comfortable that our kids would be taken care of if disaster struck. Would use again.
Posted by anonymous | February 20, 2014
Estate Planning by Gary Waitzman
Mr. Waitzman recently updated my estate planning documents. Mr. Waitzman is professional yet friendly. He explains every detail necessary, without "talking down". He answers questions using words we all use every day, rather than legal terms. He will take as much time as necessary to make sure what he's explaining is understandable. As a side note, he has a wonderful sense of humor which is helpful when discussing one's demise! Another side note...Mr. Waitzman is also a CPA so is able to assist in financial issues too.
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Posted by Josh | February 19, 2014
Excellent and trustworthy!
Gary has done a great job in terms of education and follow-through. I didn't know what I didn't know until I met with Gary. Knowing that I have my estate plan set up properly gives me peace of mind.
Posted by josh | May 5, 2013
Joshua
Gary was very timely and knowledgeable. I will definitely use himfor tax estate planning and other services.
Posted by Eugene | November 11, 2010
Gary Waitzman, a competant
Gary Waitzman has been assisting me with my legal and tax concerns for 20 years. He is competant, fair, and trustworthy. What I find as impressive about Gary is that he is continually educating himself to pass advise to his clients. I often recommend his services to my friends and clients.
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Resume

AVVO RATING 9.5 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Owner
  • Law Offices of Gary R Waitzman LLC
  • 2006 - Present
  • Partner
  • Mora, Baugh, Waitzman & Unger LLC
  • 2001 - 2006
  • Managing Partner
  • Kovitz, Shifrin & Waitzman
  • 1983 - 2001
  • CPA
  • Blackman, Kallick and Company
  • 1973 - 1983
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Education

  • John Marshall Law School, Chicago
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1979
  • University of Illinois
  • BS - Bachelor of Science
  • 1973

Legal Cases

  • Client with serious illness and getting divorced
  • Client was thrilled with options we helped implement to address his main concerns.

Associations

  • Financial Planning Association
  • Attorney Member
  • 2013 - Present
  • National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys
  • Attorney Member
  • 2005 - Present
  • National Network of Estate Planning Attorneys
  • Attorney
  • 2003 - Present
  • Inknowvision
  • Attorney Member
  • 2003 - Present
  • American Association of Attorney-Certified Public Accountants
  • Attorney/CPA
  • 2002 - Present
  • American Bar Association
  • Attorney
  • 1980 - Present
  • Illinois State Bar Association
  • Attorney
  • 1980 - Present
  • Illinois CPA Society
  • CPA/Attorney
  • 1976 - Present
  • American Institue of CPA's
  • Attorney/CPA
  • 1976 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Awards

  • Preeminent 5.0 out of 5
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2016
  • SPEAKERS AWARD
  • FPA OF ILLINOIS
  • 2014

Speaking Engagements

  • FPA of Illinois
  • Asset Protection Strategies
  • 2014
  • Tranel Financial
  • 7 Threats to your Family
  • 2014
  • Retirement Workshop
  • Asset Protection Strategies
  • 2014

Attorney endorsements

Received (19)
Given (28)
Unknown Attorney | Aug 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer with no reservation. An extremely talented and well respected attorney in the legal community. Very hardworking and diligent. Consistently achieves superior results. Advice is always practical and on point. I recommend to anyone looking for an attorney who knows the law and truly cares about protecting the rights of clients and achieving the most favorable result possible.I endorse this lawyer."
Business Attorney | Jul 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Business Attorney | Apr 23
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Business Attorney | Apr 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. A highly skilled and respected lawyer in the legal community."
Trusts Attorney | Apr 15
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer."
Estate planning Attorney | Apr 05
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Attorney Waitzman is one of the finest attorneys in his state. He is a strong and zealous advocate for his clients and a credit to the legal profession. I highly recommend his legal services."
Unknown Attorney | Apr 02
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I highly recommend and endorse Mr. Waitzman. He has an excellent reputation with both judges and fellow lawyers. Mr. Waitzman takes a practical approach to litigation, negotiation and settlement. He is the voice of reason."
Unknown Attorney | Mar 27
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Waitzman is a well respected lawyer in the legal community. He consistently offers sound and practical legal advice in the Avvo forum"
Estate planning Attorney | Mar 23
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I highly endorse Mr. Waitzman. Mr. Waitzman donates many hours of his time every week helping others on AVVO by answering the legal questions of those in need. His responses show a depth of knowledge, vast experience, and a compassionate nature. I highly recommend him and will not hesitate to send clients his way."
Estate planning Attorney | Mar 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"A good measure an attorney is there reputation in the community and with past clients. By this measure, you would be hard pressed to find a more dedicated and knowledgable attorney than attorney Waitzman. If you need help with your estate planning, I recommend you contact attorney Waitzman."
Estate planning Attorney | Mar 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Gary. I've known Gary for many years as a fellow member of the National Network of Estate Planning Attorneys. He takes care of his clients thoroughly and thoughtfully...competently and compassionately. In addition to his legal-planning JD credentials, he is a cracker-jack CPA. You need estate planning or business planning, you won't go wrong hiring Gary...hiring him is a great investment in yourself."
Unknown Attorney | Mar 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Attorney Waitzman's advice is accurate and consistent. He is precisely the type of attorney any client would be wise to hire."
Business Attorney | Mar 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"The fact that so many lawyers recommend Mr. Waitzman is testimony itself of the quality of this lawyer's skills. He is dedicated to making sure members of his community have sound legal advice. His answers on Avvo display expertise in the area of business law. I endorse him without reservation. He is an asset to the legal community."
Estate planning Attorney | Mar 09
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Attorney Waitzman's years of experience in estate planning are evident in his answers in the volunteer community of AVVO. Also evident is the mission to help others understand their rights and give guidance to those in need of legal information as a community service as a way of giving back to the community."
Business Attorney | Mar 03
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. I have co-counseled on many matters with Gary and he takes a common-sense, practical approach to the matters he handles, without sacrificing quality of care or protection of his clients."
Estate planning Attorney | Feb 28
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known Gary for many years as colleagues in The National Network of Estate Planning Attorneys. He is well respected in his field and a talented CPA. i would not hesitate to recommend Gary."
Elder law Attorney | Feb 19
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse Gary. I have known Gary for many, many years. He is not only a top-notch Lawyer, he is also a quality man. He has an extensive knowledge of elder law and estate planning and is skilled in his approach to educating clients. He is a class act and I recommend him wholeheartedly!"
Estate planning Attorney | Nov 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Gary brings a a great combination of professional skills, experience and compassion to every case I have had the pleasure of collaberating with him on. As an Attorney and a CPA, Gary's perspective is broader and more far reaching than most other practitioners. Gary also brings a warmth and sense of humanity to his clients. I strongly endorse Gary Waitzman."
Estate planning Attorney | Nov 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. When anyone I know needs estate planning, I do not hesitate to recommend Gary Waitzman. I know that Gary will provide exceptional services at a reasonable price."
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