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William A. Deitch

Estate planning Attorney at Wheaton, IL

5.0   101 reviews

also known as Bill Deitch

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  • State Years
    Illinois - IL 39 years
    Arizona - AZ 9 years
  • Licensed for 39 years
    State IL
    Acquired 1984
    Status
    Active and Authorized to Practice Law No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 9 years
    State AZ
    Acquired 2014
    Status
    Administrative - Not Authorized to Practice No misconduct found

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

About William

Learn William’s areas of practice.

5
Practice areas
  1. Estate planning
    30%

    29 years, 1,000 cases

  2. Trusts
    30%

    29 years, 1,000 cases

  3. Business
    20%

    40 years, 175 cases

  4. Probate
    15%

    29 years, 150 cases

  5. Real estate
    5%

    40 years, 400 cases

PLANNING FOR WHAT MATTERS. 20+ YEARS PROVEN EXPERIENCE. PROBATE, ESTATE PLANNING, GUARDIANSHIP, ELDER LAW.

Attorney William A. Deitch founded The Estate Planning Law Group in 1996. His practice is dedicated to assisting successful individuals, families, and business owners create a secure and prosperous future. He built the practice upon a commitment to provide the highest possible level of service to client families. The focus of Bill’s estate planning practice is based on his own straightforward personal goals — fortifying families, protecting legacies, shielding against the problems brought about by incapacity, and ensuring that the dreams parents have for their children are not lost to taxes, poor planning or procrastination. In particular, Bill enjoys working with business owners who are planning to transition their business to the next generation. He provides comprehensive and customized planning solutions to address the individual needs and concerns of his clients.

Bill has assisted over a thousand clients in creating estate plans that work. Each client receives personal attention and the time necessary to ensure that their individualized plan meets their needs and is well understood. Clients often comment on Bill’s ability to make complex concepts understandable so that they can make the best possible decisions to protect themselves and their families. The Estate Planning Law Group is committed to fostering a team oriented planning model which actively includes our client’s trusted advisors in our unique planning process.

Bill will get to know you as a person and ask about your hopes and dreams so that he can understand what makes you most proud about your life and family. That’s the foundation. From there, he applies a mastery of the law, legal theories, taxes, and court and administrative decisions to create an estate plan that’s not only technically airtight but is animated by the spirit and values that define you—your work ethic, your devotion to family, your generosity.

The plan, and the documents that make it work for you, will be explained in straightforward language you and your family can understand. And, if you become incapacitated, or when you pass away, the caring staff at The Estate Planning Law Group will be there to assist your loved ones in protecting and settling your estate.

Bill received his B.A. from the University of Illinois at Champaign/Urbana and his J.D. from DePaul University, where he was involved in student government, the International Law Society, and the Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity. Bill is an Adjunct Professor at the College of DuPage, where he teaches a highly regarded estate planning course to C.P.A.’s. He is also a frequent speaker on the topic of Estate Planning and Business Succession Planning and is a contributing author of the Estate Planning book titled “Your Life, Your Legacy,” which was published in 2003. Bill has taught thousands of accountants, financial advisors, insurance professionals, and members of the public about the full range of estate planning topics.

 

He is a member of WealthCounsel, a nationwide organization of attorneys and financial advisors dedicated to providing their clients with the most sophisticated and comprehensive planning solutions available. He also participates in the Illinois Wisconsin Forum of Estate Planning Attorneys. 

 

Bill is a lifelong resident of the Chicago area and has lived in Winfield for the past 20 years.  He is married to Amy and has four children.  Bill keeps busy chasing his kids around and enjoys his workouts and family vacations.

Awards

Client's Choice 2020,2019,2018,2017,2016,2015,2014
Client's Choice
2020 2019 2018 + 4 ...

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Location

William A. Deitch
1776 S. Naperville Rd.
Suite 105A
Wheaton, IL, 60189

Reviews

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  101 customer reviews
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Client's Choice 2020
Client's Choice
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Posted by Debra | February 20, 2020
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Confidence and Reassurance - An Attorney with Integrity!
After delaying the task of putting my affairs in order, I finally reached out to Bill Deitch. He made the experience extremely comfortable, thorough and provided me a sense of relief when all was completed. Bill guided me through the process and asked questions that I had not considered. Very professional, accommodating and respectful. I am so happy to have found a legal representative that helped me through what could have been difficult. In addition, the comfort of knowing I can reach out to him and his staff in the future is reassuring. Thank you for your assistance.
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Posted by Pamela | January 24, 2020
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Setting up a Trust
I just completed the process of setting up a Living Trust with William Deitch. I had been dreading the process, but he made it so easy to understand and he and his team walked me through the process every step of the way. I highly recommend this group!
Posted by W&E K | October 22, 2023
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Very Happy & Easy
I am going to try and summarize several paragraph into a few words. My wife and I are at a point in our lives when our will and trusts required attention to meet our present goals and give us peace of mind. After reviewing Bill's bio on the internet we selected TEPLG as a starting point for legal assistance. Much to our surprise Bill Deitch fully understood why we were there and what we needed to accomplish. Bill and his team has put into place a process which is comprehensive, affordable and easy to follow. With a few short meetings, a few texts and a lot of paperwork we ended up with a legal document that said and did exactly what we wanted. My wife and I learned a lot from Bill and are very grateful. This was easier than I thought.
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Posted by Carolyn | September 8, 2023
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Excellent legal services!
Working with William Deitch and his staff was the best experience I've ever had working with an attorney. He and his staff promptly returned my phone calls and emails, and were very courteous. Mr. Deitch provided worksheets for me to review during every step of making my will and trust, and explained detailed and complicated information in an easy to understand manner. I felt full confidence in him and he made the process of making a will and trust a manageable task with his excellent knowledge and guidance. I strongly recommend his legal services to others.
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Posted by anonymous | July 12, 2023
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Outstanding legal services pertaining to a Will and Probate.
We were so lucky to have found William Deitch and his wonderful staff for expedited (last minute) Will preparation and subsequent resolution of the Probate Court matters. Bill and his staff were simply excellent. We were well advised and represented, and all questions were quickly answered. The entire process was handled, on our behalf in the best possible manner. Thank you TEPLG!
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Posted by Kathy | March 19, 2021
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A Fabulous lawyer!
It is a pleasure working with Bill and his team. He did an excellent job with my estate planning and execution. He is extremely knowledgeable, efficient and professional.
Posted by LAURA | January 28, 2021
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Professional and Thorough
My husband and I had an idea of what we wanted when we called and were recommended by a friend to the The Estate Planning Law Group. Attorney Deitch's knowledge and experience was abundantly clear from the start and helped us get things done. His guidance and assistance throughout the estate planning process was helpful and enlightening, allowing us to care for everything we were worried about to care for our family in the future. The process was smooth and completed in a relatively quick timeframe considering the challenges of 2020 and not being able to meet face to face. I will recommend Attorney Deitch to my friends and family. His staff was courteous and a pleasure to work with as well.
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Posted by Mark | January 21, 2021
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Extremely helpful
Bill Deitch and his team at The Estate Planning Law Group were extremely helpful in assisting us update our trust. They walked us through the process making sure we understood everything and educated us on many components that we were unaware of. It felt like the whole team treated us as if we were a family member of theirs and at the same time were very professional. Bill was highly organized and efficient through the process. He made the signing of the numerous legal documents very easy and concise. We are grateful for the catalogued binder they gave us to keep all papers organized with easy access! That is not all, The Estate Planning Law Group will check in with us 1 month from now and 3 years down the road to see if we need anything updated. We highly recommend Bill Deitch to meet all your trust and estate planning needs.
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Posted by John | December 19, 2020
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Estate Planning
Bill prepared will & trust documentation for my wife and myself and a special needs trust. Bill answered all our questions. The final document and signing was organized & efficient. We would highly recommend him & the Estate Planning Law Group.
Posted by Jim | November 20, 2020
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Estate Planning
Researched several estate planning firms for creation of Living Trust . The experience of the firm and Bill led us to TEPLG. The initial consultation was very thorough. Bill asked many questions to insure he understood what we needed. After initial consultation we decided to retain Bill for his services. His scope of work was comprehensive and deliverables were detailed and clearly stated as was his fee structure. The document signing was well organized and efficient. We received the documents organized in binder along with explanations and instructions. Bill schedules a follow up conference to insure funding the trust progresses as planned. Very pleased with Bill and TEPLG.
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Posted by Thomas | November 5, 2020
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William Deitch, Estate Planning
Bill made a very seemingly complex issue and made it simple and totally painless. He answered all my questions as he guided me thru the process. Highly recommended!
Posted by Mary | August 28, 2020
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Very satisfactory experience with this law practice.
I needed to have a simple will in place and I hired this attorney. He and his staff covered all aspects of this a few times to make sure that I understood. Bill heard and understood what I wanted and created a will and trust that suit my needs well. I highly recommend this thorough, professional and friendly practice.
Posted by Sharon | August 20, 2020
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Made creating a trust clear and easy
My husband and I wanted to establish a trust but didn’t know much about its scope or process. Bill and his team helped us make decisions that were right for our family. I especially appreciated the book that Bill provided on trusts and the step-by-step review process. All of our questions were answered promptly.
Posted by Rich | August 17, 2020
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Great Support in Establishing Our Estate Plan
Bill and his team were fantastic. They listened to our questions and came back with an estate plan that addressed our needs. Provided professional and courteous counsel throughout the process. The end result is a well crafted plan that provides us peace of mind and a clear path forward for our family.
Posted by Lori Krause | April 29, 2020
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Estate Planning
Bill worked with my husband and I to establish a Trust for our family. A long overdue Trust for our family of five. Bill sent information and a short easy read book prior to our meeting. This allowed us to write our questions and think of situations we didn't even know existed to be prepared for our first meeting. During our meetings, he answered and explained options. Bill and his staff made the process seamless. I know even thou the Trust is finished, he is available for any questions we have in the future.
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Posted by Kurt | April 17, 2020
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Thorough, caring and communicative
Bill is excellent...he provided me with a will, trust, POA, health care directive and other assorted documents that I had not previously tapped into place. He was very thorough in questioning me up front about my intentions, and then turned that information into comprehensive and thorough documents that will serve me well. He and his staff (who are also excellent) even went so far as to do the document signings in their parking lot during the Corona Virus pandemic (all of us in masks and gloves)! That's great service! I can't thank him and his team enough!
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Posted by anonymous | October 31, 2019
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retired
Biil and his team were exceptional - very organized and thorough, and willling to listen patiently and answer all of our concerns. a very successful process!
Posted by Mike | August 7, 2019
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Great Experience
We engaged Mr. Deitch to do a comprehensive estate planning analysis and create a family trust. Bill was thoughtful, insightful and very clear on the process. He walked us through all the considerations in putting together an estate plan which made it a smooth process. We found his team to be very organized and professional. Bill and his team followed up promptly to any questions we had along the way. They put together a wing-to-wing action plan not only for the actual estate plan, but for the various follow up items and actions necessary to ensure our plan becomes a reality. I would recommend Bill to anyone looking for a trusted advisor to assist them with estate planning matters.
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Posted by Paul and Mary | May 20, 2019
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Estate Planning, where do you start? Start and end with Bill!
My wife and I just turned 58 and we needed to update our will. Where do we start? Will? Trust? Estate Plan? DNR? Probate? Taxes? Long Term Care? Medicaid? Medicare? Legacy? Costs? What truly are all these? How do these impact us? Which ones need our attention? No experience with this process, no knowledge of how to do this, yet it was time to get our affairs in order. What do we really need? What don’t we need? What are our options? What are our best options? Who can assist us with all this? We needed help. In researching the internet to “get a will done”, I came across TEPLG and Bill Deitch. As luck would have it, we stumbled upon THE PERFECT ATTORNEY (and his staff) to help us with this process. Bill was phenomenal from A-Z …… personally and professionally! Finding a lawyer whose expertise and practice is focused solely on estate planning was absolutely the right way to go for us. Bill has tremendous experience, knowledge and insight to the law and the practicality of this process, Bill was a perfect fit. We had an initial FREE consult with Bill where he educated us on a myriad of topics. He allowed us to interview him thoroughly. He gave us a book to read and review to better understand the journey we were about to embark on and how we might consider navigating it. In subsequent meetings Bill asked a lot of questions to understand our needs and desires. Bill provided suggestions, input and started to build a plan for us to review and consider. Bill and his staff went above and beyond for us. We have decided to exit Illinois. We are moving to Texas. We had a number of questions that revolved around are retirement, living and making Texas our last move. Bill and his team made phone calls, got answers and handled all the questions we had about the move impacting this process or our future execution of our wishes as we spend our retirement years in Texas. Bill also offered to find us a lawyer to transition to when we get settled. Can you say, “going the extra mile”. At the final meeting we reviewed the prepared documents in their entirety, cleared up any questions and signed and notarized our final documents. At the conclusion of the process we left with a full binder tabbed with all the documents. We also received a flash drive backup. We were provided a formalized "actions to take" spreadsheet identifying steps to complete based upon our decisions (bank accounts, investment accounts, deeds, beneficiaries, 401ks etc.) Bill was not only outstanding professionally in creating our personalized plan, he was outstanding personally with his warm, open, transparent, jovial personality. We walked in needing a lawyer and we walked out with a new friend and confidant. With Bill's help we are 100% satisfied with our decisions, the documents, and have now completed all the steps that needed to be taken so all our documents, accounts and final wishes align. Bill made it abundantly clear that this did not end our relationship as he encouraged us to call if we EVER had any questions no matter how far out in the future. With the help of Bill and TEPLG our family has clear direction to eliminate any questions or hassles when our time comes. For us, we have our desires clearly spelled out. For our family, we have created a very simple, orderly plan to execute. The education we gained regarding estate planning, the thorough process we completed, the attentive meetings and phone calls we had, the actual documents delivered, the reasonable cost and the available follow-up (if needed) in the future ….. we can't imagine a better experience out there. Bill and TEPLG gets our highest recommendation – 5+ stars !!!! Paul and Mary
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Posted by Stephanie | March 22, 2019
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Estate Plan
We worked with Bill and team on an Estate Plan. This firm was excellent to work with. Bill explained everything very clearly. The process was quick and efficient. The product was a great value. I would strongly recommend Bill Deitch & The Estate Planning Group
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AVVO RATING 9.7 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Adjunct Professor
  • College Of Du Page
  • 2000 - Present
  • Founding Partner
  • The Estate Planning Law Group
  • 1997 - Present
  • Associate
  • Shorr
  • 1988 - 1997
  • Associate
  • Canel & Associates
  • 1986 - 1988
  • Associate
  • Fleischer & Associates
  • 1984 - 1986
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Education

  • DePaul University College of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1984
  • University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1980

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Estate of Quinlan
  • Estate tax savings in excess of 8MM

Associations

  • Northern Illinois Food Bank
  • Chairman of the Planning Giving Advisory Council
  • 2019 - Present
  • State Bar of Arizona
  • Member
  • 2014 - Present
  • State Bar of Arizona, Probate and Trust Law Section
  • Member
  • 2014 - Present
  • DuPage Community Foundation
  • Steering Committee of the Next Generation Initiative
  • 2008 - Present
  • Wealthcounsel
  • Founding Member
  • 2003 - Present
  • Illinois State Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1998 - Present
  • DuPage County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1998 - Present
  • WealthCounsel
  • Founding Member
  • 1997 - Present
  • Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of DuPage
  • President of the Board
  • 2010 - 2016
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • AVVO Client Choice Award
  • AVVO
  • 2019
  • Preeminent 5.0 out of 5
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2019
  • Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2019
  • Client Counseling Competition
  • DePaul University
  • 1985
  • Highest Distinction
  • University of Illinois
  • 1980
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Publications

  • Legacy Educational Publishing, LLC
  • Your Life Your Legacy II, Protecting those you Love
  • 2013
  • Legacy Educational Publishing, LLC
  • Your Life, Your Legacy
  • 2005

Speaking Engagements

  • FFR Chicago Study Group
  • Asset Protection Planning for Advisors
  • 2014
  • Edward D. Jones Regional Meeting
  • Estate Planning for Advisors
  • 2014
  • Client Appreciation Night
  • Estate Planning 101
  • 2014
  • Midwest Shelter for Homeless Veterans
  • Charitable Giving Options
  • 2013
  • Client Appreciation Night
  • Navigating the Estate Planning Pitfalls Created by the Taxpayer Relief Act of 2013
  • 2013
  • McHenry County Medical Society Meeting
  • What Every Physician Should Know About Asset Protection and Risk Management Planning
  • 2010
  • Edward D. Jones Regional Meeting
  • Basics of Estate Planning for Financial Advisors
  • 2009
  • Advisor Night
  • Charitable Remainder Trusts
  • 2009
  • Edward D. Jones CPA Conference
  • CPA's Role in Estate Planning
  • 2006
  • DuPage County Bar Association, Legal Education Committee
  • Asset Protection Planning
  • 2005
  • National Network of Estate Planning Attorneys Collegium
  • Family Settlement Agreements
  • 2003
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Attorney endorsements

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Given (2)
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Estate planning Attorney | Mar 28
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I highly endorse Bill Deitch. We have worked on several matters together over the years. He is highly professional, incredibly practical and easy to work with. He is also a great communicator."
Estate planning Attorney | Mar 28
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known Bill professionally for 16 years and have occasionally collaborated with him on cases. Bill adheres to the highest ethical standards and brings an extraordinary level of knowledge, expertise and ability to his clients. I regularly refer clients to Bill and trusted him to help my parents with their estate planning. I enthusiastically endorse this Bill."
Estate planning Attorney | Mar 27
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known and worked with Bill Deitch for almost 20 years. He is a diligent, knowledgeable, hard working attorney who has focused on Estate Planning for this career. I do refer clients to Bill and his firm and will continue to do so. He helps people with finding the right solution for their estate planning issues."
Trusts Attorney | Mar 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. We have referred clients that require special expertise in complex estate and trust matters. In all instances Mr. Deitch has provided exemplary and caring service. We consider him to be a valuable resource that we can count upon when the need arises."
Estate planning Attorney | Mar 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. I routinely refer people to William Deitch for high end estate planning. I have known him for 14 years and his reputation is impeccable."
Estate planning Attorney | Mar 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have know Mr. Deitch for more than 5 years. During that time, we have represented mutual clients on different issues. Each of those clients have nothing but excellent reports of his expertise and professionalism. I have been very impressed with his knowledge of the law and his ability to meet the needs of the clients. If you have an estate planning issue, then Mr. Deitch is your lawyer."
Estate planning Attorney | Apr 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known Bill for quite some time and I know him to be an exceptional lawyer and advocate for his clients. He has tremendous knowledge and experience in the area of trusts & estates and his highly respected by his peers. I endorse Bill and recommend him to clients in need of estate planning services."
Estate planning Attorney | Nov 17
Relationship: Other
"I met Bill at an exclusive retreat for 7 estate planning attorneys from around the country. During the retreat, we brainstormed about the technical and practical aspects of estate planning. I learned that Bill is extremely knowledgeable and caring. I recommend Bill to anyone who needs a compassionate expert to help navigate the complex legal world."
Estate planning Attorney | Nov 11
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Bill and I have worked on numerous cases together to obtain the optimal results for our joint clients. He is honest, hardworking and extremely creative. Our team has been responsible for some extremely successful plans that our clients were thrilled with. I highly endorse Bill."
Estate planning Attorney | Nov 08
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known Bill Deitch for many years and firmly believe that Bill is one of those rare estate planning attorneys who "gets it." He understands that true estate planning isn't so much about what you own, but what you value in life. He understands the importance of providing quality, comprehensive and innovative planning for his clients, and takes the time to first listen to those he serves before fully integrating their goals, concerns and desires into their estate plan. Bill is a man of integrity and sincerity, with a passion for his craft and for his clients. A lifelong learner, he is constantly improving his knowledge and expertise through attending local and national courses and conferences. Bill is simply one of the best in the business. He is my go-to guy in the Chicago area and I endorse him and his team without reservation."
Estate planning Attorney | Nov 08
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known Bill as a professional colleague, friend and neighbor for almost 20 years. I trust his professionalism and expertise completely."
Estate planning Attorney | Nov 01
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Bill Deitch is a fantastic attorney. He is an extremely knowledgeable and caring individual who is willing to share his wealth of knowledge with others. His skills as an attorney are unquestioned and he truly cares about his clients. I would not hesitate in recommending my closest family and friends to him."
Estate planning Attorney | Jul 20
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer's work. Bill is a well known estate planning attorney and has the experience to address practically any situation or need that arises; as is evident by his excellent track record. I am honored to be "Of Counsel" to his firm and I respect his legal abilities and the way he meets his clients needs."
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