|Advisory Board Member|
| Litigator: Yes|
| Practice Description: |
Lou Harrison's practice includes sophisticated estate planning and litigation, post-mortem tax planning, charitable dispositions, business succession planning, including the buying and selling of businesses, and creative and protective lifetime transfer strategies. He provides closely held companies with corporate tax planning and business succession. He is currently a founding partner of Harrison & Held, LLP.
Lou uses his extensive financial experience to (1) formulate estate plans that maximize and protect wealth, (2) draft complex trusts and wills that minimize federal estate taxes, (3) litigate contested estates, (4) probate and administer estates, (5) advise closely held businesses, and (6) counsel clients regarding business, individual, fiduciary and post-mortem tax planning.
A frequent speaker and writer on tax and estate planning, Lou has spoken before numerous groups nationwide. He has authored more than 100 published articles on a broad range of tax and estate-planning subjects in legal, accounting, tax and estate journals and periodicals.
Bar Admissions: Illinois, 1984
Hourly Rate: $251-$300/hour
Retainer: Varies by case
Date of Birth: 1959
Law School: Duke University School of Law, J.D.
Law School Honors/Involvement: High honors; Law Review
Graduate School: University of Chicago School of Business, M.B.A., with honors in finance
Undergraduate School: Colgate University, B.A.
Undergraduate School Honors/Involvement: magna cum laude
Mayer, Brown and Platt
Lord Bissell and Brook; chairperson, Trusts and Estate group, 1988-2003
Bar/Professional Association Involvement:
American Bar Association
American College of Trust and Estate Counsel, fellow
Chicago Bar Association
Chicago Estate Planning Council
Illinois State Bar Association
Published Legal Writing:
Sorting Out Life's Complexities: What You Really Need to Know About Taxes, Wills, Trusts, Powers of Attorneys and Health Care Decisions
Illinois Estate Planning forms and commentary
The firm's practice currently includes:
Family: Lou is married to Maria and is the father of Tom and Robert.1041845
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