At Aronberg Goldgehn, we serve the personal needs of individuals across a wide range of civil matters, including financial and estate planning, tax matters and probate.

Financial and Estate Planning

Our practice encompasses advising clients on personal financial matters, including:

  • Structuring estate plans to minimize taxes through asset allocation and utilization of revocable trusts, irrevocable gifting trusts, grantor retained income trusts, grantor retained annuity trusts, irrevocable insurance trusts, partnership freezes, and charitable gifting techniques

  • Preparation of family limited partnerships

  • Preparation of wills, trusts, health care powers of attorney and durable powers of attorney for property

  • Structuring of sales of certain assets to intentionally defective grantor trusts

  • Preparation of premarital agreements

  • Preparation of virtual representation agreements

  • Trust administration

Probate

Our practice covers the settlement of estates, including:

  • Probate of wills

  • Administration of testate and intestate estates

  • Prosecution of claims

  • Litigation of will contests

Tax Matters

We regularly prepare a broad range of tax-related agreements and documents for clients and represent them in tax matters, including:

  • Preparation of federal and state individual income tax returns

  • Preparation of federal and state fiduciary tax returns

  • Participation in federal tax audits and litigation in U.S. Tax Court and U.S. District Court

  • Preparation of applications for federal tax exempt status (Form 1023) and filing of registration statement in Illinois for the same entity

  • Advice on and implementation of tax-advantageous transactions such as tax-free exchanges; corporate mergers, reorganizations, and spin-offs; use of S corporations, limited partnerships and limited liability companies; and sales and leasebacks

Blooma Stark Presenting Life Cycle of a Trust at an Illinois CPA Society Breakfast Meeting
11.29.17

On December 8, Blooma Stark will present “Life Cycle of Trust” at the CPA/JD Practitioners’ Breakfast hosted by the Illinois CPA Society.... Read More


Mark Anderson Presenting "Pass-Through Entity Tax Planning" to the Illinois CPA Society's Fox Valley Chapter
11.28.17

On December 7, Aronberg Goldgehn member Mark Anderson will present “Pass-Through Entity Tax Planning,” at the Hilton Lisle/Naperville.... Read More


Aronberg Goldgehn's Women's Initiative Honors Businesswoman Rowena Zimmers With Its 2017 Inspiration Award
10.17.17

Rowena Zimmers accepted Aronberg Goldgehn's 2017 Inspiration Award at its 2nd Annual Inspiration Award Luncheon.... Read More


Amy M. Gibson, Kari E. Kaplan and Mary V. Hays Named in Crain's List of The Most Influential Women Lawyers in Chicago
08.01.17

Aronberg Goldgehn Members Amy M. Gibson, Kari E. Kaplan and Mary V. Hays have been listed in Crain’s Custom Media’s inaugural edition of The Most Influential Women Lawyers in Chicago.... Read More


Mark Anderson Presenting "Illinois LLC Act Changes"
05.19.17

On June 9, 2017, Aronberg Goldgehn attorney Mark Anderson will speak on the "Illinois LLC Act Changes" at the Fox Valley Chapter of the ICPAS JD/CPA Practitioners' breakfast.... Read More


Mark Anderson Co-Presenting Famous Fiascos: Estate Planning Mistakes of the Rich and Famous & How You Can Avoid Them
05.18.17

On May 23, 2017, Aronberg Goldgehn attorney Mark Anderson will discuss how to avoid the pitfalls of poor planning at a free seminar for friends of Edward Foundation.... Read More


19 Aronberg Goldgehn Attorneys Named Leading Lawyers By Illinois Leading Lawyers
04.27.17

Eighteen of the firm’s members have been named Leading Lawyers by Illinois Leading Lawyers, a designation awarded to less than 5 percent of Illinois attorneys.... Read More


Chris Bannon, Jay Frank, Tom Hanekamp, Blooma Stark, Larry Stein and Michael Zaslavsky Named Super Lawyers By Illinois Super Lawyers
01.23.17

Aronberg Goldgehn members Chris Bannon, Jay Frank, Tom Hanekamp, Blooma Stark, Larry Stein and Michael Zaslavsky have been selected as Illinois Super Lawyers for 2017.... Read More


Joseph A. Cioffi Joins Aronberg Goldgehn's Business Law & Transactions Group
11.16.16

Joseph A. Cioffi has joined Aronberg Goldgehn Davis & Garmisa as an associate in the firm’s business law and transactions practice group. He was previously the Managing Partner of Cervantes & Cioffi LLP.... Read More


Aronberg Goldgehn Sponsoring the 18th Annual Illinois Bar Foundation Gala
09.07.16

Aronberg Goldgehn is honored to be the Northern Illinois University Fellowship Sponsor for the Illinois Bar Foundation’s 2016 Gala, where Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan will be presented with the 2016 Distinguished Award for Excellence.... Read More


Aronberg Goldgehn's Women's Initiative Hosts Its Inaugural Inspiration Award Luncheon
08.01.16

Ulta Beauty General Counsel Jodi Caro Honored With the 2016 Inspiration Award... Read More


Mark Anderson Presenting the Key Current Issues in Advising S-Corporations
06.02.16

On June 15, 2016, Aronberg Goldgehn member Mark D. Anderson will present "Key Current Issues in Advising S-Corporations" at an Illinois CPA Society-O’Hare Chapter dinner event and program.... Read More


Mark Anderson Presenting The Personal Side of Estate Planning: Families & Finances
05.05.16

On May 17, 2016, Aronberg Goldgehn Member Mark D. Anderson will co-present a free seminar titled, “The Personal Side of Estate Planning: Families & Finances.”... Read More


Estate Planning Update - Does Your Estate Plan Address All of Your Assets?
02.11.16

After a person dies, his or her will and/or trust determines how their personal property, financial assets and real estate will be distributed. However, often overlooked are individual’s digital assets and digital content.... Read More


Larry Stein Presenting at Growing Your Business Mega Meeting 2016
01.06.16

On Jan. 29, Lawrence A. Stein will co-present “Dealing with and Counseling Clients Regarding Business Interests in Contested Estates.”... Read More


Christopher Bannon, Jay Frank, Blooma Stark and Michael Zaslavsky Named Super Lawyers By Illinois Super Lawyers
01.01.16

Aronberg Goldgehn members Christopher J. Bannon, Jay A. Frank, Blooma Stark and Michael Zaslavsky have been selected as Illinois ‘Super Lawyers’ for 2016.... Read More


Mark Anderson Named a Member of the Edward Foundation's Board of Directors
08.06.15

The Edward Foundation has named Mark D. Anderson as a member of its Board of Directors. Established in 1990, The Edward Foundation supports Edward Hospital & Health Services’ community health care initiatives.... Read More


Aronberg Goldgehn Appoints New Practice Group Chairs
07.29.15

Nate Lichtenstein and Amy Rapoport Gibson Will Lead the Commercial Litigation Group; Paul Gilman and Tim Nelson, Business Law & Transactions... Read More


Aronberg Goldgehn Ranked No. 1 for Having the Highest Percentage of Women Associates Among Illinois' Largest Firms
07.14.15

Chicago Lawyer magazine’ has published the results of its annual diversity survey of the largest law firms in Illinois, and Aronberg Goldgehn has been ranked No. 1 in one analysis of the statistics.... Read More


Mark Anderson Joins Aronberg Goldgehn
05.06.15

Mark Anderson has joined Aronberg Goldgehn as a member. He concentrates his practice in federal and state corporate and partnership tax, estate and gift taxes, and related business matters for middle market companies and their owners.... Read More


Aronberg Goldgehn Attorneys Named 2015 Illinois Super Lawyers and Rising Stars in Illinois
01.12.15

Christopher J. Bannon, Jay A. Frank and Blooma Stark have been selected as Illinois ‘Super Lawyers;’ Kari E. Hoelting Kaplan, Amber N. LaFevers, Timothy R. Nelson and Amy M. Rapoport Gibson named ‘Rising Stars.’... Read More


Chris Bannon, Jay Frank, Billy Garmisa and Blooma Stark Named Super Lawyers By Illinois Super Lawyers
01.13.14

Christopher J. Bannon, Jay A. Frank, William J. Garmisa and Blooma Stark have been selected as Super Lawyers by Illinois Super Lawyers.... Read More


Bannon, Frank, Garmisa and Stark Named Super Lawyers By Illinois Super Lawyers
08.29.13

Aronberg Goldgehn members Christopher J. Bannon, Jay A. Frank, William J. Garmisa and Blooma Stark have been selected as Illinois Super Lawyers.... Read More


First Business News Talks With Blooma Stark About Digital Asset Planning
07.01.13


Blooma Stark Featured in Leading Lawyers Network Magazine - Women's Edition For 2012
01.11.13

Leading Lawyers Network Magazine featured Estate Planning and Probate attorney Blooma Stark in an article in their Women's Edition 2012 publication.... Read More


Eight Aronberg Goldgehn Attorneys Named 2013 Illinois Super Lawyers' and Rising Stars' in Illinois
01.04.13

Aronberg Goldgehn is pleased to announce that four attorneys were selected as Illinois ‘Super Lawyers’ for 2013 and four attorneys were designated as ‘Rising Stars’ in Illinois by Super Lawyers magazine.... Read More


Mary Hays Quoted in Wall Street Journal Social Media Article
09.21.12

The Wall Street Journal spoke with Estate Planning attorney Mary Vidal Hays in its article, Passing Down Digital Assets.... Read More


Aronberg Goldgehn Elects Michael A. Zaslavsky As an Equity Member
07.01.11


Stark Presenting on Skipping Transfer Tax Planning Options
03.23.11

Aronberg Goldgehn member Blooma Stark will present "Skipping Transfer Tax Planning Options" at the 2011 Explore Genworth Financial Annual Convention in Chicago.... Read More


Hays Speaks at Women's Leadership Group of Cole Taylor Bank
02.09.11

On February 9, 2011, Aronberg Goldgehn member Mary Vidal Hays spoke to the Women’s Leadership Group of Cole Taylor Bank on general estate planning matters.... Read More


Estate Planning Alert - Changes in Estate Taxes Effective for 2011
12.22.10

Congress has delivered some certainty as to estate taxes for the next couple of years in the form of the “Tax Relief, Unemployment Insurance Reauthorization, and Job Creation Act of 2010."... Read More


Gilman Speaks About The Legal Considerations of Preparing to Transition One's Business
06.10.10

Paul Gilman presented the "Legal Considerations of Preparing to Transition One’s Business, and How to Avoid Some Common Pitfalls" at the 2010 Genworth Convention.... Read More


Stark Presenting on Special Needs Planning
05.07.10

Blooma Stark will present "Drafting Third-Party and Self-Settled Special Needs Trusts" at the Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education’s Annual Special Needs Planning Program.... Read More


Aronberg Goldgehn Attorneys to Attend 2010 Genworth Financial National Convention May 17-19 in San Diego, CA
05.06.10


Stark Presenting on Irrevocable Trusts and Testamentary Special Needs Trusts
10.08.09

On Dec. 4, 2009, Blooma Stark will be presenting at the Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education's 5th Annual Elder Law Short Course.... Read More


Blooma Stark Presented at the 2009 Genworth Financial Convention
05.14.09


Blooma Stark to Present at the Illinois CPA Society's Estate and Gift Tax Conference
04.20.09


Aronberg Goldgehn Members Attend 2008 Genworth Financial Convention
05.12.08