Stuart J. Kohn
400 Skokie Blvd. Suite 700
Northbrook, Illinois 60062
- Stuart's Insights
Stuart Kohn is a partner and leads the Trusts & Estates Group. He concentrates his practice in estate, gift and income tax planning and business succession planning, and has significant experience with complex estate and trust administration matters. Stuart also works with clients to design and implement asset protection strategies.
Stuart routinely works with high net-worth individuals and their families to ensure their wishes are met with respect to the passing of their wealth. Throughout that process, he works to implement strategies that maximize the value of assets passing to intended beneficiaries, while minimizing the tax impact to the greatest extent possible. Understanding the financial and tax considerations is a key to Stuart’s practice, but equally important is his sensitivity to the emotions surrounding these decisions. Stuart recognizes that clients find comfort in knowing and understanding their options, and works to clearly communicate his planning strategy and resulting considerations.
Stuart is a member of the esteemed estate planning organization, the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel (ACTEC). ACTEC membership is based on professional reputation, expertise in the fields of trusts and estates and on the basis of having made substantial contributions to these fields through lecturing, writing, teaching and bar activities.
Stuart is active in a number of legal organizations, including currently serving as the Chair of the Executive Committee of the Chicago Bar Association’s Trust Law Committee. Stuart also served as President and is a former member of the Board of Directors of the Greater North Shore Estate & Financial Planning Council. Stuart lectures on advanced estate planning topics for the Notre Dame Tax and Estate Planning Institute, Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education, the Chicago Bar Association and the National Business Institute.
Stuart frequently writes on a variety of asset planning topics. He has written articles which have been published in the notable Bloomberg BNA's Tax Management Estates, Gifts and Trusts Journal and the RIA periodical, Business Entities.
In addition to his professional activities, Stuart is actively involved in a number of charitable organizations, including holding a leadership role with North Shore Congregation Israel in Glencoe.
Bar Admissions: Illinois, 1987
Court Admissions: U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois
United States Tax Court
Education: University of Michigan, B.B.A., 1984
Loyola University Chicago School of Law, J.D., 1987
Memberships: American Bar Association
Illinois State Bar Association
Chicago Bar Association - Trust Law Committee, Executive Committee
Greater North Shore Estate & Financial Planning Council - Past President
Honors & Awards: Named an Illinois Super Lawyer, 2007-2015
Named a Leading Lawyer by Leading Lawyers Network, 2009