University of Chicago,
University of Pennsylvania,
B.A., cum laude, 1976
US Ct Appeals, 3rd Circuit (Covers DE, NJ, PA, Virgin Islands)
US Ct Appeals, 9th Circuit (AZ, CA, HI, ID, MT, NV, OR, WA, Guam, M. Isles)
Illinois USDC, Northern District
US Tax Ct
American College of Trust and Estate Counsel
American Bar Association
Chicago Estate Planning Council
Estate Planning Magazine
Member, Editorial Board
Listed in The Best Lawyers in America, 2005-Present
Listed in Illinois Super Lawyers, 2007-Present
Leading Lawyers Network for Trust, Will & Estate Planning Law
Thompson Coburn LLP
Levin Schreder & Carey
Shefsky & Froelich
Schiff Hardin & Waite
Scott's practice focuses in the areas of family wealth preservation, federal transfer taxation, and family business planning.
He counsels individuals with their personal estate planning and owners of closely held businesses with business succession and related issues. Additionally, he represents executors and trustees in the administration of states and trusts, as well as taxpayers and their executors in gift and estate tax audits.
Scott enjoys serving private clients because of the personal nature of the representation and the opportunity to help in areas that extend beyond traditional estate planning, such as matters related to operation of family businesses. Given the complicated laws private clients face, Scott prides himself in not "over-lawyering" matters and aims to translate the law in simple terms so that clients understand and follow the best path to meet their objectives.
In addition to representing individuals, Scott also advises public and private charitable organizations.
Scott is a fellow of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel, is recognized by Illinois Super Lawyers in estate planning and probate and is listed by Leading Lawyers Network for Trust, Will & Estate Planning Law. He is also named in The Best Lawyers in America® in the area of trusts and estates. In 2013, American Lawyer Media and Martindale-Hubbell™ named Scott a 2013 Top Rated Lawyer of 'Trust & Estates.' In addition, Scott is an editorial board member of Estate Planning Magazine.
"Filing Form 709-- Beyond the Basics of Gift Tax Returns";
Estate Planning, April 2016
"Trustee's Duties Extend to Remainder Beneficiaries, Too";
Estate Planning, November 2011
"Trust Severances and Other Planning Under the New Final and Proposed GST Regulations";
Estate Planning, January 2008
"Sell Trust Real Estate?-- A Capital Idea if Handled Properly";
Estate Planning, July 2007
"Planning with Grantor Charitable Lead Annuity Trusts";
Estate Planning, August 2006
"Is Any Trust Really Irrevocable";
ALI-ABA, July 2014
"Estate & Gift Tax Planning with the New $5M Exclusion";
Illinois CPA Society 2012 Estate & Gift Tax Conference, May 2012
"Remainder Beneficiaries Are Beneficiaries, Too";
ALI-ABA, July 2011