Tax-savvy preservation of self-created and intergenerational wealth
Patrick Bitterman concentrates in the areas of estate planning, taxation and tax-exempt organizations. Helping individuals, families, public charities and private foundations, Patrick advises on:
- Estate planning and administration, including wills, trusts and powers of attorney for property and health care
- Trust creation and administration, including revocable and irrevocable trusts, GRATs, SLATs, IDGTs, irrevocable life insurance trusts, qualified personal residence trusts and charitable trusts
- Taxation and tax planning, including advice on estate, gift, generation-skipping-transfer, income and not-for-profit taxation
- Planned giving, advising public charities, foundations and individuals on gift agreements, modification of endowed gifts through non-judicial settlement agreements and court-ordered reformations
- Business succession planning, preparing for the tax-advantageous transition of family-owned businesses from generation to generation through family limited liability companies, installment sales and other vehicles
- Litigation, representing charities and fiduciaries in resolving trust and estate disputes
Patrick works to understand what matters most to a client and to devise plans and strategies accordingly. His approach aligns wealth preservation and charitable giving goals to maximize results for individuals, families and their businesses, as well as the tax-exempt organizations benefitting from planned giving.
Experience in Action
- Advising affluent families on inter-generational transfers of wealth, transferring corporate interests and other forms of wealth from one generation to another.
- Creating investment and savings vehicles to maximize an individual’s wealth preservation under the federal gift and estate tax laws.
- Handling resolution of trust and estate disputes, representing public charities and fiduciaries in disputes concerning beneficial interests in estates and trusts.
- Advising public charities and private foundations on internal and external policies related to planned giving.
- Selected as an Illinois Leading Lawyer - Law Bulletin Media, 2017–present (Trust, Will & Estate Planning Law)
- Named 2005 Illinois Super Lawyer–Estate Planning / Trusts
- Martindale-Hubbell AV® Peer Review Rated
- Leading Lawyers Network member
Professional & Civic Activities
- American Bar Association (Member, Real Property, Probate and Trust Law Section)
- Illinois State Bar Association (Member, Trusts and Estates Section)
- Chicago Bar Association (Member, Tax Committee)
- Lyric Opera of Chicago Guild Board of Directors (Member, Former President)
- Arts Alliance Illinois (Board of Directors)
- Chicago Council on Planned Giving (Board of Directors)
- The John Crerar Foundation (Board of Directors)
- Speaker, "The Ins and Outs of In-Kind Gifts," ALI-CLE Conference on Legal Issues in Museum Administration, April 11, 2013
- Author, "Identify Priorities When Planning for Business Succession," Retail Register of Illinois Retail Merchants Association, Number 214, April 2002
- Speaker, "Effects of the New Tax Law on Insurance Trusts, Generation-Skipping Planning and Charitable Giving," Illinois State Bar Association Trusts & Estates Section Law Ed. series, Fall 2001
- Author, "Right to Die and the Use of Agents to Make Health Care Decisions in Illinois," 91 ISBA Trusts and Estates 12, September 1994; reprinted in 21 ISBA Constitutional Law & Liberty, February 1995
- Co-author, "Using Trusts as Part of Multiparty Transactions," 21 Estate Planning Magazine, 104, March/April 1994
News & Insights
- Speaking Engagement
- News Release
- Presentation"Reading the Tea Leaves: How Tax Reform Could Impact Future Charitable Planning"
- Presentation"Planning for Special Needs Beneficiaries"Advocate Health Care Advisors Breakfast
- "Illinois estate tax has its pitfalls and opportunities"Chicago Daily Law Bulletin
- News Release
- Presentation“The Ins and Outs of In-Kind Gifts”ALI-CLE Conference on Legal Issues in Museum Administration
- Northwestern University, Kellogg School of Management, Certificate, Quarles & Brady Leadership Program (2018)
- Northwestern University Law School (J.D., 1990)
- University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign (B.A., 1987)
- District of Columbia
- U.S. Tax Court, 1995
- U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois, 1990