Kim Kamin

Gresham Partners, LLC
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Kim Kamin is a Principal at Gresham Partners, LLC where she serves as Chief Wealth Strategist and a Client Advisor. In that role, she leads Gresham’s development and implementation of estate, wealth transfer, philanthropic and fiduciary planning activities, and advises clients. Previously she was a partner in the Private Clients, Trusts and Estates Group at Schiff Hardin LLP where for many years her legal practice involved all aspects of trust and estate planning, administration and dispute resolution.

Kim is an adjunct professor at the Northwestern University School of Law where she has taught Advanced Trusts and Estates, the Income Taxation of Trusts and Estates, and Estate Planning.

Kim is on the Editorial Advisory Board of Trusts and Estates Magazine and has been published on a variety of topics including asset protection, estate administration, powers of appointment, and fiduciary duties. She is also a frequent lecturer.

Kim received her B.A., with distinction and departmental honors, from Stanford University and her J.D. from the University of Chicago Law School.

Modernizing Trusts for Modernized Families
Surrogates, unwanted children, posthumous births—estate planners need to consider the changing definitions of family.
Planning Considerations for the Post-Nuclear Family 
Bobbi J. Bierhals and Kim Kamin discuss how evolving social norms and new technological advances over the past 40 years impact ultra-high-net-worth clients and their family governance.
Ten Questions Advisors Should Ask When Hiring an Estate Planning Attorney
When evaluating possible estate planning counsel, an advisor should consider these ten questions.
Private Derivatives Contracts
The private derivative alternative to the vertical slice strategy may be appealing in a host of client situations.
Affluenza and Its Cure 1
The term “affluenza” has increasingly been used over the past 15 years to describe the negative impact of wealth or desire for wealth.
How To Raise an Adult with a Trust Fund
Do you or your clients have children over 18 who haven’t yet been expected to master these baseline skills?
Ethical Considerations in Thorny Trusteeships 
Kim Kamin encourages fiduciaries to avoid complacency.
Planning for Divorce When Drafting a Trust 3
I’ve personally seen and heard stories about situations in which a machete approach of treating a spouse as immediately deceased upon the filing of a divorce action has backfired and ultimately frustrated the settlor’s true wishes.
Confronting Our Clients’ Greatest Parenting Fear 3
For many affluent parents, the worst condemnation of their parenting would be to describe their children as “spoiled.”
Powers of Attorney: To Spring or Not to Spring? 3
The biggest and apparently most hotly debated question is whether power of attorneys should spring—meaning whether they should be effective immediately upon execution or whether they should become effective only upon a determination that the principal is disabled.
Private Trust Companies – Don’t Believe all the Hype 4
Setting up a private trust company can facilitate the management of trusts for an a ultra-high-net-worth family in a more personalized and potentially cost effective way for the long term, while potentially reducing personal liability for individual family members.
Protecting Clients’ Privacy
The fact that news outlets were able to get their hands on any of Robin Williams’ estate planning instruments, let alone ones that were unfunded or otherwise superseded, reminds us all of the importance of protecting our clients’ privacy during the estate planning and administration process.
Confronting Our Clients’ Greatest Parenting Fear
February 14, 2015

Thank you to the WSJ's Wealth Adviser for its attention to this post.

Substantiating Charitable Gifts—Specimen Letter To Client-Donors
December 30, 2014

Note that in 2011, the value triggering automatic submission to the IRS review panel for art was raised from $20,000 to $50,000. So for all donations of artwork worth more...

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