Louis S. Harrison

S. Harrison
Harrison & Held LLP

A frequent speaker and writer on tax and estate planning, Louis S. Harrison has spoken before numerous groups nationwide. He has authored more than 100 published articles on a broad range of tax and estate-planning subjects in legal, accounting, tax and estate journals and periodicals, and is co-author of the books, "Sorting Out Life's Complexities: What You Really Need to Know About Taxes, Wills, Trusts, Powers of Attorneys and Health Care Decisions" and "Illinois Estate Planning Forms and Commentary."

Louis S. Harrison is the Illinois State Chair of the American College of Trusts and Estate Counsel and has been an adjunct professor at Northwestern University School of Law, DePaul University College of Law and Chicago-Kent College of Law.

As a member of the Chicago Bar Association, Lou has chaired the Estate and Gift Tax Committee and served on the Trust Law Committee and Probate Practice Committee.

Before joining Harrison & Held, LLP, Lou was the partner in charge of the Lord, Bissell & Brook Wealth Preservation Group.

13 Tips to Improve Practice Efficiency
Louis S. Harrison and Nancy Hughes offer some helpful tips to improve your practice and your life
Overcoming Practice Inefficiencies 
Louis S. Harrison & Nancy C. Hughes offer 13 tips to help improve your practice
Review of Reviews: Children of Assisted Reproduction 
Louis S. Harrison reviews Professor Kristine S. Knaplund's recent article
Discussing Gifting With Clients 
The estate tax exclusion—the amount of the gross estate free of any tax payment1—has increased to $5.12 million per person during 2012 and is scheduled to decline to $1 million in 2013.
A Cautionary Tale 
Most executors know that there need not be estate tax for decedents dying in 2010.
Review by: Louis S. Harrison 
AUTHOR: Ashley E. Rathbun, J.D. 2010, University of San Diego School of Law, San Diego ARTICLE: “Marrying Into Financial Abuse: A Solution to Protect the Elderly in California,” 47 San Diego L. Rev. 227 (2010) Click here to view the article in PDF ...
The Passive Activity Loss Rules 
Estate planners often must make a decision whether to recommend a family limited partnership (FLP) or family limited liability company (FLLC) to achieve
Virtual Partners 
Ten years ago, our group began experimenting with the concept of the virtual partner. A virtual partner completes billable work at home and commutes to
Borrowing To Pay The Estate Tax 
What to do when there are not enough bucks to take care of the financial damage
Fees: How To Charge, Collect and Defend Them 
We practice law because it is interesting, challenging, we are good at it, and we are professionals. We also practice law because it is our business.
EDWARD C. HALBACH, JR., Standing To Enforce Trusts: Renewing and Expanding Professor Gaubatz's 1984 Discussion of Settlor Enforcement, 62 University of Miami Law Review 713 (April 2008) 
One of the most important considerations in litigation against trustees is whether a beneficiary has standing to challenge the actions of the trustee.
Use GRATS to Transfer An S Corp. to the Kids 
The grantor retained annuity trust (GRAT), statutorily allowed by Congress since 1990, can transfer part or all of a wealthy person's business to the
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