Louis S. Harrison

Louis
S. Harrison
Partner,
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.

Articles
Review of Reviews: “Puff, the Magic Dragon, and the Estate Planner,” 3 Texas A&M University Journal of Property Law 1 (2016) 
Louis S. Harrison provides a tongue-in-cheek review of an article that advises estate planners on how to counsel cannabis users and growers.
Tips From the Pros: Opening Pandora’s Inbox
Louis S. Harrison offers seven rules to minimize the angst and inefficiencies that come with maintaining an overcrowded email Inbox.
Tips From the Pros: A Tsunami in the Estate-Planning World
Louis S. Harrison describes how the increase in the estate and gift tax exemption and the advent of portability impact estate plans and how to draft for them.
Tips From the Pros: Discounted Partnership Planning Continues to Require Careful Analysis
Louis S. Harrison explains how the Internal Revenue Service’s increased scrutiny in a recent case regarding partnerships means that clients, now more than ever, must structure partnerships correctly and consistently to avoid a potentially bad outcome.
Review of Reviews: “Trusting Trust,” Kan. L. Rev., Vol. 63 (2015) 
Louis S. Harrison reviews this insightful article
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
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