Chicago, Illinois 60603
Andy Gelman is a partner in Holland & Knight's Chicago office. He concentrates his practice in estate planning and estate and trust administration and controversies and is the immediate past chair of the firm's Illinois Private Wealth Services Practice Group. He counsels individuals, executives and business owners on the use of wills and insurance and inter vivos or living trusts and powers of attorney for property and health care in their estate planning. Often his advice is in the area of federal and state estate, gift and generation-skipping transfer taxation, asset planning and various types of property transfers and rearrangements such as grantor retained annuity trusts, family limited partnerships, qualified personal residence trusts, and charitable trusts and foundations.
Mr. Gelman has a further concentration in the area of legal disability and the use of trusts to protect disabled adults and minors. He has been a frequent lecturer on the topic of supplemental needs trusts for the learning disabled or mentally impaired child. He devotes a portion of his practice to probate proceedings as they relate to disabled adults. Such proceedings include the adjudication of incompetency, termination of such adjudication, and financial planning and health care for a ward. Mr. Gelman served as the court appointed guardian ad litem in the Greenspan case, which was the first case in Illinois in which a Court allowed the withdrawal of life support from a terminally ill individual.
Mr. Gelman has represented numerous corporate and individual fiduciaries and beneficiaries of estates and trusts in contested matters. He is knowledgeable in all aspects of decedents’ estates and minors’ estates and trusts in probate and chancery, including will contests, trust constructions, citation proceedings, claims, awards, statutory rights, and rights of heirs, legatees and beneficiaries. He counsels both corporate and individual fiduciaries with respect to federal and state estate tax, federal and state fiduciary income tax and post mortem tax planning in administration of estates and trusts.
Mr. Gelman's practice also includes work in premarital matters, adoptions (related, agency, and private placements), as well as real estate transactions, both personal and commercial.
|Areas of Practice||1) Taxation, 2) Private Wealth Services, 3) Wealth Planning and Preservation, 4) Trusts and 5) Estates and Fiduciary Dispute Resolution|
|Law School||University of Virginia School of Law (J.D.)|
|Education||University of Pennsylvania (B.A.)|
|Bar Member / Association||Illinois State Bar Association, Virginia State Bar Association|
|Most recent firm||Holland & Knight LLP|
Christina Mesires Fournaris is a partner in Morgan Lewis’s Personal Law Practice. Since joining Morgan Lewis in 1991, Ms. Fournaris has been committed to counseling clients on all aspects of estate, tax, and generational wealth planning.
Ellen J. Deringer is of counsel in Morgan Lewis's Personal Law Practice.Ms. Deringer earned her J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania Law School in 2000 and her B.A. from Brown University in 1995.