Andy Gelman 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.