Martin H. Tish counsels business owners, executives, entrepreneurs, traders, charities, family offices and individuals from virtually every field regarding asset ownership and structure, prenuptial agreements, retirement planning and charitable planning. He has successfully administered estates and trusts ranging in size from $500,000 to more than $100 million, achieving excellent tax results without forgetting the human concerns that are of paramount importance to a sound estate plan.
Marty has lectured on estate planning before the Chicago Bar Association, the American Bar Association, Northwestern University and various corporate clients.
While in law school, Marty was a member of the Order of the Coif and served as notes and comments editor for the Journal of Criminal Law and Criminology. He also received the Lowden Wigmore Award first prize for writing.
Experience — Marty negotiated a family settlement agreement which featured a substantial cash distribution to a trust beneficiary and a series of exercises of powers of appointment and trust mergers to eliminate the interest of this beneficiary in all remaining trusts. This tax effective division also helped improve relationships among family members.
Marty presently is administering a complicated decedent’s estate with significant assets in multiple locations, including a boutique cattle operation and unique collectables.
Marty assisted senior members of a family who wanted to shift assets tax free to provide future generations with educational and medical assistance. Marty designed a structure which included a limited partnership, a grantor annuity trust and a perpetual Educational and Medical Trust, accomplishing the family’s intentions in a tax efficient manner.
Marty successfully negotiates and drafts many prenuptial agreements – sometimes it seems that wedding bells are ringing all year! Marty believes that successful negotiation of a prenuptial agreement before marriage, although undoubtedly stressful at the time, actually increases the likelihood of a lengthy and successful marriage.
Court Admissions — U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois