Elizabeth A. (“Lizzy”) Garlovsky concentrates her practice in Estate Planning and Wealth Transfer, Probate, and Estate and Trust Administration. Lizzy brings more than twenty years of experience in both private practice as well as time spent working in the public sector and as a wealth advisor for JPMorgan. In addition to her deep technical background and practical experience, Lizzy brings a unique holistic and human approach to every client matter through empathy and a commitment to understanding each client’s individual and often very personal situation prior to engaging in any representation. She recognizes the difficulty that clients routinely face when engaging a trusts and estates attorney, especially when emotions are high, and is grateful for opportunities to make the difficult seem simpler for clients who are experiencing stress caused by trauma or grief, or by the anticipation of either.
Lizzy assists clients in the preparation and implementation of estate plans for a wide range of individuals and families. She also represents both individual and corporate executors and trustees administer trusts and estates at any stage, including through controversies both inside and outside of court. In addition, Lizzy frequently counsels heirs, legatees and beneficiaries of estates and trusts of all sizes to advocate for their rights under will and trust documents, or when no documents exist.
Lizzy is an active member of the trusts and estates community and her community at large. A fellow of the prestigious national American College of Trust and Estate Counsel (ACTEC), Lizzy is a frequent lecturer, and author, with an interest in the intersection of family law and estate planning. She enjoys giving back to her peers by serving as a mentor to junior colleagues, and lectures regularly at the IICLE Estate Planning Short Course. Lizzy was also appointed as an Advisory Member of the Trust and Investment Committee for Chicago-based ATG Trust Company’s Board of Directors in January 2020.
Lizzy provides pro bono legal services and supports related organizations and activities. She performs estate planning and related legal services for veterans and under-served individuals in her community, and acts as a resource to various charitable organizations. In addition, in April 2017, Lizzy was elected to a four-year term on the Board of Education for Township High School District 113 in Highland Park, Illinois. She served as President of the Board from May 2018 to May 2020, and currently serves as the Chair of the Human Resources Committee.
• How Irrevocable is Irrevocable? Ways to Modify Irrevocable Trusts Under Illinois Law, 2020 IICLE Estate Planning Short Course
• What to know about Retirement Planning under the new SECURE Act with an update under the CARES Act (and a few tips for planning during COVID-19), 2020, LCBA Trusts& Estates Committee
• A Refresher on Claims and the Intersection of Personal Injury & Probate, 2019 CBA Complex Issues in Probate and Trust Administration and Litigation
• Tax and Estate Planning for Divorce, 2018 Chicago Estate Planning Council
• Trust Planning for Divorce and Blended Families, 2017 ALI–CLE Estate Planning in Depth, Madison, WI
• Post-Divorce Bliss (Divorce Issues Affecting Estate Planning and Probate), 2017 IICLE Estate Planning Short Course
• Decanting and Virtual Representation, 2016 IICLE Estate Planning Short Course
• The Probate Process in Illinois, 2015 IICLE Estate Planning Short Course
• Advising Small & Moderate Estates, 2014 IICLE Estate Planning Short Course
• Will Distribution Provisions, 2014 IICLE Illinois Form Builder – Illinois Wills
• Impact of Civil Unions of Estate Planning & Administration, 2011 Lake County Bar Association Annual Trusts and Estates Conference
• The Marriage of Estate Planning and Divorce, 2007 Chicago Bar Association, Probate Practice Committee
• Planning for Guardianships, 2005 IICLE Estate Planning Short Course
• Estate Planning & Probate “Flashpoints”, monthly author, IICLE, April 2019-Present
• Everything Old is New Again, author, Trusts and Estates Magazine, May 2018 (*Nominated for Editor’s “Rising Star” Distinguished Author Award)
• Divorce and Estate Planning, co-author, Estate Planning, July 2018
• Introduction to Probate and Probate Alternatives (2019 Update), co-author, IICLE Estate Administration Handbook
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