Mary-Ann Wilson

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Mary-Ann Wilson

Mary-Ann Wilson concentrates her practice in estate planning, business succession planning, and estate and trust administration. She also works with private foundations and public charities to obtain and maintain IRS recognition of their tax-exempt status and on operational matters. Mary-Ann’s clientele consists primarily of entrepreneurs and family business owners.

Mary-Ann is a frequent speaker on estate planning and business succession planning topics. Since 2006, she has been elected as a Member of the Leading Lawyers Network (rated in the top 5% of Illinois lawyers and recommended in the practice area of “Trust, Will & Estate Planning Law”).


  • University of Denver School of Law, J.D., 1975
  • Brown University, Political Science, 1972


  • American Bar Association
  • Chicago Bar Association
  • Chicago Estate Planning Council
  • ESOP Association


  • Illinois Supreme Court
  • Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals
  • United States Tax Court

Awards & Honors

Speeches & Publications

“Buy-Sell Agreements and Sales Strategies for Succession Plans” and “Other Estate Planning Techniques Uniquely Applicable to Small Businesses,” Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education Business Succession Planning for the Family Business, 2010 and 2011

“Chi-Bar’s Top 40 Tax Hits”, Chicago Bar Association, 2010

“Planned Giving Techniques,” The Overture Society of the Lyric Opera, 2010

“Probate and Will Substitutes” Chicago Volunteer Legal Society, 2009

“Estate Planning under the Old New Tax Law,” Loyola University, 2000, 2002, 2004

“Impact of the New Law on Estate Planning,” Kane County Bar Association 2001


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