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Rita E. Luce

After graduating law school with honors, Rita has focused her entire legal career in estate planning and estate administration, representing clients across the U.S. and internationally, while publishing some scholarly works along the way.  Rita has over twenty-five years of in-depth experience providing counsel on all aspects of estate planning, including estate plan creation, gift and estate tax reduction strategies, family business succession, retirement benefit planning, irrevocable trust reformation, business entity organization and funding, asset control and creditor protection planning, and estate and trust administration.  Rita advises family business owners, doctors, lawyers, executives, employees, beneficiaries, and fiduciaries.  Every client benefits from a well-crafted estate plan.  Rita is nationally recognized as a Leading Lawyer with the highest possible legal ranking.

Education

  • Chicago Kent College of Law, J.D. with Honors, member of law review, recipient of American Jurisprudence and Chicago Kent Class Awards.
  • Michigan State University, Bachelor of Science.

Organizations

  • Chicago Bar Association
  • American Bar Association
  • Admissions

  • Illinois Supreme Court
  • Awards & Honors

  • Nationally recognized as a Leading Lawyer
  • Included in Bar Register of Preeminent Women Lawyers (top 5%)
  • Rated AV (highest) by Martindale-Hubell
  • Speeches & Publications

  • "Qualified Retirement Plans and Individual Retirement Accounts” Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education – Post-Mortem Planning Guidebook, 2020 Edition.
  • “Required Minimum Distribution Rules: Who, What, When and Why” Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education – Retirement Benefits Issues in Estate Planning Guidebook, 2015 Edition.
  • “Postmortem Planning for Retirement Benefits” Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education – Retirement Benefits Issues in Estate Planning Guidebook, 2015 Edition.
  • “Postmortem Planning for Retirement Benefits” Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education –Retirement Benefits Issues in Estate Planning Guidebook, 2012 Edition.
  • “Changing an Irrevocable Trust: The Impossible is now Possible,” Chicago Daily Law Bulletin, November 10, 2014.
  • “Retirement Fund Beneficiary Forms Can Be Tricky,” Chicago Daily Law Bulletin, August 15, 2013.
  • “Cookie Jars and Charitable Remainder Trusts – Built to be Broken Into?” Taxation of Exempts magazine, September/October 2005.
  • Numerous presentations to lawyers, financial planners, investment advisors, brokers, bar association groups, continuing legal education programs, law school classes, and social clubs.

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