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Robert W. Kaufman

T: 312 726-0440 ext. 214
F: 312 726-1448



Chicago Bar Association, Probate Practice Committee
Illinois State Bar Association, Trusts and Estates Section Council
American Bar Association
Chicago Estate Planning Council
Decalogue Society of Lawyers


Admitted to Practice: 1977
State of Illinois
U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
United States Tax Court
Certified Public Accountant,
Illinois, 1974

Robert Kaufman is a principal at Fischel & Kahn, focusing on estate planning and the related administration, taxation and litigation of estates and trusts.

He draws upon his extensive knowledge of state and federal taxation codes while guiding clients through all manner of estate planning, probate, trust administration and litigation. For nearly four decades he has approached his practice with a dedication to client service and privacy.

In his more general practice, he represents individuals and privately held business entities in various transactional, corporate and real estate matters.

Bob currently serves as Vice Chair of the Illinois State Bar Association Trusts & Estates Section Council and is past Chair of the Chicago Bar Association Probate Practice Committee. He also serves as a member of the Board of Directors of both the Charles and M.R. Shapiro Foundation and the Trillium Foundation.

He has been selected as a Top Rated Lawyers in Trusts & Estates by Martindale-Hubbell and is regularly recognized by Leading Lawyers for his work in Trusts, Will & Estate Planning Law, Elder Law, Taxation Law and Closely & Privately Held Business Law.

Professional Honors:
Bob is a past Chairman of the Chicago Bar Association Probate
Practice Committee, and was selected as a 2013 Top Rated Lawyer in Trusts and Estates by American Lawyer Media/Martindale Hubbell,the
highest level of professional excellence in ethical standards and legal

Bob was recently reappointed to a fourth term on the Illinois State Bar Association Trusts and Estates Section Council, and currently serves as section Council Secretary.

Bob has recently been selected as a Leading Lawyer for 2016 in the areas of Trust, Will & Estate Planning Law; Elder Law; Taxation Law and Closely & Privately Held Business Law.

New York University, LL.M. Taxation, 1977
University of Maryland, J.D. with honors, 1976
University of Michigan, B.B.A. with distinction, 1973


"Transfers into trust: A new reality?"
ISBA Trust & Estates Newsletter, Vol. 63, No. 4, September 2016
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“How Do You Trust?”
ISBA Trust & Estates Newsletter, Vol. 62, No. 4, October 2015
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"Advance Directives in a Mobile Society"
ISBA Trusts & Estates Newsletter, Vol. 60, No. 5, November 2013
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"Whither the Remainderman"
ISBA Trusts and Estates Newsletter Vol. 58, No. 9, April, 2012
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“The Illinois estate tax:  A few surprises, perhaps?”
ISBA Trusts and Estates Newsletter, Vol. 58, No. 4, October 2011
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“Estate Planning by Guardians: The Next Generation”
ISBA Trusts and Estates Newsletter, Vol. 57, No. 4, November 2010
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