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Jessica L. Berger focuses her practice on all aspects of estate planning and trust and estate controversy. She has extensive experience in estate and trust litigation. This includes representing trustees, executors, and beneficiaries in a variety of matters such as breach of fiduciary duty issues, judicial construction of wills and trusts, will and trust contests, and estate planning malpractice. Jessica devotes a portion of her practice to estate and trust planning and administration, charitable planning, prenuptial agreements, state and local tax planning, and business succession planning.
Prior to law school, Jessica worked with many national non-profits. There she assisted potential donors in creating gift-giving plans and assisted in writing, applying, and managing Federal grants.
Jessica is admitted to practice in Illinois and is a member of the American Bar Association, the Illinois State Bar Association, the Chicago Bar Association, and the Decalogue Society.
Awards and Honors
Law Bulletin Leading Lawyers - Emerging Lawyers for Trust, Will & Estate Planning (2015)
Adjunct Professor John Marshall Law School, Estate and Tax Law LLM Program - Charitable Contributions.
Indiana University Maurer School of Law, J.D., 2012
University of Maryland at College Park, B.A., Government and Politics, 2008
Illinois Supreme Court
American Bar Association
Illinois State Bar Association
Chicago Bar Association
Decalogue Society, Board of Managers
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