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Richard M. Brown counsels wealthy families and individuals on all aspects of estate planning and estate and trust administration. Rick also advises closely-held businesses and their owners on a variety of tax and succession planning issues and individual clients on gifting strategies and prenuptial and post nuptial agreements. In providing legal counsel, Rick uses his more than 40 years of experience to maximize wealth protection, minimize taxes and administrative expenses and avoid family disputes when possible.
Rick was elected as a Fellow of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel in 1987 and is 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”).
Rick is admitted to practice in Illinois
Rick has frequently lectured to various continuing legal education and professional groups and has served on the editorial boards of several estate planning and retirement planning newsletters and has appeared on National Public Radio's All Things Considered where he discussed the changing world of women and its effect on estate planning. Just after joining the firm, Rick was interviewed and quoted by for the Law Column of the Wall Street Journal regarding the shift of the estate planning practice from full-service firms to boutique firms like Harrison & Held, which focus in the estate planning and trust and estates area
Northwestern University School of Law, J.D., 1970
Washington University, St. Louis, Missouri, A.B. with honors in History, 1967
Illinois Supreme Court
American College of Trust & Estate Counsel