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Emily J. Kuo

Partner

T 312.332.5547
F 312.332.1150
ekuo@harrisonheld.com
Chicago, IL

Emily J. Kuo counsels high net worth individuals and families on lifetime transfer tax reduction strategies, creates testamentary plans for clients in a broad spectrum of family situations, and represents fiduciaries in the administration of decedents’ estates and trusts.  For over 20 years, she has worked closely with family offices and wealth advisors to implement planning techniques and find practical solutions in sensitive circumstances.  She has extensive experience in federal estate tax compliance and related post-mortem planning.  Family offices rely on her federal expertise to structure plans across multiple generations and family branches, with assistance from local state counsel.

A frequent lecturer at professional education events, Emily was elected as a Fellow of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel in 2012.  In 2010, she was 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”).  She was selected as Judicial Clerk to the Honorable Gordon J. Quist of the United States District Court for the Western District of Michigan, for his 1997-98 term.

Emily is admitted to practice in Illinois and is a member of the American Bar Association, the Illinois State Bar Association, and the Chicago Bar Association.

TREATISES

Emily J. Kuo, “United States Estate (and Generation-Skipping Transfer) Tax Returns,” Estate Administration: Business and Tax-Related Issues (Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education, 2022 edition, 2019 edition).

Louis S. Harrison and Emily J. Kuo, “United States Estate (and Generation-Skipping Transfer) Tax Returns,” Illinois Estate Administration (Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education, 2014 edition, 2011 supplement, 2009 edition, 2006 supplement, and 2003 edition).

Louis S. Harrison and Emily J. Kuo, “Attorneys’ Fees: An Assessment of the Current Standards for Fee Awards,” Litigating Disputed Estates, Trusts, Guardianships and Charitable Bequests (Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education, 2020 edition, 2016 edition, 2012 edition, 2009 edition, and 2002 edition).

ARTICLES

“Duty of Loyalty: Hold on to Your Hat,” Estate Planning Course Materials Journal (ALI CLE, June 2017)

Louis S. Harrison and Emily J. Kuo, “Virtual Partners,” Trusts & Estates (Mar. 2010).

SPEECHES

“QPRT, Interrupted,” 45th Annual Notre Dame Tax and Estate Planning Institute , South Bend, Indiana (Sept. 27, 2019)

“Forms 709 & 706: Practice Tips and Pitfalls,” Basics of Preparing and Understanding Tax Returns , Chicago, Illinois (Chicago Estate Planning Council, Jan. 25, 2017)

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Illinois Supreme Court

University of Chicago Law School, J.D., 1997

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, B.S., with highest distinction, Business Administration, 1994

American College of Trust and Estate Counsel

Elected as a Fellow of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel (2012)

Leading Lawyers Network (2010)

Served as Judicial Clerk to the Honorable Gordon J. Quist of the United States District Court for the Western District of Michigan (1997-98 term)

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