Barry P. Siegal

Partner, Practice Group Chair

bpsiegal@gct.law

Contacts

Direct: 312.696.1699

Pronouns: 
He/Him/His

Areas of Practice

Corporate & Real Estate

Estate Planning & Taxation

Barry Siegal supervises the planning of estates for business owners, executives and professionals. This typically involves income and estate tax minimization, asset protection planning and business succession planning.

His approach is to get a full appreciation for the client's needs and objectives and design the plan around those needs and objectives.

Barry’s background as a CPA and tax attorney provides him with a unique insight into the planning of clients' estates that helps him achieve their goals. Barry also help plan estates for unmarried couples with significant wealth.

Barry consults with business owners with regard to structuring their businesses to achieve maximum tax savings, assisting in implementing deferred compensation and stock ownership programs for key employees, consulting relative to sales and acquisitions of businesses and business succession planning.

Barry’s practice is concentrated in the following areas:

  • Representation of closely held businesses, from start-up issues, to maintenance, to business succession planning, with particular emphasis on tax related matters
  • Estate planning and probate with specific emphasis on: creative estate tax planning for high net worth individuals; Asset protection planning for physicians, traders, real estate developers and real estate investors
    Estate planning for non-traditional families; premarital agreements, cohabitation agreements and domestic partnership agreements
  • Non-profit law: representation of non-profit entities including public charities, private foundations and charitable trusts

Before joining GCT, Barry was a member in the firm of Stahl Cowen Crowley Addis LLC, and was chairman of their trusts and estates department. From 1980 until 2002, Barry managed his own law firm, Barry P. Siegal Ltd.

Barry has written and spoken extensively to professional and civic groups on issues such as: Estate Planning in an Uncertain Environment; Estate Planning for the Non-Traditional Family; Asset Protection Planning; and Business Succession Planning.

Barry was an adjunct professor in Estate Planning at DePaul Law School.

EDUCATION

Northwestern University, J.D., cum laude, 1968
Journal of Criminal Law, Criminology and Police Science Editor
University of Illinois, B.A. in Accounting, with honors, 1965
Certified Public Accountant, 1965

BAR ADMISSIONS

Illinois, 1969

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS

Chicago Bar Association
Chicago Estate Planning Council
Greater North Shore Estate and Financial Planning Council
Illinois CPA Society
Illinois Bar Association
Northwest Suburban Estate Planning Council

INTERESTS

Search, Inc. (an agency assisting and training developmentally disabled adults) – Board of Directors

Board of Jewish Education – Board of Directors

Chicago Children’s Advocacy Center (coordination of investigations and services to sexually and severely abused children) – Board of Directors

COURT ADMISSIONS

U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois, 1969

HONORS & AWARDS

Super LawyersLeading Lawyers

Selected as a Super Lawyer (in the top 5% of attorneys)

Member of Leading Lawyers Network

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