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Alan E. Sohn Esq.

Alan Sohn
5 Star Reviews

“He is my Trust and estates lawyer. Recently he did my will and it was a breeze, super simple process. I just had a conversation about the idea I had, we put it on paper and then he did the rest. His office is conveniently located in the loop. It was a very simple process I would 100% recommend his services.“

Adrian M.


“Alan helped my wife and I set up our wills and power of attorney documents and he was great to work with. He listened to our needs and was able to give us advice specific to our situation. Very knowledgeable, helpful, and easy to work with!”

Adrian S.


“Alan is a consummate professional with extensive experience. He is someone who can thoughtfully guide you through a process that is important, but oftentimes disregarded. I would recommend Alan to anyone living!”

Huy D.

5 Star Reviews

“I endorse this lawyer, who was experienced and able to protect his Executor client’s interests, as well as those of the Estate, during a vigorous and tenacious battle of heirs. He s a classy dresser as well!”

Felipe G., Litigation Attorney


“I endorse this lawyer. Alan has a tremendous amount of expertise and is a true professional. He is readily available for me as well as my clients. I highly recommend him as an expert in his field.”

Matthew A., Real Estate Attorney


“Alan Sohn is a gentleman, a scholar, and one of the best advocates a client could imagine. His encyclopedic knowledge of the law is masked by his modesty and concern for others. Businesses need to hire counsel that has the experience and knowledge necessary to get the job done right; Alan is that lawyer. I endorse his work.”

Roger S., Divorce and Separation Attorney

7 Endorsements
What Makes Attorney Alan E. Sohn Uniquely Qualified to Represent You?

My practice is concentrated in the areas of estate planning and probate, asset protection planning and the representation of the owners of privately held businesses. I have developed and implemented plans for high net worth individuals, as well as individuals and families of more modest wealth. During my career, I have concentrated my practice in the development and implementation of creative strategies for preserving, protecting and enhancing the personal wealth of my clientele while also not losing sight of their wishes to pass on their assets to the persons they deem to be most deserving.

With respect to the desire of clients, who are the senior owners of privately held businesses, to have their businesses passed down to the most well-qualified and deserving family member or members, I have structured business succession plans designed to accomplish such goals, while taking into consideration the need to avoid family conflict, and strike a balance in order that other family members not involved in the family business are fairly and equitably treated.

In connection with my clients’ personal needs, I am often involved in the development of financial, estate and business succession plans, which include wills, revocable living and irrevocable trusts, dynasty trusts, organizing S corporations, limited liability companies, limited partnerships and general partnerships. These entities are created to fulfill my clients desire to avoid or reduce their obligations for the payment of income and estate taxes, while continuing to exercise control over their business and property interests. In addition, I have also assisted clients in connection with their need to preserve familial control of family businesses using prenuptial agreements, shareholder and LLC operating agreement for those purposes, as well as to protect their assets in the event of a dissolution of marriage.

During my career, I have also been involved in and structured a myriad of transactions that are common to privately held companies. These transactions include intracorporate agreements, such as limited liability company operating, shareholder, partnership and employment agreements, as well as transactions between and among businesses and/or individuals with respect to mergers, and the acquisition of businesses and other types of real and personal property. I have also represented clients in contested matters in the probate courts and courts of equity, as well as in the state and federal courts in commercial matters.

I have also assisted clients in establishing private foundations and other charitable organizations and have obtained for them tax-exempt status under section 501 (c) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code. I am a long-time member of the Chicago Estate Planning Council, where I have served on its Public Outreach Committee for several years. In connection with my service to this committee, I have co-authored its presentation entitled “Demystifying The Estate Planning Process” and have presented in various venues on behalf of the Council. In addition, I have recently made presentations on Irrevocable Trusts and on Complex Issues in Probate for the National Business Institute. I am also a member of the Greater North Shore Estate Planning Council. In addition, I have published numerous articles on subjects related to estate planning and commercial matters in the form of a topical legal update for clients, financial professionals, legal colleagues and friends entitled “Notes From the Desk of Alan E. Sohn”.

My interests outside of the practice of law include history, politics, reading, maintaining regular tennis games and, of course, my wife and family.

I received my undergraduate education at the University of Illinois, in Champaign – Urbana, and my formal legal education at the College of Law of the University of Illinois, Champaign, Illinois, where I received a Juris Doctorate. I am a member of the Illinois Bar, the Bar of the United States District of the Northern District of Illinois, the Trial Bar of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, the Bar of the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, and the Bar of the United States Supreme Court. I am also a member of the Illinois State Bar Association and the American Bar Association.

Years of Experience:
  • Over 29 Years
Education:
  • College of Law, University of Illinois (JD – Juris Doctor, 1968)
  • University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign (BA – Bachelor of Arts, 1965)
Awards & Associations:
  • Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Martindale-Hubbell (2017)
  • AV Rated Martindale-Hubbell (2015)
  • Salute to Youth Award (1985)
  • Abraham Joshua Heschel Award (1982)
  • Outreach Committee of Chicago Estate Planning Council (2010 – Present)
  • DePaul University College of Law Center for Jewish Law and Judaic Studies (2010 – Present)
  • Illinois State Bar Association (1968 – Present)
  • American Bar Association (1968 – Present)
  • Chicago Volunteer Legal Services (1970 – Present)
  • Chicago Bar Association (1968 – 1974)
  • Decalogue Society of Attorneys (2019-2020)
Professional Experience:
  • Law Offices of Alan Sohn (1989 – Present)

“He is my Trust and estates lawyer. Recently he did my will and it was a breeze, super simple process. I just had a conversation about the idea I had, we put it on paper and then he did the rest. His office is conveniently located in the loop. It was a very simple process I would 100% recommend his services.“

Adrian M.


“Alan helped my wife and I set up our wills and power of attorney documents and he was great to work with. He listened to our needs and was able to give us advice specific to our situation. Very knowledgeable, helpful, and easy to work with!”

Adrian S.


“Alan is a consummate professional with extensive experience. He is someone who can thoughtfully guide you through a process that is important, but oftentimes disregarded. I would recommend Alan to anyone living!”

Huy D.

5 Star Reviews

“I endorse this lawyer, who was experienced and able to protect his Executor client’s interests, as well as those of the Estate, during a vigorous and tenacious battle of heirs. He s a classy dresser as well!”

Felipe G., Litigation Attorney


“I endorse this lawyer. Alan has a tremendous amount of expertise and is a true professional. He is readily available for me as well as my clients. I highly recommend him as an expert in his field.”

Matthew A., Real Estate Attorney


“Alan Sohn is a gentleman, a scholar, and one of the best advocates a client could imagine. His encyclopedic knowledge of the law is masked by his modesty and concern for others. Businesses need to hire counsel that has the experience and knowledge necessary to get the job done right; Alan is that lawyer. I endorse his work.”

Roger S., Divorce and Separation Attorney

7 Endorsements