News and Events

Recent news and upcoming events for Prather Ebner LLP:

Please contact us for more information about any of these events.

 

September 2017 – Dan presented on a webinar for model rules of professional responsibility for the American Bar Association Section of Real Property, Trust and Estate Law.

September 2017 – Ray was appointed to the following leadership positions of the American Bar Association Section of Real Property, Trust and Estate Law: Assistant Editor to Trust and Estate, eReport and Chair of the Charitable Planning and Organizations Group.

August 2017 – Ray’s article, “Estate of Powell v. Commissioner,” was published in the ABA’s Real Property, Trust and Estate Law’s eReport.

July 2017 – Dan and Landon presented on estate plan basics, lifetime issues, gathering information, and planning for disposition of property for the American Bar Association Community Outreach Program.

July 2017 – Ray earned the distinction of Emerging Lawyer in areas of Closely and Privately Held Business Law and Trust, Will and Estate Planning Law by Law Bulletin Publishing Company’s Leading Lawyers Division.

June 2017 – Ray was appointed to serve as a Member of the ISBA Trusts & Estates Section Council for 2017-2018.

May 2017 – Dan participated on a panel for older adults as decision makers for the OutAging Summit.

April 2017 – Dan participated on a panel for model rules of professional responsibility for the American Bar Association Section of Real Property, Trust and Estate Law.

April 2017 – Dan presented on the interpretation and construction of wills and trusts for the American Bar Association Community Outreach Program.

April 2017 – Ray’s article, “Case Law Update,” was published in the Illinois State Bar Association’s Trusts & Estates Newsletter.

April 2017 – Prather Ebner LLP hosted a meeting for The Young Professional Advisory Committee of The Chicago Community Trust.

January 2017 – Dan was named a Rising Star by Super Lawyers Magazine.

December 2016 – Dan presented on closing probate estates for the National Business Institute CLE.

December 2016 – Dan presented on a decedent’s trust and estate administration for the Illinois State Bar Association.

October 2016 – Prather Ebner LLP sponsored the Harvard Law Society of Illinois’s annual family day at Didier Farms.

August 2016 – Dan was appointed Vice-Chair of the Probate & Fiduciary Litigation Committee of the American Bar Association Section of Real Property, Trust and Estate Law.

August 2016 – Ray was appointed to the following leadership positions of the American Bar Association Section of Real Property, Trust and Estate Law:  American Bar Association Commission on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity; Assistant Editor to Trust and Estate, eReport; Group Vice-Chair of the Charitable Planning and Organizations Group; and Member of Corporate Sponsorship Committee.

May 2016 – Ray presented on planning strategies for clients with larger net worths for the Illinois State Bar Association.

May 2016 – Ray presented on the formation/incorporation of tax-exempt organizations and completing Form 1023 for the National Business Institute CLE.

May 2016 – Dan presented on financing a trustee’s defense and assessing issues in using trust funds to defend a trustee’s conduct for the American Bar Association Section of Real Property, Trust and Estate Law.

May 2016 – Ray presented on ethical warnings for attorneys working with charitable gifts for the American Bar Association Section of Real Property, Trust and Estate Law.

April 2016 – Landon presented on business succession planning for the NextGen Family Business Summit.

January 2016 – Ray was named a Rising Star by Super Lawyers Magazine.

November 2015 – Ray appeared on “The Doris Davenport Show with Doug Wyman” on WPNA 1490AM to discuss estate planning.

October 2015 – Dan presented on maintaining an ethical balance in probate practice at the NBI workshop “The Probate Process From Start to Finish.”

September 2015 – Ray presented on tax and estate planning issues for employers and individuals for the American Bar Association Section of Taxation and Section of Real Property, Trust & Estate Law.

August 2015 – Ray presented on grantor trusts and trusts used for tax reduction for the National Business Institute CLE.

July 2015 – Dan presented on settlements, compromises and ethical issues in estate litigation for the American Bar Association Section of Real Property, Trust and Estate Law’s Paralegal eLearning Program.

July 2015 – We’re excited to announce that Tom Schroeder has joined Prather Ebner LLP as of counsel.

June 2015 – Ray earned the distinction of Emerging Lawyer in areas of Closely and Privately Held Business Law and Trust, Will and Estate Planning Law by Law Bulletin Publishing Company’s Leading Lawyers Division.

June 2015 – Dan presented on ethics and trust administration for the National Business Institute CLE on estate planning and administration.

June 2015 – Ray was appointed to the following leadership positions of the American Bar Association Section of Real Property, Trust and Estate Law:  Liaison to LGTB Bar Association; Assistant Editor to Trust and Estate, eReport; Group Vice-Chair of the Charitable Planning and Organizations Group; and Member of Corporate Sponsorship Committee.

June 2015 – Dan and Ray presented on ethics and special issues related to guardianships and powers of attorney for the Illinois Institute of Continuing Legal Education.

April 2015 – Dan presented on paralegal ethics and closing the estate at the NBI workshop “The Probate Process From Start to Finish for Paralegals.”

April 2015 – Ray was appointed Chair of the Illinois State Bar Association’s Standing Committee on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity.

April 2015 – Ray presented at the Illinois State Bar Association’s 2015 Elder Law Boot Camp on Planning for Unmarried Couples.

April 2015 – Dan was appointed to the Illinois State Bar Association Standing Committee on Professional Conduct.

March 2015 – Dan’s article, “Ethics Considerations for Attorneys Serving on Nonprofit Boards,” was published in the ABA Section of Litigation Ethics and Professionalism Committee Newsletter.

February 2015 – Dan’s article, “Conflicts of Interest in Trust and Estate Litigation,” was published on the ABA Section of Litigation Ethics and Professionalism Committee Website.

January 2015 – Ray is teaching “Estate Planning” during the spring 2015 semester at the Chicago-Kent College of Law.

October 2014 – Prather Ebner LLP sponsored the Harvard Law Society of Illinois’s annual family day at Didier Farms.

September 2014 – Dan presented at the American Bar Association Section of Taxation and Section of Real Property, Trust and Estate Law Joint Fall CLE Meeting on Ethical and Practical Problems for the Attorney on the Nonprofit Board.

September 2014 – Dan and Ray presented for the  Merrill Lynch and U.S. Trust Nonprofit Insights and Strategic Solutions Webinar Series on Charitable Litigation 101: Analyzing Claims and Managing Attorneys in Litigation Involving Charitable Bequests.

September 2014 – Ray’s article, “Estate Planning and Charitable Giving for Same-Sex Couples After United States v. Windsor” was published in the American Bar Association Section of Real Property, Trust and Estate Law’s Probate & Property publication.

August 2014 – Ray was appointed Chair of the American Bar Association Section of Real Property, Trust and Estate Law’s Charitable Planning Committee.

July 2014 – Ray’s article, “Proposed Regulations Affecting the Uniform Basis Rule as Applied to Charitable Remainder Trusts,” was published in the Illinois State Bar Association’s Trusts & Estates Newsletter.

June 2014 – Ray was appointed Vice-Chair of the Illinois State Bar Association’s Standing Committee on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity and was appointed to the ISBA’s Diversity Leadership Council.

June 2014 – Dan presented for the National Business Institute on Maintaining an Ethical Balance in Probate Practice.

June 2014 – Ray presented for the American Cancer Society and Society of Financial Service Professionals on Charitable Planning Strategies for Non-Traditional Unions.

June 2014 – Dan presented for the ABA Real Property, Trust and Estate Law Paralegal eTraining Program on ethical issues in estate planning.

June 2014 – Ray was quoted in an article in Financial Advisor, “Estate Planning for Same-Sex Couples A Complex Maze, Experts Say” (http://www.fa-mag.com/news/estate-planning-for-same-sex-couples-is-complex-18250.html).

May 2014 – Ray met with officials at the U.S. Treasury as a representative of the ABA Section of Real Property, Trust and Estate Law Charitable Group to provide comments on the gift tax return, Form 709, and net investment income tax as it relates to charitable remainder trusts.

May 2014 – Ray presented at the ABA’s Section of Real Property, Trust and Estate Law Spring Symposia on a Treasure Trove of Charitable Updates.

April 2014 – Landon became a member of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners which focuses on international issues in family inheritance and succession planning.

March 2014 – Dan’s article, “Shutting Down a Fiduciary Who Is Misusing Trust Assets,” was featured in GP Solo Magazine’s “Best Articles Published by the ABA.”

January 2014 – Dan was named an “Illinois Super Lawyers Rising Star.”

December 2013 – Landon’s article “Working With US Beneficiaries of Foreign Trusts” was featured in the ABA Section of Real Property and Trust & Estate Law eReport.

November 2013 – Ray and Dan were quoted by Crain’s Chicago Business in an article on Illinois’s new same-sex marriage law.

November 2013 – Ray presented on “Best Practices” for the ABA Section of Real Property, Trust and Estate Law Section’s Paralegal Training Program.

October 2013 – Dan presented at the Illinois State Bar Association Trusts & Estates Section: Estate Administration Boot Camp on “First Meeting with the Client.”

October 2013 – Ray presented at RMB Capital on “Planning for Same-Sex Couples After DOMA.”

October 2013 – Dan was elected president of the Harvard Law Society of Illinois.

October 2013 – Landon presented at the Chicago Bar Association on “Planning for Same-Sex Couples in Light of Windsor and Perry.”

October 2013 – Ray presented at the Illinois State Bar Association annual “Estate Planning: Hot Topics” seminar on “Same-Sex Planning.”

September 2013 – Dan and Ray’s article “United States v. Windsor and Charitable Planned Giving for Same-Sex Couples” was published on Harvard Law School’s planned giving website.

September 2013 – Ray Prather gave a presentation titled ““How Recent Supreme Court Decisions Affect Planned Giving for Same-Sex Couples” for the Chicago Council on Planned Giving.

September 2013 – Dan Ebner will be presenting on trust and estate litigation in light of the Supreme Court’s decision overturning DOMA for a teleconference sponsored by the American Bar Association Section of Litigation.

September 2013 – Ray Prather’s article “The Supreme Court DOMA Ruling, Civil Unions, and Same-Sex Marriage in Illinois” was published in the September issue of the Illinois Bar Journal.

August 2013 – Ray Prather has started teaching “Federal Transfer Taxes” as an adjunct professor at the Chicago-Kent College of Law.

August 2013 – Ray Prather presented the CLE “Trusts 101: Ethics” for the National Business Institute.

July 2013 – Ray Prather will be presenting a Webinar titled “After DOMA: How Recent SCOTUS Decisions Affect Estate Planning for Same Sex Couples” for the Chicago Estate Planning Council.

July 2013 – Landon Perkinson’s article “Retirement Accounts With Foreign Beneficiaries” was published in the July 2013 issue of Trusts & Estates.

June 2013 – Landon Perkinson presented the CLE “Estate Planning for Professionals” at Pattishall McAuliffe.

June 2013 – Dan Ebner’s article “Navigating Complex Conflicts of Interest” was published on the American Bar Association Section of Litigation, Trust and Estate Litigation Committee’s website.

June 2013 – Dan Ebner’s update “U.S. v. Windsor — What it Does and Doesn’t Change for Trust and Estate Litigators” was published on the American Bar Association Section of Litigation, Trust and Estate Litigation Committee’s website.

May 2013 – Ray Prather’s article “The Tax Effects of a Civil Union Dissolution” was published in the May 2013 newsletter of the Illinois State Bar Association’s Section on Federal Taxation.

May 2013 – Ray Prather presented on estate planning for same-sex couples at the Chicago Bar Association’s “Estate Planning in 2013: Hot Topics and New Trends” symposium.

May 2013 – Prather Ebner LLP is excited to host the “Harvard Law Society of Illinois Lunch Series: Boutique Firm Practice” on May 16.

May 2013 – Landon Perkinson was appointed to the host committee for the American Bar Association Section of Real Property, Trust and Estate Law’s 25th Annual Spring CLE Symposium being held in Chicago in 2014.

May 2013 – Dan Ebner and Ray Prather presented on ethics in trust and estate law, discrimination in estate planning documents, and the definition of spouse in trust documents on May 2nd and 3rd at the American Bar Association Section of Real Property, Trust and Estate Law 24th Annual Spring CLE Symposium in Washington, DC.

February 2013 Prather Ebner LLP hosts the Chicago Estate Planning Council Young Member workshop “Let the Fighting Not Begin: Working With Co-Advisers”

January 2013 Dan Ebner presents about opening a law firm at a Loyola University School of Law Career Services workshop.

January 2013 Dan Ebner’s article “Shutting Down a Fiduciary Who is Misusing Trust Assets” appeared in the January / February 2013 issue of Probate & Property.

December 2012 Dan Ebner’s article “Your firm’s benefits plan and same-sex relationships: Best practices to make all employees feel like valued team members” appeared in the Illinois State Bar Association’s Standing Committee on Law Office Management and Economics’s Newsletter.

November 2012 Ray Prather’s article “Illinois Marital Deduction and Q-Tip Election Available to Civil Unions” appeared in the Illinois State Bar Association’s Section of Trusts and Estates’s Newsletter.

November 2012 Ray Prather presents “Hot Topics” on behalf of the Charitable Planning and Organizations Group at the Fall Leadership Meeting of the American Bar Association’s Section of Real Property, Trust, and Estate Law.

November 2012 Dan Ebner becomes the First Vice-President of the Harvard Law Society of Illinois

October 2012 Dan Ebner becomes an editor of the Section of Litigation Trust & Estate Litigation Committee

October 2012 Prather Ebner LLP sponsored the Harvard Law Society of Illinois’s annual family day on October 20.

September 2012 Dan and Ray’s article “Defining a ‘Spouse’ in Trust Documents” appeared in this month’s Trusts & Estates magazine.

August 2012 Dan begins teaching about  Wills and Trusts at DePaul College of Law.

July 2012 Dan became a member of the ISBA’s Law Office Management and Economics standing committee.

July 2012 Ray became an editor of the ISBA’s Estate Planning newsletter.

June 2012 Ray Prather presented two courses at the National Business Institute’s “Estate Planning from A to Z.”

June 2012 Dan Ebner and Landon Perkinson presented the CLE “Probate, Guardianship, and Special Needs Planning for Personal Injury Lawyers” at Corboy & Demetrio.

May 2012 Ray Prather and Landon Perkinson presented the CLE “Estate Planning for Professionals” at Fox, Hefter, Swibel, Levin & Carroll, LLP.

May 2012 Dan Ebner and Ray Prather presented “Non-Tax Issues in Estate Planning—Fiduciaries, Dispositions (Including Personal Property), Anti-Lapse Statute, In Terrorem Clauses, and Other Items” for Chicago Trust and Estates Community Outreach Program.

April 2012 Dan Ebner was be a featured speaker on a call for the ABA’s Trust Litigation Group, discussing pre-judgment freezing of assets in trust and elder-abuse litigation.

March 2012 Ray Prather presented “A Roadmap to the Illinois Civil Unions Act” in Bloomington, IL for the Illinois State Bar Association.

March 2012 Dan Ebner was appointed Web Editor for the Section of Litigation Trial Evidence Committee for the ABA.

February 2012  Ray Prather presented on Estate Planning for same-sex couples to AXA Equitable Inc.

February 2012 Landon Perkinson joined Prather Ebner LLP as a third partner to our firm.

January 2012 Ray Prather was quoted in the article, “Civil Unions Create Complex Tax Returns,” in the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin.

November 2011 On the 11th, Prather Ebner LLP hosted a Lambda Legal major donor event.

October 2011 Ray Prather presents “Illinois Religious Freedom Protection and Civil Union Event” to the Lambda Legal Life Planning Symposium.

October 2011 On the 15th, Prather Ebner LLP is hosting a Harvard Law Society of Illinois family event at Didier Farms in Lincolnshire, IL.

October 2011 At the Harvard Law Society of Illinois 2011 Annual Meeting and Luncheon, Dan Ebner is elected 2nd Vice President for the society.

September 2011 Ray Prather presents ” Civil Unions, Taxes and Estate Planning for Family Law Practitioners” in DuPage County, IL for the DuPage County Bar Association.

September 2011 Prather Ebner LLP are on the host committee for a benefit party for the National Center for Lesbian Rights.

September 2011 Ray Prather presents “A Roadmap to the Illinois Civil Unions Act” in Carbondale, IL for the Illinois State Bar Association.

August 2011 Prather Ebner LLP  is  co-counsel with the National Center for Lesbian Rights on a case involving the Illinois Civil Unions Act. See a press release here.

August 2011 Ray Prather is named by the American Bar Associate Section of Real Property, Trust and Estate Law as a Vice-Chair for Charitable Planning.

July 2011 Ray Prather is quoted in the Chicago Tribune in the article, “Cities Lay Their Cards on the Table About Gambling Bill.”

June 2011 Ray Prather is featured in the Windy City Times, in the article, “Dept. of Revenue Blocking Joint Filings By Civil-Union Couples.”

June 2011 Dan Ebner’s artice, “Does the Duty to Not Act Materially Adverse to the Interests of a Former Trusts and Estates Client in a Substantially Related Matter Survive the Client’s Death?” was featured in the ABA Section of Real Property and Trust & Estate Law eReport.

May 2011 Ray Prather is featured in the Chicago Community Trust’s annual report.

May 2011 Ray Prather presents to the Chicago Estate Planning Council on the Illinois Civil Unions Act.

May 2011 Ray Prather presents to the Illinois State Bar Association on the Illinois Civil Unions Act.

May 2011 Ray Prather presents to Schiller, DuCanto & Fleck Family Law Center on the Illinois Civil Unions Act at DePaul University.

April 2011- Ray Prather is appointed to Augustana College’s Chicago Advisors Council.

March 2011 Ray Prather’s “Considerations, Pitfalls, and Opportunities That Arise When Advise When Advising Same-Sex Couples” won the 2010 Excellence in Writing Award for Best Cutting Edge Article – Trust & Estate from the American Bar Association.

March 2011 Prather Ebner LLP was featured in the blog, Above the Law.

March 2011 Ray Prather’s article, “Considerations, Pitfalls, and Opportunities That Arise When Advising Same-Sex Couples” was featured in GP Solo magazine’s “Best Articles Published by the ABA.”

February 2011 Ray Prather’s article, “2012 Federal Budget and Green Book” was featured in the ABA’s Real Property and Trust and Estate Law eReport.

February 2011 Prather Ebner LLP sponsors a young members workshop for the Chicago Estate Planning Council

January/February 2011 Ray Prather is featured in Profiles in Membership in Probate & Property, the ABA’s Real Property Trust and Estate Section magazine.

November 2010 Ray Prather presents to the Chicago Chapter of the National Association of Personal Financial Planners on Succession Planning for Small and Closely Held Businesses

October 2010 Prather Ebner LLP sponsors a networking reception hosted by the American Bar Association’s Section on Real Property, Trust & Estate Law

September 2010 Dan Ebner joins the Young Professionals Board of the Center for Disability and Elder Law

September 2010 Ray Prather presents a CLE to the law firm Williams Montgomery on Estate Planning for Professionals

August 2010 Dan Ebner is nominated to be treasurer of the Harvard Law Society of Illinois for 2010-2011

August 2010 Ray Prather is appointed Assistant Editor to Trusts and Estates for the American Bar Association’s Section on Real Property, Trust & Estate Law E-Reports publication

July 2010 Ray Prather presents to The Northern Trust Pride LGBT affinity group on Estate Planning for LGBT Couples and Individuals

June 2010 Ray Prather joins Metropolitan Family Services’ Planned Giving Committee

June 2010 Lambda Legal’s 4th Annual Forum Conveniens, a networking & pro bono opportunities event for summer associates and young professionals —  Dan Ebner helps organize Forum Conveniens

May 2010 Dan Ebner introduces the keynote speaker at Harvard Law Society of Illinois’ annual Spotlight Series luncheon

May 2010 Ray Prather becomes a licensed Certified Public Accountant in Illinois

May 2010 Ray Prather presents for Lambda Legal on Estate Planning and Charitable Planned Giving

May 2010 Ray Prather presents to the Chicago Council on Planned Giving about Taxation of Retirement Plans

May 2010 Ray Prather’s article, “Considerations, Pitfalls, and Opportunities That Arise When Advising Same-Sex Couples,” is published in Probate & Property