Harrison LLP

Elizabeth A. Garlovsky


T 312.753.6185
Chicago, IL

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Elizabeth (“Lizzy”) Garlovsky represents clients in matters related to estate planning and wealth transfer, probate, and estate and trust administration. She brings over 25 years of combined experience in private practice, the public sector, and as a wealth advisor for JPMorgan.

Lizzy assists clients in preparing and implementing estate plans for a wide range of individuals and families. She also helps both individual and corporate executors and trustees administer trusts and estates at any stage, including through controversies both inside and outside of court. In addition, Lizzy frequently counsels heirs, legatees, and beneficiaries of estates and trusts of all sizes to advocate for their rights under will and trust documents or when no documents exist.

In addition to her deep technical background and practical experience, Lizzy brings a unique holistic and human approach to every client matter through empathy and a commitment to understanding each client’s individual – and often very personal –situation before engaging in any representation. She recognizes the difficulty that clients routinely face when engaging a trusts and estates attorney, especially when emotions are high, and she is grateful for opportunities to make the difficult seem simpler for clients who are experiencing stress caused by trauma or grief, or by the anticipation of either. 

Lizzy is an active member of the firm, the trusts and estates community, and her community at large.

A Fellow of the prestigious national American College of Trust and Estate Counsel (ACTEC), Lizzy is a frequent lecturer and author on a wide range of trust and estate topics. She enjoys giving back to her peers by mentoring junior colleagues, both inside and outside of the firm, and is a frequent author and lecturer. Lizzy also served as an appointed Advisory Member of the Trust and Investment Committee for the Board of Directors of Chicago-based ATG Trust Company (acquired by Midland Trust Company) from January 2020 through May 2021. She is also a member of the Goodman Theater’s Spotlight Advisory Council.

Lizzy provides pro bono legal services and supports related organizations and activities. She performs estate planning and related legal services for under-served individuals in her community and acts as a resource to various charitable organizations. In addition, from 2017 to 2021, Lizzy served as an elected member of the Board of Education for Township High School District 113 (Illinois). She served as President of the Board from May 2018 to May 2020, and served on the Board’s Policy Committee, Equity and Inclusion Committee, and as the Chair of the Human Resources Committee.

In her free time, Lizzy enjoys traveling, and especially to visit her daughter who lives in New York City. She enjoys caddying for her son’s golf tournaments, and taking walks with her 19-pound Bernedoodle, Rocky. She also loves cooking dishes from recipes she learned from her mother.

Funding Your Revocable Trust and Other Critical Steps, ACTEC Estate Planning Essentials Video Series, May 2023

Tangible Personal Property in Estate Planning, ACTEC Estate Planning Essentials Video Series, June 2023

Charitable Giving, Tips and Tricks, ACTEC Estate Planning Essentials Video Series, December 2023

Co-author with Sarah M. Barnes and Samantha E. Weissbluth, “Admission of Wills to Probate,” IICLE Litigating Disputed Estates, Trusts, Guardianships, and Charitable Bequests, Chapter 9 (2023)

Co-author with Sarah M. Barnes, “Introduction to Probate and Probate Alternatives,” IICLE Estate Administration, Chapter 2 (2019 update and 2022 update)

Co-author with Sarah Barnes and Shawn McCullough, “IICLE Revocable Grantor Trusts” (2022 Edition)

Panelist, “Navigating Unique Issues in Settlement of Trusts and Estates Disputes,” ACTEC, Fall Meeting 2023, Fiduciary Litigation Committee (2023)

“Best Practices for Fiduciary Communications During Estate (and Trust) Settlement – Striking Balance Between What’s Required & What Actually Works,” IICLE Estate Planning Short Course (2023)

“The SECURE Act and other recent Developments in Estate Planning for Retirement,” IICLE Estate Planning Short Course (2021)

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U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois

Loyola University Chicago School of Law, J.D., 1996

University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, B.A., 1993

American College of Trust and Estate Counsel (ACTEC), Fellow

ATG Trust Company (now Midland Trust Company), Trust & Investment Committee, Board of Directors (2020-2021)

Illinois State Bar Association, Trusts and Estates Section

Illinois State Bar Association, New Attorney Mentor (2014-2015)

Chicago Estate Planning Council, Member

Illinois Institute of Continuing Legal Education (IICLE), Planning Committee, Annual Estate Planning Short Course (2014 – 2022)

Chicago Bar Association, Cook County Probate Forms Committee and Trust Law Committee

Township High School District 113 Board of Education (2017-2021), President (2018- 2020); Policy Committee (2017-2021); Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion Committee (2020-2021); Human Resources Committee, Chairperson (2020-2021)

Goodman Theater Spotlight Advisory Council, (2022 – present)

Illinois Super Lawyers (2014-present)

Illinois Leading Lawyers Network (2021-present)

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