Harrison LLP

Madeleine J. Minton


T 312.753.6107
Chicago, IL

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Madeleine Minton

Madeleine Minton counsels individuals, family groups, and owners of privately held businesses in their estate, tax, and business succession planning and philanthropic endeavors. Her practice focuses on three essential and complementary components of private client practice: estate planning, administration, and litigation.

When approaching a new estate plan, Madeleine first takes the time to understand a client’s lifestyle and legacy goals. She then employs various foundational and advanced estate planning techniques to craft savvy estate planning solutions that protect and transfer wealth to future generations in a tax-efficient manner.

While Madeleine has significant experience advising high-net-worth individuals and owners of closely held businesses, she also relishes opportunities to educate young adults about the importance of foundational estate planning and assist clients navigating periods of personal transition, such as the death of a loved one, sale of business, disability of a family member, marriage, and divorce.

Madeleine guides beneficiaries and fiduciaries through all stages of routine and contested guardianship, probate, and trust administrations with compassion and efficiency. Madeleine routinely advises fiduciaries in the proper execution of their fiduciary duties, representing clients in court and assisting fiduciaries with the administration of decedent estates, preparation and filing of accountings and estate and gift tax returns, and communications with beneficiaries. When necessary, she uses a variety of strategies including trust decanting, merger, and nonjudicial settlement agreements to efficiently help clients adapt stale documents or resolve controversy.  

When conflict is unavoidable, Madeleine’s experience in the planning and administration arenas make her a zealous advocate for clients involved in contested administrations and litigation, including matters related to will contents, claims regarding breach of fiduciary duties, claims related to a decedent’s obligations under marital settlement agreements, defense of fiduciaries, and closely held business disputes. 

Whether assisting clients with estate planning, administration or litigation matters, clients appreciate Madeleine’s ability to distill complicated legal concepts and her commitment to making sure clients feel supported in their decisions. 

Before law school, Madeleine worked with children with autism spectrum disorders in New Orleans, an experience that translates in her special needs planning practice.  

Outside of the office, Madeleine is involved in a number of local and national charitable organizations and enjoys staying active, painting, and spending time with her beloved rescue dog, Atticus. 


Chicago-Kent College of Law, Illinois Institute of Technology, J.D., 2015

Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine, Master’s in Public Health, summa cum laude

Tulane University, B.S., cum laude, 2010

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