Rita Luce has focused her entire legal career on estate planning and estate administration, representing clients across the U.S. and internationally while publishing scholarly works along the way.
Rita has over 25 years of in-depth experience providing counsel on all aspects of estate planning, including estate plan creation, gift and estate tax reduction strategies, family business succession, retirement benefit planning, irrevocable trust reformation, business entity organization and funding, asset control and creditor protection planning, and estate and trust administration.
Understanding that every client benefits from a well-crafted estate plan, Rita advises family business owners, doctors, lawyers, executives, employees, beneficiaries, and fiduciaries.
Rita enjoys helping clients address their estate planning needs. Clients often tell Rita that she has a pleasant manner and explains complex principles in understandable terms.
A frequent speaker and author, Rita has given numerous presentations to lawyers, financial planners, investment advisors, brokers, bar association groups, continuing legal education programs, law school classes, and social clubs. She is nationally recognized as a member of the Leading Lawyers Network.
“Qualified Retirement Plans and Individual Retirement Accounts,” Post-Mortem Planning Guidebook (Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education, 2020)
“Required Minimum Distribution Rules: Who, What, When and Why,” Retirement Benefits Issues in Estate Planning Guidebook (Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education, 2015)
“Postmortem Planning for Retirement Benefits,” Retirement Benefits Issues in Estate Planning Guidebook (Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education, 2015)
“Postmortem Planning for Retirement Benefits,” Retirement Benefits Issues in Estate Planning Guidebook, (Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education, 2012)
“Changing an Irrevocable Trust: The Impossible Is Now Possible,” Chicago Daily Law Bulletin (November 10, 2014)
“Retirement Fund Beneficiary Forms Can Be Tricky,” Chicago Daily Law Bulletin (August 15, 2013)
Robert A. Napier and Rita E. Luce, “Cookie Jars and Charitable Remainder Trusts – Built to be Broken Into?,” Taxation of Exempts magazine (September/October 2005)
Chicago Kent College of Law, J.D., with honors.
Michigan State University, B.S.
Chicago Bar Association
American Bar Association
Leading Lawyers Network (2013-present)
Bar Register of Preeminent Women Lawyers (top 5%)
AV Preeminent®, Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Ratings
Created IRA/401k see-through trusts to ensure distribution of retirement assets as clients intended.
Successfully defended Florida estate against domicile challenge by Illinois Attorney General.
Utilized GRATs to move appreciation on various assets to trusts for clients’ children using little of clients’ gift tax exemptions.
Established LLCs to hold, manage, and retain clients’ passive investments and gifted interests in LLCs to trusts for clients’ children at a significant gift and estate tax savings.
Created multiple SLATs to utilize clients’ current federal gift tax exemptions and minimize future federal estate taxes.
Drafted Wills and Revocable Trusts for individuals, partners, and married couples.
We are pleased to share that Jason Ornduff has been appointed to serve on the firm’s Board of Executives, effective September 12, 2023.
Elizabeth Garlovsky and Tiffany McKenzie explain why you’ll want to add provisions regarding tangible personal property, such as furniture, vehicles, electronics, and jewelry, to your will or trust to ensure smooth inheritance, prevent disputes, and help distribute sentimental items as you wish.