Shawn M. Mccullough

Partner, CPA

T 312.621.5235
Chicago, IL

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Shawn M. Mccullough

Shawn McCullough concentrates his practice on representing clients in estate planning, trust administration, and probate. He advises clients on implementing estate plans to meet their legacy goals while minimizing their exposure to estate tax liability. In addition to estate planning, Shawn also advises fiduciaries in trust administration and represents executors in probate court.

Prior to attending law school, Shawn started his career as a CPA where he advised clients on a range of issues, including tax compliance, preparation of financial statements and fiduciary accountings, and representing clients before the IRS. Shawn’s accounting background remains a strong asset when advising clients on transfer tax planning and in the preparation of gift and estate tax returns.

He is an active member of the Chicago Bar Association and the Chicago Estate Planning Council. Shawn is also a board member, and currently serving as the Vice Chair of The Admiral at the Lake Foundation.

When Shawn isn’t helping his clients, he enjoys hiking, biking, traveling, and spending time with his family.

  • “Representing Estate and Trust Beneficiaries and Fiduciaries”, Co-presenter, ALI-CLE webinar (April 2024)
  • “Estate Tax Planning for Beginners,” Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education – Estate Planning for the 99% (December 2023)
  • “A New Generation of Estate Planning: Beyond Electronic Wills,” Co-presenter, Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education – 2023 Elder Law Short Course (October 2023)
  • “Secure Act 2.0,” The Admiral at the Lake Foundation (July 2023)

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Illinois, 2016

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

Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana, B.S.

Admiral at the Lake Foundation, Vice Chair

Hadley Philanthropy Advisory Council

Chicago Bar Association

Chicago Estate Planning Council

Illinois State Bar Association


  • Establish foundational estate plans for clients with young children to nominate guardians and establish protective trusts for the children.
  • Design perpetual dynasty trusts to provide support for multiple generations in a protective manner and to minimize estate tax.
  • Create Spousal Lifetime Access Trusts (SLATs) for clients to utilize and protect their available lifetime exemption.
  • Advise clients on the efficient administration of trusts and estates upon the passing of their family members.
  • Analyze complex legal issues pertaining to estate tax inclusion and advanced gifting strategies.

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