About Louis A. Laski

Louis Laski is a partner in the Private Wealth group and assists ultra-high-net-worth individuals with their estate planning. He provides basic "core" estate planning documents as well as more complex trusts and gifting strategies. These include grantor retained annuity trusts, sales to defective grantor trusts and all types of directed trusts in various jurisdictions. He also designs and assists in the administration of a wide range of estate planning and gift transactions.

Minimizing taxes to maximize assets

Louis has an extensive background in the Internal Revenue Code which makes him well equipped to deal with complex gift, estate and generation-skipping transfer tax issues as well as the intersection between transfer tax issues and income tax issues. He proposes estate planning transactions that harmonize all of the applicable taxing compilations, while still keeping the client's goals as the paramount objective. Louis prides himself on coming up with creative strategies to achieve client goals.

He enjoys assisting nonprofit and tax-exempt entities during the span of the entity's life: from creation to administration to dissolution. Louis has experience in forming nonprofit entities and successfully applying for tax-exempt status and maintaining tax-exempt status under federal and state laws. He also works with entrepreneurs in developing business succession strategies with specific insight and care toward the viability of the business at all times.

He worked at another law firm for two years prior to joining Katten. He received the tax award from his law school and was an editor on law review.

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  • Private wealth

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