Foley is pleased to announce that William C. Weinsheimer has received the Chicago Estate Planning Council 2010 Austin Fleming Distinguished Service Award. This honor is presented to a person who has made significant contributions in the interest of improving estate planning and is highly respected by practicing estate planners for expertise in the field.
As a partner in Foley’s Chicago office, Mr. Weinsheimer focuses his practice on tax and succession planning for owners of closely held businesses, key executives and other wealthy individuals. Previously a co-chair of the firm’s Estates & Trusts Practice, he has been recognized for first-class service in estate planning for a number of years by legal authorities including The Best Lawyers in America®, Leading Illinois Attorneys and Illinois Super Lawyers®.
Mr. Weinsheimer’s dedication to improving estate planning is highlighted by his involvement with a number of organizations benefitting the field. He is the former chair of the Probate Practice Committee of the Chicago Bar Association and is an active member of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel (ACTEC). In this capacity, Mr. Weinsheimer leads the ACTEC Task Force on Patenting Estate Planning Techniques. In addition, he is past regent of ACTEC, past chair of ACTEC's Editorial Board and Practice Committee, and a former editor of the organization’s journal, titled ACTEC Notes.
Mr. Weinsheimer is frequently invited to speak on topics including trust and estate administration, charitable planning, fiduciary litigation and related areas of taxation. He has previously spoken on "Risk Management for Trustees" at the Notre Dame Tax and Estate Planning Institute and 39th Annual Heckerling Institute on Estate Planning, among several high-profile speaking engagements. He is also a prolific writer, and has authored articles on the topic of estate planning for publications including The Practical Tax Lawyer and organizations including the ALI-ABA Tax and Estate Planning Institute and John Marshall Law School Center for Tax Law & Employee Benefits. He is also a co-author of the ACTEC guide for clients entitled "What it Means to Be a Trustee."
We sincerely congratulate Mr. Weinsheimer on being selected as the recipient of the Chicago Estate Planning Council 2010 Austin Fleming Distinguished Service Award.