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Estate, Special Needs & Elder Law

 Skokie, Illinois  - Office Hours by Appointment

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Zisl Edelson, Attorney at Law

Bar Admissions:
​​​Illinois Supreme Court
Northern District of Illinois General Bar
Northern District of Illinois Trial Bar​

Professional Associations:
National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys

American Bar Association

Chicago Bar Association
Illinois State Bar Association
National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys

​​​Zisl Edelson, J.D., M.B.A.​, V.A. Accredited

My law practice is devoted to helping families preserve, protect and pass down their hard-earned wealth, and plan for illness and incapacity.  I take a multi-generational and individualized approach to estate planning and elder law.

My years of practicing in a variety of settings, including large firms, small boutique firms and corportions, working on complex corporate transactions, litigation, and public interest law have provided me with a unique, broad base of experience and insight, which I use to help my clients achieve their goals and protect what matters most.

I graduated from the University of Chicago Law School and Graduate School of Business, where I received J.D. and M.B.A. degrees.  During law school, I had honor of working for the Hon. Richard Posner, 7th Circuit Court of Appeals, as a research assistant, in the area of law and economics. I received my undergraduate degree from Sarah Lawrence College in Bronxville, New York, where I majored in Latin and Greek literature.  

I am proud of the time I spent in public service at the Legal Assistance Foundation of Chicago, advocating for families and victims of domestic violence.  I am a former member of the board of the Heller Jewish Community Center.  I have also represented victims of police misconduct and other civil rights violations. 

After graduating from law school, I was fortunate to start my career at Mayer Brown, where I worked on complex business, commercial real estate and financial transactions, and represented major financial institutions, corporations and large family businesses. It was there that my interest in estate planning began, seeing how our corporate clients benefited by careful estate planning to protect their assets and legacy.  I have also gained valuable experience working in the areas of  finance, commercial litigation, federal tax law, forensic accounting, fraud investigations and white collar crime.  My broad legal experiences help me to see nuances, pitfalls and opportunites which other less experienced attorneys might miss, and help me to achieve my goal of providing each client with the best possible legal advice for their individual situation. 

When I am not working, I enjoy spending time with my family and our two wonderful dogs. I make time to give back to the community and to help my fellow attorneys develop their knowledge and law practices, so that they can better serve their own clients.   I believe that every attorney is responsible for improving the integrity of our profession. 

I am a board member of Chicago Yachad, an organization devoted to improving the lives of special needs children and an active member of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys and the American Bar Association Estate Planning Section.