Denise Kaplan received her undergraduate degree (B.A., Magna Cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa, 1995) from the University of Illinois and her law degree (Magna Cum Laude, Order of the Coif, 1998) from the University of Illinois College of Law, where she was the Managing Editor of the Elder Law Journal and a Harno Fellow. Denise frequently lectures on estate planning, estate administration, and special needs planning. Outside of the practice, Denise enjoys exercise, spending time with her sons, Hayden and Noah, and volunteering at their school.
Rivkin & Rivkin concentrates its practice in the areas of estate planning, estate and trust administration, planning for children with special needs, and planned charitable giving. We have experience in financial planning and a sensitivity to the psychological and emotional issues often implicated by the passage of wealth.
As a result, we take a broad, holistic approach to each particular individual or family situation. In line with this view, we do not attempt to squeeze our clients into pre-packaged solutions. Instead, we listen to their desires and concerns, educate them on tax and other legal issues affecting their planning, offer alternative approaches to achieve their goals, and tailor our work to meet their individual needs. Our work does not end with the preparation of legal documents.
We also provide our clients and their other financial advisors with clear directions regarding the tasks necessary to implement their planning and communicate with our clients about updating their plans as their needs and circumstances change. We are careful and deliberate in our work. At the same time, we strive to do our clients work efficiently and pragmatically -- and without over-planning -- so that the scope of our work is driven by the value added. Our guiding principle is to counsel and assist each client as if he or she were a member of our own family.
Tell us about your special needs issue and we will put you in touch with Denise Kaplan