David Feinberg knows what his priorities are—to understand his clients’ needs and concerns, to answer their questions in a way that is meaningful to them, and to provide sound and reasonable advice. Clients often come to him in the worst of times—the death of a loved one, a contested will, a guardianship dispute—but with a sense of empathy and the professional acumen to achieve results, he works hard to mitigate his clients’ stress during these difficult times in their lives.
Representing administrators, executors, trustees, guardians, beneficiaries and family members, David spends a good deal of time litigating probate disputes and guardianship matters. When he is not in court, he helps clients create strong estate plans, structure guardianship plans for disabled persons and provide legal services relating to wills and trusts, living wills, and powers of attorney for healthcare and property. He’s the kind of attorney who inspires trust by listening and putting himself in his clients’ shoes to understand their concerns, determine how best to meet their goals and move them forward to the next step.
With a practice concentrated in an area of law that is constantly changing, David maintains an up-to-the-minute knowledge that qualifies him to deal effectively with state and federal estate tax issues. He leads Chuhak & Tecson’s 18-attorney estate and trust administration and litigation practice group.
David has the distinction of having successfully argued a case of first impression in the Illinois Supreme Court—Estate of Robert E. Boyar v. Grant Dixon—resulting in a stunning reversal of two lower court decisions.
Other representative examples of his work:
- administering a $15 million estate that included numerous beneficiaries, both individual and charitable;
- handling multiple will and trust contests based on undue influence, lack of mental capacity, breach of fiduciary duty, tortious interference with expectancy of inheritance, and other issues;
- litigating and settling a guardianship matter to halt certain medical procedures from being administered at a local hospital;
- representing an elderly individual on a contested plenary guardianship proceeding and settling with the Public Guardian’s Office on a less restrictive, limited guardianship of the estate plan to assist the client with her needs;
- administering numerous intestate and testate probate estates, guardianship proceedings and trust litigation matters;
- settling family disputes at pre-trial mediation hearings, and
- preparing a significant number of estate plans, including the creation of pour-over wills, trusts and powers of attorney for healthcare and property.
For 2018, David has been awarded the distinction of Super Lawyer from Super Lawyers' magazine, after five consecutive years of being named an Illinois Rising Star. And for the past three years, from Leading Lawyers, he has been recognized as an Emerging Lawyer.
He is a member of Chuhak & Tecson’s Management Committee and previously served on the Diversity and Inclusion Council, Recruitment, Marketing and Litigation Committees.
Active in the community, David is on the Board of Building Appeals for the Village of Deerfield. He is a member of the Probate Practice Committee/Trust Law Committee for the Chicago Bar Association and the Real Property, Probate and Trust Section for the American Bar Association.
David spends as much time as he can with family, coaching Little League teams for both kids and traveling together on family vacations. He likes to unwind on the golf course.
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In a reversal of circuit and appellate court decisions, the Illinois Supreme Court ruled April 4, 2013, that the doctrine of election pertaining to wills and trusts should be considered on a case-by-case basis, rather than as a bright line rule. Click here to see David Feinberg's oral argument before the Illinois Supreme Court in Estate of Robert E. Boyar v. Grant Dixon, 2013 IL 113655. David's accompanying article published by the Illinois State Bar Association can be found here.