Although the new Congress still has work ahead on fiscal issues, the tax landscape has been well-defined by the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012.
We held a special call on January 10 to provide an overview of the current tax landscape and to discuss the implications for planning. If you were not able to attend, listen to an audio replay.
Suzanne L. Shier
Suzanne L. Shier is the Director of Wealth Planning and Tax Strategy for Personal Financial Services at Northern Trust. In this capacity, she is responsible for leading the Personal Financial Services wealth planning group and for providing thought leadership on federal tax issues of interest to clients, with a special emphasis on tax policy and legislation, charitable giving, cross-border trust design and fiduciary law.
Prior to joining Northern Trust, Ms. Shier spent 26 years as a partner at Chapman and Cutler LLP in Chicago, ultimately leading the firm’s Trusts and Estates Practice Group, representing individuals, charitable organizations, and corporate fiduciaries in a full range of estate planning and fiduciary services, including cross-border planning, and fiduciary administration matters.
Ms. Shier is an adjunct professor in the Master of Laws in Taxation Program at Northwestern University Law School and also a frequent speaker and author. She has been quoted in publications such as the Wall Street Journal and Bloomberg and has received numerous professional honors and recognitions.
Ms. Shier earned her bachelor’s degree with distinction in economics and sociology from the University of Michigan in 1982. She received her law degree, cum laude, from the Loyola University Chicago School of Law in 1985 and a master of laws in taxation from the DePaul University College of Law in 1997.
In the Chicago civic community, Ms. Shier is actively involved in many women’s, diversity and education initiatives, including serving on the Boards of Directors of Gads Hill Center and the Chicago Coalition of Women’s Initiatives in Law and as Chairperson of the Board of Directors of Chicago Scholars, a college access program for high potential urban students.
Ms. Shier is a fellow of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel where she is a member of the International Committee and a member of the International Bar Association, the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners, the American Bar Association and the Chicago Estate Planning Council.
R. Hugh Magill
R. Hugh Magill is an Executive Vice President at The Northern Trust Company, Chicago, where he serves as Chief Fiduciary Officer and National Director of Trust Services. In this capacity he is responsible for Northern Trust’s fiduciary and philanthropic services to private clients nationally.
Prior to joining Northern Trust in September, 1989, Hugh practiced law privately in Chicago, and worked in the Trust Department at The First National Bank of Chicago where he served as Assistant to the Chief Investment Officer.
Hugh received a B.A. degree, cum laude, from St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota, and a J.D. degree from the University of Minnesota Law School, where he was named a distinguished alumnus in 2005.
Hugh is a member of the Chicago, Illinois and American Bar Associations, the Chicago Estate Planning Council, and the Christian Legal Society. He is licensed to practice law in Illinois and Minnesota and admitted to practice before the United States Tax Court. He is a faculty member of the American Banker’s Association National Trust School and lectures for the Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education, many Bar Associations, and Northern Trust on estate and charitable planning, trust administration, and fiduciary risk management. He serves on the Boards of the Creator Arts Center, the Block Museum of Art, and several foundations. He is a member of the Site Council for the Gaylord Building of the National Trust for Historic Preservation and a Scoutmaster with the Boy Scouts of America. He and his wife reside in Winnetka, Illinois with their three children.