Witwer & Waldron, LLC

Witwer & Waldron, LLC

Experienced Northbrook, Illinois Attorneys Committed to Quality Legal Representation

Firm Overview

Attorneys Samuel W. Witwer, Jr. and Brian M. Waldron of Witwer & Waldron, LLC have more than 80 years of combined experience. We are dedicated to providing exceptional legal service in the following areas:

-Estate planning
-First amendment and religious law
-General litigation
-Real estate

Witwer & Waldron, LLC is a descendant of the original Gallagher-Witwer law firm founded in 1895. We have relocated from Chicago to North Suburban Cook County, Illinois, combining our suburban practice with our pre-existing downtown practice.

Experienced, knowledgeable and professional Illinois lawyers
At Witwer & Waldron, LLC, we place a strong emphasis on providing our clients with personalized attention and responsive legal service. That means we treat each client with respect, care and compassion and work our hardest to develop innovative and winning strategies for each client's legal problems.

We provide prompt, diligent and aggressive representation. We keep you aware of our progress in your legal matters every step of the way. We are responsive to your needs and concerns and always give you clear and precise advice while creating a detailed plan for your legal matters. Our goal is to bring you peace of mind through personalized attention.

Main Office

Main Office
1466 Techny Road
Northbrook IL 60062



Estate Planning

Experienced Illinois Estates Attorneys Guide You Through Estate Planning

The process of probate typically accompanies a painful emotional loss. The knowledgeable, meticulous probate attorneys at Witwer & Waldron, LLC ease the stress of probating your loved one's estate and guide executors and beneficiaries through the complex process.

The process of probate
Most executors have rarely, if ever, probated a will and know little about the process. We can guide you through the complex probate process, including:

-Filing the will with the appropriate Illinois county probate court
-Developing the best strategy for fairly and expeditiously probating the estate
-Finding and collecting assets
-Closing and opening bank accounts
-Transferring assets from the deceased to the estate
-Paying estate taxes
-Valuing, managing, preserving and liquidating the estate
-Locating beneficiaries
-Hiring experts, when appropriate

Valuing and managing the estate
We assist executors with the arduous process of collecting, managing, valuing, protecting and liquidating assets of an estate. We have a team of experts available to assist in every aspect of estate probate. When appropriate, the firm calls upon accountants, financial advisors, real estate agents, property managers and other professionals to assist with executor duties. We can access expert opinions about unique assets such as antiques, rare books, automobiles and other collectables for accurate valuation, management and possible sale.

Probate disputes
Even for seemingly straightforward estates, disputes sometimes arise between beneficiaries. Our attorneys' professional courtroom presence can calm the emotionally charged process of probating a challenged will or disputed executor or judicial decision. When it is in the best interest of our clients to preserve cordial familial relationships, we are adept at mediating disputes. That said, we assertively defend our client's beneficiary rights within the Illinois probate court when doing so is necessary.

Samuel W. Witwer, Jr.

Witwer & Waldron, LLC

* Attorney Witwer has earned an AV Preeminent Peer Review Rating by Martindale-Hubbell, the highest recognition possible in the legal industry, for his professionalism and ethics.*

Practice areas
-First amendment law
-Church law
-Trust law
-Municipal & government law

-Illinois and U.S. Supreme Court, 1967
-U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Michigan, 1973
-U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois including Trial Bar and U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth and Seventh Circuits, 1985

-University of Michigan, J.D.

Associations & memberships
-Chicago (Member, Constitutional Law Committee, 1977 1980), Illinois State and American Bar Associations
-Lawyers Club of Chicago
-Methodist Bar Association (President, 1972)

Biographical details
Phi Delta Phi. General Counsel: United Methodist Bishop, Chicago Area, 1976; Glenview Park District, 1982. Court Appointee, Trial Bar Admissions Committee of U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois, 1982 1997. Special Assistant Attorney General, State of Illinois, 1985 1991. Listed in: Who's Who in America, 1995; Super Lawyers of Illinois, 2005.


University of Michigan
Juris Doctorate,