Kurt CarlsonKurt August Carlson
124 C South County Farm Road
Wheaton, Illinois 60187

Phone: 630-665-2500
Fax:(630) 665-9427

Kurt A. Carlson , J.D., 1971 -- DePaul University Law School.

I am a native Chicagoan, and moved to DuPage County in 1972.

I attended DePaul Law School full-time in the evening, while working for one of the major trust companies in the Chicago Loop.  I therefore received extensive training and experience in Estate Planning, Probate and Tax matters, and have practiced in those areas for over 40 years.

My first employment after law school was with a Chicago law firm that specialized in Real Estate and Real Estate Development matters.  I worked for them for several years, adding extensive experience in both residential and commercial real estate transactions and commercial real estate development to my legal expertise.

As a private practitioner in DuPage County, I continued practicing in these fields, and added representation of clients in divorce and other domestic and family related matters.  I have now represented hundreds of clients relative to dissolution of their marriages.  Several judges have also appointed me as Guardian ad-litem or attorney for children in troubled situations or in complex divorce cases.

I feel that my expertise in each of these areas compliment the other.  For example, complex divorces often involve real estate or business holdings, with the accompanying valuation and ownership issues.  Sometimes, a trust for the benefit of children is appropriate.  In doing estate planning, there is often the need to plan appropriately for the second marriage situation.  Real estate clients also often need to appropriately plan their estates, and to take title to their home in a manner that is consistent with their ultimate estate desires.

I was admitted to practice in the courts of Illinois in 1971 and the U.S. Federal Court in 1971, and admitted to practice before the U.S. Tax Court in 1992.  I am a member of both the Illinois and DuPage County Bar Associations.

I have been a member of the Kiwanis Club of Glen Ellyn for some years, and am presently the President of the club.  As such, I recently accepted, on behalf of our club, the Family Shelter Services Civic Partner of the year award.  We work closely with Family Shelter Services and other organizations to provide benefits to children in need.

My primary hobby is the study of history, particularly of the American Civil War period.  I am the past president of two Civil War Round Tables (Chicago and Salt Creek, which meets in Glen Ellyn, Illinois), and a member of three Round Tables (Chicago, Salt Creek and Milwaukee).  I have also given presentations, on a number of topics, to round tables throughout the midwest.

Current Employment Position(s):


Litigation Percentage:

50% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Bar Admissions:

Illinois, 1971
U.S. District Court Northern District of Illinois, 1971
U.S. Tax Court, 1992


De Paul University College of Law, Chicago, Illinois
Honors: Summa Cum Laude
Honors: Valedictorian
Law Review: De Paul University Law Review, Editor

Representative Cases:

Formento v. Joyce, 168 Ill.App.3d 429 (Ill.App. 2 Dist. 1988)
Brandel Realty Co. v. Olson, 159 Ill.App.3d 230 (Ill.App. 2 Dist. 1987)
Schroeder v. Reddick Fumigants, Inc., 128 Ill. App.3d 832 (Ill.App.1st Dist. 1984)
Panzeca v. Chalupa, 77 Ill.App.3d 1107 (Ill.App.2d Dist. 1980)

Classes/Seminars Taught:

Presentations of Various Topics, Civil War Round Table, 1980 - 2001

Professional Associations and Memberships:

Illinois State Bar Association

DuPage County Bar Association

Civil War Round Table, 1993 - 1994

Salt Creek Civil War Round Table, 1985 - 1987

Kiwanis Club of Glen Ellyn, 2001 - 2002

Past Employment Positions:

Law Office of Kurt A. Carlson, Sole Practitioner, 1984 - 1996

Jegen & Carlson, Partner, 1978 - 1984

Demling & Jegen, Associate, 1977 - 1978

Botti & Marinaccio, Associate, 1976 - 1977

Brandel, Olson, Johnson & Erickson, Associate, 1971 - 1976

Ancillary Businesses:

Mediator - Divorce and Family
Arbitrator - DuPage county 18th Judicial Circuit
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