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After graduating from the University of Illinois with a degree in Finance, Ben became a Certified Public Accountant (CPA). He then went on to receive his Juris Doctor degree from IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law. At that same institution he became an Adjunct Professor, where he taught Employee Benefits Law for four years while simultaneously becoming a top regional instructor for the Becker CPA Review course.
Previously a senior associate in the Chicago office of Baker & McKenzie, Ben left in 2003 to start his own legal practice. He quickly became a highly respected attorney in Illinois, being named “Super Lawyer” in the Elder Law category for 2007, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013.
Ben is an active member of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA) and a member of the board of directors for the Illinois Institute of Continuing Legal Education. He has also been admitted to the Bar of the United States Supreme Court, membership in the DuPage County Estate Planning Council, Illinois State Bar Association, and Elmhurst Chamber of Commerce.
Ben is a frequent speaker and writer to audiences of professionals in the legal, financial and healthcare fields, as well as families seeking information about planning and longterm health care issues. Because he is one of the few Elder Law attorney’s in Illinois that holds a CPA, he brings a unique perspective and skill set to his law practice.
When Ben isn’t practicing law he is busy helping his wife Barbara’s Roller Derby business along with trying to get his pre-teen boys to stop playing video games and texting their friends. Ben is also a couple of years into his late-in-life in-line speed skating career, where despite being on “speed” skates, he can only go as fast as the middle of the pack during his summer marathon race tours.
on Nov. 14, 2013 :
I have been in the insurance field working with clients of all ages for more than 40 years. I have had the hard conversations with clients about their aging parents and spouses with early Alzheimer's and have found those conversations to be so meaningful to the clients. They are searching for answers and someone who they can look to for guidance. Ben's book takes all of the components that go into those conversations and has built a road map for us all to follow. I consider this book a sort of primer but any advisor who has worked with clients for any length of time can adapt the concepts and discussions without hesitation. I would recommend this book to anyone who works with clients and feels that obligation to provide the best possible council he or she can to those clients.
Rich Mittman CLU ChFC
(reviewed within a week of purchase)