Art Law

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Owning and curating an art collection is a substantial—and highly personal—investment. Our experienced team of art law lawyers is strongly rooted in the arts community and uniquely qualified to handle your art-related issues and disputes.

Our attorneys offer strategic counsel to art collectors and their heirs, donors, family groups, charitable foundations and non-profit organizations. The value and position of your collections is enhanced through a variety of services designed to protect and advance long-term personal and charitable interests and goals.

We work with a variety of art industry experts and specialists to expand the comprehensive, objective and confidential advice we are able to offer you.

Our services include:

Services for Collectors:

  • Positioning a collection: Provenance, cataloging, exhibiting and publishing
  • Succession matters: Family considerations, tax-efficient planning and legacy planning
  • Disposition issues: Loaning, selling, donating and gifting
  • Charitable foundation planning: Strategic opportunities for family foundations and private museums

In addition, we work with art collectors and their heirs, family groups, advisors, dealers, curators and non-profit organizations, providing a vast array of services which include:

Services for Collection Management:

  • Tax and philanthropic estate planning
  • Trust and charitable and family foundation planning
  • Disposition services, including museum and non-profit gifts and donations, auction houses, private dealers, galleries and private sales
  • Protection of a collection’s value by addressing issues of provenance, title, and authenticity
  • Confidential philanthropic advocacy
  • Non-profit relationship management with local and worldwide museums and institutions
  • Full collaboration with existing art advisors, financial and tax specialists, accountants, attorneys, brokers and dealers
  • Philanthropic PR services, including the protection of client and family privacy, enhancement of a collection’s profile and multi-generational legacy strategy and planning
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Brian H. AxelradPartner | Board of Directors
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John R. WiktorChair | Private Client, Trusts and Estates Group
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Jeffrey A. ZaludaPartner | Board of Directors
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Chicago IL 60661

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