Mary Cascino, J.D.
Mary Cascino, J.D.
Mary Cascino, J.D.

Mrs. Cascino’s primary areas of practice are Estate, Asset Protection and Tax Planning, related Corporate and Real Estate matters and Trust and Estate administration.

She serves as Senior Counsel in the Advanced Planning and Family Office Practice Group at Handler Thayer, LLP and heads the Estate and Trust Administration practice.  In this capacity, she performs a variety of tasks including drafting, implementation, estate administration, probate services, advanced planning and asset preservation planning.  She advises and assists executors, trustees, guardians and agents under powers of attorney within a range of minimal involvement to total oversight of the administration process.  She has prepared numerous federal and state estate tax returns and gift tax returns when required by state or federal law.

Mrs. Cascino earned her Bachelor of Arts in Political Science Degree from Loyola University Chicago, her Master of Arts Degree from the University of Chicago, and her Juris Doctorate Degree from Loyola University Chicago School of Law.

She is a Fellow of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel (ACTEC) and is past Chair of the Illinois State Bar Association Trusts & Estates Section Council. She is also a member of the Chicago Bar Association Trust Law Committee, Asset Protection Committee and Probate Committee.  In addition, she has worked on various ad hoc ABA, ISBA and CBA committees with regards to proposed legislation, including the Illinois Power of Attorney Act, Decanting and Directed Trust legislation, and ABA Comments to the IRS regarding Decanting. She is a member of the Chicago Estate Planning Council and the Greater North Shore Estate and Financial Planning Council and is admitted to the Illinois and Minnesota Bar.

Mrs. Cascino frequently speaks to professional and community organizations to educate attorneys and others in various estate planning techniques and trust and estate administration.  Speaking topics include advance directives; estate planning for modest and complex estates; IRA beneficiary designations as part of estate planning; revocable and irrevocable trusts; fiduciary responsibilities; and ethical considerations in estate planning, transition periods and trust and estate administration. She is an adjunct professor at the John Marshall Law School.

She is the author of the Chapter on Advance Directives in the Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education publication, Estate Planning for Illinois Attorneys: The Basics and Beyond, as well as articles on a variety of subjects in the ISBA Trusts & Estates Section Council Newsletter, and the Illinois Bar Journal. She is also a contributor to the 2013 editions of CCH's Federal Income Taxation of Decedents, Estates and Trusts and LexisNexis' Illinois Estate Planning, Will Drafting and Estate Administration Forms.