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Richard Spain

Spain, Spain & Varnet, PC

Richard Spain

Spain, Spain & Varnet, PC

Richard Spain

Spain, Spain & Varnet, PC

Richard Spain concentrates his practice in estate planning, probate work, real estate, and corporate representation. A practicing attorney in Cleveland, Ohio for seven years, Mr. Spain returned to his hometown of Chicago in 1982. In addition to being an honors graduate of Lawrence University and a graduate of Case Western Reserve University's School of Law, Mr. Spain earned a LL.M. degree in taxation at John Marshall Law School in 1985. Because of the firm's involvement in servicing the needs of persons with disabilities, he is experienced in developing specialized estate plans for the elderly and for families with members who are disabled and has spoken on those topics for many consumer, parent and professional groups, including presentations for the Chicago Bar Association, the Illinois CPA Society, and the American Bar Association.

Mr. Spain is also a licensed real estate broker in Illinois and is actively involved in the area of real estate law, both professionally and as a volunteer condominium board president.

Mr. Spain has long been an active volunteer for various not-for-profit organizations. He is a member of the American Bar Association, the Chicago Bar Association and the Illinois Real Estate Lawyers Association. The author of several articles on estate planning to benefit a beneficiary with disabilities, including one published in The Practical Lawyer, he is also co-author, with Theresa Varnet, of a manual on Home Control Through Estate and Financial Planning, funded by the Illinois and Missouri Planning Councils on Developmental Disabilities. Married with two children, Mr. Spain resides in Chicago. He was originally admitted to practice law in Ohio and is currently licensed in both Illinois and Massachusetts.

Firm Description

Spain, Spain & Varnet P.C. is recognized for its experience and expertise in planning for the

needs of clients who have a family member with special needs. The members of the firm are

versed in the laws unique to special needs issues and have drafted related legislation designed

to protect such individuals.

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33 North Dearborn Street
Suite 2220
Chicago, IL 60602

1600 Golf Road #1257
Rolling Meadows, IL 60008

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