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   3Sarah Delano PavlikSpringfield(217) 544-2703sdpavlik@delanolaw.comsdpavlik@delanolaw.comDelano Law Offices LLCwww.delanolaw.comwww.delanolaw.compavliksarah.jpgTrust, Will & Estate Planning Law
Sarah Delano
Delano Law Offices LLC
1 SE Old State Capitol Plaza
Springfield IL 62701
Ph.(217) 544-2703 Fx.(217) 544-4664
Recommended by peers in:
Trust, Will & Estate Planning Law
County:  Sangamon
Practice Description:  
Ms. Pavlik is a Springfield native who is admitted to practice law in Illinois and Texas and is an Illinois registered Certified Public Accountant. She is Board Certified in Estate Planning and Probate Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization.

Ms. Pavlik's practice includes sophisticated estate planning, advising family businesses, marital property agreements ("prenups"), advising not-for-profits, estate and trust administration, trust and estate litigation and advising individual and corporate trustees.

Ms. Pavlik began her practice at the preeminent Texas law firm Baker & Botts. She practiced in Dallas for several years before returning to Springfield in 1999 to join her family's law firm. Since returning to Springfield, she has been active in the legal and non-profit communities. Her legal columns appear in the Springfield Business Journal.

Bar Admissions:  
Illinois, 1999
Texas, 1992

Year of Birth:  1967

Law School:  
University of Notre Dame, J.D., 1992

Law School Honors/Involvement:  
Magna cum laude; Kiley Scholar; Notre Dame Law Review, senior editor, 1992, staff member, 1991

Undergraduate School:  
University of Texas at Austin, B.B.A. 1988

Undergraduate School Honors/Involvement:  
Highest honors

Bar/Professional Association Involvement:  
Illinois State Bar Association
  Federal Taxation Section Council
    Chair, 2007-2008
Texas Bar Association
Sangamon Valley Estate Planning Council
  President, 2007

Awards; Honors; Distinctions:
  • Leading Lawyers, Law Bulletin Media, 2017-present
  • "Best Law Firm in Springfield," readers of State Journal Register, 2007-2018
  • Springfield Business Journal Forty Under 40, 2000
  • 2007 Security Bank Woman of Influence
  • 2010 United Community Bank 15 Under Fifteen – Delano Law Offices
  • 2011 Illinois Women in Leadership Diamond Award

Community Involvement:  
Trustee, Capital Township, 2008-2017
2008 Springfield Old Capitol Art Fair
Sangamo Club
  Board Chair, 2011-2012
Blessed Sacrament Parish
  Finance Council
Brother James Court Advisory Council
Springfield Catholic Charities
  Advisory Board
Catholic Charities Ultimate Barbecue
  Chair, 2001
Board of Education for the Diocese of Springfield
Angela Foundation for Ursuline Education
Ursuline Academy
  Board of Trustees
    Chairman, 2001-2003

Published Legal Writing:  
Illinois State Bar Association Federal Taxation Section Newsletter Articles: "Estate and Gift Tax Update," November 2002; "Estate and Gift Tax Update," May 2004; "Estate and Gift Tax Update," December 2004; "Estate and Gift Tax Update," March 2006; "News from the IRS," March 2006; "Estate and Gift Tax Update," May 2006

Author, "General Power of Appointment Trusts," "Marital Deduction Planning Guide: A Deskbook for your Practice," IICLE, Published 2008

Author, "Business Interests," Chapter 10 of IICLE Publication "Postmortem Estate Planning," Published 2009, Supplement 2011

Author, "Asset Freeze and Valuation Reduction Techniques," Chapter 11 of "Estate Planning for Illinois Attorneys: The Basics and Beyond," IICLE, Published 2012

Legal Lectures:  
Speaker and Author, "Collateral Estate Planning Documents: Powers and Designations," South Texas College of Law 10th Annual Wills & Probate Institute, Houston, September 1996

Speaker and Author, "Texas Probate: Beyond the Basics," National Business Institute Seminars, Dallas and Fort Worth, Texas, September 1998

Speaker and Author, "New Retirement Plan Minimum Distribution Regulations," Sangamon Valley Estate Planning Council, Springfield, Illinois, April 2001

Speaker and Author, "Elder Law," National Business Institute Seminar, Springfield, Illinois, January 2002

Speaker and Author, "Estate Planning for Professional Women," sponsored by the Illinois State Treasurer's Advisory Board for Women's Issues Professional Women's Financial Management Committee, Springfield, Illinois, October 2002

Speaker and Author, "Estate Tax Update," Illinois State Bar Association 2002 Federal Tax Conference, Chicago

Speaker and Author, "Planned Giving -- Beyond the ABCs: A New Perspective," Catholic Charities USA National Conference, Chicago, August 2002

Speaker and Author, "The Probate Process from Start to Finish," National Business Institute, Springfield, Illinois, September 2003

Speaker and Author, "An Overview of the Jobs and Growth Tax Relief Reconciliation Act of 2003," Illinois State Bar Association 2003 Federal Tax Conference, Bloomington, Illinois and Chicago

Speaker and Author, "Elder Care in Illinois: Legal and Financial Issues," National Business Institute Seminar, Springfield, Illinois, December 2003

Speaker and Author, "Trusts Administration in Illinois," Lorman Educational Services Seminar, Springfield, Illinois, June 2004

Speaker, "Twice as Good or Splitting Headache? Gift-Splitting," IICLE 52nd Annual Estate Planning Short Course, May 2009

Speaker and Author, "Estate Administration Procedures: Why Each Step Is Important," NBI Seminar June 2011

Speaker, "Illinois Estate Administration 101," IICLE Seminar October 2011

Speaker, "Anatomy of Estate Planning Documents – Premarital Agreements," IICLE Seminar November 2011

Speaker and Author, "Basic Tax Considerations – What You Need to Know in Order to Choose the Appropriate Plan," NBI Seminar September 2012

Firm Description:  
Delano Law Offices, LLC. is a full service law firm in downtown Springfield, Illinois, offering top quality legal services with a personal touch. Our firm was founded by Charles "Chick" H. Delano, III, in 1967, and is now run by two of his children, Charles ("Chip") H. Delano, IV and Sarah Delano Pavlik, and Sarah's husband, Thomas C. Pavlik, Jr.

We are a firm of accomplished lawyers with decades of successful results for our clients on a wide range of matters. We seek results through expertise, preparation and determination — all focused on your needs. Our clients appreciate our intense level of preparation for each case and, when necessary, our strategy and determined focus in trial.

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