Overview

Melisa is a trusts and estates attorney with a focus on ultra-high net worth tax and estate planning.  She advises clients on existing and potential tax savings, charitable and deferred compensation planning, and investment strategies. She also has experience counseling on grantor and non-grantor trust planning, business succession planning, and using decanting and non-judicial settlement agreements to modify irrevocable trusts.

Melisa brings an empathetic approach to her practice, being mindful of the human aspect of estate planning. She strives to craft creative and conscientious solutions to her clients’ issues and to consistently achieve her clients’ holistic financial, legacy, and personal goals.

  • Credentials

    Education

    • Loyola Marymount University, Loyola Law School, LL.M., Taxation, 2017
    • George Washington University Law School, J.D., 2016
    • George Washington University, B.A., Political Science, 2013

    Bar Admissions

    • Illinois

            Professional Memberships

            • American Bar Association, Real Property Trusts & Estates Section, Fellow (2019-2021)
            • American Bar Association, Real Property Trusts & Estates Section
              • Diversity and Inclusion Committee, Communications Sub-Committee, Chair
              • Non-Tax Estate Planning Considerations Group, Financial Planning and Risk Management Committee, Co-Chair
            • Illinois State Bar Association
            • Chicago Bar Association
            • Chicago Estate Planning Council, Associate Member

            Languages Spoken & Fluency

            • Turkish, Fluent
          • Insights

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            Event
            Alert

            2021 Estate Planning Outlook: Transfer Tax Changes on the Horizon

            The big question in the estate planning world today is whether, when, and to what extent Congress will enact changes to gift, estate, and income tax laws.

            News Release

            Trusts & Estates Article Receives 2020 Excellence in Writing Award

            Schiff Hardin LLP is pleased to announce Melisa Seyhun’s article, “Life Insurance: What Attorneys and Trustees Should Know,” has won Best Overall Article in the Trust & Estate category in the 2020 Excellence in Writing Awards.

            Article

            Life Insurance What Attorneys and Trustees Should Know

            American Bar Association Section of Real Property, Trusts and Estates Probate & Property, Vol. 34, No. 6 (Nov./Dec. 2020)

            Other Publications

            • “The Increased Exemption,” American Bar Association, Real Property, Trusts and Estates Section, Young Lawyers Division Newsletter (Spring 2018)
            • “Estate Planning for LGBTQ: Using a Special Trust Advisor,” (co-author) Trusts and Estates Magazine (Jul. 2020)

            Speeches & Presentations

            • “Investing in Well-being: Covid, Death, & Taxes – Young Lawyers, Make a Plan!” American Bar Association, Webinar (Mar. 24, 2021)
            • “Basics of Estate Planning” (webinar) American Bar Association, Real Property, Trusts and Estates Section, Skills Training for Estate Planners (Aug. 6, 2020)
            • “LGBTQ Planning: What Skills Do Planners Need to Properly Serve the Modern Family?” (webinar) American Academy of Attorney-CPAs (Jun. 18, 2020)
            • “LGBTQ Planning: What Skills Do Planners Need to Properly Serve the Modern Family?” (webinar) Leimberg Information Services Inc. (Jun. 5, 2020)
            • “Basics of Life Insurance,” (speaker) American Bar Association, Real Property, Trusts and Estates Section (Apr. 28, 2020)
            • “LGBTQ Planning: What Skills Do Planners Need to Properly Serve the Modern Family?” (webinar) Shenkman Law (Mar. 12, 2020)
            • “Emotional and Psychological Issues in Estate Planning” (speaker) American Bar Association, Real Property, Trusts and Estates Section (Jan 21, 2020)
          • Citizenship

            Civic and Charitable Memberships

            • Chicago Community Trust, Young Leaders Fund and Young Professionals Advisory Committee