Debra Stetter serves as a trusted advisor to her clients, providing a practical and down-to-earth approach to tackling estate and tax planning. Effective estate planning balances clients’  personal and tax objectives with their tolerance for complexity. Debra’s more than twenty years of professional experience and innate sensitivity to the personal circumstances and goals of individuals and families allow Debra to help her clients find the balance that is right for them.

Extended families that coordinate their investments, businesses and charitable activities have additional needs. Their private companies, family offices, and multi-generational trusts require a wide variety of legal support. Debra partners with the family’s other advisers to make sure their needs are met. She works closely with individual family members to address their unique requirements and with each generation to address global family issues.

Debra’s diverse client base encompasses individuals and families of all wealth levels and personal circumstances. This breadth of experience gives her tremendous insight and perspective into her clients’ options as well as their goals, and enables Debra to tailor legal solutions that fit – both this generation and the next.   

Debra is the Deputy Practice Group Leader for Schiff Hardin’s Private Clients, Trusts & Estates Group and is an Elected Fellow of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel. She is AV Rated by Martindale-Hubbel; has been named one of the “Best Lawyers in America”; an “Illinois Super Lawyer”; and an “Illinois Leading Lawyer.”