Paralegal - Private Client (Chicago)

At Taft, we work as one team, driven and committed to helping our clients succeed. A full-service law firm with 625 attorneys and over 1,000 total on our team, we have the collaborative approach, advanced technological resources, and depth of services that make us a preeminent law firm in the Midwest.

Taft is seeking a paralegal to serve our Private Client team in Taft’s Chicago office.

We are seeking a Paralegal with 3-5 years’ trust and estates and tax experience to support our Private Client team in the Chicago office. All Taft employees operate under a “Client First” philosophy—in all things, we seek to provide exceptional services to our clients. 

Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Assists attorneys in representing clients in estate planning and probate matters.
  • Assists in the collection, distribution, reporting, and transfer of estate assets.
  • Prepares inventories and asset schedules from client information.
  • Prepares financial accounts for estates and trusts, and annual accounts for ongoing trust administrations.
  • Public records research and document preparation.
  • Drafts and e-files various probate pleadings and accounting documents, using excellent written communications English and ensuring that resultant documents are error-free and client- or filing-ready.
  • Prioritizes work and monitors deadlines for the group, ensuring that attorneys are aware of upcoming deadlines.
  • Communicates with attorneys and other team members about the status of estates and other assignments; keeps attorneys informed of the pendency of matters as well as of the status of assigned matters.
  • Utilizes and demonstrates proficiency with specialized estate planning/reporting software.
  • Enters, reviews, and corrects time charges timely.


  • 3-5 years’ paralegal experience with related legal work.
  • A paralegal degree/certificate is preferred.
  • Knowledge of accounting practices and estate accounting/probate matters software; experience with Estate Works or other probate/estate software is strongly preferred.
  • Working knowledge of the preparation of fiduciary income tax, estate and gift taxation, and estate tax returns.
  • Demonstrated proficient command of the English language, syntax, and standard grammar rules.
  • Demonstrated strong working knowledge of Microsoft Office programs.
  • Demonstrated excellent communication and writing skills.
  • Ability to adapt to workplace stressors and competing priorities.
  • Must maintain the confidentiality of client information.
  • Must show strong attention to detail and ability to manage and monitor multiple projects and estates at once.
  • Exhibits excellent interpersonal skills.

Interested candidates should apply to Alycen Cummings,

Affirmative Action/Equal Employment Opportunity Employer. The information in this posting presents general duties, tasks, and responsibilities but is not intended to be an exhaustive listing.