Ray Prather

Top rated Estate Planning & Probate attorney in Chicago, Illinois

Prather Ebner Wilson
Ray Prather
Prather Ebner Wilson

Practice Areas: Estate Planning & Probate, Estate & Trust Litigation, Closely Held Business; view more

Licensed in Illinois since: 2006

Education: DePaul University College of Law

Selected to Super Lawyers: 2019 - 2023 Selected to Rising Stars: 2016
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Prather Ebner Wilson

53 West Jackson Boulevard
Suite 1025
Chicago, IL 60604 Visit website


An attorney with Prather Ebner LLP, Ray Prather represents both individuals and businesses in the Chicago, Illinois, metropolitan area. His practice focuses on legal matters related to professional trustees, fiduciary duties, complexity in taxable estates, conflicts in family matters, and gifts and inheritances. His down to earth, practical approach to law allows his clients to remove the emotion from what can often be a contentious experience.

In 2003, Mr. Prather graduated from Augustana College with a Bachelor of Arts in Accounting. He then earned his Juris Doctor in 2005 from DePaul University College of Law. A certified public accountant, he is also certified in financial forensics and admitted to practice in the state of Illinois. At Chicago-Kent College of Law, he worked as an adjunct professor and taught estate planning and federal transfer taxes.

The Windy City Times named him a 30 Under 30 Award Recipient in 2008. For three years, Bulletin Publishing Company’s Leading Lawyers named him an emerging lawyer in closely and privately held business law, and trust, will and estate planning law. A Fellow of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel, Mr. Prather is also a member of the Advocate Charitable Foundation Planned Giving Council and the Chicago Estate Planning Council.

A member of the Illinois State Bar Association, he served as the chair of the Standing Committee on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity and as Chair for the Trusts & Estates Section Council. Mr. Prather is a member of the American Bar Association and a member of its Real Property, Trusts and Estate Law Section's Section Council and former chair of its Charitable Planning and Organizations Group

Practice areas

Estate Planning & Probate, Estate & Trust Litigation, Closely Held Business, Tax: Consumer

Focus areas

Estate Planning, Probate & Estate Administration, Tax Law, Trusts, Will Contests, Wills

  • 40% Estate Planning & Probate
  • 40% Estate & Trust Litigation
  • 10% Closely Held Business
  • 10% Tax: Consumer

First Admitted: 2006, Illinois

Professional Webpage: https://www.pratherebner.com/ray-prather

Pro bono/Community Service:
  • Lambda Legal, National Legacy and Planned Giving Council Member, 2009-2011 Chicago Leadership Council Chair
  • Advocate Charitable Foundation, Planned Giving Council Member
Bar/Professional Activity:
  • American Bar Association, Real Property, Trust & Estate Law Section, Section Council member, Chair for Charitable Planning and Organizations Group; Trusts and Estates Editor for the eReport; 2009-2010 Section Fellow
  • Chicago Estate Planning Council, Member
  • Illinois State Bar Association, Chair for Trusts & Estates Section Council; 2015-2016 Chair of Standing Committee on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity
  • Illinois, 2006
  • American College of Trust and Estate Counsel, Fellow
Scholarly Lectures/Writings:
  • “After DOMA: How Recent SCOTUS Decisions Affect Estate Planning for Same-Sex Couples” – Chicago Estate Planning Council, July 2013
  • IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law, Adjunct Professor teaching Federal Transfer Taxes and Estate Planning, 2013-2016
  • “Obergefell v. Hodges: Tax and Estate Planning” – American Bar Association’s Joint Tax Law Section and Section of Real Property, Trust and Estate Law Meeting, September 2015
  • “Ethical Warnings for Attorneys When Working with Charitable Gifts” – American Bar Association’s Section of Real Property, Trust and Estate Law Spring Symposium, May 2016
  • “Practical Skills for New Attorneys: Planning for Larger Net Worth” – Illinois State Bar Association, May 2016
  • Defining a “Spouse” in Trust Documents, Trusts & Estates Journal, September 2012
  • The Supreme Court DOMA Ruling, Civil Unions, and Same-Sex Marriage in Illinois, Illinois Bar Journal, September 2013
  • Proposed Regulations Affecting the Uniform Basis Rule as Applied to Charitable Remainder Trusts, ISBA Trusts & Estates, July 2014, vol. 61, no. 1 at 15
  • Estate Planning and Charitable Giving for Same-Sex Couples After United States v. Windsor, Probate & Property, September/October 2014
  • Estate of Powell v. Commissioner, ABA’s Real Property and Trust and Estate Law eReport, July 2017
  • , Rising Star by Super Lawyers Magazine, 2016
  • , Windy City Times, 2008 30 Under 30 Award Recipient
  • , Super Lawyer by Super Lawyer Magazine, 2019-2021
  • , Emerging Lawyer in areas of Trust, Will and Estate Planning Law and Closely and Privately Held Business Law by Law Bulletin Publishing Company’s Leading Lawyers, 2015, 2017 and 2018
Special Licenses/Certifications:
  • Certified in Financial Forensics, 2019
  • Certified Public Accountant, Illinois, 2010
Educational Background:
  • Augustana College, B.A., Accounting, 2003

Office location for Ray Prather

53 West Jackson Boulevard
Suite 1025
Chicago, IL 60604

Phone: 312-235-8300


5 Years Super Lawyers
1 Year Rising Stars
  • Super Lawyers: 2019 - 2023
  • Rising Stars: 2016

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