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Deborah Lust Zaluda, JD
Director, Private Client Services

Deb is an attorney and brings more than 25 years of experience in the areas of trust, estate, tax and business matters. Given her client centric approach to working with individuals and organizations on multiple levels, Deb's specialization and experience provides each client with a broad and "values based" approach to the client's unique planning needs.

Deb believes that the most important aspect of planning for clients is a deep understanding of each client's unique financial and non-financial needs, goals and values. She applies this principle with all of her relationships.

Her primary focus is in counseling the firm's clients and working with their advisory team members in estate, trust, charitable and business succession planning and implementation. In addition, significant efforts are invested to developing the firm's strategic planning practice through Schemata, L.L.C.

Deb also works with Joel Feiger, President and COO, developing the firm's family office services business. She further focuses her energies on developing relationships and strategic alliances with allied professionals and financial services firms.

Prior to joining The Bensman Group, Deb worked at the law firm of Rosenthal and Schanfield, was a partner with Levenfeld Eisenberg Janger & Glassberg (predecessor firm to Levenfeld Perlstein), and co-founded the firms of Zarlengo Planera & Zaluda, PC , and Wertheimer & Zaluda. In her practice, Deb counseled a wide variety of individuals, families, fiduciaries and entrepreneurs.

Education, Designations, Licenses, and Organizations
University of Illinois – BA in Psychology
IIT Chicago Kent College of Law – JD with honors
American College of Trust and Estate Counsel (ACTEC) - Fellow
Illinois State Bar Association - Member Estate Planning, Probate and Trust Law Sections
Member - Partnership 2000 Committee of the Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago
Member of the board American Friends of Neve Hanna, Kiryat Gat, Israel
Chicago Foundation for Women – Professional Advisory Council

Deb lives in Highland Park with her her husband Jeff, and her 2 Airedales. Both her daughters are grown and living away from home. She enjoys spending time with family and friends, traveling, photography, playing tennis,and being outdoors.
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