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Location: West Loop, IL
Company: Mayer Brown
Hours: Full time
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Mayer Brown LLP is a leading global law firm with offices in 27 key business centers across the Americas, Asia, Europe and the Middle East. We are a collegial, collaborative, and diverse firm where highly motivated individuals with an unwavering commitment to excellence receive the opportunity, support, and development they need to grow, thrive, and realize their greatest potential.

If you enjoy working with team members whose defining characteristics are achievement, initiative, professionalism, responsiveness, and adaptability, you may be the person we are seeking to join our Paralegal Department in our Chicago office as a Paralegal.

Provides support to the Private Clients, Trusts and Estates Attorneys in the delivery of legal service as needed.

  • Under attorney supervision, prepares estate tax returns, gift tax returns, entity formation documents, resolutions and other documents related to estates and trusts
  • Assists attorneys in all aspects of estate and trust administration including preparation of probate court documents and accountings
  • May assist attorneys with estate planning using document assembly system; prepares flow charts
  • Assists with estate distribution, asset transfers and client communications
  • Will be responsible for ensuring payment of limited partnership annual tax bills, filing of annual reports, maintaining probate document files (both hard copy and electronic) and working with tax database
  • Performs other duties as assigned or required to meet Firm goals and objectives


  • BA degree required
  • Tax and accounting background and/or Juris Doctorate a plus

Professional Experience:

  • 1+ years’ experience as a Trusts and Estates Paralegal required

Technical Skills:

  • Experience working with estates and trusts, including the filing of various tax returns and probate documents required
  • Must be computer literate, knowledge of MS Office Suite, Word, Excel, PowerPoint and GEMS required
  • Familiarity with EstateVal, NumberCruncher and Visio a plus

Performance Traits:

  • Must be detail-oriented and deadline oriented
  • Able to organize/prioritize work, possess strong organizational/problem-solving skills and understands/follows written/oral instructions
  • Must be able to work independently and handle many tasks simultaneously
  • Must also be able to work on a team and communicate effectively (both orally and in writing) with clients, attorneys, and business servies staff and outside vendors
  • Must be flexible to work additional hours if necessary
  • Professional demeanor required
  • Ability to work in a diverse team environment and effectively support the demanding needs of the Firm
  • Must be a self-starter with a high level of initiative
  • Maintains confidentiality and exercises discretion
  • Exercises solid strategic thinking and problem-solving skills

Physical Requirements:

  • May require occasional lifting of up to 25 lbs.

The above is a general description of the essential duties associated with this position and does not represent an exhaustive or comprehensive list of all duties.

The Firm may modify and amend this job description at any time at its sole discretion. Nothing herein creates a contract of employment or otherwise modifies the at-will nature of employment.

We offer competitive compensation and comprehensive benefits, including medical/dental/vision/life/and AD&D insurance, 401 (k) savings plan, back-up childcare and eldercare, generous paid time off (PTO), as well as opportunities for professional development and growth. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or status as a protected veteran.

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