Steven Gorin

Thompson Coburn LLP

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Thompson Coburn LLP


Steven B. Gorin is a partner in the Private Client practice group of Thompson Coburn LLP.   Steve is a past chair of the Business Planning Group of committees of the ABA's Real Property, Probate & Trust Law Section and serves on the Business Planning Committee of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel (ACTEC).

Steve's practice structuring businesses helps owners plan for the eventual sale(to co-owners, employees, or third parties) or transfer (to family members),providing a legal framework for an orderly transition while strategically savingincome, transfer, and FICA taxes.

Steve practiced accounting for 8 years, continues to maintain his CPA license, and is a Chartered Global Management Accountant. He was a partner in a small CPA firm,helping individuals and businesses with income tax planning, tax returnpreparation, and financial planning. When Steve structures businesses, he seeksto reduce family or business conflict and save estate tax.

Some strategies reduce income tax on the exit from a business, maximize tax basis increases when an owner dies, avoid income tax traps regarding deferredcompensation and life insurance, secure life insurance proceeds for buy-sellagreements, or protect an election to be taxed as an S corporation.

He has written articles on estate planning for business owners or on retirement planning for the Real Property, Probate & Trust Law Journal, Probate & Property, Trusts & Estates, and the Journal of the Missouri Bar, and has prepared comments to the IRS and Congress on estate planning for business owners. More information is found at

Steve has over 2,200 pages of business structuring materials, which members of the American Bar Association can obtain for free by emailing him at  If you would like to receive a link to the most recent version through his quarterly newsletter, request that as well and include your physical mailing address, which he needs pursuant to federal anti-spam regulations; or, you may complete, and Steve will send you his materials and subscribe you to his newsletter.  Steve also has less technical blog at


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