Gary R. Gehlbach
Areas of Concentration:
Trust and Estate Planning and Administration
Since 1978, Gary R. Gehlbach has focused his practice on real estate transactions and estate and business planning and administration. A Fellow of the American College of Real Estate Lawyers, he routinely handles residential, farm and commercial real estate matters throughout Northern Illinois. His stock of plat books from more than 20 counties attests to the scope of his real estate practice.
Mr. Gehlbach’s estate planning clients range from the Chicago suburban area to Whiteside County, and from Jo Daviess County to Springfield.
His clients include banks, businesses, and individuals, and he represents them in a myriad of personal and business matters, including purchases and sales, real estate exchanges, and the formation of trusts, limited liability companies, corporations and other legal entities.
Mr. Gehlbach came to Dixon in 1979 after a stint with a boutique firm on La Salle Street in Chicago, where he handled large real estate transactions and estate plans. A native of Lincoln, Illinois, Mr. Gehlbach earned his undergraduate degree in mathematics from Knox College and graduated with high honors from Chicago-Kent College of Law. He is a member of the Illinois State Bar Association, the American Bar Association, Lee County Bar Association and the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys.
For 22 years, Mr. Gehlbach served as editor or associate editor of the Illinois State Bar Association’s Real Property newsletter, for which he has published dozens of articles on real estate matters and for which he received the coveted Austin Fleming Award. His articles on law-related matters have also appeared in the American Bar Association’s Probate and Property magazine, the Illinois Bar Journal, the Trusts and Estates and other newsletters of the Illinois State Bar Association. He has presented at numerous seminars for attorneys on real estate and estate planning topics and has lectured extensively to community groups, primarily on estate planning and administration subjects.
Mr. Gehlbach was recently Editor in Chief of the ISBA Bar Publications Editorial Board and twice served as Secretary, Vice Chair, and Chair of the Real Estate Law Section Council of the Illinois State Bar Association. He is currently Chair of the Trusts and Estates Section Council of the ISBA, a member of its Legislation Committee and the Illinois Bar Journal Editorial Board. He is a former member of the ISBA’s committee on the unauthorized practice of law and he has drafted several real estate and estate administration bills which have been enacted into law, including the recent re-write of Illinois’ Small Estates procedures.
A former Citizen of the Year for Dixon, Mr. Gehlbach serves as Chairman of the Lee County Industrial Development Association, Vice President of an insurance company, and Treasurer of his church. He previously served as President of the Dixon School Board and was a member of the board for 14 years. He thrice served as President of the Dixon Family YMCA and was President of the Dixon Library Board.