Dan Baldwin 2013-10-25 12:28:15
A serious love of art and an equally serious allergy led Ilene McCauley to a career in law as a tax attorney with the firm of Goldinov & McCauley, PLC in Scottsdale. When she was an 8-year-old child in Brooklyn, NY, McCauley’s father told her to become a lawyer, but her interests were in other areas. In college, she earned a double major in art history and history, but had not settled on a career path when a college work-study program took her to Italy. After observing the restoration of the main churches and piazzas in Florence and Rome, including the Sistine Chapel, McCauley decided on a life devoted to restoring art. That career path was closed off when physicians discovered she was allergic to the chemicals used for art restoration. She sought advice from her father who said, “You have two choices. You can either get a job or go to law school.” McCauley chose the latter. She says, “I had no idea what to expect of law school, but no fear either. The first day of school we heard talks from all of the professors on different areas of law. After the tax law teacher spoke, I knew I was going to be a tax lawyer.” McCauley earned her Bachelor of Arts from Binghamton University, her Juris Doctor from Hofstra University School of Law, and her Master of Laws in taxation from DePaul University School of Law. She has been a member of the State Bar of Arizona since 1982. She is certified by the Arizona Board of Legal Specialization as a certified specialist in taxation and was named Arizona’s Outstanding Young Lawyer in 1991. She is a member of WealthCounsel and a fellow of the Esperti-Peterson Institute for Advanced Planning and has completed her second post-doctoral degree in advanced tax and estate planning. “I graduated from school in June 1982, and on the July 4th weekend, I drove into Arizona, ready to take the bar, put up my shingle, and start my practice,” she says. McCauley works in two major areas of tax law: business planning and estate planning. “Business planning is like a giant crossword puzzle. Our solutions allow the business owner to find control over the business so that the business will prosper, and at the appropriate time, the business owner can transition to a comfortable retirement.” She finds estate planning the more challenging area of the two. Life happens and so does infirmity and death,” McCauley says. “We plan so our client families, rich and poor, have control over their finances and possessions in all phases of life. Planning is not about the amount of assets or money you have; it’s about control.” “The best part of being a lawyer is that every day is a challenge: intellectually, emotionally and physically. I work with very complex areas of law and help people find solutions to very difficult problems. Working to find these solutions is also a lot of fun,” McCauley says. McCauley’s interests outside the practice are her daughter, Amy, who is a sophomore in chemical engineering at Case Western Reserve; and her boxer, Butters, who she is raising to become a therapy dog.
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