Webber & Thies

Holten D. Summers



Areas of Practice:

Holt Summers is a native of Illinois and concentrates his practice in the areas of estate planning, probate, elder law, tax, municipal law, real estate and agricultural law and technology.

Professional Experience:

Mr. Summers focuses on the tax implications of estate planning and has prepared numerous estate plans to include post-mortem planning andsupplemental needs for disabled children and adults. He has prepared numerous Federal Estate Tax Returns as well as Fiduciary tax returns. Mr. Summers has assisted organizations that provide technologically advanced agricultural services to growers and innovators, as well as assisted the family farmer with their legal needs.


J.D., University of Illinois, 1983

M.A., Political Science, University of Illinois, 1983
B.A., University of Maryland, 1978


Mr. Summers has frequently lectured to professional groups on estate planning and elder law, and made numerous presentations to senior groups on estate planning and probate issues, elder law and Medicaid planning.

Bar Admissions:

Illinois State Bar, 1983

Mr. Summers is also admitted to practice in federal courts in the U.S. District Court and Central District of Illinois.

Professional Activities:

Mr. Summers is a member of the American Bar Association, Illinois State Bar Association, Champaign County Bar Association and the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys. He is the past chair of the ISBA General Practice Section Council and past President of the Eastern Illinois Estate Planning Council.

Civic and Philanthropic Involvement:

Mr. Summers retired from the U.S. Air Force in 1979 after 24-1/2 years as a military intelligence analyst at the rank of Chief Master Sergeant (E-9). During his military career, he spent over 13 years in various overseas locations, to include Germany, Japan, Korea, Philippines, Taiwan, Thailand and Viet Nam. His other assignments included the Pacific Air Force in Hawaii and twice attached to the National Security Agency. His many military decorations include the Air Medal with four oak leaf clusters, the Meritorious Service Medal with four oak leaf clusters, the Air Force Commendation Medal, and the Republic of Viet Nam Service Ribbon with 12 battle stars. Mr. Summers logged 108 combat missions during Viet Nam.


Competency and Undue Influence: Issues for Elder Estate Planning, published in the Illinois Bar Journal in January, 1996. The article was republished in 1998 by the American Bar Association in The Lawyer's Guide to Retirement, 3rd Edition.