The Trusts & Estates Section covers a broad range of substantive legal topics and practice concerns of interest to trusts and estates lawyers at all experience levels. Monthly meetings focus on subjects including probate law, pre- and post-mortem estate planning considerations, drafting wills and trusts, estate and gift tax planning and more.

Trusts & Estates Committees

  • Elder Law and Disability Planning Committee
    This committee addresses a variety of legal matters generally associated with elder clients, disabled clients and clients with disabled dependents. Areas covered include basic and sophisticated estate planning, Medicaid planning, disability, SSI, special needs and long-term care planning, guardianship and conservatorship.

    Contact Information

    Jessica Demmerly

    Pabian & Russell, LLC

    (617) 951-3100

    Sarah Hartline

    Margolis & Bloom

    (781) 943-5404

  • Estate Planning Committee
    This committee provides a forum to exchange tax-planning ideas and discuss common problems among lawyers specializing in estate planning.

    Contact Information

    Stephanie Bruno

    Nixon Peabody LLP

    (617) 345-1224

    Aimee F Bryant

    Nutter McClennen & Fish LLP

    (617) 439-2054

  • Fiduciary Litigation Committee
    This committee focuses on a range of litigation matters involving trusts and estates. Areas covered include will and trust contests, disputes over the distribution of trust assets, instrument interpretation, trust modifications and accounting actions.

    Contact Information

    Darian M Butcher

    Day Pitney LLP

    (617) 345-4658

    Marlee Samantha Furman Cowan

    Pabian & Russell, LLC

    (617) 951-3100

  • New Developments Committee
    This group of lawyers works to track developments in trusts & estates law.

    Contact Information

    Joshua Richard Caswell

    Howland Evangelista Kohlenberg LLP

    Christopher A Voukides

    Pierce Atwood LLP

    (617) 488-8122

  • Practice Fundamentals Committee
    A part of the Trusts & Estates Section, the Estate Planning Fundamentals Committee focuses on the fundamentals of trusts and estates practice. Its monthly meetings typically feature a presentation on topics of interest to new practitioners. The committee welcomes practitioners with all levels of experience, but its activities are most valuable to trusts and estates practitioners with less than five years of experience.

    Contact Information

    Christina Surrell Dawson

    Sara Julie Conway

    Nutter McClennen & Fish LLP

    (617) 439-2042

  • Steering Committee
    The leadership committee of the Section organizes programs and discusses policy. To inquire about opportunities, please contact the Section Co-Chairs.
  • Tax Law Update Committee
    The Tax Law Update Committee tracks estate, GST and gift tax law developments throughout the year and presents a summary of those developments twice annually at the Year In Review and Mid-Year Review.

    Contact Information

    Paul McDonnell Cathcart

    Hemenway & Barnes LLP

    (617) 557-9737

    Caitlin Glynn

    Nutter McClennen & Fish LLP

    (617) 439-2000

  • Trust Administration Committee
    The Trust Administration Committee of the Trusts and Estates Section focuses on the issues that typically arise when a lawyer or corporate fiduciary is serving as a trustee of an irrevocable trust, or when a lawyer is advising clients who are trustees. Periodic brown bag lunches will explore a wide variety of topics from a "best practices" perspective, from communications with beneficiaries, the decision making process when considering discretionary distributions, delegation of investment responsibilities and utilization of the provisions of the MUTC. Our meetings will offer trust lawyers and corporate fiduciaries the opportunity to share experiences and ideas on all of these topics and more.

    Contact Information

    Katie H. Lombardi

    Boston Private Bank & Trust Co. Wealth Office

    Amy H. Schnitzer

    Bessemer Trust

  • Trusts and Estates Communications Committee
    This committee publishes information relevant to the trusts & estates bar. If you are interested in an editorial position or publishing an article, please contact us.

    Contact Information

    Jennifer Darcy Taddeo

    Conn Kavanaugh Rosenthal Peisch & Ford, LLP

    (617) 482-8200

    Rebecca (Flewelling) Tunney

    Goulston & Storrs PC

    (617) 482-1776

  • Trusts and Estates Public Policy Committee
    The BBA is very active in legislative and regulatory changes. Trusts and Estates attorneys are often asked to lend their expertise.

    Contact Information

    Heidi A. Seely

    Day Pitney LLP

    (617) 345 4687

    John H Ramsey

    Goulston & Storrs PC

    (617) 574-4134