Our lawyers assist trustees and executors with all aspects of administration, including trusts and estates with U.S. multi-jurisdictional and overseas assets. For fiduciary clients, we help to:
- Manage estate assets
- Probate the decedent’s estate
- Handle debts and expenses
- Prepare accountings
- Prepare estate, gift, generation-skipping transfer tax and fiduciary income tax returns
- Prepare state inheritance and estate tax returns
- Close the estate and distribute assets
- Assist trustees and investment advisors on appropriate trust assets
If a contested matter arises, we are equipped to handle it--whether it be a will contest, surcharge action, tax controversy or family-owned business dispute. We also draft family settlement agreements.
Family-owned businesses face unique issues. It is imperative that these businesses understand and consider all options concerning succession planning, including buy-sell agreements, family limited partnerships, limited liability companies and recapitalizations. We advise family-owned businesses and their family member owners on estate and gift taxes and techniques to transfer their business interests such as direct gifts, sales of interests, and grantor retained annuity trusts (GRATs).
Many hedge and private equity fund managers face significant estate tax liability upon their death. Our trusts and estates lawyers, who for years have drawn upon Dechert’s top internationally recognized hedge fund and private equity practices, advise fund managers on how to preserve their wealth and minimize taxes when transferring fund interests—to and from trusts, estates, family limited partnerships and other private investment vehicles.
We take an interdisciplinary approach to trusts and estates. The team works closely with lawyers from other practice areas like corporate, private equity, tax and employee benefits to provide thorough legal advice and seamless, efficient client service.
Clients’ personal lives and careers are globalizing. Today, more U.S. citizens have significant assets and business interests abroad, reside in another country, and name beneficiaries living overseas. In addition, many non-U.S. persons have family members who reside in the U.S. or become U.S. citizens. The trust, estate and tax planning issues involved in these cross-border matters are complex. Our lawyers advise on strategies and best options for both inbound and outbound transactions, including advising:
- U.S. clients with foreign income, foreign financial accounts or interest in foreign entities
- U.S. clients with a non-U.S. citizen spouse
- U.S. beneficiaries of foreign trusts
- Non-U.S. clients buying assets in the U.S.
- Non-U.S. clients who have U.S. beneficiaries
- Non-U.S. estates with U.S. connections
We also ensure compliance with the various reporting requirements related to foreign assets, including the OECD’s Common Reporting Standards (CRS) and the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA).