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Trusts and Estates

Cravath’s Trusts and Estates lawyers have served as legal counsel, advisors and trustees to several generations of families who built many of the world’s most important businesses. We continue today to represent domestic and international private clients, including successful entrepreneurs, senior executives and families. We help our clients to realize their estate planning and philanthropic goals by advising them on the creation and administration of trusts, estates and charitable foundations. We also frequently represent corporate and individual fiduciaries with respect to estate and trust administration.

Our Trusts and Estates Department consists of two partners and a dedicated team of attorneys, fiduciary accountants and paralegals. Consequently, we have experience, depth and resources that are increasingly uncommon among large law firms.

Our Trusts and Estates professionals work seamlessly with the Firm’s other departments when necessary, and we are able to utilize Cravath’s full resources to address the individual needs of our clients. Among the various services we provide for clients are:

  • preparing wills and trust instruments;
  • advising on estate, gift and income tax consequences of a client’s estate plan;
  • fulfilling a wide range of trustee and executor duties, including serving as a trustee and executor, and providing trust and estate administration services and advice;
  • structuring of privately held businesses to achieve appropriate succession plans; and
  • providing estate planning advice in connection with merger and acquisition transactions, corporate restructurings and other transactions.

Our discretion and good judgment have earned us the trust of generations of the most successful private clients.