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Practice Overview

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. Cravath’s Trusts and Estates Department continues 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 in the creation and administration of trusts, estates and charitable foundations. Our discretion and good judgment have earned us the trust of generations of the most successful private clients.

Our trusts and estates partners 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:

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