Trusts and Estates


O ur Trusts and Estates Department advises clients, who are generally domestic or foreign individuals and families with substantial wealth, in a wide variety of personal planning matters.

We provide sophisticated estate, gift and generation-skipping transfer tax planning for domestic and foreign individuals and families. In addition to preparing wills, we use a wide range of vehicles to accomplish our clients’ personal and financial goals. These include:

Administration of Estates and Trusts

We provide a full range of services involved in the administration of complex and substantial estates and trusts and generally act as counsel to the executors or trustees. We also handle various specialized legal issues, such as sales of art, real estate and other assets and the enforcement of legal rights by or against the estate or trust.

Charitable Giving

We assist our clients in formulating and executing plans for charitable giving. We advise them on the formation and governance of private foundations and on how they can involve the younger generations of the family in philanthropic decisions. We have assisted clients in making major charitable gifts to public charities – such as the creation of endowed professorships – and have worked to structure such gifts so that the donor’s purpose is safeguarded.

  • Revocable trusts
  • Intentionally defective grantor trusts
  • Grantor retained annuity trusts and unitrusts
  • Charitable lead trusts
  • Charitable remainder trusts
  • Qualified personal residence trusts

We offer our clients competent legal advice and assistance and therefore specialize in a range of areas which you will see below.

- Mark S. Linden, Partner
Corpus Juris offers extensive expertise within public law – both public law in the general sense and its specific areas of expertise. We have many years’ experience as advisors for both private and public clients. This enables us to provide highly qualified assistance at all levels and to all types of undertaking.
Corpus Juris offers highly skilled advice within all areas of tax law. Our specialists are among United States leading experts, which gives Corpus Juris a leading position in teaching tax and corporate law to accountants.
Corpus Juris offers assistance with all aspects of insolvency – from advice to debt collection, restructuring, bankruptcy, debt rescheduling, property in possession of the mortgagee, and forced sales. Our certified insolvency lawyers write books and articles on insolvency law and teach these subjects.
Corpus Juris provides highly qualified advice and assistance in the area of private law, especially within inheritance/wills and family law.