Goulston & Storrs

Private Wealth Law Department

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Goulston & Storrs is highly rated for trusts and estate work. "They have some great lawyers and clients and they're very focused on the real estate market," comments one interviewee, while another says: "I like them a lot - they have a lot of high-end real estate clients."

Notable practitioners

Mark Christopher is described as "somebody that people enjoy working with," and as someone who "gives great advice." A fellow estate planning attorney says: "He is very good - he is collaborative, he goes in depth into the tax code, and he presents in a way you can understand." Another source says Christopher is "a fearless advocate for his client," reporting that, on a recent matter, "he was always professional, he rolled up his sleeves and would not let go till he got out every little bit for his client - he is incredibly smart and committed to his clients."

Mark Balk handles trusts matters, estate planning and private client tax work. He is a well-regarded senior private client attorney in Boston and is said to work with some impressively wealthy client families.

One attorney says they consider Mark Swirbalus to be "an outstanding probate litigator," adding: "He is the best litigator in town; he is so good at what he does." Boston-based litigator Swirbalus is often called on by trusts and estate planning lawyers in the city for assistance with contentious matters. "He is great at what he does and we use him often," says one interviewee, while another comments: "He is a great probate litigator and he does a great job," adding that "he is very responsive and he knows the ins and outs for probate court matters."

Suma Nair advises high net worth clients on tax and estate planning matters, wealth transfer, business succession and planned charitable giving. One of Nair's peers says: "I go to her with my complicated problems. She is scarily smart, personable and tirelessly committed to her client." Nair is also described as being "very smart and very hard-working," and "co-operative, pragmatic and technically proficient."