Nutter McClennen & Fish LLP

Private Wealth Law Department

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Nutter is "a fine, respected Boston firm," with a long-standing private client practice in the city. "They are very good for trusts and estates and have a solid bench" of attorneys, says one source, with another commenting: "They are terrific, an excellent trusts and estate shop."

The private client lawyers at Nutter are especially noted for their work in the charities sector. As well as advising charitable organisations and sitting on the boards of non-profits, the Nutter attorneys often assist high net worth clients with planned philanthropic giving.

Notable practitioners

Natalie Choate , of counsel in the Boston office, is "the dean of planning with retirement benefits." Choate has written two important practitioner texts on estate planning for retirement benefits, and local sources say these books are "key to estate planning" in Massachusetts and beyond. "Everyone knows Natalie," says one interviewee, adding: "Her reputation speaks for itself."

Peter Brown advises on estate planning and has particular expertise in philanthropy. He helps clients plan their philanthropic giving and also sits on the boards of several major Boston charities. He is praised for his solution-oriented approach to his legal work, especially in trusts administration.

Thomas Jalkut is an "experienced, very capable, efficient and responsive" estate planner who is "well known for probate litigation matters." He also serves as a trustee of many private trusts and sits on the boards of charitable foundations. One source says: "He knows the world of trust and estate settlement - he knows so much; he is committed to his work and is a wealth of knowledge."

William Kirchick handles estate planning for business owners, corporate executives and families with inherited money. He is described as a "very bright and very committed" attorney who is also "very down-to-earth" and "relatable," and his fellow private client lawyers praise him for sharing his expertise with the wider estate planning community.