Nutter McClennen & Fish LLP

Private Wealth Law Department

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Nutter McClennen & Fish is considered by local lawyers to be "a very strong estate planning group." The firm can assist clients with wills, trusts and family foundations, and individuals there act as professional trustees for clients. "They're investing into their trust and estate department," says a leading attorney, "and are just a good shop with classy attorneys."

Nutter is distinguished by its internal trust service, which is thought to be "a very significant money management practice."

Notable practitioners

Natalie Choate is "nationally renowned for her work on the qualified retirement plan. She's written the definitive bible for estate planning with retirement assets," states a market expert, adding: "People go to her if they have a Gordian knot that needs to be untied." Other sources consider Choate to be "untouchable," "a legend," "the best in the country" and "the go-to person on estate planning for retirement benefits."

Peter Brown is thought of by market peers as a "core estate planner," "an excellent lawyer" and a "solid, really good guy." A source says: "I know if he's working on a matter it's going to go smoothly - he just gets it done." Brown often acts as a trustee. He has particular expertise in the arts and charitable giving.

Thomas Jalkut offers technical guidance to individuals, families and family offices on probate legislation, trust law and estate planning techniques. "He is an excellent practitioner," remarks one source. An interviewee says he is "probably one of the best in Boston" in probate matters.

William Kirchick advises high net worth individuals, often business owners, on trust administration, estate planning and wealth transfer strategies. "He's one of the old guard in Boston and has been doing this forever. He's an accomplished lawyer and a strong technician," says a peer.