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We have an exciting opportunity for a Trusts & Estates Counsel in our Corporate Department with at least 7 years of experience.
Seyfarth’s corporate attorneys possess the broad, in-depth experience necessary to serve a diverse client base, ranging from start-up ventures to middle-market companies to large multinational corporations. We provide clients with guidance on key decisions that determine long-term success. Since corporate matters frequently involve aspects of many legal disciplines, our corporate team regularly draws on the resources of Seyfarth’s other practice areas such as employee benefits, executive compensation, intellectual property, labor and employment, real estate, environmental and bankruptcy. In this way, our clients receive full attention from dedicated, focused business attorneys, and reap the benefits of a full-service law firm.
Our corporate lawyers have been recognized as “Highly Regarded Leading Lawyers” and “Notable Practitioner” in the 2020 edition of the IFLR1000, a an annual guide to the world’s leading financial and corporate law firms. We have also earned top rankings in Legal 500 US 2019 and recently won The M&A Advisor International M&A Award “Corporate/Strategic Deal of the Year (over $250MM to $500MM).”
Our drive for excellence leads us to seek out better ways to work with our clients and each other. We have been first-to-market on many legal service delivery innovations and we continue to break new ground with our clients every day. This long history of excellence and innovation has created a culture with a sense of purpose and belonging for all. In turn, our culture drives our commitment to the growth of our clients, the diversity of our people, and the resilience of our workforce.
Seyfarth’s Trusts & Estates attorneys focus on sophisticated planning of trusts and estates, trust and probate administrations, charitable planning family business, tax and succession planning, and trusts and estates litigation. Our Trusts & Estates attorneys marshal the resources of Seyfarth’s full-service platform—including our tax, real estate, corporate and securities, insurance, employee benefits and litigation groups—while providing personal attention that is more typical of an estate-planning boutique. Beyond a thorough knowledge of applicable federal and state tax laws, our team is adept at navigating complex, sensitive family dynamics, as well as the emotional conflicts that often accompany them. Our Trusts & Estates attorneys often represent several generations within the same family—a testament to the effectiveness of our counsel, our long-term commitment to clients, and the loyalty these deep relationships engender.
YOU HAVE: At least 7 years of experience primarily in high-end trust and estate planning, administration and litigation, including knowledge of the following:
Basic planning including will and trust preparation, providing counsel on avoiding probate, protecting assets from creditors and minimizing tax ramifications when transferring wealth
Complex wealth transfer techniques including GRATs, CRUTs, sale to IDGTs, and Dynasty Trusts in long-term or no RAP period jurisdictions
Post-death administration including probate administrations, Heggstad petitions, 13100 affidavits, 16061.7 and other required notices, trust administration and sub-trust funding, and accountings
Reporting gift and estate tax transactions, including preparation of Forms 709 and 706, valuation of assets, subtrust funding, GST tax issues, and basis of transferred assets
Counseling on tax-effective methods of charitable giving, establishment of charitable foundations
Litigation experience--including drafting petitions, responses, motions, discovery requests and responses, taking and defending depositions, and participating in mediations and trials--is a plus
Excellent academic credentials, analytical skills and verbal and written communications skills
Admission to the State Bar of California
WHAT WE PROVIDE:
We provide competitive salary and benefits at all levels. We provide comprehensive training, CLE initiatives, Seyfarth University, industry credentialing, and hands-on learning by working side-by-side with our partners. We invest in our attorneys to advance in their careers by providing opportunities for substantive client contact as well as significant involvement in case strategy and management.
We are also proud to be an influential leader in inclusion and diversity. The firm has been recognized for our efforts by the Human Rights Campaign, Working Mother magazine, and the Minority Corporate Counsel Association. We are Mansfield 4.0+ certified, a reflection of our ongoing commitment to advancing candidates from underrepresented groups.
MORE ABOUT SEYFARTH:
With more than 900 lawyers across 17 Offices, Seyfarth Shaw LLP provides advisory, litigation, and transactional legal services to clients worldwide. Learn more about The Seyfarth Experience at www.seyfarth.com/careers/.
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