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  • Elizabeth H. Sillin

Liz Sillin is chair of the firm’s Trust and Estates Department and a member of the Schools, Colleges, and Universities Practice Group and Health Law Practice Group. Liz works with individuals in all areas of estate and gift tax planning and estate administration. Liz works with nonprofit institutions, assisting with formation and operational issues, including regulatory compliance as well as providing advice regarding charitable trusts and endowments.

Liz is active in a variety of professional and community volunteer organizations. She represents the Massachusetts Bar Association on a state committee studying the spousal elective share statute, is on a state committee studying legislation relating to digital assets and is a member of various state and local bar associations and professional estate planning associations. Liz is a member of the Greenfield Community College Board of Trustees. She is also a member of the Community Foundation of Western Massachusetts Board of Trustees and chair of the organization’s Distribution Committee. Liz has earned a Martindale-Hubbell® AV Preeminent Peer Review Rating™and is a frequent speaker on estate planning and related issues.

Upcoming Speaking Engagements

Liz Sillin Presenting Estate Planning and Land Conservation Basics for Foresters at the Meekins Library in Williamsburg (April 25, 2017).

Past Speaking Engagements

Liz Sillin Presented Planned Giving at the Unitarian Universalist Society of Amherst (February 19, 2017).

Liz Sillin Presened at the Sustainable Farm Law 101 Conference (February 8, 2017).

Related Professional Experience

Liz served as law clerk to the Honorable John M. Greaney of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court before joining the firm.


Co-author, with Bill Hart, Two MCLE chapters in the 4th edition of Drafting Wills and Trusts in Massachusetts, (April 5, 2017).

Contributing author, Bulkley Richardson’s Trusts & Estates Quarterly, Winter 2017.

Co-author, “How to Probate an Estate”: MBA 2007-2009.

Contributing author, “Estate Planning and Settlement in the Digital Age,” published 2012 by Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education.

Contributing author, “Digital Assets and Estate Planning and Settlement,” published 2014 by Connecticut Bar Association.

Representative Experience

Design estate plans that address tax planning and family concerns such as young children, divorce, remarriage, unmarried couples and individuals with special needs, family business succession, second homes, intellectual property and special assets.

Assist with charitable gifting plans, as well as lifetime intergenerational transfers and related tax planning.

Counsels fiduciaries in the interpretation and administration of all kinds of trusts.

Assist clients with the formation and operation of tax-exempt organizations.