Debra L. PurringtonCounsel
Debra Purrington is a member of the firm’s Trusts and Estates Department. She focuses her practice on managing the firm’s Trustee Support Services program, helping trustees to fulfill effectively their duties by delivering advice and practical help throughout the life of a trust. The program covers fiduciary accountings, compliance, distributions, taxation, prudent investor guidance, beneficiary communications and notices, and recordkeeping on an annual fee basis. Debra also provides trustees with business, legal, and fiduciary advice, and develops tax and investment strategies. She counsels fiduciaries and administers inter-vivos trusts, including special needs trusts, and other personal trusts.
Debra is immediate past-president of the Estate Planning Council of Hampden County and is a member of the Philanthropic Services Committee of the Community Foundation of Western Massachusetts. She has also served as volunteer counsel to many community organizations. Debra is a former trustee of the Springfield Symphony and former board member of the People’s Institute.
Related Professional Experience
Prior to joining Bulkley Richardson, Debra served for nine years as a senior vice president for a national trust company where she administered high net worth trusts and other fiduciary/ERISA accounts, managed a team of trust professionals and provided estate planning and trust advice to trust clients and beneficiaries.
Debra also practiced law for many years at western Massachusetts firms, handling litigation in state and federal courts, and representing fiduciaries in matters involving trusts and estates. She also has experience advising private foundations and assisting individuals with planned giving.
Recent Speaking Engagements
Greater Westfield Chamber of Commerce: Personal Trust Basics
Friday, November 10, 2017
8:30am – 10:00am
Holiday Inn Express, 39 Southampton Rd, Westfield, MA
Massachusetts Society of Certified Public Accountants: I’m Trustee! What Could Possibly Go Wrong?
Wednesday, Sep 27, 2017
8:00am – 12:15pm
Bulkley, Richardson and Gelinas, LLP, 1500 Main Street, 26th Floor, Springfield, MA
Estate Planning Council of Hampden County: The Perfect Storm: Unique Needs of Families With Trusts
Tuesday, September 12, 2017
The Colony Club, Tower Square, 1500 Main St, Springfield, MA 01103
Contributing author, Bulkley Richardson’s Trusts & Estates Quarterly, Fall 2017
Contributing author, Bulkley Richardson Trusts & Estates Quarterly, Summer 2017.
Contributing author, Bulkley Richardson’s Trusts & Estates Quarterly, Winter 2017.
Co-author: “Trust Accounting and the Uniform Principal and Income Act,” Professional Education Systems, Inc. (2006).