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  • Elizabeth H. Sillin
    Partner

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 been selected by her peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America® in the areas of trusts and estates and non-profit/charities law. She has earned a Martindale-Hubbell® AV Preeminent Peer Review Rating™and is a frequent speaker on estate planning and related issues.

Related Professional Experience

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


Upcoming Speaking Engagement

Bulkley Richardson’s Partner, Liz Sillin will present Leaving a Legacy: What do we hope to leave for our family, our community, our causes, and our church? at St. Mark Armenian Church (October 22, 2017).

Past Speaking Engagements

Bulkley Richardson’s Partner, Liz Sillin presented estate planning basics to Baystate Medical Center volunteers (September 25, 2017).

Liz Sillin Presented Navigating the Maze and Reaching Your Goals: An Introduction to Estate Planning and Land Conservation in Gill (May 31, 2017).

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

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

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

Liz Sillin participated on a panel focused on Proposed Massachusetts Spousal Elective Share Legislation (September 19, 2012).

Liz Sillin participated as a panelist in a MCLE program titled Estate Planning & Settlement in the Digital Age (July 26, 2012).

Liz Sillin participated in a ForestConnect webinar titled Forest Land Ownership & Transfer, sponsored Cornell University’s Cooperative Extension (June 20, 2012).

Publications

Contributing author, Trusts & Estates Quarterly (a.k.a. Estate Planning and Administration Bulletin), Winter 2012 – Present

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

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

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

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


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.