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  • William E. Hart

Bill Hart is a member of the firm’s Trusts and Estates and Business and Finance Departments. He focuses on estate planning work for people of all walks of life, including professionals, owners of closely-held businesses, people with artistic and literary property, and those with real estate holdings in other states and countries. His practice includes probate estate and trust administration, business matters, non-profit organizations, and taxation.

In the community, Bill has served as chairman of the planned giving committee of South Congregational Church in Amherst, as a building committee member for the Hitchcock Center for the Environment, as a trustee of Amherst Academy. He has served as Cubmaster and Scoutmaster for the “best troop in the universe.” He serves on the professional advisors board of the Mason-Wright Foundation and is actively involved as a planned giving advisor and volunteer for numerous non-profit organizations. Bill speaks frequently to professional and community groups about estate planning. He was named the Best Lawyers in America® 2015 and 2017 Springfield, Massachusetts area Trusts and Estates “Lawyer of the Year.” He has been selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America® each year since 2013.

Bill is a past director of the Estate Planning Council of Hampden County and a past president of the Pioneer Valley Estate Planning Council.

Related Professional Experience:
Bill commenced his practice with the firm of Harter, Secrest & Emery in his hometown, Rochester, New York, in 1972, and he has practiced in Massachusetts since 1977. He was previously a partner of Brown, Hart & Kaplan, of Amherst.

Past Speaking Engagement
Planning for Issues that Arise at Death Including Taxation at Amherst Woman’s Club (Hosted by Five College Learning in Retirement).