Our Private Clients Group, which includes attorneys based in our New York and Chicago offices, provides a full range of legal services to U.S. and foreign clients on a wide variety of matters, including income, estate and gift tax planning for the cost-effective transfer of wealth, the administration of complex estates and lifetime trusts, charitable giving, and the creation of charitable organizations. Included among the services we provide are the drafting of wills, trusts, partnership agreements, limited liability agreements and other related estate planning documents such as health care proxies, living wills and powers of attorney. The nature of the representation of wealthy individuals and their families has evolved considerably over the past two decades, and increasingly clients are looking to benefit from the full spectrum of services available to them at Willkie. We regularly work with our colleagues in the corporate, tax, real estate, executive compensation and litigation departments to provide comprehensive advice to our clients.
Our Private Clients Group is consistently ranked among the leading practices in New York by Chambers High Net Worth, which states that the firm “provides extensive advice in connection with private wealth and tax planning matters” and is praised for its “superb” and “collegial” practitioners that have “the experience, platform and reputation to attract some very big clients” (Chambers HNW 2020). Additionally, Chambers selected Willkie as one of six finalists for Trusts & Estates Team of the Year at the 2019 Chambers High Net Worth USA Awards.