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William Neil Friedler

William Neil Friedler

Practice areas:

Estate Planning, Probate, Real Estate, Elder Law, Medicaid & Medicare

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Bill Friedler is a Trusts and Estates Partner with the firm of Conn Kavanaugh Rosenthal Peish and Ford LLP in Boston. Prior to joining Conn Kavanaugh, Bill  was the founder and Managing Partner of The Friedler Law Group for 25 years, a boutique law firm specializing in Trusts and Estates law. 


 


Bill has been chosen by his peers and Boston Magazine every year since 2009 to be designated as a Massachusetts “Super Lawyer” in the field of Estate Planning. Bill has also been listed in the 2015 Edition of "Best Lawyers In America", recognizing him for his knowledge of Elder Law.


 


With many years of experience in the practice of estate planning, probate administration, and Medicaid planning, Bill Friedler is held in the highest regard by his peers and clients alike and is a specialist in the highly sophisticated and ever changing field of estate tax law.



Since his admission to the Massachusetts Bar in 1981, Bill has concentrated his practice in the areas of complex estate planning, probate and trust administration, planning for adults or children with special needs and disabilities, elder law and Medicaid planning. Within the context of estate planning, Bill represents his clients for their corporate and real estate needs and is knowledgeable about business succession planning. 


 




Throughout his career, Bill has authored many estate planning articles and has appeared on radio and television to address tax and estate planning matters.  He is frequently called upon to speak on these subjects to members of the bar, private industry and the general public. He authored “MedicaidPlanning Update”, published by the Massachusetts Bar Association (1998), and is a contributing author to “Practical Estate Planning in Massachusetts”, a book published by Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education, Inc. (2003, updated in 2011 and 2012 and will be updated in 2013).


 


Bill served as President of Temple Beth Avodah in Newton, MA (2009-2011). He has also served as an Endowment Trustee for the Temple and has served as a member of the Executive Committee and the Board of Trustees.


Bill also served from 1995 to 1996 and from 1997 to 1998 as Chairperson of the Massachusetts Bar Association Taxation Section. Bill also acted as Co-chairperson of the Massachusetts Bar Association Estate Planning Subcommittee from 1989 until 1995.


Bill was a member of  the Executive Management Board and the Budget and Finance Committee of the Association, (1999- 2002). From 2001-2002, he served  as Chairperson of the Investment Sub-Committee of the Budget and Finance Committee which was responsible for selecting and overseeing an investment advisor for the Massachusetts Bar Association and the Massachusetts Bar Foundation. From 1997 to 2004 he served as a Delegate to the Massachusetts Bar Association House of Delegates, the legislative and policy making body of the Massachusetts Bar Association


 


From 1986 to 1989 Bill was as an adjunct faculty member of the Graduate Tax Program of Boston University School of Law.


 


For more information see our website at  www.connkavanaugh.com.

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Practice Areas

Licensed since 1981

  1. Real Estate: 24%
    34 years
  2. Probate: 24%
    34 years
  3. Estate Planning: 24%
    34 years
  4. Elder Law: 23%
    34 years
  5. Medicaid & Medicare: 5%

Payment

Fees:

Fixed (Sometimes)

Payment Types:

Cash, Check, Credit Card

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Contact Info

Conn Kavanaugh Rosenthal Peisch & Ford, LLP

Ten Post Office Square
4th Floor
Boston, MA, 02109

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License

StateStatusAcquiredUpdated
MAActive198104/14/2015

Professional Misconduct

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Awards

Award NameGrantorDate Granted
Top Rated Attorney New England-Estate PlanningSuper Lawyers- Boston Magazine2013
Peer Review Rated Preeminent 5 out of 5Martindale-Hubbell2013

Work Experience

TitleCompany NameDuration
Estate Planning, Trust & Estates PartnerConn Kavanaugh Rosenthal Peisch & Ford, LLP2013 - Present
Managing PartnerFriedler Law Group1988 - 2013

Associations

Association NamePosition NameDuration
Temple Beth Avodah, Newton, MAFormer President2009 - 2011
Massachusetts Bar AssociationFormer Chair- Taxation Committee1997 - 1998

Publications

Publication NameTitleDate
Contributing Author: "Practical Estate Planning in Massachusetts, Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education.Traps for the Unwary2012
Friedler Law Group Web SiteFederal Estate Tax Law Changes for 2011; The Continuing Case for Estate Planning Independent of Federal Estate Tax Law Changes2011
Friedler Law Group Web SiteInterpreting The New Federal Estate Tax Law Changes for 2010, 2011 and 2012: Opportunities and Considerations2011
Friedler Law Group Web SiteShould You Talk To Your Loved Ones About Your Estate Plan?2010
Massachusetts Bar Association publicationMedicaid Planning Update1998
National Business Institute SeminarAdvanced Estate Planning Techniques in Massachusetts1995
Massachusetts Bar Association publicationEstate Planning for Unmarried Couples1993

Education

School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
Boston University School of LawTaxationLLM1983
Suffolk University Law SchoolLawJD - Juris Doctor1981
Wesleyan UniversityEconomicsBA - Bachelor of Arts1978

Speaking Engagements

Conference NameTitleDate
Medicaid Planning UpdateMedicaid Planning and Estate Planning1998
Advanced Estate Planning Techniques in MassachusettsAdvanced Estate Planning1995
Massachusetts Probate: Beyond the BasicsProbate Law1994
Estate and Medicaid Planning fo the ElderlyElder Law, Medicaid Planning and Estate Planning Issues1994
Preparing Documents for Simple Estate PlansEstate Planning Drafting Techniques1993
Estate Tax Reform: The New Massachusets Sponge TaxMassachusetts Estate Tax1993
Estate Planning for Unmarried CouplesAdvanced Estate Planning1993
Annual Update on Estate & Fiduciary Tax lawsEstate and Fiduciary Tax Laws1993