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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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|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Top Rated Attorney New England-Estate Planning||Super Lawyers- Boston Magazine||2013|
|Peer Review Rated Preeminent 5 out of 5||Martindale-Hubbell||2013|
|Estate Planning, Trust & Estates Partner||Conn Kavanaugh Rosenthal Peisch & Ford, LLP||2013 - Present|
|Managing Partner||Friedler Law Group||1988 - 2013|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|Temple Beth Avodah, Newton, MA||Former President||2009 - 2011|
|Massachusetts Bar Association||Former Chair- Taxation Committee||1997 - 1998|
|Contributing Author: "Practical Estate Planning in Massachusetts, Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education.||Traps for the Unwary||2012|
|Friedler Law Group Web Site||Federal Estate Tax Law Changes for 2011; The Continuing Case for Estate Planning Independent of Federal Estate Tax Law Changes||2011|
|Friedler Law Group Web Site||Interpreting The New Federal Estate Tax Law Changes for 2010, 2011 and 2012: Opportunities and Considerations||2011|
|Friedler Law Group Web Site||Should You Talk To Your Loved Ones About Your Estate Plan?||2010|
|Massachusetts Bar Association publication||Medicaid Planning Update||1998|
|National Business Institute Seminar||Advanced Estate Planning Techniques in Massachusetts||1995|
|Massachusetts Bar Association publication||Estate Planning for Unmarried Couples||1993|
|Boston University School of Law||Taxation||LLM||1983|
|Suffolk University Law School||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||1981|
|Wesleyan University||Economics||BA - Bachelor of Arts||1978|
|Medicaid Planning Update||Medicaid Planning and Estate Planning||1998|
|Advanced Estate Planning Techniques in Massachusetts||Advanced Estate Planning||1995|
|Massachusetts Probate: Beyond the Basics||Probate Law||1994|
|Estate and Medicaid Planning fo the Elderly||Elder Law, Medicaid Planning and Estate Planning Issues||1994|
|Preparing Documents for Simple Estate Plans||Estate Planning Drafting Techniques||1993|
|Estate Tax Reform: The New Massachusets Sponge Tax||Massachusetts Estate Tax||1993|
|Estate Planning for Unmarried Couples||Advanced Estate Planning||1993|
|Annual Update on Estate & Fiduciary Tax laws||Estate and Fiduciary Tax Laws||1993|