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Janet M Smith

Janet M Smith

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Estate Planning

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About Me

Janet has concentrated her practice in the areas of estate planning and the administration of trusts and estates, with particular focus on issues affecting entrepreneurs, owners of businesses, and owners of real estate. She advises individuals and families regarding estate planning, tax planning, business succession planning, charitable gift techniques, conservation restrictions, and asset conservation and management. She also counsels professional and family executors and trustees in the administration of estates and trusts. Janet serves as executor and trustee upon client request.


Janet’s clients often view her in the tradition of the family counselor and rely on her for sage legal, tax, practical and personal advice in the conduct of their lives and financial affairs. Clients appreciate her responsiveness and ability to translate complex matters into language that they can understand. Janet has been involved in drafting and promoting various changes in tax and probate laws over the years to improve tax laws and probate issues.


Practice Areas

Licensed since 1979

  1. Estate Planning: 100%

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Contact Info

Rackemann, Sawyer & Brewster

Boston 160 Federal Street
Floors 13, 14, 15
Boston, MA, 02110



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Work Experience
TitleCompany NameDuration
CounselRackemann, Sawyer & Brewster2008 - Present
DirectorRackemann, Sawyer & Brewster1988 - 2008
AssociateRackemann, Sawyer & Brewster1984 - 1988
AssociateHaussermann, Davison & Shattuck1979 - 1984

Association NamePosition NameDuration
Boston Probate and Estate Planning ForumChairperson2002 - 2003
Boston Estate Planning CouncilExecutive Committee Member1990 - 1993
Massachusetts Bar Association, Probate Law Section, Legislation CommitteeChair1983 - 1985
Boston Bar AssociationMemberN/A
American College of Trust and Estate CounselFellowN/A

Publication NameTitleDate
Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education, Inc. ("MCLE")Drafting Wills and Trusts in Massachusetts1990

School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
Northeastern University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1979
Oberlin CollegeN/ABA - Bachelor of Arts1974