Domestic Estate Planning

The design and implementation of estate and wealth-transfer plans is an essential component of the firm’s practice.

In addition to comprehensive wills and management trust vehicles crafted to meet clients’ goals regarding the testamentary disposition of property and to minimize the exposure of assets to estate, gift, income, and generation-skipping transfer taxes at death, the attorneys at GSR employ a range of tools, such as various types of gifting trusts, life insurance trusts, qualified personal residence trusts, qualified subchapter S trusts, electing small business trusts, and beneficiary designation planning for annuities, IRAs, qualified plans, and other employee benefit plans in order to maximize the value of assets that can be transferred to successive generations. An integrated estate plan also involves tax and entity planning and charitable planning, and in some cases, private placement life insurance planning and international estate planning is appropriate. GSR provides expertise in all of these areas.

GSR also provides clients with the peace of mind that comes from proper disability planning. Because the average life span is longer, more of us can expect to spend some part of our lives unable to manage our own affairs. Therefore, no estate plan is complete without disability planning. The attorneys at GSR regularly prepare financial and medical powers of attorney and other related documents that allow for the smooth and low-cost management of a client’s affairs in the event of a disability.


Leslie C. Giordani

Ms. Giordani primarily represents high net worth individuals and family offices in a wide variety of legal matters. Her particular focus is domestic and international trust, investment, and life insurance structures.

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Derry W. Swanger

Mr. Swanger has extensive experience in assisting U.S. and non-U.S. clients with the design and implementation of traditional and more sophisticated estate planning and asset protection strategies.

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Michael H. Ripp, Jr.

Mr. Ripp represents high net worth individuals and family offices in the design, implementation, and administration of domestic and international trust, investment, and life insurance structures.

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Cindy L. Grossman

Ms. Grossman has a breadth of experience in corporate and partnership formation and operation, entity conversion and reorganization, business planning, business succession, and asset protection planning.

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Steven D. Baker

Mr. Baker advises on a wide variety of estate and business succession, charitable giving, and estate and trust administration matters.

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Lauren Fitte

Ms. Fitte focuses on the design, implementation and administration of domestic and international estate and business plans for GSR’s clients.

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Peggy A. Ugent
Tax & Accounting

Ms. Ugent retired as the firm’s Director of Tax and Accounting in April 2018, but she continues to share her extensive experience on an as-needed basis with the firm.

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