Trusts, Estates & Tax

Chambers HNW has ranked Morris Nichols in Band 1 among Delaware private wealth law firms, with market sources regarding the team as “true experts” on Delaware trust law.

Morris Nichols has had an active practice in the areas of trusts, estate planning, estate administration, tax and non-profits and fiduciary litigation for over 50 years.  Our Trusts, Estates & Tax Group has a national reputation representing settlors, beneficiaries, attorneys, banks and trust companies in the specialized area of Delaware trust law.  We regularly work as Delaware trust counsel with attorneys at AmLaw 200 firms around the world and many of the largest financial institutions who have Delaware trust offices, advising through the process of creating Delaware trusts, migrating trusts to Delaware, and modifying, administering and terminating trusts.  Our attorneys routinely work with clients on matters involving petitioning the Delaware Court of Chancery, decanting, trust mergers, legal opinions, releases, and all areas of trust administration.

We also have a strong Delaware estate planning and estate administration practice.  We work with our Delaware clients to help them to implement their estate planning goals ranging from straight-forward to very complex.  We have many years of experience implementing tax and wealth transfer strategies for our clients.  Likewise, we work with the personal representatives of Delaware estates, helping them navigate the Delaware probate process and related tax and administrative issues.

Chambers HNW has ranked the Morris Nichols Trusts, Estates & Tax practice in Band 1 among Delaware private wealth law firms, with sources touting the group’s reputation as "one of the leading firms in Delaware,” and one commenter regarding the team as “first point of reference” on Delaware trust law. The practice has also been ranked in U.S. News – Best Lawyers® as a “Best Law Firm” for Trusts & Estates in Delaware. 

Both partners in our Group, Thomas Pulsifer and Todd Flubacher, are Fellows of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel (ACTEC) and are listed in The Best Lawyers in America® in the field of Trusts & Estates.  Additionally, Tom and Todd have been selected for inclusion in Chambers HNW’s ranking of leading individuals in Delaware private wealth law. Morris Nichols is the only law firm with two attorneys ranked Band 1 by Chambers HNW. Our attorneys regularly publish articles in notable publications such as Trusts & Estates magazine and Estate Planning magazine, and frequently speak before professional and business audiences throughout the country.

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Representative Matters

  • BNY Mellon Trust of Delaware
  • Brown Brothers Harriman Trust Company of Delaware, N.A.
  • Citicorp Trust Delaware, N.A.
  • Commonwealth Trust Company
  • Deutsche Bank Trust Company Delaware
  • Fiduciary Trust International of Delaware
  • First Republic Trust Company of Delaware LLC
  • The Goldman Sachs Trust Company of Delaware
  • J.P. Morgan Trust Company of Delaware
  • Northern Trust Company of Delaware
  • PNC Delaware Trust Company
  • The Rockefeller Trust Company (Delaware)
  • Tiedemann Trust Company
  • U.S. Trust Company of Delaware
  • Wilmington Trust Company

News

Morris Nichols Ranked in Twenty-Five Practice Areas in 2020 U.S. News - Best Lawyers “Best Law Firms”

Wilmington, DE (November 1, 2019) – Morris, Nichols, Arsht & Tunnell LLP has been ranked in twenty-five practice areas in the 2020 edition of U.S. News - Best Lawyers “Best Law Firms.” Morris Nichols was selected for inclusion in a range of Delaware business law areas, as well as a national tier for “Litigation – Mergers &... Continue Reading

Law360 Ranks Morris Nichols a Delaware Regional Powerhouse

Wilmington, DE (September 2, 2019) – Law360 released its list of 2019 Regional Powerhouses, identifying Morris, Nichols, Arsht & Tunnell LLP among the top Delaware law firms. One of the few Delaware-centered firms recognized by Law360, Morris Nichols “took part in some of the past year’s most epic corporate law battles” and led in... Continue Reading

35 Morris Nichols Attorneys Listed in The Best Lawyers in America® 2020

Wilmington, DE (August 15, 2019) – Thirty-five Morris Nichols attorneys were selected for inclusion in the 2020 edition of The Best Lawyers in America®. The results are based on peer-review evaluations from more than 94,000 eligible attorneys. Seven firm attorneys received “Lawyer of the Year” designations (noted with an asterisk below).... Continue Reading

Morris Nichols’ Trusts, Estates & Tax Practice Once Again Ranked Band 1 by Chambers HNW

Wilmington, DE (July 12, 2019) – Today, Chambers High Net Worth 2019 again ranked Morris, Nichols, Arsht & Tunnell LLP in Band 1 for Private Wealth Law in Delaware. Sources describe the Trusts, Estates & Tax team as “absolutely top-notch” and “outstanding in all respects.” One interviewee says, “I can go to them with any... Continue Reading

Zach Haupt Accepted into the Mid-Atlantic Fellows Institute of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel

Wilmington, DE (June 19, 2019) –Morris, Nichols, Arsht & Tunnell LLP associate J. Zachary Haupt has been accepted into the inaugural class of the Mid-Atlantic Fellows Institute of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel (ACTEC). Zach is one of 38 individuals selected from nominees located in Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, New York,... Continue Reading

Morris Nichols Ranked in Twenty-Four Practice Areas in U.S. News - Best Lawyers “Best Law Firms” 2019

Wilmington, DE (November 1, 2018) – Morris, Nichols, Arsht & Tunnell LLP has been recognized in twenty-four practice areas in the 2019 edition of U.S. News - Best Lawyers “Best Law Firms.”  Once again, the firm was selected for inclusion in the national category for “Litigation – Mergers & Acquisitions” and a variety of... Continue Reading

Law360 Names Morris Nichols a Delaware Regional Powerhouse

Wilmington, DE (September 4, 2018) – Law360 released its list of 2018 Regional Powerhouses, recognizing Morris, Nichols, Arsht & Tunnell LLP among the top Delaware law firms. “With roots dating back to the Great Depression,” Morris Nichols “earned its place in the high-stakes and demanding legal climate of Delaware by taking on major... Continue Reading

33 Morris Nichols Attorneys Listed in The Best Lawyers in America® 2019

Wilmington, DE (August 15, 2018) – Thirty-three attorneys from Morris, Nichols, Arsht & Tunnell LLP were selected for inclusion in the 2019 edition of The Best Lawyers in America®.  The results are based on peer-review evaluations from more than 87,000 eligible attorneys. Three firm attorneys earned “Lawyer of the Year” designations... Continue Reading

Morris Nichols Ranked in Twenty Practice Areas in U.S. News - Best Lawyers “Best Law Firms” 2018

Wilmington, DE (November 1, 2017) – Morris, Nichols, Arsht & Tunnell LLP has been recognized in twenty practice areas in the 2018 edition of U.S. News - Best Lawyers "Best Law Firms." In the 2018 rankings, the firm was once again selected for inclusion in the national category for “Litigation – Mergers & Acquisitions” as well as a... Continue Reading

Chambers HNW 2017 Recognizes Morris Nichols Trusts, Estates & Tax Group in Top Tier for Delaware Private Wealth Law

Wilmington, DE (September 15, 2017) – Released today, Chambers High Net Worth 2017 again ranks Morris, Nichols, Arsht & Tunnell LLP in Band 1 for Private Wealth Law in Delaware.  “They are extraordinary” says one market source.  “They are knowledgeable, practical, results-oriented and very responsive” praises another.  Three... Continue Reading

32 Morris Nichols Attorneys Listed in The Best Lawyers in America® 2018

Wilmington, DE (August 15, 2017) – Thirty-two attorneys from Morris, Nichols, Arsht & Tunnell LLP were selected for inclusion in the 2018 edition of The Best Lawyers in America®.  The results are based on peer-review evaluations from more than 83,000 eligible attorneys. Six firm attorneys earned “Lawyer of the Year” designations (noted... Continue Reading

U.S. News – Best Lawyers Ranks Morris Nichols Among “Best Law Firms” in 2017 Guide

Wilmington, DE (November 1, 2016) – U.S. News – Best Lawyers® has once again ranked Morris, Nichols, Arsht & Tunnell LLP in its annual guide of the “Best Law Firms.” In the 2017 edition, the firm was selected for inclusion in the national category for “Litigation - Mergers & Acquisitions” as well as a diverse array of Delaware... Continue Reading

Morris Nichols Unveils Thought Leadership ePub Companions

Wilmington, DE (August 18, 2016) – Morris, Nichols, Arsht & Tunnell LLP, a leader in Delaware law, launched a series of Delaware legal practice ePublications.  Available for download on MNAT.com, the ePubs afford the reader convenient access via mobile device or desktop. “This is another example of how we are providing our clients and... Continue Reading

31 Morris Nichols Attorneys Listed in The Best Lawyers in America® 2017

Wilmington, DE (August 15, 2016) – Thirty attorneys from Morris, Nichols, Arsht & Tunnell LLP were selected for inclusion in the 2017 edition of The Best Lawyers in America®.  The results are based on peer-review evaluations from more than 79,000 eligible attorneys. Six firm attorneys earned “Lawyer of the Year” designations (noted... Continue Reading

Chambers HNW 2016 Ranks Morris Nichols Trusts, Estates & Tax Group Band 1 in Delaware Private Wealth Law

Wilmington, DE (June 24, 2016) – Today, the inaugural edition of Chambers High Net Worth ranked Morris, Nichols, Arsht & Tunnell LLP as a Band 1 law firm in the Delaware category for Private Wealth Law.  Chambers HNW market sources touted the firm’s “very fine reputation as a leading Delaware firm,” with one commenter... Continue Reading

Morris Nichols Increases Associate Salaries to $160,000

Wilmington, DE (December 14, 2015) – Morris, Nichols, Arsht & Tunnell LLP is pleased to announce that the firm’s starting salary for first-year Associates will increase from $145,000 to $160,000, effective January 1, 2016.  “We are proud to be a consistent market leader here in Delaware,” said hiring partner Megan... Continue Reading

U.S. News – Best Lawyers Recognizes Morris Nichols in 2016 “Best Law Firms” Guide

Wilmington, DE (November 2, 2015) – U.S. News – Best Lawyers® has once again ranked Morris, Nichols, Arsht & Tunnell LLP in its annual guide of the “Best Law Firms.” In the 2016 edition, the firm was selected for inclusion in a diverse array of bankruptcy, corporate, intellectual property, and trust law practice areas in Delaware. The... Continue Reading

30 Morris Nichols Attorneys Listed in The Best Lawyers in America® 2016

Wilmington, DE (August 17, 2015) – Thirty attorneys from Morris, Nichols, Arsht & Tunnell LLP were selected for inclusion in the 2016 edition of The Best Lawyers in America®. The results are based on peer-review evaluations from more than 79,000 eligible attorneys. Jack B. Blumenfeld was named the Best Lawyers® 2016 Litigation-Intellectual... Continue Reading

2015 U.S. News - Best Lawyers Ranks Morris Nichols Among “Best Law Firms” in Delaware

Wilmington, DE (November 3, 2014) – In the 2015 edition of the U.S. News – Best Lawyers® rankings of the “Best Law Firms”, Morris, Nichols, Arsht & Tunnell LLP was selected for inclusion in a diverse array of bankruptcy, corporate, intellectual property, and trust law practice areas in Delaware.  The 16 practice areas... Continue Reading

28 Morris Nichols Attorneys Listed in The Best Lawyers in America® 2015

Wilmington, DE (August 18, 2014) – Twenty-eight attorneys from Morris, Nichols, Arsht & Tunnell were selected for inclusion in the 2015 edition of The Best Lawyers in America®. The results are based on peer-review evaluations from more than 50,000 attorneys. Two partners received special recognition as 2015 Delaware Lawyer of the Year: Jack... Continue Reading

18 Morris Nichols Practice Areas Named in U.S. News/Best Lawyers 2014 Rankings of Best Law Firms in Delaware

Wilmington, DE (November 1, 2013) – Morris, Nichols, Arsht & Tunnell LLP is pleased to announce its selection to the U.S. News & World Report/Best Lawyers 2014 “Best Law Firms” rankings for Delaware in the following 18 practice areas: Administrative/Regulatory Law Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights/Insolvency and Reorganization... Continue Reading

Morris Nichols Attorneys Named to 2014 Best Lawyers in America - 60 Practice Specialty Selections; 22 Top-Listed Practice areas; 5 Delaware Lawyers of the Year

Wilmington, DE (August 21, 2013) – Morris Nichols is pleased to announce that two thirds of the firm's partnership have been selected for inclusion in the 2014 edition of The Best Lawyers in America.  The firm was noted for 60 individual specialty selections, 22 "Top-Listed" practice specialties, and five individual 2014 Delaware Lawyers of the... Continue Reading

22 Morris Nichols Attorneys Selected for Inclusion in Super Lawyers - Delaware Edition 2013

Wilmington, DE (May 23, 2013) – 22 Morris Nichols attorneys have been selected for inclusion in Super Lawyers - Delaware Edition 2013.  Rick Alexander and A. Gilchrist Sparks, III, were named to the Best of the Best Top 10 Delaware Super Lawyers list. Super Lawyers is a rating service of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who... Continue Reading

28 Morris Nichols Attorneys Named to The Best Lawyers in America 2013

Wilmington, DE (August 31, 2012) – 28 Morris Nichols attorneys have been named to The Best Lawyers in America 2013 in twenty two practice areas. Morris Nichols lawyers were selected for outstanding reputations and distinguished work in their practice areas based on a confidential peer-review survey of the top attorneys in the country, according... Continue Reading

Twenty-One Morris Nichols Practice Areas Named in U.S. News/Best Lawyers 2011-2012 Rankings of Best Law Firms

Wilmington, DE (November 16, 2011) – Morris, Nichols, Arsht & Tunnell LLP has been recognized in twenty-one practice areas in the U.S. News & World Report/Best Lawyers 2011 - 2012 "Best Law Firms" rankings. Those practice areas are Administrative/Regulatory Law, Banking and Finance Law, Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights, Commercial... Continue Reading

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