New York University Law School
New York City, New York
LL.M., Taxation, 1979
University of Michigan Law School
Ann Arbor, Michigan
J.D., cum laude, 1972
Graduate Institute of International Studies
Post graduate studies, 1973, recipient of Fulbright-Swiss University Fellowship
Wayne State University
B.A., cum laude, 1969
All Michigan state courts
Estate Planning Attorney
Bob is an estate planning attorney with significant experience in all aspects of estate planning, wealth preservation and planned giving for estates of all sizes. In addition to the design and implementation of sophisticated estate plans, he specializes in sophisticated wealth preservation techniques, succession planning, probate and trust administration, gift and estate tax audits and appeals, and estate-related claims and litigation.
Bob has unique expertise in charitable and planned giving techniques, helping clients meet their objectives with maximum tax benefit.
Ultra-high net worth client’s estate plan left vast sums to trusts for children, with little likelihood they would ever need much of the money. Client was receptive to the idea of creating charitable gift annuities for the children, to provide a lifetime stream of distributions, with relatively small discretionary trusts as a backstop. The resulting plan saved the client substantial estate taxes and provided amply for the children.
Converted private, perpetual foundation to spend-down, allowing the client more control over governance and avoiding mission shift.
Successfully implemented sophisticated wealth transfer techniques including self-cancelling installment note (SCIN), initially removing over $5 million n value from the client’s estate. Over time, the amount removed from the taxable estate has increased many times, due to appreciation.
Effectively employed post-mortem planning techniques and obtained favorable IRS Private Letter Ruling, to reverse effects of poor planning by decedent’s attorney, saving over the client $300,000 in estate taxes.
Recommended and implemented reallocation of personal injury award between decedent’s estate and family members, saving family members over $250,000 in estate taxes.
Implemented charitable trust for client owning a large concentration of highly appreciated publicly-traded stock, permitting him to diversify his holding into mutual funds without triggering capital gains, significantly increase his lifetime income, and receive charitable income tax deduction.
Honors and Recognitions
Fellow, American College of Trust & Estate Counsel (ACTEC)
Best Lawyers in America®, Trusts and Estates, since 2009
Best Lawyers in America®, Lawyer of the Year, Trusts and Estates (Detroit), 2015, 2022
Michigan Super Lawyers, since 2006
Martindale-Hubbell® AV Preeminent™ Peer Review Rated
State Bar of Michigan
Planned Giving Roundtable of Southeast Michigan, past chairman of LEAVE A LEGACY® Southeast Michigan’s Speaker’s Bureau
Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan, Professional Advisory Committee
Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Foundation, Professional Advisory Committee
Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Professional Advisory Committee
Detroit Institute of Arts, Professional Advisory Committee